Barbecues on the beach

In Brighton & Hove you may use barbecues on the beach after 6pm apart from in the areas listed below

You may not barbecue:

  • between the two piers in Brighton
  • between Hove Street and Fourth Avenue (this is the area between the end of Hove Lawns and King Alfred Leisure Centre car park)
  • on Hove Lawns or its surrounding areas such as behind the beach huts
  • on the promenade or its surrounding walls
  • on any beach before 6pm

Please respect your fellow beach users and local residents. Not all appreciate the smoke and smell that is created from the barbecue. Hot stones on the beach or hot charcoal left behind is a danger to beach users, dogs and wildlife. Please clear up after you leave and follow the rules for the sake of everyone.

Please do not bring glass on to our beaches. If smashed they can easily cause injury to those enjoying the beach.

Barbecue Dos and Don'ts


  • only light barbecues after 6pm
  • contain barbecues in a metal tray
  • raise barbecues above the pebbles to prevent them getting hot and burning people once you have left the beach
  • douse the barbecue with cold water once you have finished to ensure the fire is out and the coals are cold
  • dispose of your litter in the bins provided when you leave - any food remains should be well wrapped before being placed in a bin
  • use sustainable charcoal - see the notes at the bottom of the page for more information
  • follow our food safety tips


  • light a fire - this is extremely dangerous to other beach users and has caused serious injuries in the past
  • put a lit barbecue in a litter bin - use the special BBQ bins located along the prom
  • cover up hot stones with cold ones - cold stones shatter when they warm up and can cause injury
  • leave your litter behind
  • bring glass bottles on to the beach
  • play amplified music
  • have more than 20 people at your gathering

If you require any further information or advice on barbecuing safely on Brighton & Hove's Beaches please contact the Seafront Office on (01273) 292716

Sustainable charcoal

Of the 50,000 tonnes of charcoal consumed annually in the UK, 90 per cent comes from abroad. Not only does this increase the chance that tropical rainforests have been cut down, but it involves extra emissions from transport. Conditions in the industry are also not great for many workers.

Sustainable charcoal is relatively easy to come by - several high street supermarkets, garden centres and local eco stores sell homegrown, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified charcoal, either loose in bags or as disposable barbecues.