If you’re keen to avoid busy UK beaches during your Summer downtime, you’ll be pleased to hear there’s a new app which allows you to check the status of your favourite English seaside locations before you visit
Beach Check UK allows you to check the status of a beach before you arrive to avoid congested areas and discover nearby coastal areas which are quieter and less crowded.
It works on a traffic light system to help reduce overcrowding at popular coastal areas and encourage social distancing.
Red = Crowded; Amber = Less Congested; Green = Uncongested.
The app is free and simple to use and is downloadable from Google Play and the Apple App store (with no in-app purchases).
Piloted by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP) in Summer 2020, the app was developed to help manage overcrowding of the area’s beaches after the first national lockdown. In its first phase, it had around 40,000 downloads.
Following its successful first phase, the app has been funded by the Government’s Local Digital Collaboration Unit at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to roll it out nationally.
The app is currently available in the following coastal locations: Hayling Island, Hampshire; Camber Sands and Bexhill Beach, East Sussex; Thanet (Margate, Broadstairs, Ramsgate); Westward Ho!, Devon; West Wittering, West Sussex, Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch and Minehead Somerset.
The National Coastal Tourism Academy (NCTA) is supporting BCP Council in the roll out of its app and is encouraging resorts nationwide to adopt it.
“We have one of the world’s most amazing coastlines and this year we hope that many UK visitors will explore a new stretch of the coast and have the holiday of a lifetime,” says NCTA Director Samantha Richardson.
There are plans to sign up more coastal locations and people are being encouraged to contact their local authority if they feel their area would benefit.
Pictured (main): Minehead Beach, Somerset