Holding rubbish during the Great British Beach Clean

Great British Beach Clean 2019

Join the Marine Conservation Society and 15,000 volunteers in the annual event to clean Britain's beaches

What is the Great British Beach Clean?

With the world more aware of plastic waste than ever before, there's greater awareness on the state of beaches across the UK. Last year, more than 15,000 people cleared 8tonnes of rubbish on nearly 500 beaches across the country - and even more are expected to help this year.

Events run across the country between 20 and 23 September - so we've listed our local ones, all within easy reach of their local train station.

What you'll need

You'll be spending a while outside, so stout shoes and comfortable clothes are a must. Many events will provide tools and gloves, but it always helps to provide your own if you can! Gardening gloves are a staple, and a litter-picker saves you bending down regularly. Finally, a bucket is very useful for holding litter until you get to a bag - and saves on single-use plastics too.

Two volunteers during the Great British Beach Clean

Getting to your local GBBC Event

Many of the GBBC events are easy to get to on public transport, making the whole day a sustainable one.

20 September

Bowleaze Cove, Weymouth

09:30 to 11:30
Nearest station: Weymouth
How to get there: Jump on the 503 from outside the Prince Regent Hotel at 09:00 - it'll drop you off outside Bowleaze Cove in just 15 minutes.
GBBC Bowleaze Cove

Hengistbury Head, Pokesdown

10:00 to 14:00 - meet at Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre
Nearest Station: Christchurch
How to get there: Head to Gleadowe Avenue, and take the 09:14 number 33 bus to Broadway shops. From there it's about 15 minutes walk up the Broadway. Alternatively, if you're arriving from the Weymouth side, take the number 1 bus from Pokesdown station, changing at Tuckton Bridge for the number 33 bus to the Broadway shops.
GBBC Hengistbury Head

21 September

Chesil Beach, Weymouth

12:45 to 15:00 - meet at the back of the Cove House Inn
Nearest Station: Weymouth
How to get there: Take the 12:15 route 1 bus from stop K4 (by the Kings Statue). Leave the bus at Victoria Square 20 minutes later, and it's a 5 minute walk along Chiswell and Pebble Lane.
GBBC Chesil Beach

Southsea Beach (Rock Gardens, Southsea end)

10:00 to 12:00 - meet on the promenade by the Rock Gardens
Nearest station: Fratton
How to get there: Take the 09:21 number 1 bus from Talbot Road (turn left from the Talbot Road exit at the station). The bus heads to the South Parade Pier, where's it's less than half a mile to the Rock Gardens along the esplanade.
GBBC Southsea Beach

Budds Farm, Havant

09:30 to 12:00
Nearest station: Havant
How to get there: It's around 10 minutes by taxi from Havant station. Alternatively, for a more scenic way to get there, take the 09:05 number 3 bus from Havant Bus Station (head down Market Parade and Elm Lane). Leave the bus at the High Street stop on Langstone road, and it's about a mile along Mill Lane and the waterfront.
GBBC Budds Farm

Meon Shore, Fareham

10:00-12:30 - meet at the loos next to Meon Shore Chalets
Nearest Station: Fareham
How to get there: It's around 15-20 minutes by taxi from Fareham station, but the 21 bus departs from Stop Q at 08:47. Change at Hill Head Road, and turn right onto Cliff Road. The Meon Shore chalets are a mile along Cliff Road - although you might find an early beach stroll more pleasant!
GBBC Meon Shore

22 September

Shanklin Beach, Shanklin

11:00 to 14:00 - meet at the Beach Café
Nearest station: Shanklin
How to get there: Take the 10:28 Island Coaster or the 10:32 Shanklin Shuttle - both stop right outside the café less than 10 minutes later.
GBBC Shanklin Beach

Portchester Beach, Portchester

10:30 to 12:30 - meet at the bottom of Hospital Lane
Nearest station: Portchester
How to get there: Portchester Castle is just a mile from the station, heading South. Alternatively, you can take the number 3 bus which leaves the Station Road stop at 10:02. Jump off at the White Hart Co-op and it's just 10 minutes walk from there to the bottom of Hospital Lane.
GBBC Portchester Beach

Two minute beach cleans

Of course, cleaning your local beach doesn't just need to be done once a year. Why not consider a two minute beach clean? Every bottle taken off the shore is one less in the ocean. Visit beachclean.net for more information.