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      28.04.2013 16:27
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      Worth a visit!

      You could say I am a little biased about Cleethorpes, as it is close to where I live on the edge of Grimsby and where my place of work is. I've seen many changes over the years and lately, a lot of changes are for the better!! Its a typical seaside resort with all of the usual amenities for the day tripper. It has arcades, donkey rides, theme parks and caravan parks. Thorpe Park is worth a visit and is one of the holiday parks included in The Suns £9.50 holiday promotion. The park is very well kept and clean offering entertainment, a fun pool and lots of family activities. Next to Thorpe Park is Pleasure Island. A theme park which is very popular with families and younger children. There are often cheap tickets available in the area. Entrance is usually £18.50 for over 3's with a family ticket costing £68.00 which admits four people. The beach is very clean and a walk along the prom and round the boating lake is lovely on a summers day. I get to do it all year round with my dog Max and probably take living on the coast for granted. Cleethorpes has a wide variety of eating and drinking establishments and in my opinion is becoming a bit of a food lovers paradise!! There are your usual fish and chip shops serving excellent Grimsby Haddock, Pizza restaurants and cafes galore. There is also a huge selection of Indian restaurants. Indian Kitchen is worth a visit on the High Street. Along Alexandra Road there is a little restaurant called Figs and although not cheap, if you are looking for excellent food and service, you won't go far wrong. Further along Alexander Road you come to a little street called SeaView Street. This area has been recently compared to The Shambles in York which I think is a slight exageration but very lovely all the same. The street is full of upmarket independant shops and restaurants. Marples Restaurant is a definite place to visit with its bustling busy atmosphere and good food. Its Steak and Red Wine Pie is to die for. If you are looking for something a bit different, there is a trendy place just around the corner called Riverside which is a bar/restaurant offering Tapas . Very tasty! There are plenty of guesthouses in Cleethorpes too, some of which have won awards and there is talk of one of the budget chain hotels opening in the area. So in summary, I think there is something for most people in Cleethorpes. Young families and couples are well catered for. Older teens will like the night life but the younger teens are the ones not catered for in my opinion.

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        06.01.2012 23:07
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        A decent beach town

        Cleethorpes is the neighbouring town to my home town of Grimsby. Due to them being so close, many people class them as the same place. The town has a population of just over 30,000 and it is twinned with the town of Königswinter in Germany. A popular term used to describe going to Cleethorpes by locals is calling it 'Meggies'. I have no idea what people call it this and I doubt I will ever find out. Cleethorpes is actually a seaside town and from Grimsby, it takes about 30 minutes on a bus to get there or about 10 if you take the train. All of the buses, and the train, go pretty much straight to the beach or a 2 minute walk away from it. The beach itself runs for miles and it can take you quite some time to walk the whole length of it. I don't actually think I have ever done it because it's so long. Not a lot of the beach itself is anything but sand but there are a few little rides for the kids and donkey rides during the warmer months. The beach really isn't the main attraction of Cleethorpes though. Along the promenade are lots of arcades. Here, you can spend as many 2ps as you like and probably not win anything. There are classic bandit machines as well as shoot em up style machines. Yes, the arcades are a complete waste of money but they are also a lot of fun. One of the arcades has a small bowling alley costing £2 per person per game so this is a good way to keep the kids entertained for less money than sticking it in the machines. I can remember my Nanna and Grandad always taking me and my sister here as kids and giving us a couple of bags of coins each to completely waste. I used to love it! Another thing Cleethorpes is well known for is the theme park Pleasure Island. In regards to how far away it is from the beach, probably at least a 20 minute walk. The prices are insane. Last time I went it was £7 to get in but that was about 10 years ago now. Each year the prices rise and the rides don't get much better but normally just before it opens for the season, there are vouchers flying around all over the place giving you reduced entry. If you can get these, it's not a bad place for the kids but for adults, there aren't many thrilling rides. Cleethorpes is also home to the football ground of Grimsby Town FC. It is one of the only football clubs to have it's grounds in another town. Now, I don't know a lot about football but I do know Grimsby are pretty rubbish but they still get loyal supporters going to every single game. I, however, have never been to one nor will I ever. The grounds are just as you come into Cleethorpes from Grimsby and no where near the beach. Traffic on match days is insane but that is probably the same for anywhere. While Cleethorpes can be a fun place for kids, there are still things for adults as well. Cleethorpes actually has a lot of pubs and clubs and now, instead of Grimsby, it is the place to go out on weekends. Not a good thing if you live in Grimsby and a taxi will cost you £8-10 to get back. Still, the clubs are good fun and pretty big. There are lots to choose from - Flares, The Pier (a club on the actual pier over the sea), Amishi and many more. There really is a bar for everyone here so it would be hard to not be able to find somewhere you like. Cleethorpes is really a mixed bag. In the winter, it is miserable but people still go to the arcades and the clubs. In the summer, the beach gets packed and the arcades even more so. I still try to make a little trip there each summer I go back home but for what real reason, I'm not too sure!

