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 criteria to qualify for a Blue Flag includes the provision of first aid facilities, clean toilets, recycling facilities and access for disabled visitors. The water is continuously tested during the summer season to check that is meets the strict bathing water quality standards and winners must also show commitment to environmental management and education.
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 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)