With traditional seaside towns like Skegness, Sutton on Sea and Mablethorpe on its coast, it’s no surprise that Lincolnshire continues to see a significant rise in holidaymakers year on year.
Nestled near the picturesque town of Cleethorpes and a perfect base for seaside excursions is our popular Thorpe Park. With two freshwater fishing lakes, a 9-hole golf course and a lazy river, it’s easy to see why so many people flock here, but that’s not all that’s on offer.
From animal packed activities, to beaches galore, here are a few reasons why you should consider a trip up to North Lincolnshire:
Explore the town on your doorstep
Ranked as the best attraction in Cleethorpes on TripAdvisor, the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway is perfect for both kids and grown-ups alike. Sit back and enjoy a two-mile journey along the Lincolnshire coast on one of Britain’s oldest seaside railways. There’s plenty of Thomas The Tank Engine toys for the littles ones, and for the grown-ups The Signal Box Inn is a must-visit attraction as it claims to be one of the smallest pubs in the world. The railway’s Humberston station is also right on the edge of Thorpe Park.
If that doesn’t take your fancy, there’s plenty to do in Cleethorpes come rain or shine! If the weather’s nice you can take a trip to the boating lake, or perhaps take a more leisurely stroll onto the beach where you might see people riding their horses. If the weather’s not on your side, why not catch the latest blockbuster at Parkway Cinema or find out more about the local area’s history at the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre.
Be at one with nature
Covering just over six miles of coastline, the Donna Nook nature reserve is home to a vast range of species. If you visit between October and December then you will be in for a treat, as you will be able to visit the vast number of seals that flock to its shores. During 2019 over 2,000 seals were born at Donna Nook!
Walk with the animals, talk with the animals
If you weren’t lucky enough to spot seals at Donna Nook, then why not take a trip to the Natureland Seal Sanctuary in Skegness. The venue is well known for rescuing orphaned and injured seals that become stranded on the Lincolnshire beaches, but it is also home to many beautiful animals such as penguins, tropical butterflies, alpacas and more.
If you’re stuck at a loose end on a rainy day, then there is also The Jungle Zoo in Cleethorpes just a five-minute drive from Thorpe Park. The zoo is home to a vast array of animals from lemurs and meerkats to pythons and caimans.
Sun yourself on the local beaches
For some more traditional seaside fun, Humberston beach is right on the edge of Thorpe Park. A wide sandy beach that’s at the mouth of the Humber Estuary, it‘s best to visit on a clear day so you can see the ships and boats sailing down its passage, as well as some of the old World War Two forts on its shores.
But as you would expect with a coastal town, this is not the only beach around. You don’t have to venture too far to also pay a visit to the beaches of Mablethorpe, Skegness and Ingoldmells.
And if that wasn’t enough, our Thorpe Park holiday park is full of fun for all the family. For the adventurers, there’s the Leap of Faith to take on, as well as our Climbing Wall. Or, if you’re more at home in the water, you can head to our indoor and outdoor pools and try something new such as Water Walkers or Aqua Jets.
Have you visited Thorpe Park? What are your favourite things about the park? Let us know!