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Cleethorpes for kids
Cleethorpes in General
Member Name: chickiepoo
Cleethorpes in General
Advantages: Theme park and zoo
Disadvantages: The beach
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.
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.
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.
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 :-)
Summary: I go here with my kids and i am due to go again in july, the kids love it
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