I’ve added lots of links to all places on here so you can search for even more awesome places to visit and enjoy with the family!
There are Lincolnshire UK towns listed plus categories such as Farms, Bowling and Boat trips for specific searches on this blog.
Louth is fifteen miles south of Grimsby and twenty five miles east of Lincoln, a proper market town as yet unspoiled by out-of-town supermarkets.
Visit the bustling weekly markets and sample some of Lincolnshire’s finest produce, selling everything from speciality cheeses through to Lincolnshire Plum Loaf – click through to read all about SIX Louth Pocklingtons Bakery treats you NEED to try / Lincolnshire!
Just outside of Louth is Rushmoor Farm
There isn’t a heap to do in the way of attractions but if you’re a parent you find things to do to entertain the children:
- Surestart – free activities.
- Feed the ducks.
- Spout Yard.
- Spire View Park.
- Louth Library
- Louth Museum
- Hubbards Hills.
- Meridian Centre click here for more details.
- Play Factory
- M&G designs – pottery, Beading, sewing, Workshops and more!
- Trinity Church do A LOT – from kid groups to adult plus offering food for those who are in need they are an amazing place full of support.
- Kenwick Park – spa packages, golf course, lodge breaks, weddings, hotel.
Below is a clip of Oscar climbing at Spout yard when he was younger:
- The Walled Garden Baumber walk
Grimsby is strongly linked with the sea fishing industry, which once generated wealth for the town. At its peak in the 1950s, it was the largest and busiest fishing port in the world!
High street shopping in the town is focused on central Grimsby between the railway and River Freshney, where Victoria Street acts as a central pedestrianised shopping street with the undercover Freshney Place shopping centre to the north. Freshney Place is visited by 14 million shoppers a year and employs over 2,000 staff!
Click here to learn all about Great Grimbsy
- Time 4 Play
- Grimsby Tennis Centre
- Grimsby Dock Tower
- Grimsby Minster
- Grimbsy Auditorium
- Grimsby Golf Club
- Weelsby Woods
- Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre
- Time Trap Museum
Jubilee Park – which has a heated outdoor swimming and paddling pool – outdoor pool is 33 by 12 meters and both pools are heated to 29 degrees.
General swimming and swimming lessons are available every day throughout the season (May to early September). The pool is also available for private hire for a children’s party, family get together or just for you!
Great fun for all the family!
Open weekends and school holidays from Easter to the 6th of September (11am-4pm). Equipment can be hired from the caravan site office out of school holidays and weekends.
When you are looking for an activity call in at their games hut, badminton, table tennis, tennis, croquet and the putting green are all available for hire.
Places to visit:
- Hull’s Old Town & Fish Trail
- Humber Bridge
- Fort Paull
- Banksy street art
- Ferens Art Gallery
- East Park
- Rock Up
- Fruit market and humber street
- Wilberforce House
- Williams Den
- Bemptons Cliff Nature Reserve
- Hull Maritime Musuem
- Spurn Lightship
- Dinostar dinosaur experience
- Hull and East Riding Museum
- Let Loose
- Beverly Minster
- Quasar Superbowl UK
- Queen Victoria Square Fountains
- RAF Holmpton
- Streetlife Museum of Transport
- Gravity Trampoline Park
- Burton Constable Hall
FREE places to visit – money spending optional – but walks/biking and beaches and paddling pool areas are free, just remember to take money for potentially parking and toilets!
Chapel St Leonards
A quaint holiday village near another of Lincolnshire’s sandy beaches.
Listed below are some amusements and restaurants:
Free things to do:
- Head to the beach! As well as playing in the sand you can walk or cycle along the prom. Bicnic. Sea. Bucket and spade. Sorted!
- Chapel Point and the north sea Observatory.
- Green Amusements.
- Happy days clubs.
- Halls Arcades.
- Fun Spot Amusements.
- Ten Pin Bowling.
- Bibbys Arcade.
- Penny falls and more!
Things to do outdoors:
- The Green.
- Water Meadows Carp fishery.
