Hayling seafront is one of the most popular areas of the borough, enjoyed by visitors and residents alike.
The beach has been awarded the international Blue Flag for 29 consecutive years by the 'Keep Britain Tidy' campaign. The stretch of Hayling's beach which runs from the fun fair to the border of the golf club, is recognised as a clean and safe stretch of coastline which offers excellent visitor facilities.
The flag is both a symbol that the beach participates in the programme but also an indication of compliance with the criteria -full list of criteria can be found on the Seaside Awards website. The flag may either be flown 24 hours a day during the Blue Flag season, or only during the hours when the beach meets all the Blue Flag criteria.
The Blue Flag is flown at three sites:
- entrance to the Blue Flag beach, between Beachlands office and Funlands amusement arcade
- central reservation near to 'Inn on the Beach'
- near to the Hayling Island Golf Club.
The flag is flown daily between 10am and 5pm when beach patrols and other facilities are available.
The Blue Flag was taken down temporarily in early September 2019 because of some 'non-compliance' issues. These have all been addressed and Keep Britain Tidy is happy for the flag to be back up and flying high in Hayling.
Councillor Gary Hughes, Cabinet Lead for Commercial Services, said: "I am grateful to Keep Britain Tidy for alerting us to the non-compliance issues identified during the recent visit, which resulted in us temporarily lowering the Blue Flag.
"Although some issues were identified the considerable majority of the criteria for flying a Blue Flag, including water quality were met.
"All of the areas that required attention have been addressed and rectified, ensuring that we once again are fully compliant."
- Non-compliance notice (pdf 217 kb)
The Environment Agency provides advice and ratings on water quality on beaches and in other bathing areas, profiles for Hayling beach and other beaches can be found via its website.
Current advice from Southern Water is to think carefully before entering bathing and recreational waters during or for at least 24 hours after heavy rain. Water quality is also likely to be poorer on overcast days and during windy conditions when waves are high or waters are choppy.
Southern Water's beachbuoy service provides up-to-date information on water quality via email alert, sign-up via its website.
Anyone who wants to report pollution should contact the Environment Agency’s 24-hour incident line on 0800 80 70 60.
Stay safe at the beach
When you visit the beach please make sure you have taken note of the safety signs displayed. We would also recommend reading information provided by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) about water safety. Tide tables can be found via the BBC website.
If you are uncertain about safe areas to swim, please see the map below (includes other safety information). Alternatively, the Beachlands Information Centre team can provide advice in person or via telephone on 023 9246 7111.
Getting to the beach
Charges apply to cars, vans and motor homes, everyday from 8am to 6pm. There are no charges for blue badge holders or motorcycles.
Parking is free overnight, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Motorhomes are prohibited from parking overnight (between 10pm and 6am) in the Beachlands car park all year. Find out more about parking charges and FAQs.
The existing cycle network on Hayling Island is currently being upgraded to provide continuous off-road cycle routes along the seafront. For a map of the current cycling provision and to find out more about the upgrade visit our cycle paths and cycleways page.
Please see our list of frequently asked questions for more information:
- Hayling beach and blue flag FAQs (word 16 kb)