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Avon Beach (Christchurch) - Dorset

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Not far from Christchurch in Dorset, Avon beach is a good destination for families with young children. Backed by a promenade to one end and attractive, pastel coloured beach huts to the other, the beach here is gently sloping and is mainly sand, although there is some shingle. From the beach fine views towards the Solent and the Isle of Wight.

Avon beach has everything you need for a family day out at the beach; you cna hire one of the beach huts or accesories such as deck chairs, sun loungers, and wind breaks. There is a pay and display car park is at beach level although this only has parking for around 100 cars so in peak season latecomers may need to park a little further away.

From July to September there is a designated bathing area with RNLI lifeguards patrolling. Along with clean, shallow waters this a popular beach for paddling and playing water games, although younger visitors might want to wear beach shoes as the shingle can feel quite sharp.
This part of the beach can get quite busy in peak season, although it usually remains quieter than nearby Bournemouth.

As well as the bathing area there is a separate part of the shore dedicated to water-sports. Windsurfing and kitesurfing are popular here.

The facilities around the beach are excellent. There is a restaurant, café and beach shop selling equipment for crabbing as well as the usual buckets and spades. There are public toilets with showers and disabled facilities and even a first aid point.

Plans to widen the promenade and improve the sea-defences in 2017/18 have been proposed to further increase the convenience and facilities at Avon beach.

Type of beach

Sandy

Lifeguard service

Yes

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are banned between 1st May and 30th September.

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Activities

  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Good fishing
  • Jet-skiing
  • Swimming/bathing

Facilities

  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • First aid point
  • Shop
  • Deck chair hire
  • Beach hut hire

Nearest town

Christchurch

Postcode

BH23 4DX

OS grid ref.

SZ 1888 9224

Water quality

Water quality star rating

Awards

Marine Conservation Society Recommended