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Holidays in Skegness

A pretty seaside town with colourful beach huts

1976 Skegness Donkey Rides by Yvonne Thompson - CC BY 2.0

Skegness is one of the UK’s most famous seaside resorts, with a variety of old-fashioned attractions to keep visitors entertained.

This popular resort is located on the Lincolnshire coast, 43 miles east of the city of Lincoln. There are miles of sandy beaches, a classic seaside pier and promenade, and an impressive range of family attractions. Skegness, also known affectionately as “Skegvegas” or the “Blackpool of the East Coast”, has a famous mascot, the Jolly Fisherman, a sculpture of which stands next to the famous clock tower, in the town centre.

Skegness is packed with great family attractions. Don’t miss Skegness Natureland Seal Sanctuary, which is home to hundreds of seals that were rescued after becoming orphaned or injured on the Lincolnshire coast. There are also tropical fish, penguins and reptiles.

For another fun day out, visit Fantasy Island, a short journey from the town centre. You’ll find a number of terrifying rides, including the Beast, Twister and Volcano. But there are plenty of mellower attractions too, and one of the UK’s biggest seven-day markets, where you can pick up everything from clothes to antiques.

Skegness_March_2013 054 (cropped) by Alan Samuel - CC BY 2.0

One of the town’s newest and most thrilling annual events is Skegness Beach Racing, when motorcyclists battle it out on a treacherous series of jumps, straights and chicanes. This great day of entertainment is free to attend.

A trip to Skegness would be incomplete without a wander on the pier. As well as sea air and a wide open view of the coast, you’ll find ten pin bowling, Lazer Quest and various arcade games.

“Skegness is one of the UK’s most famous seaside resorts, with a variety of old-fashioned attractions to keep visitors entertained.”

Right next to the pier is Skegness Pleasure Beach, featuring all the traditional fairground attractions you would hope for from a British seaside resort.

There’s no shortage of great places to eat in Skegness, whether you’re after a fine dining restaurant for a romantic evening meal, or the best takeaway in town. For live music, good ales and hearty, home-cooked dishes, head to the vibrant Popar’s Bar. If you want a hearty full English breakfast, look no further than Windy’s, one of Skegness’ many traditional cafes. One of the town’s best Italian restaurants is San Rufo’s, which serves fresh, tasty pasta and pizza. Skegness has a number of outstanding fish and chips shops. Two of the best are Tony’s Chippy and Epton Ltd.

While you’re there

Skegness Pier

Cheap and cheerful, Skegness Pier offers arcade games galore, rides and a beach.

Natureland Seal Sanctuary

Visit the Seal Sanctuary for many species of animal including reptiles and penguins.

The Village, Church Farm

Stroll this open air farming museum, situated in the heart of Skegness.

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