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          20.06.2011 10:11

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          Thanks beechcomber 4 shoving r kids in a tiny sports bar with a highly dangerous balcony, coz under 21's were on, not only r u breaking the health n saftey laws having kids running round keyboards,speakers n large wire's the sign outside says no 1 under 21?? Isnt that illegal!! Having kids in there. I am appalled at how r kids got tret, the bingo caller is VERY IGNORANT!! Maybe when partying in germany more staff shud be hired!!! Now my family of 19 will be off elsewhere! Thanks NOT!

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          05.06.2010 15:30
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          a nice place to visit, but perhaps only for one or two days

          Cleethorpes is a seaside town joined onto Grimsby, situated on the East Coast. It is within an hour of Sheffield by car. There is ample car parking space on the promenade, although you have to pay before 6pm. There are also regular train services, the train station is conveniently situated, just a few hundred yards from the beach. In the market place, there are pubs, and good eating establishments, good fish and chips. The market place leads onto Kings Road, which is a long road, stretching from the train station up to the Boating Lake, Pleasure Island, light railway, jungle zoo, Thorpe Park. There are bars, cafes and restaurants along this bit. Between Kings Road and the beach is the promenade. At one end of the promenade, there is the market, which seems to be open all year round. From here there are lots of amusement arcades, the pier, crazy golf, ice cream parlours, chippies. There is a leisure centre at the other end. The beach itself, is very clean these days, although it certainly hasn't always been this way. There are some fairground rides and donkey rides. Overall Assessment I've lived here for the most part of my life. Whilst I am not going to claim it is the best place in the country to visit, I will say it has enough for a good weekend, and is relatively cheap. Personally I think the area between the leisure centre and Thorpe Park is the nicest. It can be a lot of fun to take out a boat on the boating lake. The jungle zoo is open all year round, and is run by very friendly people. Obviously, Pleasure Island theme park can't be ignored, although it's not really my thing. The one time I have been there, it seemed to offer a lot for the sort of people who would like theme parks. It is possible to stay in a guest house for 20 pounds a night, although prices may increase during the summer. Overall, you could do a lot worse than come here for a break.

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          25.04.2010 09:34
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          Good for family days out to have fun

          I used to visit Cleethorpes many years ago to see some friends that used to live there, it is a seaside Town and it is next to Grimsby which is a fishing town, and it is in the county of Lincolnshire. With it being a seaside town, it has a promenade which is quite a long one and at one end of it there is or used to be a Sunday market and it was a very large indoor one with lots of good bargains to be had, and my wife, myself and our friends used to go there and grab ourselves some bargains. On the beach there is a Big Wheel, a fairground type, a Helter Skelter and a few more rides, mostly for young children, and the tide never comes as far as the rides and so is safe. There are lots of amusements on the sea front and cafes to have a drink and something to eat, and the fish and chips are very good as it is usually fresh from the fishing port nearby. It also has a Pier and I think it is no longer in use but I cannot be sure on that part but it was getting a little run down the last time I visited there and our friends said it was due to be closed but our friends moved away from the area and so I do not know if it remains open or not. Close by to the seafront there are some small streets that have a few shops that sell novelty gifts, buckets and spades and those kind of items for visitors to buy and of course they sell the good old Cleethorpes Rock in lots of different colours. At the other end of the promenade to the market, there is a leisure centre that has a swimming pool, for visitors or the local people to use. There are lots of hotels and bed and breakfast places to stay in if you are wanting a holiday or over night stay. There is not a lot to do here but the locals are very friendly and for a day trip I think it is fine but I do not think it is that good for a holiday as I would think it would be a little bit boring after awhile. We used to stay 1 or 2 nights, usually at the weekend and it was enough time for us because after the first day it had all been seen in my opinion. I only recommend it for a day trip, not a holiday but that is only my opinion and the last time I visited there were not a lot of people there as much as there were years ago and the visitors seemed to have decreased a lot. I rate it 4 stars.

