Bantham Beach

South Devon's Premier Family & Surfing Beach ...


Bantham Beach Parking


The carpark at Bantham is approximately 100m from the beach with capacity for over 1000 cars, and is an easy walk over the sand dunes.
Car park charges apply from February half term until 31st October approx.

Feb half term until May (half term)
all day
May half term until end September
May half term until end September
all day
The carpark fee is a flat rate charge for the day. All cars must be removed from the carpark by 9pm during the high season. At other times the gate is locked earlier dependent on daylight hours.

Note that we reserve the right to alter prices and times without further notice.

The season tickets are registered to a particular vehicle and are not transferable. Please buy all tickets from the gatekeeper at the entrance. Car parking remains free between November and February half term.
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The Gastrobus

The Gastrobus – Is situated in the car park at the Beach and serves delicious, locally sourced food, Gourmet Burgers, freshly made baps, great coffee and freshly baked cakes, yummy ice creams, and a selection of cool drinks.

Open Daily from 10am until 7pm (weather permitting) – During summer months Check out Gastrobus Facebook page for dates for our Barmey summer evening BBQ’s.
Bantham Surfing Academy
Bantham Surfing Academy's highly experienced and British Surfing Association qualified instructors provide professional tuition and coaching for beginners through to advanced levels in a safe and friendly environment on the the beautiful Bantham Beach near Bigbury in the South hams.

The Sloop Inn

The Sloop Inn is steeped in tradition and is a short walk from the surfing beach of Bantham. With an excellent reputation for cuisine, bookings are essential throughout the year.

The Sloop Inn offers a rare opportunity to relax, away from it all in the beautiful and unspoilt South Hams.

Bantham Village Stores

There is a small shop located near the top of the village with an outside seating area with panoramic views serving coffee and refreshments. The shop can supply all your needs for a day on the beach or a longer stay in the area.

Tel: 01548 560645
Dogs on Bantham


Dogs are allowed at Bantham all year round; however, restrictions do apply between May 1st and September 30th.During these months dogs are not allowed on the main beach.

Dogs are always permitted on the beach beside the estuary, which at low tide can extend to many acres. The dog beach is difficult to access at high tide.

The gatekeeper will be happy to give directions to dog walkers on arrival. The area is clearly signed.


There is a seasonal ferry crossing the river Avon, running from Bantham slipway to Cockleridge Ham (Bigbury-on-sea).
From May to September
10.00 - 11.00 - 15.00 - 16.00
(Except Sundays)
Tel: 01548 561196
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Click here to view the short-term surf forecast for Bantham, or visit the Magic Seaweed website to see the full surf report and forecast.

Lifeguard Cover

There is RNLI lifeguard cover on Bantham Beach from May to October - 10.00am to 6.00pm.
Bantham Life Saving Club
Bantham Surf Life Saving Club is committed to providing a safe beach and aquatic environment for the community, whilst developing life saving skills through the education and training of its members.