FOR THE KIDS
Located in Ingoldmells on the sunny east coast of Lincolnshire close to Skegness and just a stone’s throw from the beach, Fantasy Island is the ultimate destination for the whole family.
The little ones have so much to choose from, including rides, a soft play area and live character shows during the high season.
NATURELAND SEAL SANCTUARY
Natureland is well known for rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned and injured seals. Visitors can see the various stages of their rehabilitation and hear about the rescue work at feeding times.
There are not just seals! Watch the amusing antics of the penguins, be amazed by the tropical butterflies, squirm at the reptiles and creepy crawlies, feed the goats in the Pets Corner and marvel at the beautiful tropical fish in the Aquarium.
Skegness beach is wonderfully sandy with acres and acres of space available if you like a bit of privacy. It is very well looked after and cleaned every day.
If you like a good walk along the beach you can walk to Gibraltar Point nature sanctuary or walk in the opposite direction to Ingoldmels, stopping for refreshments at the many bars along the way.
It is also extremely good for viewing the night sky.
FOR THE ADULTS
Belton House (above) was built in the 1680s and has all the design features of a classic English country home. Sitting in formal Italian and Dutch gardens and an historic 1300 acre deer park, Belton is often cited as the quintessential country house estate. The estate also includes a restaurant, café and indoor play area, gift and garden shops and the recently restored outdoor adventure playground.
Other houses well worth visiting are: Burghley House, Doddington Hall, Elsham Hall, Grimsthorpe Castle, Easton Walled Gardens, Ellys Manor House and Scawby Hall.
The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirby has parts of 80 aircraft on display, It houses the “just Jane” which is one of two of the last remaining Lancaster’s in the UK.
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre at Coningsby and the Cranwell Aviation Heritage centre near Cranwell adds to the aviation experience.
Lincolnshire has had a long and proud relationship with the air corps since the earliest beginnings of military flying and is famously the home of the Lancaster bombers of the 617 Dambusters squadron based at Scampton.
Horncastle is an historic market town which lies on the edge of the Wolds and is 20 miles West of Skegness and a 25min drive and is well known for its antique shops and Roman history.
Voted best antique town in 2001 there are a few quaint tea rooms and antique retailers to make this worth a visit if Antiques are your passion.
If you are a hardened antique lover then the Hemswell Cliff Antique Centre is the place for you! Apparently the Largest Antiques Centre in Europe there are over three hundred display areas spread over three buildings.