Lincolnshire has miles of beautiful coastline and is home to some of the UK’s most iconic seaside towns with arcades, ice cream and log flumes galore! If you fancy having a day out away from the hustle and bustle, Lincolnshire has plenty of beautiful hidden beaches that you may not know about.
- Cleethorpes Beach – this traditional seaside town with close ties to Grimsby has lots of activities and amenities, including donkey rides, a boating lake, paddling pool and award-winning gardens on the promenade. There is plenty to do and is a popular location for canoeing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, sailing, swimming, and bathing. With arcades on the promenade, crazy golf, deckchairs for hire, ice cream, fish and chips and a traditional pier, it is sure to have something for everyone. In the summer of 2021, Cleethorpes was named the second-best beach in the UK by the Trainline (Margate pipped it to the post).
- Moggs Eye Beach – also known as Huttoft Beach, this is a quiet, rural beach backed by grassy sand dunes. The wide strip of golden sand slopes gently into the sea and is a great destination for beachgoers. There are plenty of good walks in the area, and there are no restrictions on dog walking on the beach which is great news for those with a four-legged friend. There is a car park with toilets and a good picnic area – however there are no shops so make sure you take a picnic!
- Sutton-On-Sea Beach – this quaint coastal village with sandy beaches is ideal for families and great for swimming. If you are looking for a much quieter location than neighbouring Mablethorpe, still with amenities like attractive gardens and children’s paddling pools, then this is the spot for you.
- Mablethorpe Beach – this lively location boasts all the classics such as amusement arcades, fun fairs and donkey rides. There are also regular events held on the beach including sandcastle contests, fireworks, bike racing and illumination switch-ons, so it is worth checking what’s on before you visit.
- Anderby Creek Beach – the long sandy beaches along this part of the coastline stretch for miles making it perfect for long walks. This is truly a tranquil place away from the noisy tourist attractions of some of the areas better known resorts. Despite being quieter, it conveniently has a beach café at the car park, toilets, a pub with a beer garden and a shop.
- Saltfleetby Theddlethorpe Dunes Beach – one for nature lovers, this area boasts an unspoilt landscape of salt marshland and sands. A designated National Nature Reserve, the marshes behind the beach are one of only a few locations in the UK where the natterjack toad can be found. Habitats include tidal sand and mudflats, salt and freshwater marshes and sand dunes. This is a part of the coast you can guarantee will never be busy, even in the height of summer.
- Chapel St Leonards Beach – this sand and shingle beach is another popular place for swimming and family days out. There are plenty of facilities such as toilets, pubs, restaurants, shops and places to stay with resort-style attractions such as crazy golf, amusement arcades and children’s play areas. One mile north of the main beach entrance is Chapel Point, a defensive structure built during the Second World War. This area also has one of Lincolnshire’s newest and popular attraction – the North Sea Observatory. This is the UK’s only purpose-built Marine Observatory and is open all year round with a café, art gallery and exhibits related to the Lincolnshire coast’s natural history.
- Skegness Beach – arguably the most well-known of the list, there are plenty of activities for the family to enjoy. With donkey rides, a paddling pool, canoeing and kayaking, crazy golf, sailing, swimming and an aquarium, you won’t be short of ideas. It is also the perfect spot for rock pooling, picnics, flying kites and of course sunbathing. Skegness also has a vintage pier with traditional promenade and fairground with various rides for people of all ages.
- Ingoldmells Beach – this is a popular spot due to the Fantasy Island Theme Park and Caravan Parks. A great spot if you are looking for an overnight stay. The beach is popular for swimming and long walks, and the area has plenty of shops, pubs, places to eat and even a bowling alley.
- Sandilands Beach – this natural golden sandy beach stretches for miles. An ideal quiet coastal spot for walking and enjoying the fresh sea breeze. Clean and picturesque, this area is dog friendly all year round and is well known for its rows of colourful seaside beach huts. Sandilands Pit Nature Reserve is one of the smaller former clay pits that supports many duck species. You may be lucky enough to hear the male Snipe make a ‘drumming’ sound whilst performing its aerial courtship display.
Whether you want family fun or spots of solitude, you’re never too far from Lincolnshire’s beautiful beaches.