I dont know where people think you could have a great holiday at Skegness rather than abroad. Skegness is boring, outdated, loads of closed shops, full of charity and cheap shops. Rip off food and miserable people. Traffic is brilliant especially if you want to spend over an hour in a jam just to get from Ingoldmells to Skegness (usually 10 mins at most) Caravans are expensive to hire unless you go in the rainy and freezing part of the year and there again you aint guaranteed the weather in July/August so paying £600+ for a van when its pizzing it down and you have then got nowt apart from the pub or the arcade is not my idea of a good holiday, give me Tenerife any time, where the sea is clear (not brown), there are no arcades, lovely weather, nice people, cheap food and drink and best of all 9 out of 10 times its cheaper to go there or abroad than be stuck in a tin can surrounded by a crap and outdated resort like skegness.
I may come across a tad bias in this review as Skegness is where I currently live but judging from other reviews written on this site it would seem I'm not the only one who finds Skegness a great place to have a holiday. I moved here ten years ago but before then my family would always take me here to enjoy the beach, ice cream, great fish & chips and plenty of fun amenities. Rich or not, this really is a great place to visit and I would advise anyone who hasn't visited yet to give it a try.
In the winter months the town only has a population of about 18,000 but in the summer this number jumps up to over 50,000, not including people staying in neighbouring towns such as Ingoldmells and Chapel St Leonards. The town has a great history and there are rumours that the town received its name from the word Skeggi, meaning "bearded one". The town even has its own catchphrase: "Skegness is so bracing" and it truly is. What Coronation Street did for Blackpool, The Jolly Fisherman does for Skegness. You can't walk half a mile without seeing a picture or a poster of him somewhere. In fact, for those people visiting by rail, there's a statue of The Jolly Fisherman waiting for you as you depart.
Ingoldmells, a town 3 miles to the north, was the location of the first ever Butlins and you'll still find Butlins there today however much bigger and much greater. The tourist industry is diminishing more and more each year though due to cheap package holidays abroad but this doesn't stop the streets of Skegness been nice and busy during June, July and August. What people like about Skegness over Blackpool is that the town is smaller in size which makes not only getting about easier but also means that shops aren't scattered and are instead all close together. Speaking of shops, Skegness has all the best UK shops right on its doorstep, including WH Smith, Next, Smart, Burton's, Wilkinsons, Argos, Boots, JD Sports, etc. Plus they have plenty of chain restaurants such as Pizza Hut, KFC, McDonalds, etc. For those who like something a bit more up-market there are Italian Restaurants, Indian Restaurants and Chinese Restaurants. Or perhaps while the family are out in the local arcades, Granddad would rather relax in one of the local betting shops such as William Hill or Don Noble. Of course those of you staying in caravans and hotels might prefer one of the chain supermarkets including Tesco, Morrison's and Iceland.
While Blackpool has Blackpool Tower, we only have the Clock Tower. While Blackpool has multiple piers, we only have the one. But this is by no means a reason not to visit Skegness. What we do have is the atmosphere. Right on the sea front there are multiple arcades, night clubs and bars, donkey rides, there's mini golf (probably the best mini golf in the UK!), there's parades and pleasant areas to walk. What Blackpool always lacked was a nice park with a pleasant atmosphere. Skegness' park is beautifully laid out with a play area for the kids. During the summer months you'll find bands playing out on the grass and people enjoying a good kickabout with their friends or family. Nearby the local amenities is a boating lake that in the summer is full of people roaming around on boats accompanied by the local ducks.
A seaside resort wouldn't be anything without a theme park and Skegness is no different. Right on the seafront is the town's main theme park which is full of the usual Waltzes, Ghost Trains, Hook a Duck and Pirate Ships. However for thrill seekers this may not be the greatest park. Which is why, after one small bus trip or a much shorter car journey, you can reach Fantasy Island which is home to giant roller coasters, huge rides and a famous market area. Fantasy Island became hugely popular with the creation of the Millennium Rollercoaster but over the years more rides have been built and each one is a thrill seekers wet dream. Of course there are also a lot of children's rides that they'll thoroughly enjoy. Fantasy Island uses ride tokens which work out at about 50p per token. With most of the big rides between 4 and 6 tokens, this is very good value for money.
Back to Skegness you'll also find the Seal Sanctuary which is filled with...wait for it...Seals! Of course there are also many more different types of species including Penguins, Otters, Goats, Sheeps and Ponies. In fact, there are even a couple of crocodiles! The best time to visit is between 12pm and 4pm as these involve the popular feeding times.
Family Ticket (2 adults and 2 children-under the age of 15)- £20.20
Children UNDER 3 are Free
Natureland also gives concessions to special needs and students.
For those of you who like to visit a place for its night life then Skegness is the place to be. There are pubs such as The Highway Man, The Red Lion or The Lumley. There are bars such as Wolfies, Harveys and The Litten Tree. And then of course there are clubs such as Marine Boathouse, Grand Central and the LA Cafe. There were more of course but over recent years a few fires in the winter seasons have stolen Strikes, Whisky's and The Dunes from us.
