Lavender in Bloom, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

Travel England: Escape to the Sea in Lincolnshire

Perhaps no area of the United Kingdom is as iconic a seaside community as Lincolnshire. Some of the best beaches in the whole of the country are found right in the resort towns of Skegness and Mablethorpe. Seemingly endless stretches of gold sand, family-friendly beachfront and indoor attractions provide plenty of fun for those traveling with children.

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Plus, with easy access by public transportation, they’re downright affordable destinations for holiday-hungry travelers on any budget. Overnighting is simple in either area with plenty of Skegness bed and breakfast accommodation and resorts in Mablethorpe as well.

Winter on the Beach in Skegness, United Kingdom
Winter on the Beach in Skegness © stephen bowler

Sure, there’s plenty of fun to be had on the beach (Mablethorpe in particular offers endless blue flag beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see). But there’s plenty to do off the sand too …

Family Fun & Entertainment

Whether traveling with the whole family or just on a couples getaway, take a leisurely walk along Skegness Pier – one of the biggest and best entertainment complexes on the east coast.

For silly family fun, take a hike to Sutton on Sea and splash around in the leaf-shaped paddling pool just for kids or take them to ride a donkey on the beach! When you’ve had enough fun in the sun relax about the Mablethorpe Sand Train.

For Nature Lovers

Nature lovers will love being able to feed the seals at Natureland Seal Sanctuary. The area is also a haven for birders and birdwatchers. The coast of Lincolnshire pulls in more than a million migrating birds annually. For the best vantage in the area, check out Anderby’s ‘Round & Round House’ with an ideal view.

For a real treat, Gibraltar Point offers more than a thousand acres of reserve for wildlife breeding – birds in particular. Head north to Donna Nook Reserve to witness the country’s largest (and most readily accessible) colonies of grey seals (best in November/December).

Lavender in Bloom, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Lavender in Bloom, Lincolnshire © Duncan

Festivals & Events

Mablethorpe and Skegness are great destinations in their own right, any time of year. But try to venture out to the coast during one of the many annual festivals in the area if possible.

June brings the yearly Skegness SO festival. While September plays host to the biggest coastal arts festival on the continent – with theme of cleverly designed beach huts in Mablethorpe.

Lastly, it’s not a “festival” per se, but during the summer months, travelers can park their cars virtually on the water at Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe National Nature Reserve where brilliant displays of sea lavender bloom every year.

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