Avon Beach one of three Blue Flag beaches in the Christchurch area. Unlike many of the beaches around Bournemouth, this one is accessible without having to negotiate your way down the cliffs, with car parking adjacent to the beach. Car parking costs around £1.90 an hour.
The beach is also accessible via a promenade from Mudeford Quay to the west and Friar’s Cliff Beach to the east.
The beach is mainly sand, although not quite the glorious golden sand found further towards Bournemouth. Once you have scrambled over the pebbles which line the shore, the sea is shallow and flat, ideal for safe paddling and swimming for younger children (or for old ladies who don’t like waves!)
The Avon Beach Lifeguard tower is in manned from 10 am until 6 pm between 9th July and 4th September. It’s not quite the iconic beach lifeguard tower; it looks more like someone dumped an old shed in the middle of the beach.
The Noisy Lobster
Covering all your culinary needs is The Noisy Lobster; a family run beach front restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining. It specialises in seafood, however the menu also includes some imaginative vegetarian/vegan options.
The Noisy Lobster also has a hatch selling takeaway food (The Lobster Hatch), a Coffee Cabin, an Ice Cream Parlour and a Deli/Shop with in-store bakery which wafts the delicious aroma of freshly baked bread across the beach. They can even rent you a beach hut or ‘occasion hut’ for those who like to party on the beach.
There are public toilets near The Noisy Lobster.