Local Area

Sutton-on-Sea


 

Lincoln

General info
Lincoln is a historical city featuring a Gothic cathedral and a Norman castle, home to an original 1215 Magna Carta. The renowned Bailgate area in the Cultural Quarter of Lincoln boasts a wealth of independent shops and boutiques with hand-crafted gifts and local products. It provides a perfect setting for ambling around with plenty of opportunities for lunch and coffee breaks!

Coastal Towns

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The east coast of Lincolnshire features some of the better known coastal resorts, Mablethorpe and Skegness. These bustling resorts provide everything you would expect in terms of traditional seaside fun and entertainment.

Mablethorpe boasts a Blue Flag beach with donkey rides and a sand train. The entertainment continues with plenty of amusement arcades, a fairground, ten-pin bowling, indoor play areas and one of the few remaining independent cinemas. Queens Park offers a boating lake, paddling pool, golf putting green, bowling green, tennis courts and a miniature railway. For nature lovers, the Seal Sanctuary is a rescue centre for seals before they can be returned to their natural environment and also incorporates a Wildlife Centre. Further along the coast is Donna Nook Nature Reserve, widely held as the best place for seal spotting.

Similarly, Skegness features all the fun and excitement of a bustling seaside resort. Entertainment is endless with an array of amusement arcades, indoor play areas, ten-pin bowling, the Pleasure Beach fairground, crazy golf, bars, restaurants and cafés. The Embassy Theatre attracts many well-known acts including comedians, live music and theatre productions. Natureland is a rescue centre which also houses penguins, tropical butterflies, insects, reptiles, tropical fish and pets corner. Just outside Skegness is Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve, a haven for bird watching. Also located just outside Skegness is Fantasy Island, a theme park with something for all the family.

Interspersed along the coast are quieter towns and villages such as Sutton-on-Sea, Sandilands and Anderby Creek, all offering beautiful, peaceful beaches and coastal walking routes.

The Lincolnshire Wolds

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Further inland is the Lincolnshire Wolds region, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which features idyllic countryside and rolling hills along with small, characterful market towns.

Louth is a pretty market town which still holds traditional markets on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and has claim to the tallest church spire in England. A range of independent shops include award-winning food shops and stylish interior and gift shops. Hubbards Hills is a local beauty spot by the river with well-maintained parkland and a children's play area.

Alford is another distinctive, small market town with a 17th century thatched Manor House, which is open to the public, and the Five Sailed Windmill "reputedly the finest working windmill in the country". Both have traditional tea rooms to enjoy. Alford has a well-known craft market, held at various weekends throughout the year including August Bank Holiday and Christmas.

Woodhall Spa & RAF Heritage

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Woodhall Spa, on the edge of the Wolds, is a village with a picturesque high street featuring a number of boutique and independent retailers. The Kinema in the Woods is a truly unique cinema experience with an organist appearing from beneath the stage, entertaining the audience during the interval! Jubilee Park is a charming family day out with a heated, open-air swimming pool, putting green, croquet lawn, picnic area and children's play area.

For those with an interest in history, Woodhall Spa is known as the site the Dambusters operated from in the Second World War and features the Dambusters Memorial. In nearby Metheringham, a visitor centre is on the site of the former Bomber Command airfield. Lincolnshire also hosts the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby and houses the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirkby and Thorpe Camp at Tattershall Thorpe. Links to the past continue to Tattershall Castle which is open to the public as part of the National Trust.