Barbecues on the beach

In Brighton & Hove you may use barbecues on the beach after 6pm except for 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

Please respect your fellow beach users and 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.

Do not bring glasses onto 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 the ground from getting hot and burning people once you have left the beach
  • put cold water on the barbecue once you have finished to ensure the fire is out and the coals are cold
  • put litter in the bins provided when you leave, any food remains should be well wrapped before being placed in a bin
  • follow our food safety tips


  • light a firethis 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 onescold 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.