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Cleethorpes beach

We work hard to ensure that Cleethorpes beach is maintained to a high standard, and that the seafront remains a pleasant place for visitors and wildlife.

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

Resort Team

Missing child, lost person or need first aid

Call the team on 01472 323356 or find the Resort Hub opposite the pier.

The Resort Hub team operate 365 days a year.

  • 9am to 6pm between April and September
  • 9am to 4pm between October and March

We can provide educational talks, and give advice to individuals, groups, clubs, societies or organisations who wish to take part in Beach Litter Clean Ups.

Staying safe

Every year, hundreds of people put themselves in danger and need rescuing from the Cleethorpes coast. The main dangers include getting cut off by the fast incoming tides, and getting stuck in the mud.

The Resort Hub team use 4 CCTV cameras to monitor the beach and ensure public safety.

Before your visit, check the weather forecast and tide times from the Met Office. If you search for the Cleethorpes Beach forecast, you can find safety advice, tide times, and the weather, including wind speed and direction.

Beware of sand banks. Don’t get cut off by the tide. Leave sand banks six hours before high tide. View today’s tide times.

Beware of mud and soft sand. If you find sinking mud STOP, turn around and retrace your steps back to safety. If you do get stuck, don’t struggle as you will sink further. Remain calm, call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.

Stay away from the rocky groyne. This stretch of rock is used to re-establish sand levels and reduce the impact of waves on the sea wall, but can be dangerous to climb on – especially when it’s wet!

  • Beware of fast incoming tides. Check tide times before you visit and leave sand banks six hours before high tide. View today’s tide times.
  • Safe swimming. Always remain within the yellow buoys to swim safely. Red buoys are for the use of motorised crafts only.
  • Wear clothing designed for swimming. When wet, normal clothes can cause you to sink!
  • Wear suitable footwear. Weeverfish like to bury themselves in the sand, and they can sting!
  • Avoid inflatables. Inflatables should be avoided in open water. They can get caught by wind blowing out to sea and outgoing tides. You can easily get swept out to sea. The resort team puts up orange flags to show the strength and direction of the wind.

However you end up in the water, if you get into trouble, remember to Float to Live. You can learn how to float following these five simple steps:

  1. Tilt your head back, submerging your ears.
  2. Relax and try to breathe normally.
  3. Move your hands to help you stay afloat.
  4. Your legs may sink but that’s OK – everyone floats differently.
  5. Spread your arms and legs to improve your stability.

The RNLI encourage practising how to float in a safe environment. It’s a lifesaving skill and having the confidence to float in a life-or-death situation could make all the difference.

Visit the RNLI Float to Live for more information.

Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is one of the fastest growing water sports and is hugely popular in Cleethorpes.

Paddleboarders are responsible for their own safety, and the safety of those around them.

If you get in to difficulty it is tempting to try swim to safety, but you should always stay with your equipment because it’ll help keep you afloat and make you easier to find.

If you’re a beginner or new to paddleboarding, it’s always useful to know these tips to make your experience more enjoyable.

  • Have a lesson – Make sure you’re getting the most from your experience. Build your confidence, learn the right techniques to help you get on the board and understand wind and tide information.
  • Wear a buoyancy aid – A buoyancy aid will provide extra floatation in the water to help keep you afloat, but it will also help give you time to recover should you fall in – and chances are you will!
  • Carry your phone in a waterproof pouch – As well as being able to take photos of your paddle you can also use your mobile phone in an emergency to raise the alarm.
  • Check the weather and tide information – If the water is too choppy or there is an offshore wind, you might find it difficult to paddle and become extremely tired trying to get back to shore. Keep an eye out for the orange or red flags displayed at the resort.
  • Wear the correct leash – A leash will help you stay connected to your board if you get into trouble and help you float.
  • Tell someone – Make sure someone knows you’re going paddleboarding.

Before you go out

  • Have you checked the wind direction, tide times or weather?
  • Are you wearing suitable clothing? (Wet suit and/or wet shoes)
  • Is someone aware you are going paddleboarding today?
  • Do you have your phone to contact the Coastguard if you get into difficulty?

Orange flags around the resort indicate wind direction. If the flag is blowing towards the water this means there is an offshore wind and increased risk of being blown out to sea.

If in doubt, don’t go out!

Visit the RNLI Stand-up Paddleboarding for more advice.

  • Stay hydrated – Drink water and fruit juice regularly and avoid alcohol.
  • Stay safe in the sun – Find shade during the hottest parts of the day, make sure you and the kids use sunscreen (the higher the factor the better) and reapply often, wear hat and sunglasses and loose-fitting clothes. 
  • Help vulnerable people – Keep an eye on ill or older people, as well as babies and young children, to ensure they are following these tips to stay cool.
  • Be fire safe – Fires can start in hot, dry weather.
  • Relax – Try avoid physical activity like sports. If you need to, do it to the cooler parts of the day.

