All prices are subject to change. Last updated December 2019. Please check websites for opening times and prices before you leave. Remember that a lot of attractions offer discounts when booking online in advance. This list took a huge amount of time and effort and some of the text has been copied over from some of the attractions websites. This is mostly because I have not been able to visit all of these places so I wanted to stay true to the attraction. Enjoy 🙂 Can you believe there’s actually over 200 great family friendly things to do in Lincolnshire? Never be short of a day out.
200 Great Family Friendly Things to do in Lincolnshire – Days out
Action / Racing
Cadwell Park is a motor racing circuit. They have a variety of racing events throughout the year. From rally cars to British superbike championships. Prices vary.
Skegness Stadium is a short circuit tarmac oval racing circuit used for stock car and banger racing. Racing is held at the weekends from March to November and features different events. There is a large covered grandstand area and parking facilities. Additionally there is a viewing area that allows the public to view from their cars. Prices vary.
A lovely quiet beach that stretches on and on. There is a café and toilets near the beach. Don’t visit here expecting amusements. This is a get away from it all beach. Parking is free at the beach.
Chapel St Leonards
A quaint holiday village near another of Lincolnshire’s sandy beaches. There’s amusements, restaurants, shops and pubs.
Ride on the Lollipop train from one end of Cleethorpes to the other. Go boating on the boating lake. Visit the jungle zoo or take a ride on a steam train at Cleethorpes coast light railway.
Also known as Mogg’s eye beach. Huttoft is another quiet beach with sand dunes. There is a car park, which has space for 150 cars. There are also toilets and a good picnic area.
My favourite of all the beaches. Catch the famous sand train up to Mablethorpe seal sanctuary. Head back down to the main sandy beach for rides, amusements, donkeys, crazy golf and more. There’s also a boating lake with a variety of facilities. For more information please head on over to –16 Things To Do In Mablethorpe – Lincolnshire Seaside – Family Friendly
Skegness is the biggest and the busiest of all the villages/towns on the Lincolnshire coastline. There is plenty to do here. There’s an aquarium, amusements, rides, donkeys, soft play, bowling, pier and more.
There is a paddling pool and playground near the beach. The place itself isn’t massive but it’s a nice beach to visit. They have beach huts to rent along the front and they have a beach hut festival every year.
You can take a 50-60 minute boat cruise from Brayford waterfront in Lincoln. We have been on the cruise ourselves and it’s a pleasant journey along the canal. We enjoyed nosing at the houseboats. Cruises run from Spring until late summer. You can purchase refreshments on board and there is a toilet. Adults are £7.00, Children £4.00 and a family ticket is £19.00. – Read my review here.
You can enjoy a privately chartered cruise along one of Britain’s most beautiful canals. You can choose between a 2, 3 or 4 hour cruise. The cruise boat can accommodate up to 10 people and there is a toilet on board. Prices are for up to 10 people on a boat – 2 hour cruise: £90.00, 3 hour cruise: £125.00, 4 hour cruise: £150.00.
Boat trips running throughout the day from Brayford Wharf East, opposite the Lincolnshire Echo office. Incorporating many views of Lincoln. Including through the Glory Hole which is renowned for it Stokes Coffee House. The trip goes through the heart of historic Lincoln City, to one of the most talked about features, stamp end lock, a guillotine lock. The trip includes a free cake and a soft drink. Adults are £5.00, Children under 13 £4.00 and under 3’s are free.
The water taxi links Springfields Outlet Shopping & Festival Gardens to Spalding Town Centre. It’s a relaxing 30-minute cruise. In Spalding, the stop is a centrally convenient town centre embarkation point. The water taxi runs from early April until early October. It is £3.00 for a single journey or £6.00 for a return. A family ticket is £9.00 each way.
Ten pin Bowling
Alleycatz bowling is located in the centre of Spalding. They have various pricing options and offers currently on their website. Peak time you are looking at 1 game for £5.50 an adult, £9.50 for two games and £10.50 for 3. Children are £8.00 for 3 games. Shoe hire is £1.50 per person. Food and drinks are available.
The karting clubhouse has a 6 lane bowling alley. There is also a bar, café and games area. You can book online for £4.50 per person for 1 game or £8.00 for 2 games. Group hire is also available.
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. There is a variety of pricing options but One hour’s bowling (Family Hour) costs £20.00 per hour.
See more about Boston bowl in the soft play section below. Boston bowl is located on the outskirts of Boston. They have 12 bowling lanes with special moonlight bowling sessions. There is no pricing available on their website, this could do with updating. There is an American diner on site plus other facilities.
The bowling alley at Cleethorpes has 16 bowling lanes a bar and a snack bar. They have hourly rates and single game rates. A weekend hourly rate plus shoe hire is £23 a lane. Or at the weekend you can pay £4.40 a game for an adult and £3.20 for a child.
