Beadnell Bay

Beadnell Bay - Northumberland
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Beadnell Bay is a wide, sandy beach in a horseshoe shaped bay just south of the village of Beadnell. The glorious golden sand, curves around the bay forming a natural harbour. To the rear of the beach are grassy sand dunes and fields beyond.  

Beadnell is a popular town for holidaymakers thanks to a large caravan park behind the beach and plenty of holiday accommodation in the town. The beach itself is a popular spot for swimming and also for many different types of watersports such as surfing, sailing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing.  In the town, there is a sailing club as well as shops where you can buy or rent water sports equipment. For more adventurous visitors, there are opportunities for snorkelling and scuba diving in the area. 

The area also offers plenty of opportunities for walkers. It is part of the North Northumberland Heritage Coast and is within the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Beadnell is a perfect destination for a bracing coastal walk at any time of year.

To the south, visitors can walk along the sand dunes behind the beach to the village of Low Newton. 

There is a pay-and-display car park at the northern end of the beach on the outskirts of the village, with access to the beach via a slipway. There are also public toilets here. 

The village of Beadnell claims to have the only west-facing harbour on the entire east coast of England. From here private boats can sail to the nearby Farne Islands, which provide sanctuary to puffins, terns, seals and other wildlife.  There are a few restaurants and other places to eat in the village, which has a 15th century pub and a village shop.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Please note there are some seasonal restrictions in Beadnell Bay during bird breeding season when dogs must be kept on a lead or at heel

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • Shower
  • Slipway

Nearest town



NE67 5BN

OS grid ref.

NU 2340 2840


There is an attended (Easter - October) car park by the beach.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Beadnell Bay Reviews

A day on Beadnell Beach ( Sat 27th )

Andrew Warburton
Aug 30th 2022

Beadnell is a beautiful beach, very fine sand, lots of clear water. The toilets are adequate, the ‘Bait’ at Beadnell has amazing food on offer and its a great place to go

Only negatives are it is a working beach with a Tractor taking out RIBS and Jet Ski’s on the water and would benefit from a defined area where one part is swimming and other motorised. So it can be a bit smelly and noisy near the end with the facilities but you could walk along the beach to the far end where quieter but minus facilities.

I would definitely take family back but would promote a buoy line from the beach out to create a swimming area only ( Left to the Kilns is motorised and right to the beach is non motorised? )