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Take a break by the sea in Skegness

Pier and beach, Skegness.
Skegness pier and beach - photo cc MOTORAL1987

If you are seeking a charming seaside location for your summer holiday, consider Skegness.  Located in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England, 43 miles from the city of Lincoln, in the past Skegness was mainly a fishing village and small port.  However, after the arrival of the railway back in 1875, the town was put on the tourist map, mainly due to a poster released by the Great Northern Railway, inviting people to visit the town. 

The "Skegness is so Bracing" poster featuring "The Jolly Fisherman" was apparently taken from an oil painting by John Hassall and is now world famous.  In 1877, the Earl of Scarbrough realised that by adding to the already sandy beach, the town could attract ever more visitors.  The town then expanded and eventually Billy Butlin built the UK's first holiday camp there, which is still going today.  Nowadays, of course, there is a wide range of hotel, guest house and bed and breakfast accommodation in Skegness to suit everyone.
Skegness pier
Skegness Pier - photo cc 
Most accommodation establishments in and around Skegness are members of the "Skegness East Coast and Wolds Hospitality Association" ensuring a certain level of quality in the town.

The town has attracted a lot of nicknames over the years, including Skeg, Skeggy, Costa del Skeg or Skegvegas and the statue of the Jolly Fisherman, mentioned in the original poster mentioned above and pictured right, is still the town's mascot to this day.

There are several wellknown landmarks worth visiting during your stay including the Diamond Jubilee Clock tower, which was built in 11898-99 to mark Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

Just beyond the clock tower, Tower Esplanade takes you on to the beach where you will see the famous statue of the Jolly Fisherman in the Compass Gardens.

Jolly Fisherman, Skegness
Jolly Fisherman - photo cc 
Jonathan Wakefield

On the other side is a boating lake.  The Tower Gardens, which were previously known as the Pleasure Gardens, opened in 1878 after being donated by the Earl of Scarbrough.  During the summer months, several different events are held in the gardens.

Donkeys on the beach in Skegness
Skegness donkeys - 
photo cc SleafordSue
The Skegness Pier has had a checkered history whereby it has been damaged by several harsh storms.  Today the pier is only 387 feet long and is once againa tourist attraction.  The long and wide sandy beach has several times won the Blue Flag beach award for cleanliness and children can enjoy rides on friendly donkeys.

On the main seafront in Skegness, the Grand Parade, there is a variety of fairground ridges and amusement arcades as well as a crazy golf course, many fish and chip shops and other takeaways and bars, as well as the Embassy Theatre.

In the town itself, a wide range of high street shopping is available, as well as a small shopping mall offering a Claire's, Cooplands, Home Bargains and W H Smith's.

All in all, Skegness has everything a visitor could need for either a relaxing or active summer seaside break.

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