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a break by the sea in 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 - photo
|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
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 - photo
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.
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
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