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            19.03.2009 22:03
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            worth a visit if you're passing

            Overview ------------ Cleethorpes is on the North East coast. Over the past 40 years it has seen a real decline, however in recent years it's staging a bit of a come back! Location ----------- Just past Grimsby. Its pretty easy to get to Grimsby but once there the traffic starts. It is quite time consuming to move the 2 to 3 miles from Grimsby to Cleethorpes especially on a warm summers day. Just down the road is Flamborough Head which is also worth a visit. Attractions -------------- Slot machine after slot machine! Lots of amusments to keep the kids occupied. Mini golf and pitch and putt. Pleasure Island themepark - reasonably priced - one good rollercoaster. Market - open on Sundays - sells a range of goods. Pubs/Clubs - one on the pier - popular with hen and stag do's. The beach - the best attraction! Donkey and pony rides, other rides on the beach. The tide goes out really far - soft sand underfoot. Cheap and cheerful restaurants. Nothing special usually fish and chips, junk food. Town centre is poor - mostly charity shops. Seafront had the usual bucket and spade shops, tat shops. Overall --------- I like Cleethorpes but it hasnt got enough to keep you there for more than a day. Although the Pleasure Island themepark is good it has dated very quickly - just like the resort really. I wouldnt go out of my way to visit unless I lived within an hour of the place.

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              30.01.2009 09:33
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              Just begin at Pleasure Island and stay around that area

              Cleethorpes, where I come from (Doncaster), has long had a bit of a reputation for being a little scruffy and somewhere you probably wouldn't admit to having been. However, for the most part that has now changed and I have to say I am pleased about that as I now have a 2 year old daughter who loves the beach and Cleethorpes is literally a 45 minute drive away on a good day. Firstly, to get into Cleethorpes requires a bit of patience as once you hit the town center, the road structure is not great and doing that last mile can take over 15 minutes at best. The first thing that hits you is a kind of run down pier that has a lot of activity going on around it thanks to the shops and arcades. This is the suspect part of Cleethorpes and a reason to stay away. However, as you walk south down the coast the town just gets better and better. There are some lovely parks and play areas en route which both adults and children can enjoy and at the end of the road is a wonderful mini railway and the world's smallest pub. Just after this is the flagship Haven Holiday camp and the fantastic Pleasure Island theme park. To summarise, Cleethorpes is a really nice seaside resort if you miss out the north part. Just head for Pleasure Island and start from there. Enjoy.

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                07.01.2009 21:41

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                good for a day out

                Cleethorpes is an ideal place for a day out. I'm not sure if there is enough in cleethorpes to keep you occupied for a week but theres enough for a day. We have found it a great place to go for a day trip in the winter as most things are open plus there is an indoor market in the winter at the end of cleethorpes. It is also ideal to get to from most of south yorkshire as it is not long off the motorway. There are basically two ends to cleethorpes. We have found the ideal place to park is on the sea front and pay by meter. The first end of cleethorpes is where the train station is and where the shops are. This is literatulary next to the beach. Next to the railway station is a great fish and chippy/cafe (this isnt open in the winter). Also up this end is the row of amusments and gift shops. On this end of the beach is a helter skelter and swing boats. At this end there is also an arnold palmer and also the pier which has a bar on the end of it. A ten minute walk down the promande and past the lesuire centre is the oher end of cleethorpes. This end is where pleaseure island the theme park is. At this end is a kind of mini lesuire centre. Here there is a great mini railway, boating lake and zoo. There is also a discovery centre which is a little attraction and this has a cafe in it. Just a word of warning if you go on the beach the tides are notorious here for comming in and going out very fast.

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                21.08.2008 21:19
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                Great day for kids.

