Are dogs allowed on Felixstowe Beach?

FELIXSTOWE is wonderful port town in Suffolk with an incredible beach to go with it, perfect for a summer’s day with the family.

The shingle beach stretches to up to four miles long, providing plenty of room for everyone to enjoy the calming waters of the North Sea – but can dogs join you at the seaside?

Are dogs allowed on Felixstowe Beach?

Good news for canine lovers as dogs are allowed on Felixstowe Beach all year round – but there are restrictions.

Dogs are banned from going onto the beach in between the signposted areas from May to September.

That area runs from Buregate Road to the Spa Pavillion – so they can still run around either side on the beach 365 days a year.

Why not spend some extra time by Felixstowe Beach and stay at pet-friendly Best Western Brook Hotel which overlooks the coast – all from just £59 a night.

Felixstowe Beach is a brilliant place to visit with your dog with plenty of space for them to explore

Can I be fined for taking my dog to Felixstowe Beach?

Should dog lovers let their four-legged pooches run into the exclusion area between May and September, they will face a fine.

As noted by East Suffolk Council, if caught, you will be handed a fixed penalty of £80 under the Public Space Protection Order.

However, should you refuse to pay the fine, you face being taken to court where you could be hit with a punishment of up to £1,000.

There are exemptions to the rule with those registered blind or are in charge of an Assistance Dog.

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.

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