17 Things To Do In Skegness

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As one of the original holiday resorts in the UK, Skegness is still a popular, traditional, seaside holiday town for generations of holidaymakers who return year after year.

Situated on the beautiful Lincolnshire coast, Skegness enjoys award-winning, family-friendly beaches, amusements, theme parks, wildlife sanctuaries, and the scenic Wolds.

If you are staying at a holiday park in Skegness or thinking about buying a static caravan in the area, read on to explore the best things to do while you are there.

Ingoldmells South Beach

There’s a fabulous 3-mile walk along the coastal path from Skegness to the long, sandy beach at Ingoldmells, or by bus from the town centre.

Ingoldmells South Beach is a perfect beach for families, with safe waters for paddling, swimming and water sports, and close to the Fantasy Island Theme Park, one of Lincolnshire’s top attractions.

Dogs are welcome all year round.

Chapel St Leonard’s Beach

Chapel St Leonard’s is a sand and shingle beach next to the popular resort town. The beach extends for miles along the Lincolnshire coast, 6 miles south to Skegness and north to Chapel Point, Anderby Creek and Sandilands.

The area is a favourite location for walkers, swimmers, water sports and family days out.

There are amusements and cafes along the promenade and a host of attractions in the town, including children’s play areas and crazy golf.

Central Beach Skegness

Skegness beach with pier

Award-winning Central Beach is a safe, clean, sandy beach which has been popular with generations of happy holidaymakers.

There’s lots of traditional family fun, including donkey rides, a vintage promenade and a pier with amusements.

Safe for swimming and paddling, this is one of the most popular beaches on the east coast and an excellent location for watersports, including surfing and bodyboarding.

Fantasy Island Theme Park has lots of excitement, and wildlife can spot it at the Natureland Seal Sanctuary within easy reach of Central Beach.

Skegness Pier

Skegness pier sign with blue sky and clouds

Fun and entertainment for everyone, with stunning sea views, Skegness Pier is one of the biggest entertainment venues on the east coast.

There is always a range of fantastic offers and family deals available for the live entertainment and many attractions:

  • Restaurants, bars
  • 10-pin bowling
  • Spacious indoor soft play area
  • Laser quest
  • Gellyball
  • Escape rooms
  • Family Clip n Climb
  • Captain Kids World
  • Hero Zone
  • Live entertainment

Fantasy Island and Glen Park Market, Ingoldmells

Situated next to the beach at Ingoldmells, Fantasy Island is the place for family-friendly fun and entertainment.

There are roller coasters and rides for the thrill seekers, adventure, play, discovery and exploring for younger children.

Fantasy Island is also home to Europe’s largest market, with a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and cafes across the park.

Entrance to the park, market and eateries is free, and you can choose from ride-all-day wristbands or pay as you go with a Fantasy Island i-card.

Natureland Seal Sanctuary

One of the most popular attractions in Skegness, award-winning Natureland is famous for rescuing and rehabilitating seal pups along the Lincolnshire shores.

Visitors see each step in the rehabilitation of orphaned or injured seal pups and hear about the sanctuary’s work during feeding time in the rearing pool.

There’s so much more to see, including a variety of other animals, including meerkats, penguins, and alpacas.

There’s also a pets corner, tropical birds and butterflies and a koi carp pool, making for a fun, exciting experience for the whole family:

  • Alpacas
  • Aquarium
  • Penguins
  • Floral palace tropical butterflies
  • Meerkats
  • Pets Corner
  • Seals

Skegness Aquarium

Skegness Aquarium is located on the seafront; the adventure starts as you step aboard the Hispaniola with Long John Silver and his jolly crew and set forth on a magical journey to the ocean’s depths.

In the Aqua Theatre, you’ll meet Nudge the Zebra Shark and a host of fascinating marine wildlife, including red emperor snappers, rays, batfish and reef sharks.

You’ll meet with the seahorses and crabs in the Wet Lab and meet Lion Fish, Moon Jellies and Moray Eels in the Sea Caves.

The Aquarium offers a dive with sharks experience for the more adventurous. Visit the Sunken Hold to glimpse the baby shark nursery, the octopus and clown fish.

Above the sea, you’ll see rats, snakes, and frogs in Long John Silver’s Storeroom.

There’s a lot more on offer, including face painting, arts and crafts and the delightful Coral Cove soft play area, an ideal day out for everyone, no matter the weather.

Lincolnshire Aqua Park

One of the biggest UK Aquaparks, this family-friendly 30×25 metre water park is located at the Grange Leisure Holiday Park, Mablethorpe, 30 minutes drive from Skegness.