                We usually try to go out for the day a few times a year and as we aren't going for a week to the coast this year we decided on a day out at the seaside. We chose Cleethorpes because of the railway stations close proximity to the sea front. Its only a two hour train journey from Chesterfield aswell. Cleethorpes is a North East Lincolnshire town on the estuary of the river Humber. Originally three villages called Itterby, Oole and Thrunscoe which were part of the wider parish of Clee, these three Thorpes later became one town named Cleethorpes. When we got there the first thing I noticed was the cleanliness of the beach, no litter just seaweed and shells. The beach is also sandy with no shingle. Cleethorpes is not a large town but it does have everything to hand for a fun day out. Ice cream stand, funfair and donkey rides are all within a short radius. The tide was incoming when we arrived. This provided us with a large expanse of shallow water - it came up to my knees - for swimming, splashing and paddling. The sand is light golden yellow and fine. Great for building sandcastles. Sitting on the beach you have a good view of the ferries and container ships coming and going as they head for Immingham and Hull. Cleethorpes also has a light railway and a micro-brewery if paddling isn't your thing. Overall a great place for a day out with the kids.

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                13.11.2007 18:24
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                Definitely worth a visit

                Cleethorpes is the end of the line. True that. The local railway line terminates in Cleethorpes, the station is literally right on the beach, you can just walk down off the station, cross the road and you’re paddling (when the tide's in, that is). Now the really important question is, should you want to? Cleethorpes, for those of you that don’t know, is a coastal town in North East Lincolnshire. Known as ‘Meggies’ by the locals, for some reason lost in the mysteries of time. It’s often referred to as a seaside resort, but that’s not strictly true. Cleethorpes actually sits on the banks of the Humber Estuary, not the North Sea. However, it does have a nice long stretch of beach that’s lovely for walks or horse riding, though you’re only allowed to take dogs on some stretches of the beach at certain times of the year. The border between Cleethorpes and Grimsby was built upon years ago, so that nowadays for all intents and purposes they’re just one big town. One place that’s commonly known as the border between the two towns is Park Street, a street where the houses on one side are in Grimsby, but their neighbours across the road are in Cleethorpes. It’s an interesting thought that if you were to drive down the middle of the road you’d be in one town, but your passenger would be in the other. But the closeness of the two towns isn’t all that Grimsby and Cleethorpes share, oh no. Grimsby Town football club actually has it’s home, Blundell Park, in Cleethorpes. Having said that, plans are being considered to move the home of Grimsby Town back into Grimsby itself, to an area of open ground close to the Grimsby Auditorium. Mind you, this is something that’s been rumoured and talked about for years, and nothing has yet to come of it. Cleethorpes has it’s own pier, which was opened on August Bank Holiday of 1873. It’s length, back then, was an astonishing 1,200 ft. There have been two pavilions on the pier, the first was built at the end of the pier, but sadly this burnt down in 1903. The pier was shortened during the Second World War, for fear of invasion, and sadly was never rebuilt. However, the shortened pier is still there with it’s second pavilion kept in good order and now running as an infamous local nightclub. That’s not the only landmark in Cleethorpes that’s been affected by war, though. In the Humber itself stand two monuments to the role the Humber and it’s towns played in the Second World War. Haile Sand Fort stands at around the low water mark between Cleethorpes and Humberston, whilst it’s partner, Bull Sand Fort is 1.5 miles from shore off Spurn Head, on the opposite side of the Humber. These forts were built during the First World War to guard the entrance to the Humber Estuary, unfortunately, they were completed just as the First World War ended. During the Second World War a netting was strung between the two forts to prevent enemy submarines entering the Humber and travelling upriver to Hull or Grimsby. The forts were often attacked by enemy aircraft, but they’re still standing now. There have been many attempts to find a new use for the forts over the years, but none has ever been successful. Cleethorpes as a town has gone through a period of regeneration lately, noticeably along the ‘front’ where older buildings have been torn