Drinks are reasonably priced even in the height of the summer and a typical night can cost anything from £20-£70 (or more depending on just how drunk you want to get). A typical night in Skeg is usually a pub crawl. I find by the end of the night I've drank in at least six different venues. I normally end the night in LA Cafe which is an upstairs bar with a balcony for the smokers.
For those of you who don't feel comfortable in clubs or have children, there is always The Suncastle and similar places with a great family atmosphere that are always brimming with entertainment. I was drinking in the Suncastle just a few weeks ago and was asked to come up on stage with ten other people to take part in a fun activity. Everyone seemed to be having a great time and I advise anyone, even if you're only in Skegness for a day or two to give this venue a visit.
In conclusion Skegness is truly an amazing location during the summer months and is chosen by thousands of people as a great place to spend a holiday. I'm lucky enough to live here, even though it can be a bit quite in the winter months. But I will say this, it's going to be one hell of a summer!!!
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Visited on the 18th july 2010 staid at the Sands caravan site ( over priced £40 + for two nights stay in motercaravan ) and met the most miserable bus driver going into "skeggy" four buses running in convoy suposed to be every ten mins os so , bought sticker off miserable shopkeeper in high street , ( very pretty and well kept the highstreet that is !! ) followed by the most disaterous meal in the Litten Tree pub / resterant on the front, ( miserable and rude staff long wait for meal ) finally gave up and had pudding in Mc Donalds (staff happy !!) followed by another miserable bus driver who couldnt wait for Christmas !! this when the season hasnt started properly !!! residents do us all a favour shut the doors and stay at home , let the Eastern Europeans take over they like work
Our experience is from the perspective of a mid-forties couple, returning to Skegness without Kids! We brought our 3 little Shih-tzus (replacements for the grown children) and found this area ideal for owners of small dogs.
Dogs are catered for and welcomed at both Ingoldmells and Skegness, we found it easy to locate a large (older) Caravan, which was ideal for our stay, the site provided plenty of poop bins which sadly not all dog owners used (you know who you are!)
So our base was excellent, a short walk into the lively Fantasy Island area of Ingoldmells, which has everything! We did travel into Skegness every day as we found it less crowded and easier to walk the dogs, we found 'Wolfies' a wine bar, that serves good food and positively welcomes canine visitors and their owners (the clue is in the name!)
Walking around the town at a steady pace, chatting to others with time to themselves made our visit Extra Special, our little dogs caught the attention of many people, helping to initiate conversation which was always positive and agreeable.
We met lots of POSITIVE people in Skegness and this was the highlight
of our stay, it was our first trip as a 'couple' without kids to keep entertained and we saw a whole new side to the Skegness, we have visited so often before.
All that has changed is that we now have time to notice 'others', our NEW view of this town is this:
It's a great place to meet and chat to lots of positive people, who are so happy and positive due to being in SKEGNESS it's just Great!!
We now book well in advance and are considering living in the area?
Skegness, a fond family favourite , often refered to as the Costa Del Skeggy!! Every year thousands of people flock to this wonderful lincolnshire coastal town and being lucky enough to live only about 90 mins away I am a regular!! But whats all the hype about....??
Well as the nick - name suggests Skegness is the answer to Britains Las Vegas by the sea, only without the weather, the casino and the scantily clad people......sorry!! Skegness is part of Britains heritage and has been a family favourite for many generations, I spent many a day there in years gone by whiling away the hours on the beach or in the arcades of which there are loads! But what should you expect?
The town itself is fairly large with all the hotels and bedsits etc mainly located just off the town centre. Rates for a stay here vary but there is accomodation for every budget from fancy hotel to campsites. If you go self catering there are several large chain supermarkets within a five minute drive from the high street. There is plenty to do and no one can complain about being bored! From a vast array of shops and market stalls along the high street to bowling,arcades, crazy golf and mini amusement park. There is even a lifeboat kept there with its own shop, you can have a look around it - for free - and read some interesting facts on the lifeboat service and its founders. If you are lucky you may see the boat out on a practise run.
Most things in Skegness are to be found along the sea front and the high street that runs along side this,just off the roundabout at the clock tower, a Skegness landmark! (also pictured above is the jolly skegness man (this is the skegness emblem and is found throught Skeggy). You will find the road brightly lit by the glimmering lights of numerous arcades and bars and in peak season traditional seaside lights. The clock tower is also lit up and sets the scene amid the aroma of seaside fish and chips from the chippies opposite!
Skegness also has a cinema and a kfc, mcdonalds and plenty of places to eat and get drinks from. There is a seal sanctuary where rescued seals are kept and nursed back to health before being returned to the wild. There are farms etc nearbyshould you want to venture out for the day. For the wild ones there is - seasonally - an armoured truck you can ride around in the dunes, if not you can always catch a gentle boat ride!
For those who wish to relax there is a large beach at hand, the beach is normally fairly busy at the main entrance so it pays to either come onto the beach from the clock tower end or walk so far down the side of the beach till you get a quiet spot. The other thing worth mentioning is that the main entrance is where the donkeys are kept and there is a slight poop problem there so watch where you walk!! There are seats located all the way along the path at the edge of the beach if you just want to sit and look out to sea.
