15 Things To Do Near Golden Sands (Haven)

15 things to do near Golden Sands

The Haven owned Golden Sands Holiday Park is situated on the pretty Lincolnshire coast.

The holiday park offers a wide range of activities to keep everyone entertained including the Adventure Village, two swimming pools, fishing on the lake and of course the beautiful sand dunes of Golden Sands.

But if you’re looking for some off site activities, there are plenty of things to do near Golden Sands. Read on to explore our top choices.

Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary and Wildlife Centre

Just a two minute walk through the sand dunes from Golden Sands, Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary is also home to many rescued animals, including goats, snakes, otters, monkeys, meerkats, and birds.

Set in 2 acres of dunes just 50 metres from the shore, this is a wonderful opportunity to feed and interact with the seals and learn about the wildlife.

A part of the Sanctuary is dedicated to prehistoric times, dinosaurs, and fossils.

  • Seals and more than 60 varied species of animals
  • Excellent value for money
  • Fun and educational
  • Gift shop and a cafe

Mablethorpe Beach

Mablethorpe Beach
Mablethorpe Beach

Miles of sand and dunes, donkey rides, rock pools, and a ride on the sand train ensure that a day out on stunning Mablethorpe Beach will delight everyone.

Less than 2 miles from Golden Sands, this is one of the finest beaches on the east coast, perfect for water sports including sailing, canoeing, and windsurfing. Calm waters, gentle tides and lifeguards mean the beach is safe for swimming, paddling and splashing.

All the traditional seaside fun is close by on the seafront, with fish and chips, ice cream, cafes, amusement arcades and entertainment.

  • Long sandy beach
  • Water sports, safe swimming
  • Traditional seaside fun on the seafront
  • Cafes, bars, eateries

Lincolnshire Aquapark

There’s guaranteed fun and laughter, and an exciting challenge or two for everyone at one of the most popular attractions in the area, 2 miles from Golden Sands.

Lincolnshire Aquapark is one of the UK’s largest aquaparks with many facilities, including a huge pool with slides, a giant cyclone wheel, and a fantastic new Aquaglide.

You can try a range of water sports, including paddle boarding with instruction and open swimming. Pedalos for under 5s with adult supervision are also now available.

Online booking only for a fantastic family outing.

  • Changing rooms
  • Safety floats issued to all visitors
  • New features-Universal Icecap, Thunderdome, Archway
  • Equipment, wetsuit hire
  • Paddle boarding, kayaking with instructors
  • Climbing walls, giant monkey bars
  • Restaurant, bar, Costa Coffee

Eastside Ceramics

If you’re looking for something different, Eastside Ceramics is an excellent chance to get creative.

About a mile from Golden Sands, close to Mablethorpe High Street, paint your own pottery sessions are a hit with visitors of all ages.

With clear instructions from friendly, patient staff, and a range of pottery to choose from, visitors of all abilities will be delighted with their handiwork. No experience necessary!

  • Children and adults painting
  • Story and paint sessions
  • Foam clay
  • No need to book

Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary

Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary is a lovely, scenic place to take the children to meet the friendly donkeys and Shetland ponies. Most of the donkeys have been rescued and have their own quirky characters and stories. Chickens and ducks are waddling around too.

Entry is just £1, and you can buy a much-appreciated bag of carrots for 50p, a fantastic day out for everyone less than 7 miles from Golden Sands. You might even want to adopt a donkey!

  • Open Saturday and Sunday from 10.30 to 3 pm
  • Coffee shop, charity shop
  • Carrots and ginger biscuits for the donkeys
  • Adoption scheme
  • Coffee shop
  • Dogs welcome

Mablethorpe Fairground

There’s lots of family fun to be had at the traditional Mablethorpe Funfair, next to the award-winning beach, just a stone’s throw from Golden Sands.

There is a wide variety of activities for older and younger children, including vintage rides such as the waltzer, dodgems, ghost train, hook a duck and house of horrors. Children love the bungee trampolines and a caterpillar coaster for thrill seekers.

