Avon Beach (Christchurch)

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


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

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

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


  • Beach hut hire

Nearest town



BH23 4DX

OS grid ref.

SZ 1888 9224


Pay parking available for 200 cars including disabled.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Avon Beach (Christchurch) Reviews

Great beach!

Aug 27th 2019

This is a lovely beach, it’s got just what you need for a day out…. a good shop of beach and souvenir stuff, couple of nice cafes (great sausage roll for lunch!), nice walking and plenty of space. We also walked up to Highcliff Castle which was a nice find up on the cliff.

A great day out.

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