Lots to do here but you will be parting with pennies (I know, I know, makes me sad too)
- Go boating on the boating lake – there’s also a cool sand area AND paddling pool around this area!
Ride on the Lollipop train from one end of Cleethorpes to the other
- Take a ride on a steam train at Cleethorpes coast light railway.
- Waltham Windmill
- Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre
- Grimsby Leisure Centre
- Cleethorpes Pier
Meridian Showground Arena – is on Kings Road at the south end of Cleethorpes resort. The venue offers a beautiful setting for a variety of outdoor events and hosts many throughout the year. For up to date information on what is taking place at the showground please follow the Facebook Page.
Huttoft/Moggs Eye Beach
An easy free place to visit – Huttoft is a quiet beach with grassy sand dunes – the long strip of golden sand which slopes into the sea is a great destination for beachgoers, surfers, swimmers, sea anglers and bird watchers.
Popular with walkers and there’s a variety of good walks in the area – also good to note there are currently no restrictions on dog walking on the beach
There is a car park, which has space for 150 cars. There are also toilets and a good picnic area.
- The Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary and Wildlife Centre
- The Lincolnshire Aquapark
- Mablethorpe Fairground
- The Dunes Entertainment Complex
- Queens Park
- Bicycle Hire
- Pick your own fruits (a fave)
- Linkage Green
- Skatepark free
Annual events in the summer include:
- The Mablethorpe Bike Night
- Illuminations Switch On
- Poppies on the Prom
- Bathing Beauties Beach Hut Festival.
If you prefer a quieter time you’ll love our Blue Flag Award Winning Beach, local nature reserves and some great coffee shops, cafes and restaurants.
Baby Seals can be seen at the Seal Sanctuary and Donna Nook Nature Reserve in November and December.Autumn is also when the Mablethorpe Marathon is held!
Click here for Free things to do in Mablethorpe
Skegness offer such a variety of things to do in the summer from their Caravan resorts to beach days!
For example, Gibraltar Point! Which has free entry to the reserve and visitor centre, small charge for parking (all fees go towards managing the reserve). Gibraltar Point is a dynamic stretch of wild coastline running southwards from the edge of Skegness to the mouth of The Wash.
We’ve been to Skegness this summer! Click here for a full ‘what’s on’ calendar.
Things to do –
- Skegness Aquarium
- Skegness Golf Centre
- The Embassy Theatre
- The National Parrot Sanctuary
- Skegness Pier
- Church Farm Museum
- X Site Skatepark
- BJ’s BIG TOP SHOW BAR
The place itself isn’t super impressive as it’s small and an unassuming place, however, it’s a nice beach to visit with beach huts to rent along the front and there is a paddling pool and playground near the beach!
I take my children here every summer.
A lovely quiet beach that stretches on and on. There is a café and toilets near the beach. Don’t visit here expecting amusements. This is a get away from it all beach. Parking is free at the beach.
Brayford Belle, Lincoln
You can take a 50-60 minute boat cruise from Brayford waterfront in Lincoln. We have been on the cruise ourselves and it’s a pleasant journey along the canal. We enjoyed nosing at the houseboats. Cruises run from Spring until late summer. You can purchase refreshments on board and there is a toilet.
Grantham canal three ships
You can enjoy a privately chartered cruise along one of Britain’s most beautiful canals. You can choose between a 2, 3 or 4 hour cruise.
The cruise boat can accommodate up to 10 people and there is a toilet on board. Prices are for up to 10 people on a boat – 2 hour cruise: £90.00, 3 hour cruise: £125.00, 4 hour cruise: £150.00.
Oliver boat trips, Lincoln
Boat trips running throughout the day from Brayford Wharf East, opposite the Lincolnshire Echo office. Incorporating many views of Lincoln, including through the Glory Hole which is renowned for it Stokes Coffee House.
The trip goes through the heart of historic Lincoln City, to one of the most talked about features, stamp end lock, a guillotine lock and includes a free cake and a soft drink.
Adults are £5.00, Children under 13 £4.00 and under 3’s are free.
