Beaches and Water Activities


2020 SEASON - SAFETY NOTICE: If you're thinking of heading to one of our beaches, we want to remind everyone to be careful and remember the risks when visiting the seaside. Currently no lifeguards on duty at our Sheerness or Minster Leas bathing beaches at the moment, so we’re reminding people to use their common sense in and around the water, and stay safe. RNLI Lifeguards are on duty however during August at our Blue Flag beach in Leysdown on Sea.

So, if you are going to the beach please remember:

▪️Follow social distancing guidelines
▪️Be careful in and around the water
▪️Watch children at all times
▪️Do not use inflatables
▪️Clear up after yourself

Stay safe, #RespectTheWater and #BeBeachSafe

General Beach Information

Sheppey’s beautiful resort beaches are located at Sheerness Beach (Beach Street) and  Minster (The Leas), with  Leysdown (Promenade). These are dog-free (seasonal) beaches overlooking the Thames Estuary, with traditional seaside activities such as a park with free sandpit and water play facilities at Sheerness.

Minster Shingle Bank Beach is a quieter rural beach, with an adjacent watersports zone and coastal park. Take a relaxing two mile stroll along the beach from Sheerness to Minster, and end with a freshly cooked lunch at the beach cafe, The Little Oyster or enjoy some refreshments beside the sea at The Sweet Hut which hosts a number of seaside events each year.

Leysdown is a bustling resort with a sandy beach and traditional amusement facilities, the RNLI lifeguards will patrol this beach from July 4th 2020 during summer peak times.

Discover the 'Sheppey Shoreline' (downloadable pdf) - a family guide to the wildlife that can be found across the island's beaches. Print off the guide and take it with you and see what you can find and identify, remembering to follow the Seashore Code.

Water Activities

As you will expect with the beautiful coastline and maritime history there are a local clubs and organisations that provide opportunities for all to get involved and make the most of the natural environment.

If you want the coastal breeze to fill your sails then there are local clubs and organisations including the Isle of Sheppey Sailing Club, Lower Halstow Yacht Club, or the Sea Cadets at Sittingbourne & Milton Regis, Sheppey and Faversham that support young people to enjoy sailing and a range of other activities.

You can also use people power to get across the water with Queenborough Rowing Club providing coaching and club support.

If you provide opportunities for residents or visitors to be active and would like your club or organisation to be listed then email. Active Swale and we can get your details uploaded.

Note: The RNLI Lifeguard service in Swale provides opportunities each year on our Blue Flag  beach(s) on the Isle of Sheppey. If this is something you are interested in please email -