Advice for parents and carers of children and babies

  • Make sure babies, especially under six months, stay out of direct sunlight at peak times and remain hydrated by giving them cool boiled water to drink as well as their normal milk.
  • Remember Slip, Slap, Slop, Slide:
    • slip on loose cotton clothing to cover skin
    • slap on a hat
    • slop on SPF15 sunscreen or higher
    • seek shade
    • slide on sunglasses
  • Wet clothes let through more UV light than dry clothes, so have fun if playing in pools, but have some spare clothes on hand.

Water quality

We actively monitor the water quality at Cleethorpes Beach, and work with our partners to make improvements.

Bathing water for the main beach in Cleethorpes was rated ‘good’ by the Environment Agency for 2022.

Check how clean the water is on beaches and if there is a problem with pollution on the Environment Agency website.

As the second largest estuary in the UK, we are a resort at the mouth of the Humber. This means Cleethorpes can be affected by flooding and extreme weather, and events in major upstream rivers like the Don, Ouse and Trent.

Dogs on the beach

Dogs are allowed on Cleethorpes Beach from the 30 September to Good Friday each year. After Good Friday, you must not take your dog onto the beach between the Wonderland Slipway and Cleethorpes Leisure Centre. Dogs can visit the stretch of beach between Cleethorpes Leisure Centre and the Humberston Fitties all year round.

We have Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) in place for dog fouling, dog control issues and using Cleethorpes beach within the restricted period.

You can be issued with a £100 fine if you are found to breach any of the orders.

A happy cartoon dog wearing sunglasses against a sunny backdrop of Cleethorpes Pier.

Wildlife on the beach

Stranded marine life

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.

Internationally important birds

Every year, 90-million birds fly along the East Atlantic Flyway, a super-highway that follows the coastlines from the Arctic, through Europe and into Africa. The rich feeding grounds found in Cleethorpes and the Humber Estuary act like a motorway service station by providing a rest stop for the migrating birds. This supports internationally important numbers of birds, with more than 150,000 wetlands birds relying on the estuary for safe feeding and roosting grounds.

Cleethorpes and Grimsby coastline are protected by UK law, as a Special Protected Area, Special Area for Conservation, European Marine Site, and is recognised by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands as a wetland of international importance.

Ways you can help

  • Avoid disturbing resting and feeding birds
  • Keep activities on the beach and in the water away from large numbers of birds
  • Don’t let your dog chase the birds and keep them under control
  • Move further away when birds are disturbed

Watch out for wildlife with your children

The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust website has lots more information and activities for you to do with your little ones.

Beach cleaning

March to 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 to March

The beach is raked and litter-picked on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Resort Hub staff monitor the levels of litter, so additional Street Cleansing staff can be allocated if required.

Pleasure crafts (boats or jet skis)

We encourage the use of small pleasure crafts 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, 3MB)

Slipway access

All members of the public wishing to launch their craft from one of our slipways must register with the Resort Hub team and get a permit.

The only exceptions to this rule are those members of the public who already belong to Cleethorpes Inshore Commercial fishermen.

Slipway registrations

To sign up please bring the following to the Resort Hub during opening hours:

  • Printed photograph of yourself
  • Printed photograph of your craft
  • Your insurance details (minimum £3million liability)

Day launch

Members of the public who would like a day launch permit must give the Resort Hub 48 hours notice, and provide all of the required information list above.

(Day permits only available during Resort Hub opening hours)


Local resident

  • Annual Permit – £60 + £10 key deposit
  • Day Permit – £20


  • Annual Permit – £80 + £10 key deposit
  • Day Permit – £25

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

Costal defence

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 coastal defences

To report a problem with drainage or our coastal defences complete drainage and costal defences.

National Nature Reserve

The Lincolnshire Coast is the first in the new King’s Series of National Nature Reserves. This recognises our coast as one of the best places in England for nature, and we’re lucky to have one right on our doorstep!

The Lincolnshire Coronation Coast National Nature Reserve (LCCNNR) covers 33 square kilometres along almost 30 kilometres of the Greater Lincolnshire coast containing a rich variety of sand dunes, salt marshes, mudflats and freshwater marshes which are of international importance. National Nature Reserve status is given to the very best nature conservation sites in England, and recognises the national importance of the land for its wildlife and geology.

Many National Nature Reserves are managed by different parties who share a future vision for the nature reserve. Our council will help manage the LCCNNR alongside Natural England, Lincolnshire County Council, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Ministry of Defence, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the Environment Agency, sharing skills, knowledge and resources for long term commitment to the site.

The LCCNNR will unlock opportunities for local people to access the coastline for their own health and wellbeing, provide education, or to simply recharge in nature.

For your own communities, this reserve serves a purpose in celebrating and sharing with others the special qualities of this place. It’s an honour and privilege for Lincolnshire to be chosen as the very first of a series of the King’s Series of National Nature Reserves to celebrate the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III.