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, 2018-05-29 08:07:30
We all know and love Skegness.
Well, actually, not all of us do.
Some of us have never had the pleasure of the Pleasure Beach, tucked into a fish supper on the Grand Parade, or had a flutter on the penny falls.
Leicestershire Live journalist Hayley Watson confessed to being a total newbie having never visited the resort that’s a second home to most of the East Midlands.
So unsurprisingly she was sent straight across to the North Sea coastline.
So what did she make of the resort? Here’s 10 things she learnt about Skegness after taking a day trip there.
1. The weather isn’t great
Despite the brilliant weather we’ve been having recently, I was surprised to find Skegness was a whopping 10 degrees colder than it was in the city on the day I visited.
It was a good thing I’d brought a jacket along, because the North Sea winds were relentless.
Things did brighten up towards the end of the day, which made the resort look decidedly more summery – so check the weather before you go to make sure there are blue skies.
2. But there are plenty of places to shelter
Along the pier there’s also a huge arcade with plenty of retro machines – which are unashamedly my favourite part of visiting the seaside.
After all, who doesn’t love the flashing lights and music from the prize grabbers, coin pushers and fruit machines?
There’s also mini ten pin bowling, laser tag and other activities to get stuck into.
3. Most attractions kick off on the Bank Holiday weekend
When we visited, the Pleasure Beach – housing the fairground rides on Skeggy’s seafront – wasn’t open yet.
It’s good news if you’re planning a trip though, because most attractions are now open as of Saturday, May 26.
Once it’s open you’ll find plenty of rides for adults and kids, food stalls, and shops.
4. There’s lots of other things to do though
Even though the Pleasure Beach wasn’t open, there was still loads to do down the front in Skegness including mini golf, the model village, and aquarium.
There are also lots of shops and stalls selling classic seaside wares like buckets and spades, sunglasses, and sweet treats.
You’ll also find a number of pubs, bars and restaurants to stop off at. Which brings us to the food…
5. If you’re hungry, there’s seafood…
If you’re into seafood then you’ll love the variety of classic seaside snacks on offer like cockles, whelks, mussels and pinks.
Look out for the seafood stands dotted around the town, especially down the seafront.
6. MASSIVE portions of fish and chips…
We visited Trawler’s Catch for lunch, which has rave reviews on TripAdvisor thanks to its huge portions.
One online reviewer described the haddock as “half a whale” – and they weren’t kidding.
A haddock, peas and chips deal comes in at £5.95, which is a bargain for the amount of food you get.
7. And some pretty cheap ice cream
I was tasked with finding the cheapest ice cream cone in Skegness, and I think this could be it.
Whipped Ices and Waffles on Tower Esplanade serves up soft scoop cones for just 95p, or £1.30 with a flake.
It says small, but the portion size was very generous (just like the fish and chips).
8. Some surprisingly big names come to the theatre
For a night out in Skegness, the Embassy Theatre is the place to see the biggest acts in town.
Upcoming acts this summer include Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.
There’s also plenty of tribute acts, kids shows and daytime events like the popular Skegness Roller Disco.
9. Dogs love it too!
Apparently Skegness is popular with dog owners, as we spotted heaps of owners walking their furry friends during our trip – despite recently being banned from the main beach.
We spoke to Craig West from Worcester, who was walking Khan the Malamute and Dixie the pug on the seafront.
Unsurprisingly, the pair were getting a lot of attention from people.
10. Finally – it’s better than I thought
The general consensus when I told people I was heading to Skegness for the day was, “why?”
However, I found Skegness to be as good as many other British seaside resorts, with plenty of activities to get stuck into.
If you enjoy a retro day by the seaside then it’s well worth a visit for a day or weekend.
I’ll be back – hopefully basking in the sunshine with a pint next time.
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