Woolacombe is an idyllic place to spend the day at the beach; learn to surf, stand-up paddle board or hire a kayak. Bring the family and build sandcastles, go rock-pooling, enjoy a picnic, go for a stroll or play in the sea, with the RNLI lifeguards keeping a watchful eye to ensure your safety.
Follow this basic safety information and watch the RNLI video on how you can stay safe.
- Lifeguards are on duty from Easter to September, you’ll see their trucks and flags on the water’s edge when they’re on patrol.
- When going in the water use the appropriate supervised flagged lifeguard areas; red and yellow flags for swimming and bodyboarding, black and white for surfing, canoes and hard surf craft.
- If the red flags is flying do not enter the water.
- Ask the lifeguards for advice, they’re on patrol for your safety.
Woolacombe is very lucky to have RNLI Lifeguards – They are funded by Parkin Estates, who own the area of beach patrolled by the Lifeguards. The cost to Parkin Estates in 2017 was £88,503, so rest assured your parking fee is being to put to good use! Parkins also provide very clean toilet facilities with disabled and baby changing facilities and an excellent beach cleaning and litter collection service. You can also hire a beach hut! http://www.parkinestates.co.uk
Dog Information: Dogs are welcome on Woolacombe Beach with some restrictions from 1st April (or Good Friday, whichever is first) – 1st November. Please contact the Tourist Information Centre and ask for our dog information pack for further details.
Parking: There is ample parking close to the beach, with a choice of a daily tariff, early departure and late arrival tariffs, or a short stay hourly rate along The Esplanade. During low season, free parking is available on The Esplanade and Marine Drive (above the sandunes). For more information, please contact the Tourist Information Centre.