Beach Check App


  1. Project outputs
  2. Project timeline

This project used their C-19 Challenge funding to add extra functionality to the BeachCheck smartphone application that had already been developed. The app helps to prevent overcrowding on Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole’s beaches by telling people how busy sections are, so that they can maintain social distancing.

Each section of the coast is coloured red, amber or green depending on how congested that section of the seafront is. At the start of the day the map presents a prediction for how busy the beach is likely to become that day, based on historic data, CCTV, weather and footfall counter data. From mid-morning onwards, the colour coded map is updated hourly by our Seafront Ranger team who patrol the beach.

Links are provided within the app for general information on public toilets at the seafront, cycling, dog exercise areas and BBQ bylaws.

The Beach Check app user interface showing the different features

Project outputs

Download the BeachCheck app for the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area for free from Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Project timeline

August 2020

The Beach Check App project receives £34,000 from the Local Digital C-19 Challenge.

March 2021

The Beach Check App project receives £40,000 of follow-on funding from the Local Digital Fund to continue their work. The project will use the funding to create a rebranded version of the app for national use, as well as start the development to enable other local authorities to add their beach locations and manually add busy data to the application.

The next phase of the project will also focus on recruitment of other local authorities to fully test the appetite for the app.