Yabadabadoos at chapel st leonords what a rip off Thay inflate the price at the till item said £4 got to till told me it was £7 now reported to trading standards don't use bab service will never use again.
Chapel St Leonards is a quite coastal resort on the lincolnshire coast.It is only about 15 minutes drive from the famouse Skegness (aka Costa del Skeg !) and Mablethorpe. It is easily reachable from anywhere in the uk and promises an ideal break for all.
Chapel St Leonards is a quiet and peaceful holiday place, bringing back the traditional holidays with the family in mind in opposition to over commercialisation and tacky shops. Not that there aren't a couple mind, it wouldnt be britain without them would it?!
There are two sections to chapel, and pretty much each area caters for the different types of holiday makers - cleverly done there! There is the village which I highly recommend.......
In the village there are a couple of arcades, a few shops, a village green which sometimes has open air concerts on for free, public toilets that are clean (yes you heard right, clean!!) and a couple of chippies. There is also access to the beach from here, all the shops are based around the green and the beach is marked clearly, along with a couple of car parks. Everything is in close walking distance of each other, including the beach.
The beach in the village is amazingly clean and well sheltered from the wind most of the time, it is usually quiet and the people that go there are locals and family holiday makers , real family folk who's kids just sit and dig in the sand!! There are areas of the beach that are covered in shells so a pair of flip flops is advisable if you have delicate feet!! The sea itself is clear because of the shingle along its beach, I was shocked to see that the sea was clear enough to see the bottom!! A rarity now days!! There is a shop and beachside pub on the edge of the beach should you desire anything.(In my case, a cuppa!!)
The town / outskirts
This is where all of your typical seaside things are, there is a street littered with arcades and caravan sites. It is completely different from the village with all the commercialisation being mainly kept in one area away from the village itself. There are several holiday resorts offering the usual - swimming pools, crazy golf, onsite bars etc. I havent visited any yet. I prefer the quiter side of it all, i am sure when the kids are a bit older though i will get forced to go there, until then the beach it is! Lol
In my opinion -
In my opinion you cant go wrong with a day at Chapel, its clean, has everything you need, and for those who have read Enid Blyton - Its a famous fives haven!! All that is missing is the ham sandwiches and ginger beer! It makes the family come together and is a real traditional family holiday place, lets hope they keep it that way. Saying that if the arcades and lights are your thing then its ideal aswell, it really does cater for all!
Chapel St Leonards is a traditional resort so your expectations should not be set too high. That said it really does have something for everyone, families, couples or individuals. We stay at a lovely chalet on just off Trunch Lane run by Chapel St Leonards Chalets (who have a website of the same name)which is clean very modern and excellent value for money, sited in a quiet but well placed holiday park near to the beach, Tropicanna night club and the village. Good for a short break to a week.
we love csl we go has often has we can. my husband has many happy childhood memories of csl ,his grandparants having a changing tent errected on the beach amongst the sand dunes and the coffee bar oppisite millers amusements and just topside of the coffee bar was some toilets.Hoping to retire out on the lovely coast of csl when the housing market picks up ,will be holidaying their again you never feel a stranger with the lovely folk from csl DONT KNOCK IT TRY IT you will be amazedkath and phil
There are two main areas to chapel st leonards. The first area is the village and the second is holidaymakers area where the caravans sites are.
*Firstly the village*
The set out of the village is based around a tradional village green. Around the green is some shops, a large co-op (which has cash machines) and some amusements.
Not far from the green are two car parks but one is hidden in a housing estate but is large. The other car park is easily spotted and includes some toilets and a tourist information centre.
The shops are a bit of a mixture for example there is a book shop/sweet shop and also a shop that sells cheap food as well as a clothing shop. For basic essentials there is a newsagents, chemist, butchers and chip shop.
There is an entrance to the beach just passed the amusments.
*Now for the holidaymakers area*
This area houses a lot of caravan sites the main one being the robin hood site (I dont know if its still called this).
Various parks have there own facilites. A lot of these sites have their own beach access. In this there is also a crazy golf which any one can use. There are also fishing facilites and various newsagent type shops. As you would expect there are various pubs in this area many serving food.
To the end of chapel st lenords there is an street called trunch lane. Here there is a free car park next to the end of this street. Down the street is quite a few amusements and resturants/chip shops. There is also quite a large mini market which is very cheap!
The beach at chapel st lenords is clean and tidy. It is a sandy type of beach and is lifeguarded in the season. There also used to be a bycicle selling ice creams though im not sure if this still runs. Another intresting place along the beach is a pub. This used to be a former public toilets and has now been converted. There are lovely seaviews if you can get a seat in the evening. This must be the smallest pub in the country!
