Littlehampton Beach

Beaches Seaside Award


Littlehampton beach is the main beach for Littlehampton, also known as East beach or Coastguards beach. The beach is a clean, safe and large shingle beach, overlooked by the coastguard tower. At mid to low tide the shingle gives way to a large sandy beach.

The Littlehampton East beach is 10 minutes flat walk through the riverside walkway to the town, the walkway runs beside the River Arun, past the RNLI lifeboat station and harbour.

Activities include what you would expect with the traditional family beach holiday as well as sea angling, sailing, windsurfing and kite surfing, although kitesurfing tends to be done on either side at Littlehampton West beach or Rustington beach.

Littlehampton is a popular British seaside destination surrounded by plenty of history, things to do and see, with the South Downs to the north and easy access to Chichester, Arundel and Worthing. This is an ideal town to stay in whether you want to relax or explore the West Sussex surrounding area.

The seafront has The Long Bench, thought to be the longest bench in Britain and one of the longest in the world. The wood and stainless steel bench ‘flows’ along the promenade curving around obstacles along the seafront. The bench measures 324 metres and can seat over 300 people.

Facilities at the beach include pay and display car parks, toilets, seasonal lifeguards, cafes, restaurants, the unusual East Beach Cafe, beach huts, deckchair hire, promenade, bowling, crazy golf, amusement arcade, leisure centre and plenty of large grass areas.

Littlehampton Beach has been awarded a regional Seaside Award.

Littlehampton Beach has dog restrictions. Littlehampton beach does not allow dogs between 1st May and 30th September.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 5 beaches around Littlehampton, 27 beaches in West Sussex, or check our list of West Sussex Dog Friendly Beaches.

Beach Water Quality

Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
  - Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
  - Good: generally good water quality
  - Sufficient: meets minimum standards
  - Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.


Littlehampton Beach 7 day weather forecast, weather in Littlehampton, West Sussex

Expect a temp in the range 13℃ to 14.2℃ with wind speed 9.1 m/sec (WSW)
Saturday, May 21
Expect a temp in the range 11.9℃ to 13.3℃ with wind speed 6.9 m/sec (W)
Sunday, May 22
Expect a temp in the range 11℃ to 11.9℃ with wind speed 2.5 m/sec (WNW)
Monday, May 23
Expect a temp in the range 12.1℃ to 12.6℃ with wind speed 3.4 m/sec (NW)
Tuesday, May 24
Expect a temp in the range 10.4℃ to 12.4℃ with wind speed 6.6 m/sec (W)
Wednesday, May 25
Expect a temp in the range 10.8℃ to 12.4℃ with wind speed 4.4 m/sec (W)
Thursday, May 26
Expect a temp in the range 10.6℃ to 12.2℃ with wind speed 4.2 m/sec (WNW)

Littlehampton weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK


Littlehampton Beach tide times.

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