Local Attractions

Attractions local to The Thomas Centre

Planning your day is all part of the fun of a holiday for any family or group. However, it can become a challenge for parents and carers of those with special needs. Tolerance in a non judgemental manner can often be an ideal but is rarely a reality. The stresses on parents and carers when planning holiday trips can be daunting and we understand this only too well.

Visitors tell us that the pace of life here is just ideal. There is plenty to see and to do, but there are seldom any queues at local attractions, except perhaps at the very busiest days of the year, such as Bank Holidays. Even in the high summer, you can still find miles of solitary beaches, where you can relax and just enjoy the sheer bliss of so much open space.

With the help of feedback from our visitors, we have put together a selection of just some of the local attractions in our region, places that show tolerance and respect for all individuals.

This first collection is all within 20 minutes drive time from The Thomas Centre.

Rushmoor County Park

Nearby at North Cockerington, visitors to the Thomas Centre have all come back full of praise for the low key, but personal approach taken by the owners and staff of this animal farm.

Pleasure Island

Thorpe Park or Alton Towers this is not, but this is a really good day out for good quality fun fair rides and attractions. Not too expensive, with discounts for Blue Badge Holders.

High Ropes Adventure

At Market Rasen: Terrific fun and definitely not for those with a fear of heights. Fantastic for groups, this family run centre claims to be the best in the region with an excellent safety record. With lots of course options to suit all abilities, book well in advance especially for groups and large parties.

Lincolnshire Wolds Station & Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway

These are really popular for steam and diesel train fans of all ages!. Two small facilities with lots of access to the trains run by a band of volunteers running on alternate Sundays during Summer and other special occasions.


The Maze at Wragby

established in 1996 this is good old fashioned simply fun for all

Cadwell Park

For motorcycle enthusiasts and motor sports, especially vintage motor sports, this is a “must do” visit. Check the events diary.


Hubbard Hills in Louth

A beautiful parkland area, protected and very popular as part of the Louth “River and Canal Walks”.


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Cadwell Park


Cinemas - Louth and Cleethorpes

Louth has a really traditional cinema, in the classic tradition, complete with “Intermissions” when ice creams are served and yet all the latest releases. Cleethorpes has a modern 10 multi-screen and also has 3D for all the latest generation films. Each week, we publish the full programme listings for both cinema’s.... ideal for those occasional rainy days.

The National Fishing Heritage Centre at Grimsby

So much history from “The food capital of Europe” as Grimsby wishes to be known! Follow a visit here with a great Fish and Chip lunch at Steele’s in Cleethorpes, and you will be well and truly “fished out”!

Appleby’s Famous Farm Ices

See Real Ice cream in the making.

Grimsby Auditorium

It is surprising just how many of the shows make it to Grimsby. There is always a busy calendar that is worth checking out, and they have a great web site.


St James’ Church

For those who are interested in church architecture a visit to St James’ Church in Louth is a must. One of the highest spires in the country, the church is a vibrant centre for a wide range of activities with a strong musical bias with regular recitals and a very active choral society.



For those who are happy to drive a little further, say within 30 minutes drive time or more (dependant on traffic!) we have

Rand Farm Park

A large-scale farm park and a great “stopping off” point if planning a visit to Lincoln.


Alford Windmill and Tea Rooms

Lincolnshire is peppered with numerous windmills. Alford is one of the best, and made all the more popular with enthusiastic staff. Great cream teas!


Lincoln Cathedral & Lincoln Castle

A “must do” trip for all history lovers. Lincoln Cathedral was recently the setting for the filming of the contentious “De Vinci Code”.

Market Rasen Racecourse

A real country racecourse and hugely popular for Boxing Day racing (we always go!). Lots of spaces for car park picnics, good catering facilities on site and good viewing of the races from all parts of the course.


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Feeding Animals at Rand Farm
The City of Lincoln