down and replaced with luxurious, new apartment blocks with views over the water. One such older building, the Winter Gardens, was torn down last year despite complaints from local people, as it was the last remaining entertainment venue of any decent size in the town. Primarily, though, Cleethorpes is a holiday town. If you’re looking to step back in time for a traditional seaside holiday, then you should really look into renting a chalet on the Humberston Fitties, a conservation area with a whole village of chalets next to the beach. Haven now own Thorpe Park and offer caravan holidays in the town. Their holiday park is situated at the quieter end of Cleethorpes, right next to the beach and only a very short walk from Pleasure Island, the town’s theme park. I’ve never been to Pleasure Island myself, not being a fan of theme parks as such, but friends who have been say it’s a good day out. It’s owned by the same people who run Flamingoland, and from the outside on a nice day you can hear plenty of screaming and yelling from people on the bigger rides, believe me. Back up near the pier and train station is the more cosmopolitan area of Cleethorpes if you like, with its pubs, bars, nightclubs, shops, arcades and the infamous Wonderland. Wonderland is generally packed every Sunday with punters looking for bargains at the Weekly Sunday market. If you want to spend your money fast, this is the part of Cleethorpes to head to, and Yorkshire people congregate here in droves every year. In mini-homage to Blackpool, Cleethorpes has a string of illuminations all the way along the front, too. You can’t turn around in Cleethorpes without seeing somewhere selling food. All of the usual seaside treats like candyfloss and rock can be bought practically everywhere, as can the ubiquitous fish and chips. However, if you feel like splashing out and you’re looking for a really decent fish supper, you can’t do any better than checking out Steels in the marketplace. Steels is a bit of a local secret, being away from the main hustle and bustle of the front, set back in the towns market square. However it’s always full, and with good reason, the food there is generally considered the best fish & chips available in Cleethorpes. If you’ve had enough of arcades and shopping, and you don’t want to get sand in your shoes, then you can go for a walk along the ‘prom’ and take in the beautifully tended gardens and modern art displayed within them, perhaps stopping off for a quick game of crazy golf on the way. If you walk far enough you’ll come to the Cleethorpes Leisure Centre, which is right next to the beach. Just behind the Leisure Centre you can check out the wildlife around the boating lake, or take out a boat for a little light rowing, if you’re feeling energetic enough. Leave the boating lake by the beachside path and you’ll quickly come to a row of pretty beach huts, past which is the Greenwich Meridian marker, marked by a bar set into the pavement. If you keep walking you’ll pass Pleasure Island, then Thorpe Park with its row upon row of caravans all the way down to the chalets on the Fitties. The very last building, where the Fitties end, is the Yacht Club, with it’s yard full of boats of all sizes. Beyond this is probably my favourite place in the area, the nature reserve with its beautiful lake and fields of long grasses. There’s ample parking here, with paths around the lake and beyond. You’ll always come across birdwatchers here, sharing the area happily with dog walkers and the odd horse rider too. It’s tranquil and beautiful, especially in the winter when I always try to remember to bring plenty of bread to feed the ever-hungry birds on the lake. By taking you along the beach path, we’ve missed the Cinema, one of those multiplex’s where you can be assured of watching the latest films with a bucket of cola and the same again of popcorn, without having to queue for long. The cinema is on a little retail park with some shops and a fast food outlet or two, and a bowling alley. Across the road, and along a little way, you can find ‘The Jungle’ a mini zoo with mostly parrots, but also with some small furries and goats for the children to pet and feed. There’s a monkey at the Jungle that always looks sad when I go, I expect because he’s all alone with no monkey friends, poor little guy. Still, the Jungle is definitely worth a look, you’ll easily spend an hour or two in there oohing and aahing over the animals. If all of this sightseeing has quite tired you out, then you can catch a train on the Cleethorpes Light Railway at either Kingsway, Lakeside or North Sea Lane Stations and enjoy a trip on the East of England’s last surviving steam seaside light railway. Cleethorpes is often overshadowed by Grimsby, but I think that’s unfair, it’s a decent town in it’s own right that’s well worth a visit if you’ve never been.

