With the weather finally heating up, the coastal towns of Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole (BCP) are ready to welcome visitors to their award-winning beaches. 

BCP Council is encouraging everyone to enjoy the three towns responsibly, ahead of the busy Bank Holiday weekend and May half term. 

The council works hard alongside Dorset Police, the RNLI and other key partners throughout the summer to make sure residents, businesses and visitors can fully enjoy all that the BCP area has to offer, creating memorable experiences for everyone. 

Councillor Millie Earl, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Connected Communities, BCP Council said: 

“This glimpse of warmer weather is much needed by us all, and I’m hoping everyone comes out to enjoy our award-winning beaches and local hospitality spots in the coming weeks and months. 

“As always, we’re ready for this influx of visitors but it’s important to remind everyone to enjoy our area responsibly, which includes things like taking rubbish home with you, and parking respectfully as well. 

“If we all adhere to these principles, we can ensure a fantastic summer for everyone.” 

BCP Council is sharing some top tips ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend and May Half Term: 

  • plan any travel ahead of time and ensure you have plenty of water and food in the car as roads into the BCP area can get extra busy in hot weather 
  • consider alternative car parks, as those at the seafront often fill up early in the morning 
  • park responsibly and not on double-yellow lines or your car may be towed away, and leave enough space for residents to get into their driveways 
  • swim between the red and yellow flags at RNLI lifeguarded beaches where possible and remember their essential float to live advice – information on RNLI lifeguarded beaches can be found here
  • download the refill app at www.refill.org.uk to locate over 150 places along the seafront to refill your water bottles for free as this help save thousands of plastic bottles ending up on the shoreline 
  • open fires, fire pits and fire bowls are not permitted at any time on BCP beaches, promenades, cliffs or cliff tops and it’s illegal to have a fire or BBQ on heathland 
  • take your rubbish home and dispose of it safely there 
  • bring your own re-useable food containers, cutlery and even ashtrays 
  • no overnight sleeping or camping is allowed on the beach, seafront, cliffs or car parks 
  • Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) Officers will be deployed to help keep visitors safe 

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