10 reasons to visit Lincolnshire
In association with Haven Thorpe Park
Lincolnshire's coast is a perfect playground for the whole family – with acres of empty space, safe and gentle tides, beachside amusements and entertainment. Refresh, relax and escape in this family friendly corner of an unspoilt county.
1. Best thing about the coast
With golden sands stretching for miles, the coast is dotted with perfect family destinations. Climb dunes, build sandcastles, enjoy a picnic or a beachcombing walk then head into town for some old-fashioned seaside entertainment.
2. Best beach
Cleethorpes is a clean, modern resort with something for everybody. Little ones love the Lollipop land train and bigger kids enjoy the dedicated kite-flying zone – and the Pleasure Island Theme Park rides! Enjoy lunch on the pier, or tuck into fish and chips on the RHS-award winning seafront.
3. Best child-friendly café
Steel's Cornerhouse has been serving fantastic fish and chips in their traditional restaurant for generations. They have a dedicated children's menu, home-made pies and puddings, and a very loyal following.
4. Best pub
If you're an ale-lover, head to Willy's for their own microbrewery and guest ales, with bar food available. Family friendly during the day, but a grown-up pub in the evening.
5. Best child-free night out
One of the area's most highly-rated restaurants is Petit Delight, serving sophisticated French-style food in a modern setting. If you want a traditional seaside evening meal, head to The Captain's Table overlooking the Humber Estuary and Spurn Point – they've just won MSC accreditation for their highly recommended cod and haddock. When you've had your fill of fine food, catch a film or show at the Parkway Cinema and Theatre.
6. Best outside space
Venture south to the Mablethorpe coast for surprising installations from the 'Bathing Beauties' project. Anderby Creek beach boasts a purpose-built cloud bar to help you make the most of the area's fantastic sky-scapes.
7. Best hidden gem
Waltham Windmill is a working windmill run by volunteers. Visit the Mill and museum, then enjoy the café, garden centre and craft shops. With miniature train rides at just 50p a go, this is a budget and family friendly hidden treasure.
8. Best free visitor attraction
Heading west along the Humber brings you to Barton-on-Humber, boasting two large nature reserves. Far Ings and Water's Edge reserves allow visitors to experience the richness of the local landscape and wildlife – the latter has a modern visitor's centre, café and play area.
9. Best days out
Elsham Hall is a magnificent four acre walled garden and park. Enjoy the sensory garden, a one-world garden, paddocks for the little brown sheep, a huge viewing mound, dramatic aviaries, a guinea pig village, sculpture and living willow features. There's also a café, an adventure playground, art gallery and working blacksmith's forge.
10. Best place to shop
For independents and boutiques try Sea View Street in Cleethorpes. St. Peter's Avenue is the town's main shopping street and Freshney Place shopping centre in Grimsby offers a larger range of well-known national shops.
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Last updated: about 3 years ago