Good wheelchair access with long promenades for those with limited mobility or those in wheelchairs?
See one of the largest natural seal colonies just five miles away during the winter months?
It is all here, just a short drive from The Thomas Centre.
The whole coastal line from Cleethorpes to the north and Skegness to the south is peppered with lots of small villages and a north/south coastal road that gives you good access to lots of small beaches. At any time of the year, there are good beech walks to be had. The coast line here is long and flat, so bathing is very safe. By far the majority of the coast line is fine yellow sand. When the tide goes out it goes out a very long way. Each week we publish the tide times so you can plan your trip to the beach (best when the tide is in!).
If you are a surfer, forget it! Waves may be a few inches rather than a few feet (or should that be a few centimetres then a few metres!). On the up side, this meandering tide makes for safe beaches, with very few currents in the region. Ideal for lazy days, with plenty of privacy.
For blue badge holders, good disabled car parking and beach access exists at all the larger towns. For those who prefer smaller locations, we always recommend Sutton-on- Sea. With a good car park right beside the sea wall, it is just a short distance to a long promenade on the sea wall. Ideal for those who find walking difficult, for wheelchairs and buggies. Also Sutton has a pleasant selection of small beach-front café's, snack bars and ice cream parlours.
For those that enjoy a good walk, we have some lovely beach villages such as Theddlethorpe and Sandilands. Also, for the more inquisitive, scattered along this coast you will find several “to the beach” signs that take you down small tracks to beach side car parks.
Many of these beaches are tucked away from the madding crowds of the main towns of Cleethorpes, Mablethorpe and Skegness or “Skeggy”, christened by some as "the Blackpool of the East Coast". In these towns you will find the usual selection of amusements and arcades and many are pleasantly surprised by the overall standards in the region.
For those who know the area, Skeggy is still very much Skeggy, and a visit is considered a must for many on holiday in this region.
Many visitors tell us that Cleethorpes is a pleasant surprise, having invested heavily in it’s beach front areas. There is an excellent promenade of some two miles, starting at the southern end with Pleasure Island. This is a good theme park, not on the scale of say Alton Towers, but with good facilities and never too busy. Entrance is £64 for a family of 4 of £10.50 each for blue badge holders and their carer. Typically, opening hours are 10.30 to 5pm, so this park has a good family feel about it. With a good safety record, many of our guests tell us that there is a good staff attitude for families and groups such as ours.
Travelling northwards from Pleasure Island there is lots to see and plenty of places to stop off for a break or an ice cream. Steam trains, crazy golf, smart cafés, Chinese buffet restaurants, well run mini-zoos, boating lakes and large sand pit play areas are just some of the things that you will find scattered along this promenade.
If you have the stamina to keep going, you will come to the “Kiss me Quick” end of town, by the Cleethorpes pier, full of arcades, fish and chip bars and the like.
Finally, we must mention the Seals at Donna Nook. What an amazing sight this is! On the long mud flats at Donna Nook, each year a growing colony of grey seals arrive in late October and soon start giving birth to their pups. They leave by late December and last year over 1,200 were born. Each year the population is growing by 10% and more. The seals are huge and you can get very close to see them, but always under the watchful eyes of the wardens. The seals do not seem to mind us humans too much, but the local wardens are a real treasure. Full of useful information for visitors, they also make sure no pups get abandoned. When they do, they whisk them off to Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary and this way they successfully ensure a tremendous survival rate. Visiting the seals makes an autumn holiday really worthwhile and last year Donna Nook attracted over 40,000 visitors!