Normans Bay

Normans Bay - East Sussex
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Normans Bay lies on the Sussex Coast between Bexhill and Eastbourne. There is a camping and caravan site adjacent to the beach with a local railway track running behind it.

The beach is composed of a mixture of sand and shingle which slopes gently down to the water. At low tide an expanse of sand is exposed. Visitors do need to observe the signs which warn of the possibility of sinking-sands.  There is no lifeguard present so it is safest to stay on the shingled area. 

This part of the coast gets some strong sea breezes, making it a good place to come to fly a kite. On a clear day it might be possible to see the white chalk cliffs of Beachy Head from the beach.

An area of the beach (towards Cooden beach) is sometimes frequented by naturists, although there are no sand dunes here to afford privacy.  Many visitors bring wind-shields for protection from the sea breezes as well as for privacy. 

Pevensey Levels nearby, is an area of grassy marshland and contains many species of rare plants and invertebrates.  Public access is not permitted to this conservation area.  Only visitors with permits for scientific studies are allowed there.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No dog restrictions.

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  • First aid point

Nudist/naturist beach


Nearest town



BN24 6PR

OS grid ref.

TQ 6838 0538


Parking is limited close to the beach though there is parking 5 minutes walk away.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Normans Bay Reviews

Quiet beach

Apr 27th 2021

Lovely stretch of beach. We visited a couple of hours after high tide so was pebbly and the sand wasn’t uncovered yet. Parking was very limited and one section of the beach per the signs is a “private beach” without public access but some visitors seemed to ignore this. Perhaps this is what upsets some of the local residents? We moved down to Pevensey Bay beach where there is a good car park and good beach access.

Naturist beach - easy access

Philip Baker
Feb 06th 2021

East Sussex Naturists meet here. Best to swim close to high tide as quite shallow when low tide. Take a windbreak as always a steady breeze.
Friendly beach. BeachClean (Marine Conservation Society) every September.
Little parking.
Just the best freedom!

Sep 17th 2020

Unbelievably rude residents!!!

Lovely quiet beach

Sep 11th 2020

Lovely beach with beautiful coastal flowers in the summer

Jul 21st 2020

Whoever said there was never any sand clearly didn’t check the tide times. Low tide gives a huge expanse of sandy flats. You can walk out for long distances and the sea is only at your knees. Lovely.

Great Beach!

Aug 19th 2019

Dog friendly and great to walk your dog along. Secluded and good for families. Can be very windy and choppy waves at times. Would recommend.

Aug 03rd 2019

Never any sand, no good for swimming, can’t fly a kite without turning your ankle on the stones… what’s the point?

What did we get wrong?