Spalding, Water Taxi
The water taxi links Springfields Outlet Shopping & Festival Gardens to Spalding Town Centre. It’s a relaxing 30-minute cruise. In Spalding, the stop is a centrally convenient town centre embarkation point. The water taxi runs from early April until early October. It is £3.00 for a single journey or £6.00 for a return. A family ticket is £9.00 each way.
Alleycatz bowling is located in the centre of Spalding. They have various pricing options and offers currently on their website. Peak time you are looking at 1 game for £5.50 an adult, £9.50 for two games and £10.50 for 3. Children are £8.00 for 3 games. Shoe hire is £1.50 per person. Food and drinks are available.
The karting clubhouse has a 6 lane bowling alley. There is also a bar, café and games area. You can book online for £4.50 per person for 1 game or £8.00 for 2 games. Group hire is also available.
See more about Boston bowl in the soft play section below. Boston bowl is located on the outskirts of Boston. They have 12 bowling lanes with special moonlight bowling sessions. There is no pricing available on their website, this could do with updating. There is an American diner on site plus other facilities.
Cleethorpes Bowling Alley
The bowling alley at Cleethorpes has 16 bowling lanes a bar and a snack bar. They have hourly rates and single game rates. A weekend hourly rate plus shoe hire is £23 a lane. Or at the weekend you can pay £4.40 a game for an adult and £3.20 for a child.
This has a recently refurbished 12 lane bowling alley including an American style Diner, Jaks. There is also laser storm here and the fun farm (see soft play). Adult standard bowling is priced at 1 game £6.75, 2 games £11.50 and 3 games for £14.00 each. Children are charged at a little less than this.
Lincoln bowl has a restaurant on site and you don’t have to bowl to eat there, they also have a games arcade. Weekend rates for an adult to bowl are £8.00 for 1 game for an adult or £14.00 for 2 games. Children are £6 or £11.50. They have special off-peak rates and family bowling rates listed on their website.
MFA Bowl, Scunthorpe
Located on the outskirts of Scunthorpe including Fat Sam’s diner, pool and arcades. If you book online at least 24 hours in advance you can make a small saving on bowling costs. On the day it is £4.95 a game for an adult, 2 games £8.80 and 3 games for £11.00. A family hour of bowling is £22.00.
Their website doesn’t seem to exist but according to their Facebook page they are still up and running. The bowling lanes have been recently upgraded at the Mirage. They have a variety of offers on regarding prices for bowling. Most deals seem to be just under £5 a game.
Check out their Facebook page for current offers. There is a café on site, soft play (see soft play below) and amusements.
Located within Skegness pier you will find Skegness bowl, amusements and more (see soft play). It was refurbished in 2014 and includes a Hollywood bar and diner. They have a variety of pricing options including glow bowling. Daytime prices, for example, are £5.10 each for adults and £3.85 for children. Two games are £7.40 each for adults and £5.40 for children with extra games only £1.95 each. Shoe hire is 95p.
A theme park dedicated to the under 10’s with great indoor play areas and rides for all the family! You can run, swing, slide, ride and explore all the great themed areas and rides with all the family. I remember going as a child and loved the little villages.
Based at – Treswell Rd, Rampton, Retford, Notts, DN22 0HX My son loved the Angry Birds themed area it was really vibrant, my infant loved the giant sandpits and my eldest loved the story book village and they all loved the villages too as there were Butchers, Opticians and even a little Post Office!
Escape, Skegness pier
This is a new, fun, challenging activity in Skegness Pier. You are locked in a mysterious escape room and you have 60 minutes to get out. For groups of 2-6 you and your team must solve many puzzles, riddles, brain teasers and identify clues.
It’s recommended for children 10 and over to adult, however, there are no restrictions on age. Adults are £17.50 and children £12.50.
Labyrinth escape rooms, Grimsby
Length of time in the escape room and recommendation for ages as above. They have different challenges on offer from £13.00 per person.
Tenison exit games, Lincoln
Recommended for ages 14 and up and typically played in groups of 2-5. You have 60 minutes to complete one of two missions. You will need to solve puzzles within a themed room. Rooms can be booked for £20 per person with a minimum of 2 people.
