Mablethorpe, Sutton on Sea, Chapel St Leonards and Skegness, all evoke memories of family fun packed bucket and spade holidays. There is also hidden within Lincolnshire fantastic heritage, landscapes and traditions, so whatever the weather and whenever you visit there's no shortage of things to see and do here.
Welcome to Lincolnshire! 2,646 square mile landscape packed with a vast array of magical, natural beauty holding ancient, surpassing architecture dating back to around 1000AD! Take a step back in time and get lost in a county renown for it's history and heritage, explore forgotten castles and become surrounded by a land filled with mysterious arts and culture. However, perhaps shopping is more your bag or maybe a countryside rural retreat? We have a selection of thriving market towns and of course, there’s always an old-fashioned traditional seaside holiday.
Skegness was one of the country's first seaside resorts to welcome visitors and still one of the most popular today. Again winning the Blue Flag award for it's beach, it offers numerous family attractions, fun filled days and exciting nights, why wouldn't you want to visit.
Walk along the front at Skegness and it's a wonderland of family friendly attractions – go-karting, ten-pin bowling, funfair and crazy golf are just some of the activities that will keep you entertained. If you want to kick back and relax then the Compass Gardens is a great place to sit and watch the world go by. If you’re looking for festival and carnival fun then Skegness is home to some amazing events that take place throughout the year. So check our events page to find out about upcoming events taking place. At night you can choose between the big name shows at the Embassy Theatre where you can see stars on the stage throughout week, a visit to the cinema, a drink in a trendy bar or a top quality meal in one of our fine restaurants.
Collect your ticket to a fantasy world of entertainment... you're in for a thrilling rollercoaster of a ride, mixing white-knuckle spills and family friendly attractions. 2017 see the new owners, the Mellors Group, refurbishing and investing in excess of £3 million in a number of new rides and attractions. This significant investment includes attractions such as a multi-platform themed indoor mini golf course, an American-style bowling alley and six new junior and family rides to enhance the overall Fantasy Island offering.
The Mellors Group has also announced there will be facelift to Europe’s largest 7-day market. Upgrades in product variation, site presentation and branding have began and aim to complete for March 2018.
It is Ingoldmells that beckoned Billy Butlin way back in 1936 when he was looking to launch his holiday empire and is celebrating 80 years of entertaining visitors. Today Butlins is a very different experience. Chic New England style apartments with wide-screen TVs, whirlpool baths and big name stars. The latest development is Splash Water World where there are thrilling flumes and rides as well as quieter paddling areas perfect for little ones.
Another great family attraction is Hardy’s Animal Farm where adults and children can meet, feed and make friends with the animals. There's also a great outdoor playground and indoor playbarn for children to burn off some energy whilst having heaps of fun.
Chapel St Leonards
Situated just 7 miles from Skegness, Chapel St Leonards is a popular seaside holiday village. Full of entertainment and things to do, Chapel is fun for all the family. The sheltered beach is a great place for families to spend time enjoying the seaside and the promenade provides a great place for a gentle walk to Chapel Point, once part of the defences during the Second World War.
Chapel village is renowned for its family friendly pubs and is bursting with independent shops and cafes . The fun pool and splash pool at the nearby Robin Hood Leisure Park are always popular choices to burn off some energy and its Club Tropicana nightclub hosts a wealth of entertainment.
Sutton On Sea
The pride and joy of this charming quaint seaside town is its glorious beach which has been attracting holidaymakers since the days of Queen Victoria's reign.
There’s plenty to see and do, be it a gentle stroll along the promenade or some family fun in the Pleasure Gardens where you will find a paddling pool, bowling green and a children’s play area, set against a beautiful backdrop of floral displays.
The High Street is home to a variety of independent shops from butchers to antique shops where you will find first class customer service and a choice of pubs, cafes and restaurants providing a great choice of places to eat.
If you enjoy a spot of carnival fever then make a date to go along to the Sutton on Sea and Trusthorpe Carnival, held at the end of July and draws in crowds from all around.
Mablethorpe has always been a family favourite. With its two mile stretch of golden sand it is the perfect place to while away those long summer days. Stroll along the promenade and you’ll be spoilt for choice with so many places to eat, drink and relax. You’ll also come across our iconic Bathing Beauties beach huts. Discover a giant Gin & Tonic with a straw and a slice of lemonade or the Victorian themed Camera Obscura. Look out for Jabba too – hidden in the sand dunes.
A stone’s throw from the beach, Queens Park offers a chance to relax amongst its neatly manicured gardens while enjoying a leisurely bite to eat at the café. You’ll also find a paddling pool, tennis courts, boating lake, miniature railway and putting green.
Year-round events add to the mix, including the glittering Mablethorpe Illuminations; while in winter or spring, catch exciting beach motorcycling.
The Natural Coast
Discover a different coast where sloping sand dunes embrace mile upon mile of golden sands, a place where nature thrives.
So, it's no surprise that much of it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It offers one of the best places in Britain to see breeding grey seals. While each year around a million birds from across the globe migrate along its sandy shoreline.
Located between the coastal strip and the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty you’ll find the Lincolnshire Coastal Grazing Marshes. This nationally threatened habitat supports a diverse variety of wildlife and the distinctive wetland landscape is steeped in a rich cultural history.
The area is also home to the Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park where you can spend time exploring the natural landscape and wildlife. The best way to discover the area is on foot, using a clearly labelled network of footpaths and bridleways.
With a beautiful stretch of sandy, unspoilt beach, Anderby Creek is as delightful as the name suggest and amongst the sand dunes is the ‘Round and Round House’ designed for all-year round bird watching. This is also where you can take a seat at the Cloud Bar, the UK’s first purpose-built cloud viewing platform where you can sit back and enjoy the natural shapes of cloud formations as they drift across East Lincolnshire’s big skies.
The Lincolnshire Wolds
Just a few miles inland, East Lincolnshire boasts the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which makes it a haven for visitors looking to enjoy the English countryside at its best. For over forty years it has been an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, rolling countryside that challenges misconceptions of Lincolnshire being flat.
Hidden valleys, sleepy stone villages and historic market towns... welcome to the Wolds. Exploring the Lincolnshire Wolds and our market towns is a breeze. Choose from leisurely walks to serious treks. Enjoy ‘Walkers are Welcome’ towns, including Horncastle, Market Rasen and Caistor. Each year the Lincolnshire Wolds welcomes thousands of walkers as part of the annual Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival, walkers can choose from over 100 walks during this two week festival, with something to suit everyone.
One of the joys of exploring the Lincolnshire Wolds is exploring our historic market towns. There’s Louth, the ‘finest little market town in Britain’ and Horncastle famed for its antiques shops. Charming Alford with its five-sailed windmill hosts regular arts and craft markets.