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
Dogs friendly beach?
No dog restrictions.
- First aid point
OS grid ref.
TQ 6838 0538
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Normans Bay Reviews
KevinApr 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 BakerFeb 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.
Just the best freedom!
DaveSep 17th 2020
Unbelievably rude residents!!!
Lovely quiet beach
Lovely beach with beautiful coastal flowers in the summer
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.
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.
Never any sand, no good for swimming, can’t fly a kite without turning your ankle on the stones… what’s the point?