Ark Wildlife Park
This is a rescue zoo with many exotic animals. There are daily animal encounters and they have all sorts of animals I’ve not heard of before. The park is quite small. There is an outdoor playground, activity barn and indoor and outdoor animals. There is a café on site and they offer animal experiences at an extra cost. Adults are £9.00 each, Children under 16 are £6.50 and a family ticket is £30. Under 3’s are free. Personally, I feel the price is too high for what there is there.
Baytree Owl and Wildlife centre, Spalding
Located within Baytree Garden they have flying displays from March until September with 3 to 4 birds and lasts for about 40 minutes. (1 display a day). Or you can book a variety of experience days. They have a family encounter for 2 adults and 2 children at £75 for 1 hour. Or a junior experience for children aged 4-14. This is a 45-minute session for £25.
Bransby Horses is one of the UK’s largest equine welfare charities; dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitation, rehoming and providing a safe haven. It is free to visit although they do welcome donations. There is a café and a playground for the kids. You are able to walk around the paddocks and into a stable to see their horses and donkeys. They have adoption days, pony grooming and children’s craft days.
Open from mid-March until the end of October. Set within pretty grounds surrounding the mill. The mill now houses a café and there’s a walk around their animal and bird cages. If you cross the road you will find a woodland play area. It’s not a big place but adults are just £5 each. Children 3-15 are £3.50 and children under 3 are free. A family ticket is £16.00.
Hall Farm Park
Situated on the edge of the Lincolnshire wolds Hall farm park is a small family run farm park. It is a working farm with lots to see and do. They have a magical woodland walk, animals outdoor and in, crazy golf, karts. Plus outdoor adventure play and an indoor play barn. There is a cafe is on site. Adults and children are £6.50 each and children under 2 are free. A family ticket is £25.00.
Hardy’s Animal Farm
Located in Ingoldmells near Skegness. They have plenty of indoor and outdoor animals and play areas plus a café.
The farm is really good value for money at just £5.00 each for adults and children. Children under 3 are free. They are closed over the winter.
Jungle Zoo Cleethorpes
This is a small yet very interactive attraction and they have daily scheduled Keeper talks, feeding sessions and demonstrations. They are closed for most of the winter.
Car parking is in a pay and display car park. There is lots to see whatever the weather as it’s not super huge.
Adults – £4.80
Children – £4.00
Seniors – £4.00
Under 2’s – free
Buy Local Card
Family Entry (2 adults+ 2 children) – £16
Wildlife Trust Members (ID required) – £3.50
Plus discounts available including for NHS, Armed Forces, Carers etc
There is even a resident Iguana on the loose.
Lincolnshire Wildlife Park
Formerly the Parrot zoo this wildlife park does still have a large focus on parrots but they now have many other animals including tigers with a newly installed enclosure!
You can purchase monkey nuts to feed their many and mostly rescued parrots and macaws. There’s a really fun walk-in aviary with smaller birds that love to land on you.
They offer animal encounters at an additional cost and have events on some weekends. Adults are £9.95, children 3-15 £8.50, under 3’s are free and a family ticket is £34.00. There is a café where you can sit next to some reptiles plus a recently installed adventure playground.
Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary and Wildlife Park
They have a wide variety of animals and there are many informative signs PLUS you can be a keeper for the day at an additional cost. They are closed in January. It costs £8 for an adult, £5 for a child aged 3-15 and children under 3 are free.
The Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary and Wildlife Centre is a visitor attraction featuring primates, reptiles, birds, seals and much more. It is a relatively small place and you mostly follow a one-way system around the enclosures.
Natureland Seal Sanctuary Skegness
First and foremost – they are a Sanctuary dedicated to treating and returning seals to their natural habitat. You can see the various stages of rescued seals rehabilitation and hear about the rescue work at feeding times.
They also have other animals such as penguins, Alpacas, Meerkats, butterflies, crocodiles and more!
It is a small attraction with a café onsite.
