Frequently asked questions


Your questions answered! We’ve collected the most frequently asked questions to help you make the most of your visit.

It’s never been easier to get to your favourite beach! There are various ways to get to Sandbanks. If you’re travelling by car, there’s a main Sandbanks Beach car park as well as metered on the road parking along the main Banks Road.

You can also hire bikes and scooters from one of the many Beryl bike bays, with locations all around the local area.

There are also regular bus services to the area, with multiple stops along the peninsula towards the Sandbanks Ferry.

The simple answer is YES! There is a designated section of the beach that our furry friends are welcome all year round! It can be found at the western end of Sandbanks Beach towards Haven Point and Sandbanks Ferry.

Please remember, to keep the beach clean and safe for all to use – pick up after your doggy and please keep them on the lead when strolling along the promenade 🙂

Here’s some extra useful information regarding taking dogs to Sandbanks Beach

When the tide is low, it exposes sea algae, a single-celled phytoplankton by the name of Emiliania huxleyi. This produces a sulfur compound called dimethyl sulfide. This is what the slightly unpleasent smell is. It’s a key part of the eco-system but yes – it can smell pretty niffty sometimes!


Barbecues are permitted on Sandbanks Beach between the times of 6:30pm and 10:30pm all year round.

There are plenty of bins provided all along the beach front to get rid of any rubbish including recycling facilities. Please remember to use the standpipes to cool down any disposable BBQs and leave them next to the bins to be collected by the Beach Team.

Open fires

Please be aware that open fires are not permitted on Sandbanks Beach at any time.

The Exclusive holiday resort of Sandbanks in Dorset, England, is home to many celebrities and famous faces. It’s one of the most sought after places to live in Britain with most properties for sale in Sandbanks on the peninsula now worth millions. The Dorset waterfront area has the fourth most expensive land value in the the world.

One of our current and most famous residents is football manager and former “King of the Jungle” Harry Redknapp, who lives on the Sandbanks Peninsula with his lovely wife Sandra.

Other famous residents include:

  •  Tony Pulis – former Stoke City Manager (who also managed our local team AFC Bournemouth).
  • Graeme Souness – retired footballer and manager, now media commentator.
  • Jamie Redknapp – retired footballer, now media commentator (also played for AFC Bournemouth when his father was manager)
  • Celia Sawyer – dealer on Four Rooms on Channel 4) and presenter of Your Home in Their Hands on BBC1)

Harry Redknapp also recently presented a new TV show: Harry Redknapps Sandbanks Summer, which aired on ITV in Feb 2020. Over four episodes, he opened up his life and his home to viewers whilst also exploring the delights that Sandbanks – often called the Britain’s ‘Palm Beach’.


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