"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Formby Beach

Formby bathing water is a large, sandy beach with extensive sand dunes between the beach and Formby town. There are multiple access points to the beach via boardwalks across the dunes. The beach has a shallow profile that increasingly drops off towards the sea.

Beach type: sand

Nearest town: Southport

Local authority: Sefton Borough Council

OS Grid Reference: SD268062


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Things to see and do near Formby Beach

  • Formby Nature Reserve (1m)
  • Formby Red Squirrel Reserve (NT) (Formby Point) (1m)
  • China Butterfly Craft Centre (3m)
  • China Butterfly pottery painting studio and craft shop (3m)
  • Purple Monster Playcentre (5m)
  • Antony Gormleys Another Place (5m)
  • Farmer Teds Farm Park (5m)
  • The Fun Factor (7m)
  • Giggles Gym (7m)
  • British Lawnmower Museum (8m)

Tourist Information

Tourist Information Centre
112 Lord Street

Phone 01704 533 333

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Weather and Tides

Forecast for Tuesday 12 December


Chance of rain 2%
Max temp. -2°C
(feels like -6°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 2mph.
Pressure 1005
Humidity 96%
UV Index n/a
Air Quality


Chance of rain 5%
Max temp. 5°C
(feels like 1°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 5mph.
Pressure 1006
Humidity 86%
UV Index
Air Quality


Chance of rain 1%
Max temp. 4°C
(feels like -0°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.
Pressure 1006
Humidity 91%
UV Index
Air Quality


Chance of rain 6%
Max temp. 4°C
(feels like -0°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 5mph.
Pressure 1004
Humidity 87%
UV Index
Air Quality


Chance of rain 92%
Max temp. 4°C
(feels like -1°C)
Wind 5mph, gusting to 6mph.
Pressure 1003
Humidity 93%
UV Index n/a
Air Quality


Chance of rain 80%
Max temp. 6°C
(feels like 1°C)
Wind 5mph, gusting to 7mph.
Pressure 1000
Humidity 94%
UV Index n/a
Air Quality
Low Tide
00:14 GMT
High Tide
06:12 GMT
Low Tide
12:35 GMT
High Tide
18:40 GMT

Important! Tide times are for the nearest measurement point and may not be accurate for this location. You should not rely on these times for anything other than a broad indication of when the tide will be at its highest or lowest.

In particular, these tide times are not suitable for navigational use. Accurate tide forecasts require complex calculations and detailed local information. If you intend to engage in any activity for which tidal information is important for safety reasons (including sailing, powerboating, diving, and surfing) then you should obtain professional data.

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Tell us what you think about Formby Beach

A beautiful rural sandy beach. backed by dunes and next to a National Trust reserve. Favoured by fishermen and dog walkers with a designated dog exercise zone.

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