Seeing as the weather has been pretty good again this week I was hoping that it would hold out long enough so that we could have a beach day at Skegness! The last time I went it was the beginning of the summer season and the weather was still a little cold, and it was pretty empty there. This time we were visiting near the end of the summer season and the weather was a much nicer 22ºC, the sun was shining and there were people!
At around 10am we left Lincoln and got onto the A158, which pretty much takes you straight from Lincoln to Skegness on one main road. It took us around 1 hour 15 minutes to get there in the car, and we parked in the Clock Tower car park which is right next to the sand dunes and of course the beach! Parking is £7 for the whole day or £2.50 for 2 hours, which isn’t too bad when you are sharing a car with others who can chip in. You can also get there by train or bus, but times and prices do vary based on ticket types, rail/bus cards and day/time of travel.
When we got there…
It was around 11.30am and we decided to head into the main shopping area in town to get some lunch and one of the best drinks you will ever buy – a tango iceblast. If you haven’t tried one, you need to! The only other place I have seen them is in the cinema, but naturally they cost like £4 for a small size. As you head into town, past the Clock Tower roundabout, on the left hand side of the road, outside a covered shopping centre there is a circular stand that sells food and drink. You need to visit this stand and buy yourself a regular tango iceblast for the much more reasonable price of £2 (Or a HUGE one for £5 – still not a bad deal!)
We also walked through the covered shopping centre to a block of toilets. Now, as is customary in most popular tourist destinations, pretty much everywhere charges to use the toilets. This block used to charge 20p, but to my surprise when we visited they were no longer charging, so if you don’t want to pay to use a toilet closer to the beach then head down to these! One place you need to look out for as you walk back is the creatively named ‘Stumble Inn’ – it never fails to make me laugh.
To the beach…
After this we headed to the beach to eat some lunch and enjoy the sun. As you head to the beach you pass plenty of food/drink stands selling everything from vodka slushes and donuts to seafood. On the beach there are the iconic donkey rides, taking children for rides across the sand. When we had finished lunch we walked barefoot along the shore to see how cold the water was – it wasn’t too bad!
What else is there to do?
We decided to go play some miniature golf, so we headed off the beach near the pier beside the pastel coloured beach houses and walked alongside the man made canal which you can take a boat ride on to Naturelands Seal Sanctuary. Although I haven’t visited the sanctuary, I have heard good things about it. It costs £7.80 per adult, £5.20 per child, £6.30 per OAP and £23.40 per family (See the website for more details!). Which isn’t too bad as you get the chance to see seals, meerkats and penquins (Feeding times at 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm), as well as visit the aquarium and tropical house.
There are several minature golf courses on the sea front, but we decided to go back to the one we went to before (Arnold Palmer) as I really enjoyed it. We decided to play the 18 hole course which costed £3.50 per adult, and is totally worth the money! I got a really nice lilac coloured ball and I definitely think it helped me to win 50:61 🙂
What else is there to see?
We then headed back to the pier to visit the famous arcades. As a child I was never very interested in arcade games, and that really hasn’t changed but I do like to walk through and have a look at the games. Some of my favourites are the ‘experience a hurricane’, dance mats and camel racing. After we had finished walking through we ended up back on the main street, and decided to give in to the delicious looking food that had been tempting us all day. Walking along the main street look out for the log flume water ride, outdoor swimming pool and fountain which has the iconic Skegness man in the centre.
Go on then, just one…
We went to the stand nearest the car park we parked in and ordered a strawberry special and waffle with ice cream and belgian chocolate. I don’t think I even have to say, but they were amazing. We walked to the beach and sat on the dunes while we ate. When we were done we headed back to the car and then back to Lincoln.
As I always do, I really enjoyed my visit to Skegness. Depending on where you live, the combined petrol and parking isn’t overly expensive (Better if you can car share and split the costs!) and there is loads to do, see, eat and drink. There is something really nostalgic about being at the seaside, it reminds me of holidays at Haven holiday parks in caravans, spending all day on the beach and every evening at the tiger club (I hope someone knows what I’m going on about…).
Anyway, what I’m trying to say is: if you really enjoy the iconic British seaside day out and you are near by – you have to visit Skegness!
A Day in the Life…