I’m hoping 2020 will see a lot less rain than the end of 2019 did. But there are bound to be rainy days or cold days where we all struggle for something to do with the kids. I have put together this post full of days out inspiration for when the weather just isn’t being kind to us. Most of my suggestions are indoor things to do but some may have outdoor elements as well. After all, we all need a bit of fresh air even on the worse weather days!
This list is alphabetical so there is no order of preference. I have included the address for each and a link to their website for you to find further information or make a booking.
20 + Things to do on a Rainy Day in Lincolnshire
Ten Pin Bowling
There are quite a few bowling alleys to choose from in Lincolnshire. They are as follows:
Alleycatz bowling is located in the centre of Spalding. They have various pricing options and offers currently on their website. 22 Westlode St, Spalding PE11 2AF.
The karting clubhouse has a 6 lane bowling alley. There is also a bar, café and games area plus outdoor facilities including go-karting. Ermine St, Ancaster, Grantham NG32 3PY.
Family-run, independent bowling alley located in the heart of Ashby, Scunthorpe. A leisure complex consisting of 12 bowling lanes, cafe, fully licensed bar, pool lounge, air hockey, various arcade games and so much more. 170 Grange Ln S, Scunthorpe DN16 3BJ.
Boston bowl is located on the outskirts of Boston. They have 12 bowling lanes with special moonlight bowling sessions. Other facilities include a large soft play area, American diner, battle warehouse and Krazee climb. Rochford Tower, Rochford Tower Ln, Boston PE21 9RH.
The bowling alley at Cleethorpes has 16 bowling lanes a bar and a snack bar. Kings Rd, Cleethorpes DN35 0AQ.
This has a recently refurbished 12 lane bowling alley including an American style Diner, Jaks. There is also laser storm here and the fun farm soft play. Dysart Rd, Grantham NG31 7LE.
Lincoln bowl has a restaurant on-site and you don’t have to bowl to eat there, they also have a games arcade. Washingborough Road, Lincolnshire, Lincoln LN4 1EF.
The bowling lanes have been recently upgraded at the Mirage. They have a variety of offers on regarding prices for bowling. 9-19 High St, Mablethorpe LN12 1AG.
Scunthorpe Bowl offers a modern family-friendly tenpin bowling experience with state of the art facilities including the ball rolling ramps and the pop-up gutter. Warren Rd, Scunthorpe DN15 6XH.
Located within Skegness pier you will find Skegness bowl, amusements and more (see soft play). It was refurbished in 2014 and includes a Hollywood bar and diner. They have a variety of pricing options including glow bowling. Grand Parade, Skegness PE25 2UE.
Lincolnshire is home to our favourite cinema the Kinema in the Woods. It really is a lovely and nostalgic place to visit. Here’s a list of cinemas across the region.
The Kinema in the woods dates back to 1922 and is a little gem. There are two screens with a fabulous old-fashioned interior. In screen 1 an organist often comes up out the floor during the interval. Coronation Rd, Woodhall Spa LN10 6QD.
A modern 2 screen cinema in Mablethorpe. Showing all the latest blockbusters and digital 3D releases. Quebec Rd, Mablethorpe LN12 1LT.
State of the art cinema on Brayford Waterfront in Lincoln. All the latest films are shown here in 2D and 3D where available. They have some great weekend family deals such as films starting at just £2.50 a person. Brayford Wharf N, Lincoln LN1 1YS.
9 screen cinema complex in Cleethorpes. There is a bar on-site and they show all the recent releases. Kings Rd, Cleethorpes DN35 0AQ.
This is a small cinema run by parkway cinemas who also run the cinema complex in Cleethorpes. Cannon St, Louth LN11 9NL
Located in the centre of Spalding this cinema has live shows and workshops. There is 1 screen and they show most new releases. They can play 3D films. 23 Market Pl, Spalding PE11 1SS.
The Tower is a 2 screen cinema which has a classic cinema exterior. The interior is modern and they show recent blockbusters. 111 Lumley Rd, Skegness PE25 3LZ.
West end Boston – Now the Savoy
This cinema in Boston shows all the latest releases. The cinema has been recently upgraded and it is now a Savoy cinema. 32-44 West St, Boston PE21 8QH.