The beach is clean and has won the blue flag for clean beach award, the sand is soft and for the most part free from dogs although i have taken my dog on it before further up,and be careful to pack poop bags! Lets keep it clean! The sea is gentle and shallow and there are little streams of sea water that run along the beach. If you have little ones you can walk so far up the beachside path - away from the centre - and there is a shallow paddling area which is always quiet! My kids love it in there! It has little streams built into the paths that criss-cross and non of the water is above a foot deep.
Skegness is also famous for its pier, in victorian times a merry go round adorned the pier with entertainment inside. The indoors is now a large arcade that has a couple of cafes and indoor play area for the children along with all the usual machines and gamblers. On some of the machines you win tickets that can be refunded in the arcade for prizes. The Camel Derby is the best for winning tickets with a win of 40 tickets and its alot of fun!
The outside of the arcade stretches out to sea (ish since they rebuilt the sea defences!!) and there are seats located along it along with an array of fairground style challenges like hook a duck. At the end of the beach there are the optical binoculars so for 20p you can gaze far out into the sea, you often see fishing boats/ trawlers and can see the turbines out at sea. Visiting the pier is a must for anyone visiting Skegness.
Buttons amusement - another must!
At the side of the pier is Buttons, a small theme park where you can either buy tokens for rides, or alternatively buy a wristband for £8 where you can go on as many rides as you want all day! There are rides there for all ages and sizes, it is not a vast amusement park but it does the job! Around the Buttons entrance are various bars and attractions such as crazy golf. Be sure to have a wander around.
There is parking outside both the Pier and Buttons.
My opinion -
Skegness should be somewhere that everyone should visit, its part of our heritage and will provide a day full of activity or relaxation. With never a dull moment to be had the kids love the noise, the lights, the arcades, anyone with children will be guarenteed to enjoy it there and the older folk just love its traditional edge. It combines the traditional with the modern quite well and there really is so much to do both in Skegness itself and the local area. Just be sure to take plenty of money though, the arcades seem to drink your money and some of the food venders can be pricey so be sure to look around. All in all a great holiday location, once you have been once you will go back!!
Oh just one more thing, its tradition to do a lap in your car along the sea front and around the clock tower, especially if you have a new car....so you will see the odd flashy car!!
Finally, the promise of an all sunny weekend, proved too tempting to resist.
So yesterday morning, we fired up the Quattro (well technically our Volvo) and headed back to the 1980s, to the East Coast wonderland that is Skegness (a.k.a Skeggy!)
Pretty much a first time visit for all of us, so a chance to look at things with fresh eyes.
~~~~First Impressions - which way to Mablethorpe?!~~~~
Driving through into the town centre, and along the sea front, I have to be honest it wasn't looking all that promising.
There's absolutely no view of the sea or beach.
Basically, all you can see is a seemingly endless line of cardboard cut out gawdy light bulb coated frontages proclaiming crazy amusing golf, paddling lakes, candyfloss coated go karts and all you can eat Bingo...
We kept hoping that as we headed towards the North car park there might be a small let up in the visual bombardment of unfettered tattiness.
A quick scan of the sat nav told us that our backup options of Mablethorpe and Sutton-on-Sea were at least 15 miles away.
Little man needed his lunch as soon as, and so we gathered our resources, bravely deposited the £6 all day fee and scrambled up the ridge to discover if a high tide was about to write off our entire bucket and spade day dreams...
~~~~Super sandy go ballistic, beach it is just gorgeous!~~~~
Lo and behold. Wide and welcoming, golden and warm, sands stretching as far as the eye could see.
Admittedly the sort of biting breeze that chilled down to the bone, and the empty spaces owing much to it being early season but nonetheless, before our very eyes, just the kind of beach you dream of as a kid.
Before too long our little man, is darting up and down the drifting sands, tackling and tumbling (and stopping every couple of minutes asking us to get the sand out of his shoes), roaming free and wild.
But a rumbling of a different kind was dominating my thoughts. Ahead we could see a pier, and where there's a pier there's fish and chips, so my primeval hunting instincts took hold.
~~~~The ultimate seaside combo~~~
Just across from the pier, we spotted a takeaway fish façade, and a few moments later found ourselves in the all-singing, all-dancing, Beachside Tavern.
Not only a full fledged pub, big screen tvs, carpeted floors, dark wooden tables and chairs, but a very well organised food order point, offering a full range from the classic Fish, Chips and Peas, to Jacket potatoes and chilli (for those of us weirdos with our new healthy dietary tendencies).
Even a full carvery option available at a reasonable £6.95 for adults £4.95 for kids.
So quick served food, freshly prepared (well we got the fish straightaway so I nicked half of the fish out of the batter on good lady wife's platter), pleasant surroundings, happy days.
Just then out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a menacing turn of events. A wild-eyed thug, racing towards the glass window outside, his arm swung back ready to land a crashing blow.