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                  10.05.2007 11:44
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                  I go here with my kids and i am due to go again in july, the kids love it

                  Well, last year i felt was about time to take kids somewhere on holiday. As i was not working at the time, i could not afford to go anywhere fancy. A friend of mine, knew someone who owned a caravan in the Beachcomber, so thought why not! We got it at half the price, so worked out cheaper than going anywhere else. Cleethorpes is a seaside resort, in North East Lincolnshire. We travelled by car and took approximatly one and a half hours to travel. Obviously some journeys will take less time or longer depending on where you are situated. THE BEACH Well what can i say about the beach, it was absolutly disgusting, the tide was always out and i dont mean just out, i mean really out, you would probably have to walk at least a mile just to have a dip in the sea. Not really for kids, as by the time they got there they would have no energy left to play. So i mainly stayed away from the beach, if they wanted to have a swim we stayed in the caravan park. The beach also quite dangerous, as when the tide comes in, it comes in very fast, so if you are in the sea when its time for the tide to come in, you could be in big trouble. Iknow there is nothing that can be done about the sea, so you cant really judge Cleethorpes on that. The sand was not alot better, it was full of pebbles and big stones, so no good to walk along the sand bare footed, and it was hard to find a good spot to sit any where that did not have pebbles around. They did have ponies, which the kids went on this cost £1.50 per ride for a 10 minute walk up the beach and back, but to see my kids faces on them was totally worth it. Also further up they have a few small rides, but they cost per time you go on them, if you was going to go on these i would recommend waiting to go to Pleasure island, where you go on free after you have paid an entry fee. This is mentioned further on in my review. THE CLEETHORPES COAST LIGHT RAILWAY This was built in 1948, the railway travels from near where Pleasure Island is situated, to just before the cleethorpes centre. It cost me £1.50 one way or £2 for a return. The journey is quite bumpy as they are only small trains. They have open sides, with a piece of rope at either side to supposedly stop you falling out , but this can easily be unclipped, so you really need to keep an eye on the children even though the train only travels at around 8 miles an hour. At the train station they have gift shops at either end, so you can always walk away with a souvenir. The Station near Pleasure Island also has a small cafe, so if their is a slight wait on trains you can pop in for a coffee. The staff there are pretty friendly and helpful, so i never had any complaints about that at all. PLEASURE ISLAND This was situated just across the road from where i was staying. My kids wanted to go, as they love it. We ended up going 3 times within the week. The price to get in was £12.50 for adults and children, but has now increased to £14.50. Under 4's go free. They have many rides and attractions here, that you can stay they all day. For the bigger children and adults they have: Terror Rack - This has been broken since last year and is still unfix now. Boomerang - Rollercoaster Hyperblaster - blasts you up 90 feet then drops you down Pendulus - it is how it sounds moves like a penulum while spinning at the same time. Alakasam - Locks you in laid down and works like the big wheel, except you go upside down also. Ok thats a few of the adults rides mentioned but there is more things just too many to mention lol. The kids have the mini dodgems to go on. There is the Tikaboo, which consists of a ball pool, slides and many little kiddie rides. They also have numerous shows that at put on at certain times through the day which include, The sealion show, The parrot show, and the music show. They also have numerous food courts, but it would be cheaper to take your own sandwiches as the meals cost a whopping £4.95 each. As you can see if you do go to cleethorpes, this will be a fun day out for all the family, the park on school holidays opens 10:30am till 5pm. It is well woth the money and a guaranteed fun day out for the family. JUNGLE WORLD This is a nice little Zoo which cost me £3 for adults and £2 for children. They have many things to see and look at, including parrots among one of the many breeds of birds they have, snakes, spiders and many reptiles. They had a huge turtle, the biggest i have ever seen, that they just allow to wonder around the zoo. So you ahve to be careful where ya stand lol. They had meercats that you could look at through a window, but if you went outside you could see them out in the open. They even tried to pinch my sons lollypop lol. But they were harmless, even though i never got too close. There was also a monkey that has a "This animal may bite" sign on. Well I decided to be brave and try and touch it, and the cheeky thing was so friendly and actually let me stroke it. Well it had me stood there for over 30 minutes just stroking its back, everytime i stopped, he just moved away from the bars, looked at me with sad eyes, then went back to the bars, as if to say please stroke me lol. There was also a big white parrott, that was so fun to look at, it would talk to you, it even shouted come back lol. I did a little dance messing around and the parrott copied my dance, it was so humourous and entertaing. Until i got to the monkey and the parrot i was not liking the zoo too much, but those two animals made it well woth the visit, and the kids loved it too. THE SEA FRONT Along here they had numourous gift shops, sweet shops and cafes. They also had the arcades and a bowling alley. In the arcades they had the bingo games running all day. I did find that all the arcades usually shut at around 11pm. They also had a few pubs along the way. It was nice just to have a day out walking, going into the arcades, and buying gifts for the loved ones back home. Well i think i have gone on enough about what you can findi in cleethorpes lol but there is much more to see. I did also forget to mention the discovery centre, but i never visited there, so i would not like to give a false review, as i cant see how i am able to comment. IS IT DISABLED FRIENDLY I would say yes, they have drop kurbs, and i saw many people riding around on electric wheelchairs and scooters. MY PERSONAL THOUGHTS I loved Cleethorpes and i could have stayed an extra few days. We were lucky and had hot weather. Ido think maybe it would have been borinng if it had rained. I always try to do what my kids want, within reason lol. And they were happy every day and enjoyed everyday. I actually enjoyed this more than when we went to spain 4 years ago. I think the highlights of Cleethorpes for me was Pleasure island, as i love theme parks, and Jungle world, so i would highly recommend visiting both of those places, should you decide to go to cleethorpes. WHY WOULD I RECOMMEND CLEETHORPES Well what can i say, i think you are able to see that there are things to do. They have a theme park, that you would not get bored of going just the once. And its a great place for a family holiday, and i will be going back again this year. Whether you go for a holiday or just for a day out, i will say you would not get bored, i will say though that one week would be enough, as two weeks maybe a bit too much and too much time to see things, so you would end up havin to visit places again. WHY WOULD I NOT RECOMMEND Quite simply the beach, what more can i say lol, no other really negative things to say about cleethorpes. The kids loved it and did not want to go back home. I myself enjoyed it, and i never had any complaints about any of the amenities. So why not have a visit, and judge for yourself, im sure you wont be disappointed. Just so there is no confusion, i am also know as Kineticspade on ciao :-)