Farm Parks with lots to do indoors
Indoor attractions include a new animal barn and an indoor air canon shooting arena. They also have an indoor play barn, sandpit and pedal tractors and play pods. There is also plenty to do outdoors if the weather changes. Rand, Market Rasen LN8 5NJ.
Indoors there is a large animal barn with plenty of animals and birds to feed. Plus a sandpit room, toddler and baby room, reptile room and soft play for all. There is also lots to do outdoors with daily activities. Marsh Ln, Tattershall, Lincoln LN4 4JR.
Historical Places to visit
Most historical places that are indoors tend to be small places to visit. The larger historical houses etc. usually have large outdoor areas.
Belton House National Trust
Belton House is mostly all about the large outdoor adventure playground. However, it does have indoor attractions. You can look around the house itself, there is a nice indoor wooden adventure play area and also an activities room with arts and crafts. High Road Belton, Grantham NG32 2LW.
Gainsborough Old Hall English Heritage
Gainsborough Old Hall is amongst the biggest and best-preserved medieval manor houses in England. It is part timber-framed but mostly brick-built. It was built in the latter part of the 15th century with Elizabethan additions and has an impressive kitchen with an enormous fireplace, a noble great hall, and an imposing lodgings tower. Parnell St, Gainsborough DN21 2NB.
The interior is as breath-taking as the exterior. The Cathedral has been through many phases of construction since 1088. It’s the third largest Cathedral in the UK so there are many areas to explore inside including a café and a small area for relaxing in the sun. Make sure you find out all about the mischievous Lincoln imp during your visit and pick up a free activity pack for the kids. Minster Yard, Lincoln LN2 1PX.
Rainy Days Out in Lincolnshire
Miscellaneous thing to do rainy day Lincolnshire
They have events and activities suitable for all ages at affordable prices. This is the only ice rink in Lincolnshire. They have skate aids available to hire for the little ones. Rear of Leisure Centre, Cromwell Rd, Grimsby DN31 2BH.
The railway operates on a stretch of line that was once part of the Great Northern route from Boston to Grimsby. They have many special event days but they do have limited running days. Station Rd, Ludborough, Grimsby DN36 5SQ.
It is not huge compared to some, however, it has been nicely done and with many things on during the day, you could easily spend more time here than just walking around. When you have finished your visit there is a soft play area upstairs next to the café. Tower Esplanade, Skegness PE25 3HH.
Flat fee, skate as long as you like! We charge £5 to enter plus skate hire @ £1.50. The session lasts 2 hours and you can stop and start at your leisure. Moor Ln, North Hykeham, Lincoln LN6 9AB.
Days out on a cold day in Lincolnshire
An interesting museum giving information on the town and surrounding area. It gives detailed information of the agricultural history of the surrounding area and fens. The gardens are lovely and well kept. There is an aviary and children’s play area. FREE to visit. Churchgate, Spalding PE11 2RA.
Experience the sights, sounds and smells of Grimsby as the ‘world’s premier fishing port’ at an award-winning attraction. Climb aboard the historic ‘Ross Tiger’ trawler to experience the conditions aboard one of the earliest surviving diesel side-trawlers. Alexandra Dock, Grimsby DN31 1UZ.
There’s plenty to see and do and learn all about the past years of Lincolnshire life. With different halls full of displays, old shop displays and the history hunters playground. They also have children’s trails to make their visit that bit more interesting. FREE to visit. Burton Rd, Lincoln LN1 3LY.
The National Centre for Craft & Design is the largest venue in England entirely dedicated to the exhibition, celebration and promotion of national and international craft and design. They have family workshops during the holidays. It is FREE to visit. Navigation Wharf, Carre St, Sleaford NG34 7TW.
They have a wide range of events at the museum running throughout the year including family-friendly activities and organised sessions. Featuring a range of permanent galleries and a changing exhibition gallery, the Museum offers a history experience for all the family. FREE to visit. Oswald Rd, Scunthorpe DN15 7BD.
The Collection museum is a really intriguing museum. It’s based on life from the past half a million years (nearly) in Lincolnshire. All different ages are accounted for and a lot of the exhibits can be touched or even worn. There’s armour to wear, stained glass windows to make, touch screen games and plenty more. It’s FREE to visit and there is a small play area for younger children. Danes Terrace, Lincoln LN2 1LP.
