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Beach Hut Breaks

We have four beach huts - our 'Beach Retreats' - available to carers looking after someone who pays council tax to BCP Council. Carers can book for a small fee of £5 per day.

The huts are located at: 

  • Sandbanks (suitable for those with accessibility issues)
  • Alum Chine (steep-sloped access)
  • Boscombe (around a 10-minute walk to the toilets) 
  • Avon Beach (Christchurch). 

To book a beach hut, please contact the Carers Support Service

Using the Beach Hut

  • Use of the beach huts is restricted to a maximum of six people and we ask you to be considerate to any neighbours.
  • Sorry, no pets in the beach huts.
  • The beach hut at Avon Beach cannot be used between one hour after sunset and sunrise. 


We've kitted out the beach huts with some useful items:

  • Chairs
  • Crockery, cutlery, kettle and a gas hob (at Sandbanks, Alumchine and Boscombe only)
  • Portable ramp (at Sandbanks and Alumchine only) 
  • Washing up bowl and dish cloths (at Sandbanks, Alumchine and Boscombe only)
  • Cleaning supplies

You will need to bring your own tea towel.


  • On the day of your booking, you can retrieve the key from the key safe (at Sandbanks the key safe is on the wall to the side of the beach hut doors, at Alum Chine and Boscombe the key safe is on the beach hut). At Avon Beach, access is through a combination padlock on the beach hut. 
  • We will give you the key safe / padlock code and explain how to use it when we confirm your booking.
  • Please ensure you return the key to the key safe at the end of the day, or replace the coded padlock on the doors. 

Getting to the Beach Huts

Alum Chine 

  • More Bus 12 / 70 goes to Alum Chine where they turn around.
  • There is a car park at Alum Chine with six disabled parking bays.
  • When running the land train runs to and from Alum Chine. You can find out more here.


  • You can catch the Breezer 60 bus from Poole Bus Station or Breezer 50 from Bournemouth Interchange. There will be a short walk at Sandbanks to the beach hut itself. 
  • If you use a disabled blue badge, and are tax exempt, you will need to ensure you have a Disabled Tax Exempt Permit from Borough of Poole. You can apply online here.


  • Pay and display parking is available along the Undercliff for a majority of the year. During major events, such as the Air Festival, parking restrictions may apply.

Avon Beach 

  • More Bus x1 / x2 stop at nearby Bure Lane. Avon Beach is a short walk from the bus stop. 
  • Pay and display prarking is available at Avon Beach Car Park or Avon Run Car Park. Both car parks are open from 9am- 9pm daily. 
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