Luckily it turned out to be one of those 3 punches for a pound, test your strength boxing machines that he was aiming for, so I didn't have to evacuate the little one after all!
No better way, I always think to make sure your dinner goes down properly than to get on board a 15 minutes unlimited bounce fest for £2 on the trampolines at the end of the pier. Still, a promise was a promise, and whilst he was clowning around, we spotted the donkeys ready for our next challenge.
If you happen to have kids with hamster like tendencies, you could always put them in the giant see through plastic balls on water, but we figured that really would bring his fish and chips back to life a little prematurely!
So down to the beach to the right of the pier, and a very large and handsome steed called Macca hand picked by our little fella. Nutall's donkeys, complete with red uniforms, and all, did look very well looked after, so we had no qualms about using them. According to a quick web search, the donkeys and one of them in particular called Sooty, have recently won awards from the Donkey Sanctuary in Devon, so they must be well treated.
All the donkeys walk together, with little bells ringing, and Macca had read the script perfectly making sure that he kept in front of all the other donkeys the whole way.
We walked along a little further, and the lure of the giant big wheel and the roller coasters proved too much. Little fella soon revised down his plans on what he wanted to go on after closer inspection of the green caterpillar coaster and the like, but we still had our 6 tokens for a fiver to try and use up.
The most old fashioned of all saved the day. A real classic Merry go round Carousel with horses, not once, twice , but three times round.
All a bit too noisy and baudy in the fairground part, the tell tale hands over his ears told us it was time to move on once again.
Just then we had our next big result of the day. We spied a pink frontage, to an aged 3-14 year old play area called Little Rascals. Basically for a price per child of £4 they can stay and play as long as they like, with plenty of seating for the parents to sit on and watch.
Instead of paying up to £2 a time to go on individual rides and the like, here they had an indoors windy castle, an Aladdin Themed Bouncy castle and a giant slide, plus gondola swings, a sandpit and a mini playground for the younger ones.
No surprise here that this was his favourite part of the whole trip. Each child gets a sticker and a handstamp so you can come and go any time during the day. A good 45 minutes of bouncing to his hearts content was the perfect way to burn off his lunchtime chips and make room for a mini-ice.
Of course, no trip to the seaside could ever be complete without the proper sandcastle building and roll your trousers up paddle time, so once again we braved the open plains and the wind to dip in a toe or two.
It is a fair old trek to the waters front with so much beach to enjoy, but he had brought his own little flag with him, so you can't miss photo opportunities like that.
If anyone visiting happens to have quit smoking recently, they may be a little disconcerted by the rows and rows of wind farm machines that are out to sea. Light brown bases and white sticks, maybe not the best colour scheme if you are trying to beat the cravings - I know a totally random observation , but that's just the way my mind works.
~~~~Wrapping it up~~~~
Once I'd reattached my frozen toe, back we headed through the artificial park land and over the collection of bridges and mini river ways. Plenty of ideas for our next visit - looking across over to Nature Land, with a Seal sanctuary built in , I saw a big green sign saying "Crocodiles , etc" - now that is clearly a properly run establishment for educational purposes and not at all some cheesy seaside cash-in.
There's always a great selection of mini-golf with all the classic windmills and the like. You can ride for £3 return or £2 one way on the river boat service which winds its way through the mayhem.
We found a nice modern playground with a couple of big slides, rope climbs and tyre swings, and that was just enough to prepare him for the 1 and a half hour sleeping ride home.
Depending on where you are coming from there are various routes in and out of Skegness - the main one being the A52, but as a result the early season traffic levels really didn't trouble us.
So I have to conclude that despite our initial reservations, Skeggy still has a lot to offer as a family resort, if you can see beyond the creaking, and achingly artificial elements.
We'll certainly be back!
As a youngster I was always taken to Scarborough for days out at the beach, but the wife is a bit of a fan of Skeggy and so in the last 5 years we've made the trek over from Sheffield on quite a few occasions.
Skegness (or Skeggy or Skeg Vegas as it's affectionately known) is a seaside resort on the east coast of England. Whilst it's not as picturesque as Scarborough, there is plenty to see and do there.
The wife and I will normally go to Skeggy for one day each year, always doing pretty much the same thing too. We park near the pier which is priced at £6 for all-day, which seems to be a bit of a rip-off to me but we pay it nonetheless. We'll then have a walk up into town and look around a few of the (poor) shops before heading back to the coast to play some mini golf.
The mini golf is one of Skegness' top attractions for us - there's at least 4 different courses, all of which are very well-priced (£2-£3.50 per adult) and also well-maintained. Most of them are 9-hole courses, bit some do have more than one course for you to try. Club and ball hire is free as always, but you might be charged if you lose your ball - so watch out for the water hazards! The courses aren't as good as the Pirate's Cove chain of mini golf in America, but for England they're not bad at all.
If you're into amusement arcades, Skeggy has all the usual games including our favourite the Arabian Derby camel racing. The camel racing costs £1 for 3 games and is played against other players. You have 2 balls each which you roll into holes in front of you - these holes are numbered 1, 2 and 3 with your camel moving forward the number of spaces that your ball goes in - quite a simple game, but a very fun one to play! There's also basketball games that we enjoyed and an interesting putting one too.
