Is Skegness beach dog friendly?

SKEGNESS is one of the most popular beaches on England’s East Coast.

The sandy beach has it all from donkey rides to crazy golf – but can you take your dog along with you?

Can I take my dog to Skegness beach?

Dogs are banned from the start of May until the end of September every year.

The same rules apply in nearby towns of Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea.

Dog owners must have full control of their dogs at Skegness (Credit: Flickr/ Alan Samuel)

Dogs must also be kept on a lead on Skegnes promenade from 1 May until 30 September.

Fixed Penalty Notices can be issued to dog owners who disobey the rules.

Dogs are also banned from the enclosed children’s play areas in Skegness.

As well as that, your four-legged friend is not allowed in the Fairy Dell Paddling Pool.

Why are dogs banned from going onto beaches?

The main reason for not allowing dogs on to beaches at certain times is for health and safety purposes.

Although most owners will clean up after their pets when they are out, some fail to pick up their dog’s poo. 

Due to a dog’s diet being largely meat-based, leaving their faeces on the beach runs the risk of humans contracting toxocariasis – or zoonosis. 

And during the busy months, this becomes even more dangerous – especially for children – with potential problems including blindness and breathing difficulties.

Things to consider when taking your dog to the beach

Dogs love a nice trip to the seaside, just like their human companions. 

But there are a number of rules and tips to consider when heading to the beach.

These include: 

  • Check with beach management to see if dogs are allowed
  • Take poo bags to clear up their mess
  • Bring a lead – dogs have to be on a leash on some beaches at all times
  • Avoid the big crowds
  • Consider some people may not like dogs
  • Take plenty of fresh water and a bowl for your dog
  • Take a first aid kit in case your dog becomes injured
  • Check for local vets in case of emergency
  • Make sure your dog is wearing their collar and ID tag
  • If they are wear a GPS tracker, make sure it is fully charged
  • Take spare towels to dry them
  • Keep an eye on your dog at all times

Looking for a beach near you? Check out our full UK dog-friendly beach guide.