Top Ten Things to do by the Sea
Oh, who doesn’t like to be beside the seaside, beside the sea? And we’re blessed here in Lincolnshire with around 50 miles of coastline, so you’ll be hard pressed not to find something right up your street… or should that be beach?
1. Take a seat at the Cloud Bar
Distinctly different, that’s what we like to be, so pull up a chair at the UK’s first Cloud Bar. It may not serve booze, but this bar nestling amidst sand dunes at Anderby Creek is the UK’s first purpose-built cloud viewing platform, complete with ‘Cloud Menus’ and swiveling mirrors.
2.All aboard the Mablethorpe sand train
Let the sand train take the strain. It’s been an institution for more years than we care to remember, but that doesn’t stop thousands of visitors loving a trip on the brightly coloured land train up and down the sandy beach at this popular resort.
3. Donkey rides on the beach
Talking of institutions, how much more traditional can you get than donkey rides on the beach? And Lincolnshire has some of the best in Britain - that’s official! Family run for three generations in Cleethorpes, Skegness and Ingoldmells, the good-natured donkeys have previously been voted among the best in the country.
4. Tuck into Fish and Chips
It would be rude not to, surely? No visit to the seaside is complete without some good old fish and chips and while it’s a matter of taste, of course, we think we’ve got some of the best chippies on the east coast.
5. Paddle in a Maple Leaf pool… courtesy of Canada
As strange as it sounds, taking pride of place in the Sutton on Sea Gardens, alongside a waterfall, children's play area and bowling green, is the Maple Leaf paddling pool. It was opened in 1954 as a gift from the people of Canada in response to the devastating east coast floods of 1953. And a very popular gift it is too.
6. Stroll the boardwalk at Skegness Pier
Once upon a time every seaside resort had one, but Skegness Pier is one of only 50 left in the UK. While it opened 131 years ago, it’s now one of the largest amusement centres in Europe boasting everything from a large children’s play area to the latest videos and simulators along with a Bowling Centre and Laserquest arena.
7. Enjoy all the fun of the fair
There’s always time for a ride on the dodgems, a toffee apple, a chance to scare Granddad on the ghost train or to get dizzy on the waltzer… for traditional seaside rides, try Mablethorpe Fun Fair or Skegness Pleasure Beach.
8. Have a roller coaster of a stay
Looking for a little more adrenaline-fuelled fun? Brave a roller coaster or two at Pleasure Island, Cleethorpes, offering amazing white-knuckle rides as well as family and kiddies rides, while there’s more non-stop thrills at Fantasy Island, Ingoldmells,
9. Take a selfie with The Jolly Fisherman
It’s probably the most famous holiday poster ever drawn, the Jolly Fisherman and “So Bracing” slogan commissioned by the Great Northern Railway Company in 1908. More than a century later, one of the town’s most popular landmarks is a statue of Jolly dancing above a fountain in the colourful Compass Gardens.
10. Steam along the coast
Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway, the last remaining steam railway on the East Coast, takes visitors on a two-mile journey along the seafront, stopping at three stations. It’s also home to The Signal Box Inn – said to be the world’s smallest pub.