If you're at the seaside, you have to have fish and chips for dinner (it's the law), and Skeggy is blessed with plenty of nice chippies all along the sea front. There's also an array of shops selling rock, candy floss and the like.
If you brave the beach, you'll see donkey rides available for the kids and you can also enjoy a game of spot the sewage or count the condoms in the North Sea. Further back from the beach is a nice little park area that can be a nice place to relax away from the crowds on busy summer days.
So why have I only given it 3 stars? Well, for a start it's a pain in the neck to get to, without a motorway in sight leaving only clogged-up A-roads. From Sheffield it can take us over 2 hours on busy days which is a bit much for an 80-mile drive. And no matter how good an English seaside resort is, it still suffers from one major problem... it's in England. It's never gonna be anywhere near as nice as Mallorca or Tenerife, so it can't really be rated as anything more than okay.
Skegness is a coastal resort in the East of England.
==== Ease of access ====
It is approximately 2 hours to get to Skegness from where I live but that is a pretty good time, there are several main "A" roads that will allow you to get there so unless you travel in absolute peak times then you should be able to get there without any major problems.
If you don't know exactly where you are going then as long as you head in the right direction then you should find t he rest of the way signposted.
4 / 5 for access.
==== Parking ====
There is lots and lots of parking available in Skegness, you can choose whether you want to park right in the centre or whether you want to park in a residential street and walk to the beach / town centre. I have found that parking in residential streets is better as at least you do not have to pay whereas the NCP parking lot near the centre does, whilst the charge is not extortionate, it is money that you could have saved and put to better use such as ice cream!
Overall 4 / 5 for parking
==== Attractions ====
The beach is Skegness' main attraction and for the most part it is a pleasant white sand beach with some shingle closer to the sea but not so much that you could hurt your feet whilst walking barefoot. The beach will be quite popular so you may not always have as much space as you would like. The beach is usually fairly windy as well so it may not always be as hot as your might expect.
Another attraction in Skegness is the Butlins family resort offering lots for all of the family to do, you don't have to be a customer in terms of staying there to take advantage of the facilities it has on its site.
There are also lots of other things to keep the family busy, with everything from mini-golf to an arcade. Ok so it may cost you some money to do these but if you are heading to there then you need to be prepared to spend some money.
Attractions gets 4/5
=== Overall ===
Overall Skegness is a pretty nice place to goto if it is just for a day, the beach is pleasant and other activities are enough to keep the rest of you amused. However it is slightly tacky and probably would drive you insane if you stayed there for more than a day.
A few months ago , me and a friend from uni decided to visit Skegness for a day randomly. We got a bus from Lincoln station and I think it was something like £7 for a return which I thought was quite reasonable. It took about 2 hours to get there and we went through a lot of villages on the way and to be honest I felt quite ill.
Once there, it wasn't the best day and was quite cold so it wasn't the perfect day, but there was still lots to do. First of all we stopped for a bite to eat as we were starving. We went to a chippy on the main strip and got a meal. It was pretty expensive for sausage and chips, something like £4.50 which I thought was a rip off. I would defiantly recommend shopping around or going to a pub or something instead.
With having only half a day there really we tryed to do as much as possible, this involved going on various games in the arcades (which now have guitar hero as a game?). There were so many arcades around we were spoilt for choice. We also visited Skegness pier, which doesn't really have anything on it anymore except a massive arcade and a couple of rides for babies.
The pleasure beach seriously needs updating; the rides there have been there for years and look it. There's a small rollercoaster, a ghost train, various kiddy rides and that's about it.
Whilst there we visited the sea life centre. I have never been before and was pleasantly surprised. They had seals, penguins, fish, goats, allsorts really. I think it cost £6.50 to go in and was a pleasant trip, I would go again.
We didn't really have time to do much else except buy some sticks of rock of course. I wouldn't recommend that you visit asap, but maybe on a hot summers day its better.
Ok here we have one of Lincolnshire's most famous holiday resorts. It lies 40 miles east of Lincoln and can be reached by road, rail or bus.
Now Skegness is still very popular with visitors but I just can't see many people making a return visit nowadays. The main problem with this resort is that it's stuck in the 60, 70's. The pier was partially destroyed in a storm in the 80's and what was left caught fires a few years later. The only bit left is just full of arcade games machines. That is another problem with the resort nearly every building on the main front is either an arcade or bar. All the shops have now gone. There are some amusements on the front but most of these rides cost £3 each or more.
Now you can see that even a day in Skegness can become very expensive and if you were there for a week it must cost a family a small fortune.
The guest houses look like they could do with a good coat of paint as they look a little drab.
Now the beach is good and clean and very safe for children. If you just want to go and sit on the beach and play with the kids then this a great place for you to go.
In general Skegness needs a lot of work doing to it to keep people coming. Ok it's good for a day visit now and then but there are better places to go.