Lincolnshire Aqua Park is packed with activities for all ages; there are slides, trampolines, water wheels, climbing walls and much more.

Every guest is given a buoyancy aid, and the park prides itself on excellent customer service and safety.

Paddleboarding, kayaking, a splash zone and pedalos for the little ones guarantee a fantastic day out for everyone.

There’s a family-friendly bar, restaurant, and Costa coffee.

Hardy’s Animal Farm, Ingoldmells

Set in more than 7 acres of scenic countryside, a 10-minute walk from the sandy beach, Hardy’s Animal Farm is a fantastic, fun day out with a range of indoor and outdoor activities and lots of different animals, goats, cows, and sheep to meet and feed.

Children can learn about farming and interact with the animals in a fun, safe environment, watching the birth of piglets, kids, calves, and chicks.

There are three adventure playgrounds, a cart ride with Fergie the tractor and an indoor play barn.

There’s a regular bus service from the farm to Skegness, Ingoldmells.

Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary

Set in beautiful countryside, this is an excellent opportunity to spend time in nature and meet the friendly donkeys and Shetland ponies with their quirky, individual characters, each with their own story.

The entrance fee is just £1, and you can buy a bucket of carrots for 50p.

Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary is a delightful day out in the country for adults and children, with chickens and ducks waddling about to greet you.

  • Open Saturday and Sunday 10.30-3 pm
  • Coffee shop, charity shop
  • Bags of carrots and biscuits for donkeys
  • Adoption scheme
  • Coffee shop
  • Dogs welcome

The Village Church Farm, Skegness

Take a step back in time to discover Skegness’ local and farming history at this charming open-air museum, set in among grassland and flower beds, perfect for a picnic.

Traditional buildings include a thatched cottage, the 18th-century farmhouse, stables and cowshed, and farm equipment displays, giving an insight into rural life in bygone days. The steam engine and military rooms are always popular.

There is a gift shop, café, coffee, and snacks available.

Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve

The dunes and saltmarshes of Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve are home to an abundance of different species of wildlife and are one of the UK’s oldest migrating bird observatories.

From Skegness to the Wash, the reserve comprises more than 1000 acres of beautiful, unspoilt coastline. It is renowned for its spectacular views and wildlife diversity, which varies according to season.

The café and visitor centre are fully accessible, and several wheelchair-friendly paths are across the reserve.

  • Visitor Centre open seven days, 10-4 pm
  • Café-hot meals, snacks, children’s menu open 10-3.30
  • Gift shop
  • Coastguard station, volunteer-run, for quizzes and information

Dobson’s Windmill And Heritage Centre

Located in Burgh Le Marsh, 4 miles from Skegness, a guided tour of the 19th-century left-handed windmill and heritage centre is an enjoyable, educational experience for all ages.

There are delicious cakes, tea, and coffee in the café, and you can see your porridge being milled, ready to buy and take home.

Wild Pines Park

Wild Pines Park offers one of the best and largest UK high ropes and zip line courses for an exhilarating adventure and fun outdoor activities suitable for ages six and over.

The courses are over 1050 metres, making this one of the country’s longest and most challenging high ropes experiences.

An hour’s drive from Skegness, the park is set in the beautiful Linwood Warren woodlands.

Archery, a Bear Hunt, Treasure Hunts, Bushcraft Experience, Challenge course and Speed runs are among the unique, amazing outdoor activities at Wild Pines Park.

  • Recommended minimum height of 150cm
  • Open all year round
  • Connie’s café
  • Bushcraft experience

Willow’s Farm Fruit

Situated in Chapel St Leonard’s near Skegness, you can either pick your own delicious vegetables and fruit, or it can be picked for you.

Pick your own is a relaxing, fun activity for the whole family, especially for children who live in inner cities who might not have a garden.

You collect your basket when you arrive, pick what you want, weigh, and pay. Many visitors to the farm pick fruit and vegetables to take home for the freezer.

Among the produce available:

  • Lincolnshire potatoes, carrots, onions, beetroot, cauliflower, spring onions, lettuce, tomatoes
  • Seasonal fruit and vegetables: sweetcorn, pod peas, runner beans, plums, cherries, greengages, plums and much more
  • Strawberries, currants, blackberries, raspberries, plums, and cherries
  • Open 9-5 pm every day

Jolly Roger Adventure Golf

Situated next to the clock tower on the seafront at Skegness, this 9-hole pirate-themed miniature golf course is lots of fun for adults and children.

Try for a hole in one among the tropical plants or along the Skull and Treasure trails and the almost impossible Watery Grave.

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