The council aims to provide a safe and pleasant environment for visitors to the city's resorts and seaside.

The twin resorts of Roker and Seaburn are an ideal location for a day visit or a for a short break. Both resorts offer impressive large stretches of sandy beach, promenades and easy access to numerous amenities such as restaurants, food outlets, amusement arcades and watersport centres. 

You can explore the resorts further by following a walk along the shore to discover wildlife and cannonball rock, details of which can be found in our pdf icon Seafront Walk [262kb] booklet. 

To enjoy your visit to the coast, please read and adhere to the following general information and advice to ensure your visit is a complete success.

General information

  • The award winning beaches have red and yellow flags flying at either end during lifeguard times of duty
  • The water sampling points for water quality, results are within the designated swim zones
  • Drinking water is available at both Roker and Seaburn
  • Wear footwear whilst on the beach
  • Please do not remove sand and stones from the beach

Please consider other beach users

  • Only park your vehicles in the public car parks and other designated areas
  • Unauthorised vehicles are not permitted on any of the beaches
  • Supervise children at all times
  • Fires are not permitted on the beach
  • Barbecues are permitted but should be kept under close control and disposed of responsibly
  • If you dig holes in the beach, please fill them up again before leaving


The consumption of alcohol on the beach or in any public place is prohibited.

Beach litter

Beach litter is not only an eyesore it is a problem on a global scale.  Beach litter damages wildlife and costs millions of pounds in clean-up costs in the UK.  There are lots of things you can do to stop litter threatening health and the environment, everyone can make a difference by following a few simple guidelines:

  • Dispose of waste responsibly, use the bins provided or take it home, never drop litter
  • Reduce the amount of packaging you buy
  • Re-use try to re-use things, many household items can have alternative uses
  • Recycle as much as you can, recycling facilities are available as shown on the map

Dogs at the seaside

Dog fouling is not only unsightly it can pose a health risk to humans, and in particular to young children.

Dog faeces contain bacteria which, if ingested by humans, can cause sickness, diarrhoea and blindness in children. Under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 "it is an offence for anyone in charge of a dog to fail to clean up after it has fouled designated land". Sunderland City Council has Neighbourhood Patrol Officers in place to enforce this law.

Dogs are permitted on all Sunderland beaches from 1 October to 30 April. Outside of these times two small exclusion zones exist one at Roker and one at Seaburn which are signposted.

Dog owners must not allow dogs to foul public place and must clear up after their animals. Enforcement of the Anti Fouling Act takes place along the Sunderland Coast.

Horses on the beach

Horses are permitted onto the beaches during quieter periods.  Horse owners are requested not to use the beaches when busy.  All horses should be kept near the tideline and walked when next to other beach users.

Seashore creatures

Seashore creatures are fascinating and have found special ways of living in their environment.

They have to adapt to survive the rigours and wave-action, exposure and predators. Some have shells for protection, but many need to hide under rocks, seaweed or in the sand. If you are very interested in shorelife and the natural world you may be interested in the Big Sea Survey where you can volunteer to partake in a project recording information on marine and coastal life.

Vist the Big Sea Survey website for more details about the project.

Exploring the seashore is fun, but please remember:

  • Leave animals where you find them
  • Take care when touching soft-bodied animals - they are very delicate
  • Carefully lift and replace any rocks you may have moved - there are animals underneath which need them for shelter
  • Leave attached seaweed in place - there is plenty lying loose on the sand
  • Do not trample through rock pools
  • Shells come in all shapes, sizes and closures. Many still contain live animals, even if they do look 'dead'. If you want to collect shells, please make sure they are empty before taking them home

Wind powered vehicles

In the interests of the health and safety of all beach users, the use of any wind powered vehicles is not permitted on the beaches of Roker and Seaburn.