When you hear people talking about Skegness you'll hear mixed reviews depending on the persons age. If you speak to the younger audience amongst us you'll generally find they describe Skegness as a 'cheap and cheerful' holiday. The more older people of the community may find the whole atmosphere of Skegness overwhelming favoring a more relaxed holiday in the south. I by no means want to stereotype people this is just based on the general opinions I've heard from friends and relatives.
Speaking from a younger persons point of view I think Skegness is a 'blast' especially if your going there with a few friends.
Last summer me and 3 friends went in a caravan to Skegness for a week of Fun, Adventure and sun. Ok maybe not the last one but at least we got 3 days worth of it.
Being the first time I've been to Skegness since being a child I was cautious about what it'd be like. I myself am not normally too bothered about sitting on the beach all day, I prefer to be active doing things I can't normally do around my small hometown. To my surprise Skegness was perfect for activities when my first thought was 'It's just going to be all about the beach'
Over the period of my stay in Skegness, me and my friends participated in some of the following activities:
This was one of the main activities I was looking forward to, and it still managed to exceed my expectations. Once you enter the building your greeted by a warm and welcoming lobby consisting of multiple screens listing information such as prices, special offers, time until the next game and the current score - Perfect for anyone thinking about sitting out. Once your games about to begin your given the usual friendly advice about safety, and you also receive your armor and lazer gun which are thoroughly tested to make sure they work before your game. Once inside the game you'll notice the very spacious layout and dark colors perfect for getting you in your 'element' When the game is completed you'll receive certificates which, in my opinon, is a nice end to a spectacular Lazor questing session.
Visiting The Arcades:
Not much to really say here. It contains the typical arcades you'll find at a holiday resort. I suppose there's a bad point, I feel there is far too many arcades and too little high street shops, it may be a bit picky of me but that's what I believe.
Relaxing On The Beach:
Yep, I know what you might be thinking, I said I don't like staying on beaches all day when I go on holiday. For some reason I felt compelled to take a visit to the beach for a day, I don't know whether that's due to my friends being with me or just the atmosphere that's presented in Skegness. If your perfect holiday does revolve around the majority of time spent on the beach then Skegness will not disappoint. There's various shops located around the beach area, selling holiday essentials; suncream; sunglasses; buckets and spades. But also a vast range of food venders who will sell your usual seaside food such as fish & chips, Ice creams, and cold drinks.
For someone who doesn't normally enjoy visiting the beach I enjoyed my time on there and will visit it again on my next holiday to Skegness.
This is probably one of the main reasons people visit Skegness... and I can see why! There's an exceptional amount of rides that cater for all age ranges, slow rides to fast rides. And even free entertainment is put on throughout the day. I really loved the decor inside Fantasy Island, the whole 'Pirate Island feel' was great, sometimes it even made you forget your still inside England. I really can't think of any reason you wouldn't love Fantasy Island apart from if your not a big fan of rides, but even then the entertainment inside, and various stores inside should keep you occupied for a couple of hours.
One minor problem I would have to pick out is the cost of Fantasy Island, you have to buy 'tokens' which enable you to use the rides. I believe the price is extremely expensive, I understand it's a holiday resort and people are prepared to pay 'over the odds' for rides & services but I still found it an unbelievable amount.
My memory isn't serving me well, I'm not even old yet! But for the life of me I can't remember the name of the two restaurants I visited. I shall still give a review about them though. One of them was a pub restaurant around the corner from the caravan site. It had your typical pub feel and look to it, the meals were decent, the chips tasted great but the burgers weren't exactly great, the prices were probably a little high for what you were actually getting but it was decent for a night out.
The next restaurant that we visited was a few miles away from our caravan site and it had an Italian themed menu and decor. The staff inside were extremely pleasant, not pushy in getting you too order, they also charged reasonable prices compared to other restaurants in the area. The food was cooked to a high standard with the choice of a well presented desert if there's any room left in your stomach. Overall I'd recommend this restaurant if you have the taste for fine Italian food.
I guess one complaint I could make about Skegness is the amount of litter. I mean I do understand it's a holiday resort but the amount of litter that is around is slightly unacceptable, although it didn't really hinder my enjoyment of Skegness it would still be nice for them to tidy the place up a bit more.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in Skegness. I would extremely recommend it to anyone in their late teens upwards as a fun and exciting holiday destination. Perfect for anyone on a budget.
I recently holidayed in skegness and thought wow what a beautiful place. It is beautiful tourist attraction- has almost everything you can ask for a sunny holiday.
What and where is skegness?
Skegness is the thriving resort on the East Coast of England. It is apparently the largest resort town on the Lincolnshire Coast and has been a premier holiday destination for over a hundred years. Skegness (also known as Skeg, Skeggy or Skeg-vegas) has been named "the Blackpool of the East Coast" or "Nottingham by the Sea". I heard about it when i was looking for butlins holidays but didn't actually go into butlins this time. They are great for caravans camping. It has the European award winning beach. It is a beautifulstretch of sea side- lots of fun activities for kids and adults. It has a famous mascot, the Jolly Fisherman (designed by John Hassall in 1908 for the Great Northern Railway).
