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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  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • 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

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.

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.

Lovely quiet beach

Sep 11th 2020

Lovely beach with beautiful coastal flowers in the summer

Difficult to park

Sep 10th 2023

I thought I’d try this beach as pevensey gets so crowded but unfortunately there’s very little parking here. Luckily I did manage to park. The beach is mainly shingle, ok but not beautiful. Very quiet though if you don’t like crowds

Normans Bay

Sep 03rd 2023

The tide comes in at a slant from the south west.  So if you’re a little way from shore, you might not get far if you are swimming in that direction.  People buy rubber soled beach shoes for the shingle.  I had a tow float so put boots in there.  Lightly populated and pleasant.  One perv. darkly along the sea wall.  Soon left.

Deep pebbly beach- got car stuck!

Jul 20th 2022

I drove down to Norman’s bay today as i’d not been there before. it’s a long stretch of pebbly shingle with sandy stretches at low tide and you cn park on the beach.
On trying to leave, I soon realised that my small cars wheels were stuck in the shingle/pebbles. i was only just parked at the edge of the beach, but it did not help.
Luckily, i asked a group of people if they could help me and they had wood planks at the ready and i was able to drive of after a couple of tries and get back onto the tarmac road.
Apparently, it is a beach known for cars and vans getting stuck and it’s a very common occurrence.
Thought i’d post a review to say the beach is lovely, windy at times. but do beware of the deep areas of large pebbles as you may lose traction to get your car of the beach without help - better still take your own wooden planks or use a campervan.
A huge THANK YOU to Josh and his brother for the use of their wood planks and muscle power pushing the front of the car whilst I was reversing…a day to be remembered….

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!!!

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?