You can hire Beach Wheelchairs from the following places: 

 

Beach Wheelchairs in Pembrokeshire

Beach wheelchair at Saundersfoot

Pembrokeshire County Council is committed to improving its facilities so as to make all our services more accessible to disabled people.  As part of this commitment beach wheelchairs were introduced to Pembrokeshire in 2006 in a joint initiative between the Pembrokeshire Access Groupand the County Council.   

These all terrain wheelchairs are extensively used by visitors and local people who had previously found it difficult to access our wonderful beaches.  They are also used by local schools for outings to the beach, farm trips and so on.

The two original beach wheelchairs which are located at Saundersfoot Habour have now been suplemented by additional chairs specially designed for children provided by P.O.P.S.Y (Parents of Partially Sighted and Blind Yougsters).  The Pembrokeshire Coast National ParkAuthority (PCNPA) has also provided more beach wheelchairs at various locations around the County. (see below)

 A small returnable deposite together with a £3 fee per session to cover maintenence is all that is required to hire beach wheelchair and a session can last from half an hour to half a day. (the fee is the same)

They are available for hire at a number of outlets around the County enabling people to gain access to some of our finest beaches.

Where to find beach wheelchairs:

  • Broad Haven
    Haven Sports Surf Shop, Marine Road, Tel: (01437) 781354
    Email: info@havensports.co.uk
  • Pembrokeshire
    Physically Impaired People of Pembrokeshire (PIPPA); PIPPA Hire Centre, Bridgend Square, Haverfordwest Tel: (01437) 760999
    Email: www.pippa-pembs.org.uk  
  • Saundersfoot Beach
    Tourist Information Office, The Harbour, Saundersfoot SA69 9HE Tel: (01834) 813672
    Email: saundersfoot.tic@pembrokeshire.gov.uk  
  • South Beach, Tenby
    Bourne Leisure, Reception Team, Kiln Park, Tenby Tel: (01834) 844121
    Email: sue.james@bourne-leisure.co.uk
  • Newport Sands
    Newport Surf Life Saving Association. Tel: (01239) 820866
  • Whitesands Beach, St Davids
    Whitesands Sunlounger and Deck Chair Service Tel: (01437) 720692
    Email: www.pentigilistdavids.co.uk
Beach wheelchairs
For more information contact / I gael rhagor o wybodaeth cysylltwch â
Alan Hunt
Access Officer
County Hall
Freemens Way
Haverfordwest
SA61 1TP
Tel: 01437 764551

 

Sand Chairs in Cornwall

Sand chair on Polzeath

Image courtesy of Geoff Squibb, LRPS, Disability Cornwall. 

Cornwall Council work closely with Disability Cornwall and a diverse range of coastal business in providing all-terrian wheelchairs, also known as sand chairs, for the public to use on a number of beaches in Cornwall.

The all-terrain wheelchairs have been designed for outdoor use and have large inflatable wheels which allow them to roll over sand and pebbles with remarkable ease giving a comfortable and safe ride. This has allowed those with mobility problems the pleasure and freedom to access and enjoy Cornwalls beaches where they may have found it more difficult in the past.

The all-terrain wheelchairs are not suitable for all beaches as some are too steep, remote and dangerous for the chairs to be used on. Cornwall Council have worked closely with Disability Cornwall in assessing which beaches are suitable and have them distributed along the Cornish coastline as indicated in the table below. It is advised that you contact the hire outlet beforehand to ensure that the sand chair is available.

The following sand chairs are provided through a partnership with Cornwall Council and Disability Cornwall.

Nearest Main TownBeachContact
BudeSummerleaze and CrookletsSummerleaze Beach Office. Telephone: 01288 352 226
FalmouthGyllyngvaseGyllyngvase Beach Cafe. Telephone: 01326 312 884
NewquayFistralFistral Surf Hire Shop. Telephone: 01637 850 584
NewquayTowanBlue Reef Aquarium. Telephone: 01637 878 134
PadstowHarlynHarlyn Surf School.      Telephone: 01841 520 233
PadstowTreyarnonYouth Hostel Association. Telephone: 0845 371 9664
RedruthPortreathWest Cornwall Adventure. Telephone: 07837 634 861
St IvesPorthminsterPorthminster Beach Cafe. Telephone: 01736 795 352
WadebridgePolzeathWavehunters Surf School. Telephone: 01208 880 617

The sand chairs in the following table are also available to hire in Cornwall.

Nearest Main TownBeachContacts
LooeTownLooe Town Trust. Telephone: 01503 263 709
PenzanceMarazion and St. Michaels MountGodolphin Arms. Telephone: 01736 710 202
PeranporthPerranporthParranporth Gardens. Telephones: 0845 664 30630
St Marys (Isles Of Scilly)PorthcressaTown Hall. Telephone: 01720 422 537

 

Beach Wheelchairs

Beach Wheelchair

Great Yarmouth has two brand new specially designed beach wheelchairs for 2014 with large pneumatic wheels which just slide over sand so that you can all* enjoy the beach. 