This resort like place is fun for adults and kids- the beachside itself has some graet activities-there are giant wheels, carousels, train rides and many more including the award winning donkey rides for under 7s. The beach is very clean. There are plenty of icecream shops and fresh doughnut shops around it- doughnuts were priced at 6 for £1. What a bargain especially when they are so hot and yummy! I saw a lot of casinos although I didn't go into one.
The other days out include Butlins, Fantasy island, Batemans brewery, Natureland and seal sanctuary , skegness stadium etc.
Places to eat-
There are quite a few Chinese, Indian. Italian places along with the British restaurants. I recommend you to try homemade Lincolnshire hotpot in any traditional English restaurant. I had the lamb/veg one and was excellent.
The seaside has some great hot fish and chip shops too.
There aren't any chain restaurants like pizza express, latasca or bella italia- so it might not be useful if you have tesco vouchers to spend here.
Average price for one main course is £7.50
City centre (or town centre- I'm not sure)-
The high street is small when compared to Cardiff's but they have quite a few chain stores- peacocks, M&S and some more. But why bother going to these when you are holidaying in a beautiful place- try some local shops- you will find friendly staff and good prices too. I bought quite a few mens t-shirts for £3 in a local shop.
Best time to go is summer so you enjoy the beach.
I can go on writing a long review on this one but I'll let you guys go and enjoy the rest.
Skegness, or Skegvegas as it is known round my neck of the woods, has become quite a popular place for people of all ages, whether it is young groups, couples, families or elderly trips. There is generally something in Skegness, and surrounding areas, for everyone.
My love for Skegness has developed over the years from some nice days out there as a child to some great weekends away as a teenager and single female in my 20's to a completely new and exciting experince as a parent.
Skegness is a beautiful seas side town in East Lincolnshire and has one of the nicest sea fronts in the UK in terms of beach quality, things to do day and night and cleanliness. I tend to go to Skegness for a week at a time now and struggle to be bored at any point. This is mainly due to the lovely scenery, options for kids and the nearby Butlins camp and Fantasy Island in Ingoldmells. I class Ingoldmells as Skegness really and I know many people feel the same, so in that respect, the options of things to do in Skegness just trebled.
The sea front has had a lot of work done to it over recent years and now boasts some beautiful floral arrangements the cleanliness is superb. The council deserve a pat on the back for that as that was not always the case there.
If you just go off the sea front slightly then you are presented with a multitude of shopping options and cafes and bars. The cafes and bars are really nice to visit during the day but are exceptional at night and I have had some of my best girlie nights out on the Skegness pub and club scene.
Everything in Skegness seems to be within walking distance of each other and this provides a great deal of options for the elderly too who. My grandma used to swear by Skegness and often used the fact that, unlike places like Scarborough and Bridlington, the paths are really flat and people of her age can get about. It is for this reason that I envisage still going to Skegness when I am in my 80s.
The only downside to the place for me is getting there in the car from Doncaster. It is the longest 83 miles ever. You are going to get stuck behind 5 or 6 tractors along the way and that is on a good day. Other than that, the place is just great for me and my needs.
I have been visiting the Skegness area, ever since I was born nearly 29 years ago! Skegness itself hasn't changed too much in this time, though alot of the surrounding areas are now unrecognisable from back then. For example, Ingoldmells used to be a quiet seaside village with a busy outdoor market. Now it is the home of a big theme park, all built in a very small area. To be honest, I prefer the old Ingoldmells.
Skegness is a great place to visit if you fancy a weekend away somewhere. There are plenty of bars, restaurants and amusement arcades. For kids, there's a funfair, bowling, lots of crazy golf courses, a park and Panda's Palace, which is a large softplay facility.
It is quite busy in large areas of Skeggy, but there quite a few quiet areas, including the park and boating lake - where you can feed the ducks (though you are not meant to!)
Skegness has over the past two years been devastated by two fires though. This has cost the town a large bar and restaurant complex, an amusement arcade, two other bars and a chippy. Work is currently underway though to build a new amusement arcade, and exciting plans are in place for a new bar/restaurant complex.
I don't know how I found myself "on holiday" in a caravan in Skegness, but I did. Now I will say from the outset that this is not an attack on the residents of Skegness or those that enjoy spending time there, this is my personal experience, and it wasn't a pleasant one.
