A splash of seaside Victoriana
he seaside heritage in Cleethorpes extends way back to the 1820s, when discerning Victorians used to come here for a spot of ‘sea-bathing’.
Of course things have changed a tad since then but you still see people making a beeline for the water when the sun comes out – albeit wearing a few less clothes than they did in the old days…
Another must-see experience that we share with the Victorians is the iconic pier – recently reopened and renovated – while the kids will go crazy for a day at nearby Pleasure Island.
There’s a whole bunch of family rides here, including a good old-fashioned carousel, and the iconic flying chairs (remember those?), which will have them tugging at your sleeves for just one more go – pleeease...
Meanwhile, if you’re up for something slightly scarier, there are seven white-knuckle rides on which to test your fear thresholds – our favourite being the Boomerang, which sees you winched up over 40 metres above the ground, before the train is released for a gut-wrenching loop-the-loop. It’s brilliant.
Of course there are gentler ways to get your kicks – like a steamy trip back in time on the Cleethorpes Coast light railway – or how about heading over to the Discovery Centre – the only place we know of to combine art exhibitions, cracking wildlife and a boating lake.
Those Victorian sea-bathers would have been jealous.