Welcome To the site and welcome to the marina. This mini guide is to give you a feel for where to go and what to expect within the marina on your way onto the Marina Breakwaters, or East and west walls to most. So where to start ? Arrival and parking I guess.
The multi story car park in the marina is free to use and signs indicate 4 hour parking. This is to deter those using it as a park & ride facility. The reality is that as long as you are using the marina or its facilities the parking is free for the duration of your visit, but please note , ASDA have a large carpark that is monitored and chargeable if you exceed its time limits. Level one is for family and disabled parking and is closely monitored.
All other parking area’s in the marina are specialised bays for residents or businesses and their visitors/deliveries. Parking in these area’s is not advised when fishing in the marina. For further advice on where to park and/or restrictions we advise visitors to check with the Marina security office on 01273 693636.
Park correctly and you will avoid the risk of fines.
Mobility and access for all
Brighton marina in general provides very well for the less mobile, with access ramps throughout the marina and the bulk of the shops have wide flat level access for chairs.
The Multi storey carpark is free and level 1 is dedicated to family and disabled parking only.
For those fishing the EAST wall there are 3 dedicated blue badge bays in the far end commercial car park as well as a few marked bays scattered around the marina residential areas.
ASDA have dedicated bays for use but 4 hour restrictions are in place for customers.
West wall parking is usually at the far end lower level of the multi car park
Wall access for chair user on both east and west walls is via a dedicated gate that is normally kept locked (east wall this gate is open as is main access to the wall during building work)
A call to the TackleBox (01273 696677) will allow the shop to arrange for the duty warden to meet and assist with access/exit as is required
The tacklebox is on ground level in Marina Square and is easy access.
The shop can be found in the square directly behind Asda , there is a fountain in the centre and as you go through the arch between the electric bike shop & the baggage shop we are in the left corner just before the Laughing Dog Cafe.
There are some public toilets in the marina located in the Boardwalk area close to the lifts onto the upper level. Look for the level crossing stay on the right as you look through the marina, toilets are hidden around the back in a small boardwalk arcade.
The nearest toilet if on the East wall(breakwater) is the portacabin in the east carpark. The come under the estates management and are cleaned regularly. but the tacklebox has no direct control over them
The West wall(breakwater) has a toilet in the “tower block” It is basic but also cleaned by the shops duty wardens and checked everyday when its opened by said duty warden.
BBQ’s and Cooking
With the warm weather in the summer many turn their thoughts to BBQ’s & picnic’s which is also a popular thought for many visiting the breakwaters. Unfortunately BBQ’s or any other open coal or wood fire are not permitted on the breakwaters. Hot ash being blown has often been the cause of some nasty injuries to visitors so for safety reasons we do not allow BBQ’s on the walls
Small portable gas burners are allowed and must be supervised while in use.
Both breakwaters are some distance from shops & can act as sun traps. Long hours out fishing or even watching those fishing bring up things than some often overlook. Sunstroke & sunburn are common on long summer days, not just with children. Plenty of fluid & sun cream are always advised. For adults that like to have a can or a tinny dehydration is something to be aware of. Please remember the lower breakwaters are a fishing venue, so there will often be sharp objects discarded, bare feet on the breakwater is risky. Slippery surfaces, children running on the wall, anglers casting & not looking behind can all be factors to injuries. It is often tempting when fishing to sit on or across the outside sea wall, this is not permitted at any time. Wardens do patrol the breakwaters and part of their duty is to assist visitors and encourage safety.
The summer heat, long days & often “a few beers while fishing” can sometime lead to tension on the walls. While diplomacy is our aim to calm situations and resolve other issues that arise the wardens are on the wall to assist and ensure the safety of all using the facility. For this reason abusive behaviour is advised against and can result in either the removal of offenders and in some cases permanent bans.
The Fishing Wardens
The fishing wardens are appointed by Dave Grinham who owns the tackle box. They are there to assist with the running of the breakwaters and collect rod monies from those fishing within the marina facility. All official wardens carry an ID badge and are usually quite visible as they carry out their duties which over the year can prove quite varied, some of these have included.
- Seagull Rescues
- Rubbish clearance
- Ticket collection/issue
- Casting lessons
- Wheelchair assistance
- Dispute mediation
- Fish management
- Toilet cleaning
Bait deliveries, dispute settlements, wall maintenance, weather forecasting, safety advice and even fish predictions have been asked of them. They are there to help, so please feel free to ask one of them for assistance. Fishing safely in a clean environment encourages visitors to return, help us to help you.