Studland Bay


Summer at Studland Bay

There’s nowhere quite like the British seaside and Studland Bay has all you could want for a family beach day – golden sand, sheltered waters and shallows ideal for paddling. It’s also a great place to dip a toe into the worlds of nature and the outdoors. Discover dragons, jump for joy and take the dune trail challenge in To the Beach and Beyond this summer.

A view of Studland Beach

The beaches

Four miles of beautiful beaches line the sheltered waters of Studland Bay – ideal for beach games, sandcastles, watersports or simply relaxing.

A dog's Life at Studland Bay - video

You and your dog 

Watch our fun video to find out how you and your best friend can have fun, stay safe and make the most of Studland Bay alongside all our other visitors. You're welcome to bring dogs to Studland but please keep them on the lead anywhere on the beach between 1 May and 30 September.

Studland Bay app

Download the Studland Bay app to find out more about this special place. Find ideas for walks and other things to do, meet the team and spot wildlife.

for Android and iOs

You can also tick off those all-important 50 things to do before you're 11¾. Our app was funded by a generous donation from the estate of the late Mrs Wendy Burgess.

Upcoming events

To the Beach and Beyond

Sun 24 Jul 2016
Discover dragons, jump for joy and take the dune trail challenge.

Hawaii fish-O

Fri 29 Jul 2016
Enjoy a one hour taster stand up paddleboard lesson followed by a fish and chip supper at Knoll Beach Café

Friday night fish and chips

Fri 29 Jul 2016
No need to rush home after a day at the beach, enjoy fish and chips from the Knoll Beach Cafe chefs with a view of the sea.

Kayak safari seashore forage

Sun 07 Aug 2016
Join Fore/Adventure and a National Trust ranger for a kayak foraging adventure.

Stars at the beach

Sat 13 Aug 2016
Outdoor cinema at the beach after a fish and chip supper, in conjunction with Purbeck Film Festival

Kayak fishing

Sat 10 Sep 2016
Join us for a kayak fishing trip and fish filleting demonstration at South Beach followed by a seafood lunch at Knoll Beach Café.
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Eating and shopping

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Our work

Failing sea defences at Middle Beach in Studland

Shifting shores at Middle Beach 

We’re finding new locations for the café, toilets and watersports school at Middle Beach because outdated sea defences are reaching the end of their lives.

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Venue hire

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Dune heath at Studland Bay

Studland's sand dunes 

Studland is the most important site on the South Coast for rare dune heath habitats

Godlingston Heath near Studland

Wildlife of the Purbeck heaths 

The lowland heaths of Purbeck are internationally recognised habitats for species including nightjar, Dartford warbler and sand lizards

Cyril Diver Project volunteers surveying Little Sea by boat

The Cyril Diver Project 

The Cyril Diver project has been re-examining pioneering ecological surveys carried out in Studland in the 1930s to find out what has changed and set the agenda for the future management of the national nature reserve. Citizen scientists have been at the heart of the project and its legacy is set to be felt far into the future.

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