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Skegness has attracted touring visitors to the Lincolnshire coast for decades, and it continues to do so. If you're taking a holiday and staying at one of the caravan parks in Skegness you will discover that the 'Blackpool of the East Coast' has a clean, sandy beach, family-friendly entertainment and much more besides.
Billy Butlin chose the area near Skegness as the location for his first holiday camp in the mid-1930s, and since then it’s attracted millions of visitors who enjoy its beach and many other attractions – and there's still lots to do at the Butlins Skegness site just north of the town today. Skegness offers plenty to entertain all of its visitors, whether you’re planning to stay for just one night or a couple of weeks. It’s also close to the other tourist destinations of Ingoldmells, Sutton-on-Sea, Mablethorpe and Chapel St Leonards, so makes a good base if you’re planning to explore any of these places.
Visit Skegness beach, which has won numerous awards over the years, including those for its cleanliness, Skegness is a Blue Flag Beach, along with Mablethorpe beach and Sutton-on-Sea. It’s safe for swimming, and children will enjoy taking a ride on the Skegness donkeys. Close to the boating lake you’ll also find the Fairy Dell paddling pool, which children of all ages will enjoy – it’s free of charge to use, and is open every day from May until September.
Older members of the family will appreciate a stroll along the promenade; they can also take a walk along the 560m Skegness Pier, from which they’ll get great coastal views. The seafront road – called Grand Parade – is home to a fairground, fish and chip shops, crazy golf and amusement arcades.
For more unusual attractions and entertainment on your caravan holiday in Skegness, head for The Parrot Zoo in nearby Friskney. As well as seeing many beautiful parrots, there are plenty of other animals to view, including coatimundis, meerkats and lemurs.
Adult visitors will enjoy a trip to Batemans Brewery – it is open from Wednesday to Sunday, and tours are available throughout the year. Or head to Skegness Stadium and watch one of the thrill-a-minute stock car or banger racing events that take place here throughout the year.
The town’s popularity with holiday park visitors over the years has meant that a whole host of caravan parks and campsites near Skegness have sprung up. You will find a vast selection both on the outskirts of the town, and further north around Seathorne and Ingoldmells. Many campsites in Skegness and the surrounding area are located along the A52 main coastal road, and offer easy access to the beach and other nearby attractions, and there are many more campsites in Lincolnshire further inland.
Top five things to do in Skegness
Visit the Natureland Seal Sanctuary during your caravan holidays in Skegness – and there's much more than just seals. See meerkats, butterflies and penguins as well.
Get away from the hustle and bustle of the town, and enjoy a stunning stretch of unspoilt coastline on a trip to Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve. Go bird-spotting, take a walk, head to the visitor centre or refuel at the café.
Catch a show or even have a dance at the Embassy Theatre – one activity that won't depend on the sun shining!
A walk up Skegness Pier will complete your trip to this famous destination during caravan holidays in Lincolnshire. There's plenty to do, whether traditional arcade games or bowling take your fancy, but you can also just grab a drink and a bite to eat while you take in the view – or watch the wind turbines turn.
When to visit Skegness
There are numerous events that take place in Skegness during the year, so plenty of things to do during your caravan holidays in Lincolnshire. There is a carnival each August and celebrations last for a week. There are also lots of productions on throughout the year at the Embassy Theatre, which is on Grand Parade. The Skegness illuminations ‘switch on’ takes place in August, and the SO arts festivals occurs in June and July.
How to get to Skegness
Two A-roads serve the town of Skegness, the A52 coming from the south west, the A158 from the west/north west. And, of course, remember to leave extra time for your journey, particularly in the main holiday season, as roads can get congested with holidaymakers and day trippers eager for some time beside the seaside.