Things to see and do at East Head

East Head in Sussex

Spend the day at one of Sussex’s most popular beaches. East Head is a great place to play, run, walk, take the dog and so much more.

Beach fun

The soft sand here is perfect for sand art and beach games. At low tide there is plenty of space to race around or play a game of cricket. At low tide there are extensive sand bars to explore, but be careful not to get caught out as the tide comes in.

Wildlife watching

Look out for skylarks singing over the dunes, waders in the salt marsh and even seals in the sea if you're lucky. The roped off area at the northern end is where ringed plovers nest in the spring and summer.


East Head is the perfect place for a sandy stroll. Take the circular route to see the foreshore and salt marsh or walk through the dunes along the boardwalk.

Water sports

Surfing, canoeing and paddle boarding are popular activities in the waters surrounding East Head. Stop off for a breather on the beach as part of your harbour paddle.
More information about tides and conditions


Shallow water is great for cooling off but take great care in deeper water as strong currents are present at all stages of the tide.


East Head is a great spot for a picnic. Enjoy a tasty snack but please take your litter home and don't take barbecues into the fragile dunes. Litter bins can be found in the car park at the entrance to East Head.

Dog days out

A popular sport for dog walking, East Head is the perfect place to spend some quality time with your hound. Dog bins are located at the entrance to East Head and on the salt marsh path so please use them.

By boat

Many visitors choose to arrive at East Head on the northern end by boat. It's an ideal spot to moor up and spend the day on the beach. There are no litter bins at this end of East Head so please come prepared to take your litter home.


While away the hours attempting to catch an elusive bass.


Find a sheltered spot in the dunes, relax and enjoy the sea air. Only a small part of the dunes are roped off in vulnerable areas, but feel free to explore the rest.

Beautiful Bosham

Bosham is a quayside village steeped in history and situated six miles from East Head by boat. In 1064 King Harold sailed out of Bosham to Normandy. It is also reputedly where King Canute attempted to hold back the sea. The National Trust owned meadow has spectacular views across the harbour and is a popular venue for weddings.

Tick off some of your 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

East Head is a great place to tick off some of your 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾. Catch a crab, jump over a wave, track wild animals and many more. Start your adventure booklet here and collect some stickers and stamps from the Dune Bug. Look at our events page for details of organised activities on offer throughout the summer holidays.


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