Chapel st lenords is a good base for lincolnshie attractions and is a quiter place to stay then ingoldmells. It caters for families. The place is ideal to stop for a week or a day trip but you may become bored if you stop for longer than a week.
I've always loved Chapel St Leonards, I got took there with my grand parents, every year, and we stayed on King's chalet and caravan park in a chalet. It nice and quite, unfortunately we don't go any more, but when I last went they has just build Tropicana land which is all orange, it does like very exciting tho, and on the other side is happy days, it has a boating lake, also many arcades, and great shops, i loved yabba dabba doos, i wonder if its still there, it a big warehouse selling goods.
I also loved the village and the pub on the way, the people seam very nice there, and its also a short bus ride to Skegness and Santasy Island. The caravan parks there are quite big so its easy to find some one to let it out to you for a week or two.
Its a great holiday place.
chapel st leonards nice place club tropicana is just a bingo hall with second rate entertainers who totally ignore family's having spent alot of time travling the country i can say with authority that this is the worst place i have been i was charged forty five pounds for a week for admission for me my partner and 3 children only to sit and listen to bingo every hour the acts that perform dont even look at the family area you are met by rude and arrogant door staff . and the caravan site i stayed on at the back was an incomplete building site with no regular security. then to top it all i was overcharged to use site swimming pool this has left me angry and many others who approached me regarding there stay i will not return to this area and feel sorry for others who have booked a holiday there
The only dilemma i have had so far with this review is how to start it!!!
If you only knew how passionate i am about this place you would understand. I will start by saying since my birth ( a few years ago!!!!), i have only missed out on three years of my beloved holiday of choice, Chapel st Leonard's.
Twice in my teens, when it was so uncool to go any where with your mum and dad, let alone leave your friends for a whole week and go to the boring seaside, and once because i gave birth to my daughter at the time we normally go and i felt fat and not really in the mood for seaside antics!!!
I now,(as i'm racing towards my thirties), go once a year with my own family (my husband adores the place as much as me, and my kids are not quite old enough for teenage tantrums!!!),and after refusing to go with my mum and dad all those years ago actually book the holiday around my dads cov week holidays!!
We have also corrupted my best friends and now they come, including various other random family members that wish to attend the infamous Rowley/Barrow holiday experience!!!!
The place itself is a smallish sized village situated 5 miles north of Skegness.
The place (including the village centre), can be walked around in about an hour and for its size plays host to rather a spectacular amount of static caravans!!
Ok so i'm not really selling it to you am i!
Instead of giving you a list of places that will mean nothing to you and in fairness could just be copied from their local tourist board site i will tell you what i see on arriving on holiday and driving down wonderful Trunch lane,(which is the main road into Chapel).
As we turn onto Trunch lane we are greeted by the sign for Chapel st Leonard's, which is a 1950's style sign with the little sailor man and his trusty pipe which is the original sign of Skegness. I have been seeing that sign since my childhood so on seeing it again makes the holiday start!!!
We drive down Trunch Lane, going past Greenacres,(an all year round caravan park, people actually live on there), then past Kings Holm caravan and chalet park than up to the crossroads!
May i also say for anyone reading this review ,that has done this trip, i apologise if i have missed places out due to the simple fact that the place is having a major facelift and is completely different every time we go!!
We carry on down the main road which takes us past the Robin Hood caravan park and the Club Tropicana ( i will get to that soon!).
Finally, we arrive at the little side street that takes us to our caravan park of choice Tomlinsons.
Again for such a small place, Chapel boasts a vast and enticing array of pubs and clubs;
The Maid Marian - is opposite the club Tropicana, and as with most of the pubs there all welcome families, (which is lucky as this is my holiday as well and damn well need a drink at night!!).
The place has nightly karaoke and lots of entertainment for the kids.
Club Tropicana - is probably the biggest club for a few miles around. The place seats around 2000 people, has its own children's area and bar,(boasting a huge ball pit and adventure playground!),its own fast food restaurant, a fifty foot long bar expanding the whole length of the club, an in house photographer to capture all those special moments and does actually attract some quite well known acts, we met Joe Pasquale the other year he was just standing in the foyer with his son and was very happy to have his picture taken with us and a few words....bloody marvellous fellow!
The other pubs there are - The white house - an olde English pub that for its size boasts a large and varied menu, from curry nights to their speciality breakfasts and Sunday roasts, (you have to prebook for the roasts as they do get very busy).
The vine - which has recently undergone a major referbishment, now offering single and double rooms from £32.50 per person, per night.
