With two miles of golden sand, it is no surprise that Exmouth frequently ranks as the perfect place to enjoy some sand and sun, but every year thousands of residents and holidaymakers alike head out onto the gleaming waters that embrace us for an alternative playground of fun and excitement.
Seaside Award Status
Exmouth Beach is accredited by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy with the prestigious Seaside Award. The Seaside Award flag is a symbol of quality that offers reassurance to our visitors, who know they are guaranteed to find a clean, safe, attractive and well-managed piece of coastline. For more information about swimming water quality, visit The UK Beach Guide or Beach Inspector.
The standard set by Keep Britain Tidy is incredibly high – among other things the beach must be clean. Help us to keep the beach clean by participating in a 2minute beach clean or pop into The Point Bar & Grill situated on Pilot Wharf at The Marina to collect a bucket and if you fill it up with litter (from the beach) and bring it back for the staff to dispose of, you can claim a free cup of coffee!
Get local tidal information from the Tourist Information Centre or BBC Tide Tables.
Dogs and beaches
From October to May you may walk your dog freely on beaches across East Devon but please note that there is a dog ban in place on the main beaches in East Devon between 1st May and 30th September. You can download a leaflet showing the dog ban areas from East Devon District Council.
The Exe Estuary Management Partnership has also recently published the Exe Dog Walking Code.
Exmouth Beach Rescue
Founded in 1986, Exmouth Beach Rescue Club provides a voluntary lifeguard service in the areas of Maer Rocks and Orcombe Point. During the summer months, they patrol every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday as well as providing training in Surf Life Saving sport throughout the year for Juniors and Seniors.
Exmouth Coastwatch is one of the 50-strong network of National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) lookout stations around the UK’s coasts. Volunteers work with the Coastguard and the RNLI by keeping watch for people on the water and the beach who may get into difficulties.
Exmouth RNLI operates an inshore D class lifeboat George Bearman II and the new Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn. Exmouth’s RNLI volunteer crew meets every other Wednesday to launch the all-weather lifeboat on exercise. They meet at 6pm and recovery on the beach is between 8 & 9pm depending on operational commitment. The RNLI has a visitor viewing gallery above the RNLI gift shop where you can view the all-weather Shannon class lifeboat. You can also see its Launch and Recovery System through the glass, during shop opening hours. The RNLI station conducts guided tours which can be booked online and holds an annual open day in August.
Exmouth Shanty Men
Committed to keeping our nation’s rich maritime heritage alive, the Exmouth Shanty Men dress in period costume and regularly enthral audiences in folk clubs & theatres, on harboursides, and in pubs. In 2014 they gained international recognition when they were presented with the Stan Hugill Award for the ‘most authentic shanties’ at the highly respected Krakow International Shanty Festival. In between live appearances they have recorded five albums, all of which can be purchased, either as CDs from their online Shoppe or digitally here. The ‘buoys’ have now sailed many a voyage together and it shows in every note and gesture, with their jiggery and pokery widely known to be highly infectious. Run ashore dates for the coming season can be found here.