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Infant (aged 2 years & under)
Children (3-15 years inclusive)
Senior Citizens (65 and over)
Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children)
Pink Pig Farm
Located on the outskirts of Scunthorpe.
The farm park has a small selection of animals and there are two outdoor play areas including a sledge type run and a fun duck race. Indoors there is a small soft play area and a café. There is also a café located in the farm shop. They have coin operated go-karts and a mud play kitchen too!
There is an aerial trail on site which is £13.00 per person. Pink pig farm has many events throughout the year. Children are £6.99 and adults £4.50.
Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary
Situated out at Huttoft this donkey sanctuary is free to visit – the sanctuary also has a few ponies. It does rely on donations though!
The sanctuary is closed in January and February and most weeks after this it is just open on Saturdays – so phone before leaving to check they are open!
Rand farm near Market Rasen is a lovely place.
Last year they have added a new animal barn and an indoor air cannon shooting arena. They also have an indoor play barn, sandpit and pedal tractors and play pods. Outside you will find more animals with plenty more play areas including a skyrider, sledges, trampolines and much more.
They have many events throughout the year even Unicorn event! Adults and children are £10.95, under 2’s are free. There is a café on site.
Check my blog on 8 reasons to visit the farm!
Rushmoor country park
This farm park is quite small however there’s always plenty on. Kids can have a ride on one of their ponies, there is a small animal holding area, bird display and lamb feeding in season. You can also feed their goats etc. and the kid goats are often wandering around outside their pens. There is a small outdoor play area and a café. They are closed over winter. Adults and children are £6.75 each. It’s £5.75 if you arrive before 11 am and state that you are an early bird. Children 2 and under are free.
This is a relatively newly built aquarium near the seafront in Skegness! When you have finished your visit there is a soft play area upstairs next to the café.
Perfect for the kids to let off some steam. If you book your tickets online you benefit from a small saving per ticket – online adult tickets are £8.95, children £6 and under 2’s are free. A family ticket for four is £27.90.
This is our local farm and we can easily spend a whole day there. They have many different animals that you can feed including donkeys, goats, sheep and ponies. Plus more unusual animals such as Alpacas, Rheas and a bird of prey area.
There’s two big fun bouncy pillows, outdoor adventure play, soft play, indoor and outdoor sandpits and much more. Adults and children are a bargain £5.50 each and under 2’s are free. A family ticket for four is £21.00.
Whisby animal centre
Located next to Whisby garden centre the animal centre isn’t massive however there is a large outdoor play area including a sand pit. They have also massively upgraded their soft play and installed a big new play barn. Their website currently only displays the winter prices which are £1 for an adult and £4.95 for a child. This includes entry to everything. Under 2’s are free.
Wolds Wildlife Park
Recently opened and slowly expanding this Wildlife park in Horncastle is a nice place to pass a couple of hours. They are adding more attractions as more investment comes in. Adults are currently £8.00 each and £5 for children aged 3 to 15. They have lions, tigers, zebras, lemurs and more.
Woodside Wildlife Park
They have many events on throughout the day including a show of some animals we’ve never seen before. There is a large conservatory with alligators, a tiger which you can watch being fed, birds and much more. There is also an outdoor play area. They are open almost all year round. Adults are £10.95, children £9.45 and under 2’s are free. A family ticket for four is £39.
They have 3 different types of Go Karts available for children and adults starting at 8 years old. There are also 6 different layouts.
You can choose individual or group ‘track time’ driving. 8-10 year olds are charged at £25 a session. They have a whole host of other pricing options for adults. For example, an adult 30-minute session (two 15 min sessions) is £40.
Big Kidz Karting Skegness
Big kidz karting is located on Skegness foreshore. All the family can get involved as they have single and twin karts. They are open from February to November and weather conditions may affect opening. There is no mention of pricing on their website.
Chequered Flag Karting Grimsby
As well as being open for group events they also have a kids club every Sunday. This is for over 8’s. Membership is £25 and then it costs £5 per 10-minute session. Juniors can visit on other days and pay £20 for 30 minutes.
PF International Kart Circuit, Grantham
PFI is the largest kart centre in the UK and caters for many different karting events. There is also a bar, café and restaurant on site. This place may well be adults only.
