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Lincolnshire’s got something for everyone

July 17, 2009
by Matt | destinations | guest posts

Stretching from Yorkshire and the Humber in the north to the Cambridgeshire fens in the south with over a hundred miles of coastline to the east, Lincolnshire holidays are especially suitable for nature lovers.

Birdwatchers flock to the tranquil sands of the rural coast and inland the rolling landscape of the Wolds will thrill anyone who loves the traditional English countryside.

One of England’s largest counties, Lincolnshire is also an ancient one. Its roots are in the Saxon kingdom of Lindsey, mentioned in the Domesday book, and the county’s history is evident wherever you look. Hundreds of medieval churches dot the countryside, many of them open to visitors. There are castles, picturesque market towns and Lincoln itself, with its unforgettable view of the cathedral crowning the city.

For those in search of a more active holiday, the coastal towns won’t disappoint. The resort of Skegness and its pleasure beach are famous for their amusements, as are the neighbouring towns of Mablethorpe and Chapel St Leonards.

Real ale enthusiasts can sample the beer of local brewer Batemans, and every June RAF Waddington hosts its famous airshow, attracting tens of thousands of spectators with its breathtaking displays.

And if it’s raining don’t despair. Whether it’s shopping in Grimsby and Spalding, marvelling at the beauty of the county’s stately homes such as Burghley House – a film location for Pride and Prejudice and the Da Vinci Code – or enjoying a trip on the Lincolnshire Wolds steam railway, there’s as much to see inside in Lincolnshire as out.

Where to stay?

Skegness has long been the tourist mecca of Lincolnshire. In addition to the famous beach, there’s the pier, a heavy horse centre and the national parrot sanctuary, as well as the headquarters of Batemans Brewery for beer lovers.

Situated on the edge of the town, Southview Leisure Park has a large indoor heated pool and facilities for golf, fishing and disco and club nights.

Even more central is Richmond Holiday Centre, which is located in Skegness itself, a short stroll from the famous beach.

A few miles north of Skegness is another hub for visitors to the Lincolnshire coast, Mablethorpe. Famous for its seal sanctuary which gives visitors the chance to see these beautiful creatures up close, it also has a fairground and one of the county’s most popular sandy beaches.

Golden Sands is in the town itself, just yards from the blue flag-rated beach. With 10-pin bowling, clubs for kids of all ages and indoor and outdoor heated pools with flumes, there’s something for the whole family whatever the weather.

Sunnydale Holiday Park is a short drive north from bustling Mablethorpe, on the edge of the dunes and marshes of the Saltfleetby nature reserve, one of only five UK locations where the natterjack toad can be seen. It has a full sports and entertainment programme, a coarse fishing pond and lots more.