As you pass through dark, twisting corridors you will be able to explore mysterious nooks and crannies and make your way up and down winding stairs. You will discover the town’s treasures as you piece together the jigsaw that reveals how Grimsby developed. Town Hall, Town Hall Square, Grimsby DN31 1HX.
Soft Play Centres
Oh my goodness there are so many soft play centres in Lincolnshire. It is a great thing to do on a rainy or cold day. Although they can get pretty busy as everyone else seems to have the same idea. My advice is get there for opening and head off just before or after lunch!
Captain kids adventure play Skegness Pier – Skegness Pier, Skegness PE25 2UE.
Cheeky Chimps Playzone Scunthorpe – 1 Birkdale Rd, Scunthorpe DN17 2AU.
Cheeky monkeys Mablethorpe – 78 Mablethorpe, 76-78 High St, Mablethorpe LN12 1AS.
Coco bongos at Mirage Mablethorpe – 9-19 High St, Mablethorpe LN12 1AG.
Crazee Bongos Sleaford – Unit 4 Sellwood Court, Sleaford Enterprise Park, East Road, Sleaford NG34 8GJ.
Dandis Scunthorpe – 17 Holyrood Drive, Units 2-4, Skippingdale Retail Park, Scunthorpe DN15 8NN.
Fun Farm Grantham – Dysart Rd, Grantham NG31 7LE.
Fun Farm North Hykeham – Stephenson Rd, North Hykeham, Lincoln LN6 3QU.
Fun Farm Spalding – High Rd, Spalding PE12 6JU.
Fun Forest Brigg – Europa Way, Brigg DN20 8UN.
Holly Tree Washingborough – Fen Rd, Washingborough, Lincoln LN4 1AE.
Imagination Town Grantham – Springfield Business Park, Unit 10 Priest Ct, Caunt Rd, Grantham NG31 7FZ.
Kids World Skegness – Grand Parade, Skegness PE25 2UN.
Magic Castle Cleethorpes – 2, Meridian Point, Kings Rd, Cleethorpes DN35 0FB.
Play Factory Louth – 1 Bolingbroke Rd, Louth LN11 0WA.
Playtowers Boston – Rochford Tower Ln, Boston PE21 9RH.
Play Avenue Role Play Scunthorpe – Kirton Rd, Messingham, Scunthorpe DN17 3RD.
Play Town Role Play Stamford – Essendine, Stamford PE9 4LT.
Playzone Lincoln – Cross St, Lincoln LN5 7XH.
Stacks Sleaford – Station Rd, Sleaford NG34 7RG.
Suncastle Skegness – N Parade, Skegness PE25 2UB.
Time for Play Grimsby – 2 Pasture St, Grimsby DN32 9AB.
Tiny Tots Village Indoor Playzone Ingoldmells – Unit 366 fantasy island, Sea Ln, Ingoldmells, Skegness PE25 1RH.
The Yard Stamford – Unit 2, West Street Business Park, West St, Stamford PE9 2PR.
Swimming Pools suitable for families
Their 25-metre leisure pool, baby pool and 45-metre flume are ideal for either keeping fit, relaxing or having fun with the family. Rowley Rd, Boston PE21 6JE.
Their leisure pool has a wave machine, aqua slide and adjoining toddler/baby pool. Kingsway, Cleethorpes DN35 0BY.
Their learner pool offers the ideal swimming experience for families to learn and have fun together with a flume and splash pool for the younger visitor. Use of the pool is by membership or via a leisure card. Trent Rd, Grantham NG31 7XQ.
As well as a large swimming pool they have a fun toddler pool with a pirate ship, slides and water pouring off it. There is also a long slide open at weekends or during school holidays. Wood Ln, Louth LN11 8SA.
In the heart of Skegness, the Embassy outdoor swimming complex offers a large 25m six lane heated outdoor swimming pool with a ‘beach’ area for children to paddle. There is plenty of seating on the grass area, a snack bar offering refreshments and poolside chalets. There is also an indoor 25m six lane pool with a 33m flume if you get a little chilly! Grand Parade, Skegness PE25 2UG.
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