Located on the east coast of England, Lincolnshire is surrounded by beautiful scenery – from coastal seascapes to the Lincolnshire Wold Area of Natural Beauty (AONB). There is plenty to do in Lincolnshire, with seaside attractions, fun parks, animal sanctuaries and more, whatever your interests or your budget, there will be plenty to pique your interest in this wonderful county.
Where to go in Lincolnshire
With countless trails for walking and cycling, this county is popular for outdoor pursuits. Head over to Woodhall Spa Woods to be immersed in nature amidst 7.6 hectares of tall trees, buzzing with wildlife, and discover the hidden retro cinema – Kinema in the Woods. At Wild Pines Park there are plenty of walks to get lost on with the family, but for the best view head over to the rope activities centre, featuring 21 zip lines and five separate courses.
If it’s wildlife you’re looking for, try Water’s Edge Country Park in Barton upon Humber where you can learn about all the local wildlife at the visitors’ centre before heading out on a woodland trail through wildflower meadows and around the local ponds before letting the kids burn off more steam at the adventure playground. Alternatively, wander through Whisby Nature Park on one of the many marked trails and enjoy a picnic by the water if the weather is being kind.
For avid birdwatchers, Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve offers expansive views over the coastline from Skegness to Wash, for the best chance to view a wide variety of birds in the area.
The coastline of Lincolnshire is home to a string of harbour towns, fishing villages and active ports. Grimsby, Skegness and Cleethorpes are all popular destinations for tourists wishing to enjoy a family-friendly day at the seaside, or a night on the town.
What to do in Lincolnshire
The two most highly recommended castles in Lincolnshire are Lincoln Castle and Tattershall Castle, and for more information on the history of Lincolnshire, the Museum of Lincolnshire Life in Lincoln is great for kids as well as adults, plus it’s free.
There are lots of zoos, farms, wildlife parks and sanctuaries throughout Lincolnshire so be sure to check out one that’s close to your home or holiday home for a child-friendly way to spend a day. For younger kids, there are also a great number of soft play facilities, and for older kids, the seaside fairs with adrenalin pumping roller coasters include Fantasy Island near Skegness and Bottons Pleasure beach, also in Skegness. For younger kids, Dunes Leisure in Mablethorpe is more inclusive.
For sunnier days when you want to be in the water, Lincolnshire Aquapark offers an inflatable obstacle course and other activities for adults and children aged 5+, and pedalo boating for families with children under 5.
Where to stay in Lincolnshire
Haven’s Thorpe Park
For a family-friendly holiday park try Haven’s Thorpe Park site featuring on-site activities including a nine-hole golf course, swimming pools and water activities, fishing lakes, an on-site entertainment venue, supermarket, and restaurant.