North East Lincolnshire Council

Cleethorpes beach

Cleethorpes’ popularity grew in the 19th century because of its excellent beaches and miles of beautiful golden sand. We work hard to ensure that the beaches are maintained to a high standard, ensuring the seafront remains a pleasant place for visitors and a haven for wildlife.

The North East Lincolnshire Coast is recognised internationally as a special site for wildlife, migrating birds, and unusual plants.

If you want to know more about the Cleethorpes resort and the activities available go to the Visit Cleethorpes website.

Dogs are not allowed on the beach from Wonderland Groyne to Cleethorpes Leisure Centre from Good Friday to 30 September each year. Our Beach Map (PDF) shows the areas that dogs are allowed at this time.

You can view today’s tide times on the BBC website.

March – October: the beach is raked and litter-picked daily from Wonderland, past the Pier and Leisure Centre to the Fitties. The area through the sand dunes from the Leisure Centre to the Fitties is litter-picked.

October – March: the beach is raked and litter-picked on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Beach Safety monitor the levels of litter, so additional Street Cleansing staff can be allocated if required.

The Beach Safety Team operates 365 days a year,

  • 0900 – 1800 between April and September
  • 0900 – 1600 between October and March

We can provide educational talks on our roles, and welcome individuals, groups, clubs, societies or organisations who wish to take part in Beach Litter Clean Ups. Please contact us for more details on these events.

The Beach Safety Team use 4 CCTV cameras to monitor the beach and ensure public safety.

Contact the team by email at customer.requests@nelincs.gov.uk or by phone on 01472 323356.

Please Note: Our email system will not accept any email attachments exceeding 2 Mb in size.

We encourage the use of small pleasure craft off the resort, however, we are keen to ensure that vessels are used safely and user’s respect the rules, for their own safety and that of the user’s around them. Please make sure you read our Beach Safety – Vessels and Small Craft Guide (PDF)

For information about the rules for slipway access and how to book a launch for your vessel, please see the Slipways access tab below.

All members of the public wishing to launch their craft from one of our slipways must register with the Beach Safety Team and get a permit.

The only exceptions to this rule are those members of the public who already belong to the following groups:

  • Cleethorpes Inshore Commercial fishermen
  • Grimsby and Cleethorpes Divers
  • Humber Cruising Association (HCA)

We will issue fully paid up members of the above four groups with a key and identity disc for their boats, trailers and cars.

Members of the public who wish to day launch will still be able to do so. They need to give us 48 hours notice and provide the following:

  • A valid Insurance certificate for the craft in the current owner’s name.
  • Datatag or ID number in the current owner’s name.
  • Relevant proficiency certificate (in the owners name, minimum RYA Powerboat level 2 or an internationally recognised equivalent or for a PWC, a proficiency certificate)
  • Proof of identity (Driving licence, ID card or passport)

All members of the public must also carry mandatory safety equipment.

Contact the beach safety team by email at customer.requests@nelincs.gov.uk or by phone on 01472 323356.

Please Note: Our email system will not accept any email attachments exceeding 2 Mb in size.

North East Lincolnshire Council is a Maritime Authority, and has delegated powers under the Coast Protection Act 1949, to provide and maintain coastal defences to prevent the erosion of the shoreline.

The coastal defences we maintain include timber and rock groynes, rock filled gabions, earth embankment, sand dunes as well as the vertical sea wall at Cleethorpes.

Condition surveys are carried out twice a year to inspect the coastal defences to ensure that they are fit for purpose and provide suitable protection against flooding and erosion.

Report issues with costal defences by completing our online form for Drainage and costal defences.

Check the water quality in Cleethorpes on the Environment Agency website.

In 2002, North East Lincolnshire Council had the area from the Cleethorpes Leisure Centre to the county boundary made into a Local Nature Reserve. For a number of years there has been concern that the saltmarsh is spreading north of the Cleethorpes Leisure Centre and that it would spoil the beach for tourists.

North East Lincolnshire Council discussed this with Natural England and they agreed that there would be a six year period of monitoring of the saltmarsh with research into life-forms that are dependent on this habitat. It now know it provides a vital staging post for migratory birds with over 150,000 feeding there during the winter months. Habitats include saltmarshes, mud flats, sand dunes and sand banks. These all add to the wildlife of the area.

The importance of the estuary was recognised in 1988 when some areas were designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). This has been endorsed by European Directives which have made it a:

  • Special Protected Area (SPA)
  • Special Area for Conservation (SAC)
  • European marine site

In 2007, the Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies, at the University of Hull, were commissioned to carry out monitoring work and they established a baseline report. This work continues with repeated fixed point photography and mapping of the saltmarsh. North East Lincolnshire Council will also be continuing with its research and monitoring of the area.

Occasionally large marine life, such as dolphins or whales, can be washed up or stranded on the beach. If the stranded animal is alive, the response speed of a rescue team is vital. If the cetacean (a collective term for whales, dolphins or porpoises) is alive then please let us know as soon as possible on 01472 313131.

Beach Safety Team, 139 Central Promenade, Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire, DN35 8SE

Telephone: 01472 323356

Opening times: 10 am to 5 pm, 1st May to 31st August