Whether it's a lazy day on the sand, or a brisk stroll along the beach in spring or autumn with the dog, come and hire a beach wheelchair from the Tourist Information Centre so that everyone in the family can enjoy the sand. 

Pushers are required as it's a little tricky to manhandle the wheels in the usual way, however users of our beach wheelchairs last year were delighted to be able to get on the sand without having to be dug out again and several commented that it had been years since they had been able to go on the beach in a more traditional wheelchair. 

*Please note that you must be able to transfer yourself from your usual wheelchair onto a beach wheelchair as unfortunately we do not have a hoist available. The chairs are supplied with a chest strap but do not have a head support. The maximum weight is 22 stone (308 lbs). Children should be at least 3' (92cm) tall to fit in the chair. 

Staff in the Tourist Information Centre will be pleased to look after your traditional wheelchair whilst you have a beach wheelchair out on loan.

If you'd like to make sure that we've got a beach wheelchair spare for you to use, just give us a call on 01493 846346 and we'll make sure one is ready and waiting for you! No charge is made for this free service, all we require is a refundable deposit (please read our hire terms & conditions).

Fore more useful information about accommodation or attractions suitable for wheelchair users please use our search facility below

Brighton and Hove City Council 

The Seafront Office has two all-terrain beach wheelchairs available for hire.

  • bookings can be made up to one week in advance, or you can request a chair on the day of your visit
  • booking slots are a maximum of two hours, so everyone can use them,
  • proof of ID will be required when collecting the chair
  • on collection, you will also be required to complete a booking form, pay a £25 refundable deposit, and sign a consent form
  • your wheelchair can be stored safely while you use the all-terrain chair
  • basic safety rules must be followed when using the chair, which we will go through with you be when you hire the chair

Please contact the Seafront Office if you expect your collection time to be delayed by more than 15 minutes. Your booking may be cancelled if you don't tell us.

Please note that the Seafront Office do not have a hoist avaliable to transfer from chair to chair. Please contact the Seafront officefor any further information and we will be happy to help.


 

Sutherland Shire Council

Beaches can be difficult to access for people with disabilities, especially those who are wheelchair users or who have limited mobility. The beach wheelchair provides people with the freedom to enjoy the sand and the surf without any accessibility challenges.

Sutherland Shire Council has a modern beach wheelchair that is available for community use. It is available free of charge for short-term loans and can be taken on the sand and in the water. Bookings are necessary.

The chair is available seven days a week from 8am to 4pm in summer and 10am to 2pm in winter.

If you would like to borrow the wheelchair, contact the Cronulla Lifeguard office on (02) 9544 5399.

For the safety and convenience of users and other beachgoers, some conditions apply to the use of the wheelchair. These include:

  • The beach wheelchair can only be used at Cronulla Beach (South Cronulla).
  • The beach wheelchair can only be booked during times when lifeguards are on duty.
  • The maximum length of booking is for four hours per person.
  • A carer must be present at all times.
  • The lifeguard on duty will determine appropriate weather conditions for use.
  • The user/carer has the responsibility to look after the chair at all times.
  • The user and/or carer must read and sign the use policy before the beach wheelchair can be used.
  • The user/carer must return the beach wheelchair to the storage facility and inform the lifeguard that it has been returned.

  Gosford City Council's beaches is now easier for people with a physical disability with a beach wheelchair available at every surf club.

Beach Wheelchair Locations

There are now beach wheelchairs available at the following beaches

  • Avoca Beach
  • Copacabana
  • Killcare
  • MacMasters
  • Ocean Beach
  • Terrigal
  • Umina
  • Wamberal

                         

How to access our Beach Wheelchairs

Contact the local surf club to book a beach wheelchair.

Call Surf Life Saving Central Coast on 02 4353 0299 if you require contact details for the individual surf clubs.

East Lindsey


We have four Beach Wheelchairs which allows everyone to join in and access the beach.

As the wheels on the chairs are not self propelling, you will need someone to push you.

Whilst you are enjoying our beautiful beaches the staff at the various locations will be pleased to look after your wheelchair.

You can use the wheelchairs Free of Charge, we only ask for a £20 deposit which is refundable when the wheelchair is returned undamaged.

Beach Wheelchair Locations

  • Skegness Tourist Information & Box Office. Tel: 0845 6740505
  • Mablethorpe Beach Chalet Office. Tel: 01507 473641 (May – September)
  • Sutton on Sea Beach Chalet Office. Tel: 01507 443765 (May – September)
  • Seacroft Mobility Mablethorpe. Tel: 01507 473500 (September – May)