Donna Nook Nature Reserve

seal at Donna Nook
Donna Nook Nature Reserve

Donna Nook covers more than 10 miles of beautiful coastline and is a rare opportunity to see the colony of grey seals which come to the sand dunes to give birth to more than 2000 pups in November and December every year.

It’s a fantastic experience to see 100s of seals up close in their natural habitat. There’s also an abundance of wildlife, including rare birds and plants.

Anderby Creek

Anderby Creek
Anderby Creek

Anderby Creek is a naturally beautiful, unspoilt sandy beach between Skegness and Mablethorpe, less than 8 miles from Golden Sands.

The quiet beach is a haven of tranquillity, away from the hustle and bustle of the seaside resorts nearby.

Anderby Creek is the perfect location for a long beach walk or a peaceful picnic.

In the village of Anderby, behind the beach, there’s a pub, a shop, and a café. Horse-riding is popular on this beach.

Captain Kids Adventure World

An ideal, fun-filled activity for children under 10, there’s a large adventure space with slides and obstacles, ball pools, targets, and cannons.

Captain Kids is terrific value for money and a fantastic way for younger children to burn off some energy just over a mile from Golden Sands.

  • No time constraints when not busy
  • Separate toddler space
  • Free lolly and balloon takeaway
  • Shop
  • Café with cream teas

Lincolnshire Wolds

Lincolnshire Wolds

If you love the great outdoors, exploring the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds is a must when you’re in the area.

Lincolnshire Wolds is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, covering 216 miles of gentle hills, peaceful valleys, streams, bustling market towns and sleepy, picturesque villages.

The area is popular with walkers and offers many activities, including fishing, kayaking, climbing, horse riding, biking and more.

Rushmore Farm Park and Falconry Centre

There are a variety of farm animals, small animals, and birds of prey to meet and a range of family-friendly activities at this small, working farm.

At Rushmore Farm, children can hold and feed the animals, and there are three different Harris Hawks flying displays every day.

You can feed and cuddle the lambs during the lambing season.

  • Birds of prey-owls, eagles, falcons, hawks
  • Alpaca walks
  • Pony rides
  • New outdoor play area
  • Tearooms

Back To Bear Outdoor Activity Centre

Tucked away in the lovely Lincolnshire Wolds, Back to Bear is a superb outdoor activity centre for an action-packed, fun day out.

You can book an entire day choosing from various activities, including bushcraft, archery, laser tag, shelter building and axe and knife throwing, with professional, patient, friendly instructors.

For the ultimate outdoor experience, Back To Bear is a fun, action-packed day out for all families and groups of all ages.

Huttoft Car Terrace Beach

The beautiful expanse of the soft sandy beach across the dunes is perfect for long walks, picnics, and kite flying in a peaceful rural setting.

The beach is popular for surfing, swimming, and fishing, and there are a range of off-road cycle tracks along the old railway lines.

There are stunning views out to sea, and there’s a new café nearby.

Homefield Alpacas

An unforgettable experience for everyone, you can spend 2-3 hours meeting and learn about the friendly alpacas and their individual characters.

Feed, walk and talk to the alpacas on various treks in the lovely countryside.

Finish off your visit at the popular café and enjoy some cake and refreshments.

Homefield Alpacas is just over 5 miles from Golden Sands.

On Your Marques

On Your Marques is excellent fun and well worth a visit. On Your Marques is a fascinating insight into motoring history with its impressive, unique collection of motor racing memorabilia and model vehicles.

On Your Marques provides a nostalgic journey back in time through a miniature world of motoring, with old favourites including Lady Penelope’s pink Rolls Royce and Supercars.

The giant Scalextric track is a huge hit for all ages.

On Your Marques is a highly recommended hidden gem just under 8 miles from Golden Sands.

  • Formula 1, GT Racing, James Bond
  • Open every day March-October
  • Children under 5-free entry
  • Café, refreshments

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