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.
- Disabled facilities
- First aid point
OS grid ref.
TQ 6838 0538
Parking is limited close to the beach though there is parking 5 minutes walk away.
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Normans Bay Reviews
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.
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.
Lovely quiet beach
Lovely beach with beautiful coastal flowers in the summer
Difficult to park
JaneSep 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
CorinSep 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!
karenJul 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 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!!!
Never any sand, no good for swimming, can’t fly a kite without turning your ankle on the stones… what’s the point?