Find the nearest See & Do in Lincolnshire
Heading to Lincolnshire and looking for something to do or a place to visit nearby. Coast Radar is not just a list of beaches but we bring you the whole Lincolnshire coast including castles, lighthouses, piers, museums, beautiful gardens, seaside towns, National Trust and other heritage properties.
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- Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve runs for about three miles from Skegness to The Wash and covers around 430 hectares of sea shore, an extensive complex of sand dunes, marshes and freshwater habitats. It is a totally unspoilt stretch of coastline important for its international scientific interest and managed by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust The public is welcome here and there are pathways that lead you easily through the different habitats and keep the intrusion on nature to a minimum. An observation platform for the public to view the Mere and the lagoon is at Mill Hill and gives you a wide panoramic view of the area. Designated as a site of international wetland importance, the reserve is an area of geomorphological importance. There’s a great visitors centre where you can explore the habitats through the multi media and interactive displays. We’ve heard The Point Cafe is good too with scrumptious food being served while you kick back and soak up Mother Nature at her best. The reserve staff offer guided walks, children’s activities, day and residential training courses. The reserve is open from 10am to 4pm daily but may close early in bad weather conditions. Admission is free but car parking charges apply and they ask that groups book in advance.
- Skegness Pier has had a chequered history from its humble start as a promenade for the inhabitants of a small but popular Victorian holiday town it has now grown into the focal attraction of holiday visitors. It now enjoys hundreds of thousands of visitors every year as they walk along the pier and take in the spectacular views of Skegness beach and enjoy the many traditional seaside attractions like the carousel, trampolines, cafes, restaurants, ten pin bowling, laser quest, ice creams, Adventure World, video games, and glow bowling! The pier is right at the centre of the Skegness seafront and has ample parking nearby. For those interested in a little history, Skegness Pier construction was started in 1879 and 2 years later opened in June 1881. The pier was originally a T-shape with a concert hall at the pier head along with departing and arriving steamboat trips. A storm in January 1978 caused major damage and due to the cost, part of the pier was demolished. The pier is now 118 m (387 ft) long with no evidence of the original pier head.
- Gainsthorpe Medieval Village is a must if you’re in Lincolnshire! This historic site is of an actual deserted medieval village and it’s one of the best examples in England. This village was clearly mentioned in the Domesday Book where it states that it had a windmill and a chapel in 1208 but was deserted by the late 17th century. Gainsthorpe lies in a field belonging to Gainsthorpe Farm. The typical medieval layout of sunken roads and raised rectangular tofts and crofts is clearly seen in the humps and hollows of the field and the remains of over 200 buildings still stand. There’s a pair of streets that are parallel to the Roman street to the east suggesting that the village was established in those times. There’s also a manor house, a fishpond, barns, longhouses and crofts for you to puzzle over. No one knows why the village was abandoned but legend says that it was a haven for thieves and their corruption led to the villages downfall. More simple explanations come from the evidence of the Black Plague during that time. It’s open all year round and entrance is free! There is a small car park from where a footpath of about two hundred metres leads to the site.
- Cleethorpes lifeboat station was established in 1868 and operates an inshore lifeboat. Cleethorpes Life Boat Station is funded by people who watch Blue Peter! It’s one of seven stations operating a lifeboat funded by viewers of the BBC television programme and the lifeboat crews have been presented with 10 awards for gallantry in the last decade! As a registered charity, Cleethorpes Life Boat Station offers a 24 hour on call search and rescue service up to fifty miles from the coast line. Imagine that in the early days! They had wooden life boats then and needed at least 20 crew to man it and residents to launch it! Now it takes just four crew and is launched by a soft track machine. These brave men and women go out on search and rescue missions about 50 times in a year. This station is an Observe station. Observe stations welcome visitors but many are in inaccessible places and best suited to maritime rescue rather than visits. However, they are situated in stunning locations so why not enjoy the local area, using the station as a starting point? In August 2012 The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust funded the training of two new volunteers at Cleethorpes RNLI lifeboat station and the staff of Grimsby’s Marks and Spencer store raised over £1600 for them too!
- Billinghay Open Air Swimming Pool is a volunteer-run outdoor, heated, secluded pool, at 25mx10m, with a maximum depth of 2m. The pool is available for hire as a venue for those wishing a private party; be it for a birthday, anniversary or any other special event.
- St Peter’s church, Barton-upon-Humber is cared for by English Heritage as it’s become one of the most important churches in terms of architecture in England. From 1978 and 1985 the church was completely excavated and the standing structure recorded. The reason for all the interest is that it is one of the best Anglo-Saxon buildings still standing and has a full exhibition inside about its history so visitors can learn more about it. During excavations exciting finds were made like the pagan Saxon cemetery within the remains of an old hall which is apparently where people of high status were buried with the earliest graves dating back to the 9th century! There are over 2 800 people buried in this church yard dating from Anglo Saxon to Victorian times and the exhibition takes you through reasons for deaths, medieval disease, burial practices and medical issues faced in those times. There is also a great reconstruction skeletons exhibition and the architecture of the church itself is highly unusual. One of the unusual aspects of this cemetery is that it seems that graves were relocated when foundations were laid. This was not usual of the time. This church is dedicated to St Peter and served as the parish church of Barton from Medieval times up to around 1970. It’s open daily from 2.00pm – 4.00pm and closed on the 24th – 26th December and 1st January each year.