I was booked into a caravan on the Millfields caravan site just outside Butlins. The rental of this particular caravan was £200 for one week at the end of June plus a £50 deposit. Now as this caravan was privately owned I cannot say that everyone on the Millfields site would have the same experience I did. First of all I arrived at the site and after a long walk round found the caravan I was supposed to be staying in. There hadn't been a reception at the gate so I asked somebody walking around where to pick the keys up from. He directed me to a small "office" but informed me it was shut and had shut at 2pm. I thought he must have been mistaken as I had not been told about this when I booked the caravan and the person who owned the caravan was fully aware that I was coming a very long way AND by public transport (aren't I brave?) and it would have been impossible (unless I had left at 7am when the tickets are more expensive and the trains are less frequent) to have been there by 2pm. When I got to the office there were four other customers there, most of them seemed angry and confused. There was a sign on the door that said the office shut at 4pm. As it was after 4pm I could not be sure whether the man who said it had shut at 2pm was right or whether he had been mistaken and I'm not about to start slandering Millfields over something that I don't know is true or not. Either way, the keys were inside the office and we were all outside the office. Everybody said the same thing, nobody had been told of an office that shut after a certain time. I had the number of the caravan owner so I rang him to find out what was going on. He was really dismissive of me, he said he had told me to pick the keys up from him at 2.30pm. When I tried to point out he was mistaken and that I wouldn't have agreed to that being that I had come from such a distance he just said there was nothing he could do now as there were only two sets of keys, one in the office and one at his house. I asked if he could possibly come down and let me in as it was getting late, dark and was raining and I had a very small child with me (18 months). And he just said "Nah, sorry I'm about to go to Sheffield". When I asked if he could drop them in before he left, he kind of stammered a bit and then claimed he was already halfway there. When I asked what I should do he said I could try and find a hotel to stay in until the morning. When I pointed out I didn't know the area, it was late and I didn't fancy walking around in the rain with a baby at this time of night as I didn't have a car he just said there was nothing he could do, and maybe I could try calling security as they had access to the office, but I would have to walk around the site and find the number myself as he didn't have the number handy. he then hung up. How rude! Well anyway somebody had already driven all around the site looking for the number having been told a similar thing and gave everybody waiting (only me and one other person by this point as all the others had cars and had most likely driven to the homes of the caravan owners to collect the keys themselves.) So I called the number for security and explained the situation. "We'll be with you in a minute mate" I was told. Well half an hour went by and my new "mate" still hadn't arrived. So i called again. "Yeah don't worry mate. We're on our way mate. Just stay where you are mate" was the response. Half an hour after that they finally arrived, opened the office and gave out the keys with a "cheers mate". I was never sure why they considered I wanted to be their mate especially as I was a female in my early 20's and they were both males in their late 40's but there you go. So onto the caravan itself!
When I unlocked the door the first thing it did was blow right out my hand in the wind and slam loudly into the side of the caravan. I also noticed the handrail outside was held together with duct tape. Not a good first impression. Upon entering the caravan (after finding the light switch) the first thing I noticed was dog hair. Everywhere. And it stunk (of dog). At this point I was too tired and fed up to care so I sorted the beds out and settled in for the night. At some point I noticed the roof appeared to be leaking but it turned out to be a vent left open. Not sure leaving a vent in the roof open is a good idea but I don't actually know who did it. If it was the previous occupants then ok but surely this should have been checked. There was a small colour tv but it could only pick up one channel and a VCR but no videos. Well everything else seemed to be working so I tried to stay positive. Until the next day when i discovered the cooker didn't work. I tried several times to ring the caravan owner but he wasn't answering my calls. So I had to make do with cooking in a microwave all week. Another problem I discovered later was some of the windows were jammed and wouldn't open.
But anyway now for Skegness itself. Firstly Butlins. The first time we tried to get in we were told we were too late. (At 1.15pm). I'm not a huge Butlins fan. I wasn't going for my benefit but it was annoying none the less (especially as the next day we were let in at 11.30am which isn't exactly that much earlier). My main problem with Butlins is not the admission fee but all those extra bloody things that require you to spend more money while you're in there. It works out as a relly really expensive day out, and it wasn't even anything special as a lot of it was closed for some reason.
I can't blame Skegness for the bad weather the whole week I was there and maybe things would have been better if the week hadn't been all rain as the beach is a cheap day out but you would have thought some of it would have been positive. I couldn't find anything to do. i like walking. I can walk for miles at a time, but not knowing the area, I didn't fancy getting lost. I also found, and this was the worst part for me, that every time I opened my mouth and said anything I would get funny looks, people openly nudging each other and even loudly saying "Ooooh she's a real-life cockney" which they seemed to find extremely funny. The local shop owner even asked what it was like down in "Eastenders". I thought he was messing around but both him and the elderly customer seemed really excited that I was there. So I gave them my best Peggy Mitchell impression and left. This wasn't a one-off it happened too many times whilst I was there. I do wonder though if anybody who visits Skegness with a remotely London/Southern accent gets accused of being a cockney lol.
Most people know Skegness is famous for it's penny arcades. I'm not a gambling girl but I thought I might as well try whilst I was there as I was really running out of options now. I soon gave up though. There is nothing like a bunch of teenagers in tracksuits loudly swearing and spitting to put you off anything.
All in all a truly awful week. I ended up spending a lot of it just sitting in the caravan which wouldn't have been so bad had it not been so dysfunctional. I would never go back. It was a truly awful experience. I'm giving the whole experience one star because I can't think of a single positive thing to say about it. And to top it all off I never got my deposit back. I never got an explanation as to why either as the caravan owner simply ignored all my calls. I was really disappointed. I had been through a bad time just before I went, and Skegness was suggested to me as a cheap holiday in an entirely different location to my everyday life. I can never normally afford a holiday so I was really hoping for something better than this. What a waste.