Sandy Bay, with the area in front of the fairground known as Coney Beach, is a very popular, large, sheltered and sandy beach. Sandy Bay is popular with families who can enjoy donkey rides along the beach, alongside other facilities such as trampolines, bouncy castles and the adjacent Coney Beach Fun Fair. There is lifeguard cover for the busy months and the waters are considered excellent. Sandy Bay is also popular with surfers. Sandy Bay hosts the ever popular Christmas morning swim where hundreds of swimmers, many in fancy dress, have braved the waters on Christmas Day since 1965, drawing in thousands of spectators and raising thousands of pounds for local charities.