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                    22.07.2003 23:54
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                    Seeing as I spend most of my time in Cleethorpes ( my friends live there) I thought I'd give you the advantage (or not in some peoples views) of hearing about Cleethorpes and what it has to offer. ~~~~Location~~~~ For those of you that have not heard of the place it's a seaside town on the east coast of the United Kingdom. In the county of Lincolnshire (North Lincolnshire to be more precise) In winter it not that attractive to people , or should I say tourists as the locals are quite pleased when winter comes and we get the place back to ourselves. Anyway not many people would be attracted to come here in the winter because the weather isn't pleasant at all, you know typical British weather and all that, it rains all the time. In the summer it is slightly better( it doesn?t rain quite so much) nah you can actually get quite good weather with temperatures averaging around 22C. ~~~The Beach~~~ The beach isn't one of the nicest in England. This is mainly due to the fact that it is just round the corner from a fishing town (Grimsby) and an industrial town (Immingham). Also its on the edge of an estuary which may explain why the water is so murky. When you look out to sea I am ashamed to say that you are not greeted with a great view. As in front of you is the main route to Grimsby for the trawler boats. Now you're probably thinking that maybe this isn't such a good place as I am trying to make out, well stop right there, its best to get the worst parts out of the way first, say like a warning. Well ok the sea might not be that great but there is nothing wrong with the beach. It?s pure sand (no rocks or pebbles) and very clean. This year it has been awarded the blue flag ( this means its outstandingly clean) ~~Things to do~~ OK where do I start. There is so much to do here. On the beach (obviously in the summer) there are donkey rides for the children, although I have no idea how much they cost as I don't have children of my own yet. Further down the beach they set up a few fair rides, (again for the little ones) a (small) big wheel. A merry go round and miniature swings. Coming up off the beach you are on the promenade. This is full of amusement arcades food stalls and other ways to waste your money. On here you can buy typical seaside food, like candyfloss doughnuts rock and much more. On the main road there is a small crazy golf which is a good fun way to get rid of an hour (depending how bad you are). Then there is one other amusement arcade. But this is different as upstairs it has laser questing. Although small it is great fun at £2.50 for half an hour (trust me you don't need more than that, its pretty tiring) Then there's the things that you would expect to see there the newsagents the nick knack stores and the pubs. They have a fairly decent leisure centre with a large swimming pool with a wave machine and a slide, there is also a gym there. As you get further away from the main centre there are still loads of attractions to be seen and done. There the bowling ally about 300 metres from the leisure centre, although I have not been here myself as I hate bowling. Then there is play towers, indoor soft play area for children, but this place is massive and I?m sure the kids will though roughly enjoy themselves here, my sister (whose 10) loved it. Then there's the main attraction. Which is about a kilometre from the town centre. The theme park "pleasure island". It isn't one of the largest parks but that doesn't mean to say that its not fun, as its quite small its only £9.50 for adults, but down the road you can get a free brochure from the tourist information place which gives you a "two entries for the price of one" token ~~~~Where to stay~~~ There are plenty of places to stay in Cleethorpes, many of them are B&B's starting from just £35 per night for a double room. Then there are the hotels which are a little more expensive ~~~~Nightlife~~~ As a seaside resort Cleethorpes has got a great nightlife. There are bars for all. For the younger people (well what is mainly dominated by us younger generations) is the baton. Which is like a nightclub. It has poles surrounding the dance floor so you can embarrass yourself when you're drunk. Bar Racuda is my favourite bar in Cleethorpes mainly because of the great music ( a mixture of dance and pop) a brilliant atmosphere and funky surroundings Now flares is unusual, it plays music from the 60's and 70's although it still attracts us younger folk, but this is where a lot of older people hang out reminding themselves of their heyday. Schuberts has again a more mature atmosphere playing music from the 70's and 80's its only small but it always seems to be full of people Lastly there's the pier. This is the club on Cleethorpes pier, to tell you the truth this is the only thing on the pier. Its £5 entry and your drinks are free till midnight. I have not been in here myself, but recently it had a bad write up in the paper about the poor cleanliness and hygiene ~~~Overall~~ Cleethorpes a place full of activities for the whole family, like everywhere else it has its faults but it does the job for some people J