Gridline racing, Lincoln
This circuit is indoors and the minimum age for children to race is 8 years old. They even offer birthday parties for children over 8. They have a variety of pricing options. For example, 30 minutes out on the track is currently £25.
Tattershall Karting centre
This circuit is tucked away in the woods in rural Lincolnshire. You can tailor make your own package to suit you and your abilities.
Children have to be 8 or over to ride a kart at the track. An example of the pricing options is a 2 seater kart can be hired for £40 for 30 minutes.
Belton House – National trust
Built in the 1860’s this mansion has all the design features of a classic country house. For families, there is an indoor adventure play area. They have many events on here throughout the year. Entry is free with a national trust membership.
Without one there are various different pricing options throughout the year such as house and grounds entry or just entry to their grounds. The house is shut in the winter. Currently, the grounds are £8.40 for a standard adult ticket, £6.30 for a child and £23.10 for a family. Under 5’s are free.
Burghley House, near Stamford, is England’s greatest Elizabethan house.
It’s grand with the rooms inside the house are just as grand as the exterior. Built in the mid 16th Century, he house has some truly lovely grounds including the Garden of surprises with water fountains for the kids to run through and much more to explore. There’s also a sculpture trail, deer park and more.
If you purchase your tickets online in advance it entitles you to a free annual pass which means you can visit as many times as you wish throughout the year. In advance, a ticket for the house and gardens is £16.50 for an adult and £8.50 for a child ages 3-15 years. Children under 3 are free. A family ticket is £46.00.
Cadwell Park is a motor racing circuit. They have a variety of racing events throughout the year. From rally cars to British superbike championships. Prices vary.
Skegness Stadium is a short circuit tarmac oval racing circuit used for stock car and banger racing. Racing is held at the weekends from March to November and features different events. There is a large covered grandstand area and parking facilities. Additionally there is a viewing area that allows the public to view from their cars. Prices vary.
This is a small cinema run by parkway cinemas who also run the cinema complex in Cleethorpes. An adult ticket at peak times is £7.10. The website doesn’t state a price for children.
South Holland Centre, Spalding
Located in the centre of Spalding this cinema has live shows and workshops. There is 1 screen and they show most new releases. They can play 3d films. Families can watch a film for £5.75 each.
Kinema in the Woods, Woodhall Spa
The Kinema in the woods dates back to 1922 – it’s lovely and totally recommend.There are two screens with a fabulous old-fashioned interior. In screen 1 an organist often comes up out the floor during the interval.
Standard film prices are £6.80 for an adult and £5.80 for a child. A family ticket is £23.60. You can pre-book online. They show as many new releases as possible and often show old classics.
A modern 2 screen cinema in Mablethorpe. Showing all the latest blockbusters and digital 3D releases. Adults are £5.50 and under 15’s are £4.50.
State of the art cinema on Brayford Waterfront in Lincoln. All the latest films are shown here in 2D and 3D where available. They have some great weekend family deals such as films starting at just £2.50 a person. Prices are considerably more when it’s not an Odeon Kids special showing.
9 screen cinema complex in Cleethorpes. There is a bar on site and they show all the recent releases. Tickets are £8.00 per adult and £6.60 per child.
The Tower is a 2 screen cinema which has a classic cinema exterior. The interior is modern and they show recent blockbusters. Tickets are £7.00 for an adult and £5.50 for a child. A family ticket is £22.00.
This cinema in Boston shows all the latest releases plus you can hire it out for school, parties and console bookings!
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For FAMILY they do a KIDS’ CLUB, SUBTITLED SCREENINGS, PARENT & BABY and SUPPORTIVE SCREENINGS.
Seniors tickets are available to those who hold a valid senior card, senior bus pass or state pension letter.
Babies in arms (under 12 months) go free, children over 12 months will need a child ticket and they are happy to accept babies in arms into U, PG and 12A films.
|Family 2 Adult + 2 Child or 1 Adult + 3 Child||£24.40||£28.40|
Louth Parkway cinema
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