For the people who just want a drink, as with most of the pubs in the area, they offer child friendly facilities, with a nightly karaoke for the brave, or a delightful decking area, complete with the obligatory deck chairs and umbrellas, we use this pub a lot when there as most of my brood smoke, I know terrible habit!
The Grange - this is another pub come restaurant come bed and breakfast facility, this place is wonderful for the kids as they have entertainment on most nights, from magicians to entertainers, you go in, sit down and they take the children off you for an hour or so, giving everyone involved a well deserved break.
The rooms are not ones I'm familiar with, but are, from what I can gather quite expensive.
The Bellbank - As with all the other pubs I have mentioned, this is another pub that has a major facelift, all the afore mentioned pubs have been around since my childhood, so have of course needed a little work to them, this place boasts and enormous childrens room, complete with five arcade machines, three grabber machines, a two pence slider and a sweet bar that would put Cadburys to shame, the fact the bar staff quite happily serve the children wishing to buy the endless 10p packets of sweets is also a bonus, it keeps them quite for at least ten minutes at a time!
The Neptune - The old Neptune pub was a dank and slightly grubby establishment but due to a rather suspect fire a few years ago has been rebuilt as a nightclub for kids, obviously once it turns 10.30, the children are asked to leave to allow the slightly older people to have a dance and drink, but as most of the visitors are families, they rarely actually makes us leave, although by that time we are heading back to the caravan, via the kebab shop!
Happy Days - as part of the caravan site, (which now saying is most of Chapel due to the recent buy up of nearly all the caravan sites in this little place by Blue Anchor inc, who also own Happy Days), they provide a lovely little working mens club, I think in the whole time I have been going to Chapel, (for ever!), we have been in this club once, my dad (who still moans about it now!), refuses to enter due the fact they charge you £1.00 each to go in....... not a chance with my lot!
I won't go through all these individually as they all offer the same, great friendly experience. These places also offer children's areas,(which most of the time are better than the adults only areas!) and lots
of high class entertainment for free!!
~~~~~~ AMENITIES ~~~~~~~
In total there are - six static caravan sites all holding within their own launderettes and onsite clubs, ten chip shops open from 11 am onwards, a pizza parlour, two Chinese takeaways, a kebab shop, a wonderful little Italian restaurant that has an open kitchen so you can see your food being prepared, three small supermarkets holding enough for all the daily "bits" you may need, a large supermarket for a "big" shop, four cafes, all the pubs in the area open from 8am onwards just to serve the obligatory full English breakfasts and all at more than reasonable prices, three bric a brac warehouses with yabba dabba doo's being the biggest and best for miles around, trust me there are some real bargains to be had there!, a chemist that opens seven days a week, always a bonus, a betting shop, an electrical shop, five bed and breakfasts not including the four hotels in the area and finally five large arcades.... Phew!
I now you may think that is not a lot for a holiday destination but please bear in mind Chapel is literally one street, with a small village centre to boot, the ratio of takeaways compared to visitors holidaying there is astounding .
There is so much to do there is ;
Hardys animal farm - you can pay a small fee and go round to the petting area with the baby animals, feed the goats, tractor rides...........
Chapel point - which is over a mile from the village centre, it was once a major part of the coastal defence line in world war ll, and has been restored for visitors including the gun structure and viewing platform.
Ingoldmells and Fantasy Island - Which boasts one of the biggest rollercoaster's in Europe, which when in use frightens the snot out of you as it is thundering over your heads when your shopping round the market(which incidentally sells just about any thing your heart desires!!!!)
Also there is everything you would expect ,McDonalds, arcades, a disturbing amount of pubs!! and even(as of a year ago!) a subway sandwich bar, which pleased my husband enormously!!
Robin Hood Aqua splash - the robin hood campsite not only boasts the largest caravan and tourer caravan park, but holds on its grounds Club Tropicana, Friar Tucks arcade and the new Aquasplash, which holds a heated pool, a separate splash pool and two wizard water shoots,(it is rather impressive!!)
Ok, i'm not as green as i am cabbage looking, i know a good few of those reading this review will think i'm completely barmy!!!
The way i look at it is, i would love my kids to have the same amazing memories of their summer holidays as i have,(although in fairness they cost a damn site less then!!).
Everywhere caters for children so you all get to do what you want, without the added pressure of plane delays, sunburn.........etc.
I would recommend this place to anyone,(and do regularly!!), so if after a bit of Hi -De-Hi style holidays , this is the place for you, see you there!
Only six weeks before I go back again!
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A charming seaside village resort boasting some of the finest beaches on the East Coast. Many attractions, including crazy golf.