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                      Last year I decided that I would not be going out of the UK and I wanted a simple British holiday. I got a British Holidays brochure out and decided to go on a caravan holiday. I hadn't been on a holiday in a caravan for ages and had forgotten what it was about. I went to Thorpe Park not the one outside of London but in Cleethorpes. At first I didn't even know where Cleethorpes was but then I found it on a map and realised it was quite near the coast. I didn't go on holiday taking the train down so I took the car and had my map out, it took about 4 hours but the park was well signposted. The entertainment at the holiday centre wasn't anything great and I was addicted to those machines where you try to pick up the toys and I won lots of them. One thing I will say is that you definitely need a car when in Cleethorpes, there is a bus service but you have to wait a while. Since staying in a caravan I can't say what it is like to live in the centre but I did explore Cleethorpes and it was a very nice fishing town. As soon as you go in you pass Grimsby which is very nearby and has lots to do. In Cleethropes there are a lot of Fish and Chip shops on the sea front and I bought one. They are friend in vegeatble oil which makes them less fattening and they taste better than anywhere in the world so it is worth visiting just for those memorable fish and chips. The scenery is beautiful and the sea front is very welcoming. Every night there was something to do. I went to a bowling alley one evening and although the queue took a while I had a good time the place was quite big. There was also a big arcade which was a lot of fun but I didn't stay too long because I would have spent all of my money. There is a leisure centre which had lots of activities going on and the swimming pool is very big but the changing rooms were not very pleasant. Just because it is a small town it doesn't mean they don't have places to visit. There was a small zoo, well not really a zoo it was too small for that but it was more like a farm with better animals. This was nice to visit and it took about an hour to look around. The main part of Cleethorpes has more restaurants nearer the sea but in the town there are shops to visit and you can still buy things. If you want to drive to Grimbsy there is a big Asda where you can buy food. The people here were very friendly and I think I would go back but maybe stay in a bed and breakfast next time because I was sick of seeing spiders by the end of my holiday in the caravan. The town is well sign posted and if you don't want to stay here you can follow the motorways and go further away. The town links to other places because I went to other places. I don't think Cleethorpes has enough to last a week. If you visit here stay a weekend then move on because it is a drive through town, play in the arcades visit the zoo. Oh before I forget beside Thorpe Park there was a big theme park which many came to visit it was called Pleasure Island. I didn't go but the rides did look fun and the park was small and queues might be big but if you are without a car and don't have a lot to do it is worth a visit to keep you entertained. If anything get fish and chips here, I would recommend the exact place I can't remember the name. I think I am more of a city girl that is why I can't say it was great. It's ok to live in maybe but not for holidays.

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