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 (see soft play). Adult standard bowling is priced at 1 game £6.75, 2 games £11.50 and 3 games for £14.00 each. Children are charged at a little less than this. They have off-peak offers and more on their website.
Lincoln bowl has a restaurant on site and you don’t have to bowl to eat there, they also have a games arcade. Weekend rates for an adult to bowl are £8.00 for 1 game for an adult or £14.00 for 2 games. Children are £6 or £11.50. They have special off-peak rates and family bowling rates listed on their website.
Their website doesn’t seem to exist but according to their Facebook page they are still up and running. The bowling lanes have been recently upgraded at the Mirage. They have a variety of offers on regarding prices for bowling. Most deals seem to be just under £5 a game. Please check out their Facebook page for current offers. There is a café on site, soft play (see soft play below) and amusements.
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. Check their website for special offers, especially mid-week.
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. Daytime prices, for example, are £5.10 each for adults and £3.85 for children. Two games are £7.40 each for adults and £5.40 for children with extra games only £1.95 each. Shoe hire is 95p. We visited at 10 am on a Saturday and they had an offer of £2.45 a game plus other voucher offers that you can download from their website.
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. Standard film prices are £6.80 for an adult and £5.80 for a child. A family ticket is £23.60. You can pre-book online. They show as many new releases as possible and often show old classics. For my review of the Kinema in the Woods please click here – Kinema in the Woods – Woodhall Spa’s historical cinema
A modern 2 screen cinema in Mablethorpe. Showing all the latest blockbusters and digital 3D releases. Adults are £5.50 and under 15’s are £4.50.
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. Prices are considerably more when it’s not an Odeon Kids special showing.
9 screen cinema complex in Cleethorpes. There is a bar on site and they show all the recent releases. Tickets are £8.00 per adult and £6.60 per child.
This is a small cinema run by parkway cinemas who also run the cinema complex in Cleethorpes. An adult ticket at peak times is £7.10. The website doesn’t state a price for children.
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. Families can watch a film for £5.75 each.
The Tower is a 2 screen cinema which has a classic cinema exterior. The interior is modern and they show recent blockbusters. Tickets are £7.00 for an adult and £5.50 for a child. A family ticket is £22.00.
This cinema in Boston shows all the latest releases. For now, work has recently started on this cinema to upgrade it and turn it into a Savoy cinema. They have commenced work on screen one. I am unsure if the price will increase. For now, an adult 2D film ticket is £7.25 and 3D £8.25. Children are £5.75 and £6.75. A family ticket is £23.00 and £27.00. They have discounted family-friendly weekend ticket prices, although I can’t find any information online.
This is a new, fun, challenging activity in Skegness Pier. You are locked in a mysterious escape room and you have 60 minutes to get out. For groups of 2-6 you and your team must solve many puzzles, riddles, brain teasers and identify clues. It is recommended for children 10 and over to adult, however, there are no restrictions on age. Adults are £17.50 and children £12.50.
Length of time in the escape room and recommendation for ages as above. They have different challenges on offer from £13.00 per person.
Recommended for ages 14 and up and typically played in groups of 2-5. You have 60 minutes to complete one of two missions. You will need to solve puzzles within a themed room. Rooms can be booked for £20 per person with a minimum of 2 people.
Farm Parks / Animals / Birds etc
This is a rescue zoo with many exotic animals. There are daily animal encounters and they have all sorts of animals I’ve not heard of before. The park is quite small. There is an outdoor playground, activity barn and indoor and outdoor animals. There is a café on site and they offer animal experiences at an extra cost. Adults are £9.00 each, Children under 16 are £6.50 and a family ticket is £30. Under 3’s are free. Personally, I feel the price is too high for what there is there.
Located within Baytree Garden they have flying displays from March until September with 3 to 4 birds and lasts for about 40 minutes. (1 display a day). Or you can book a variety of experience days. They have a family encounter for 2 adults and 2 children at £75 for 1 hour. Or a junior experience for children aged 4-14. This is a 45-minute session for £25.
Bransby Horses is one of the UK’s largest equine welfare charities; dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitation, rehoming and providing a safe haven. It is free to visit although they do welcome donations. There is a café and a playground for the kids. You are able to walk around the paddocks and into a stable to see their horses and donkeys. They have adoption days, pony grooming and children’s craft days. Please read my review here – A Day Out to Bransby Horses Near Lincoln – Free to Visit
Open from mid-March until the end of October. Set within pretty grounds surrounding the mill. The mill now houses a café and there’s a walk around their animal and bird cages. If you cross the road you will find a woodland play area. It’s not a big place but adults are just £5 each. Children 3-15 are £3.50 and children under 3 are free. A family ticket is £16.00. You can read my review – Claythorpe Watermill & Wildfowl Gardens – Review, Lincolnshire
Situated on the edge of the Lincolnshire wolds Hall farm park is a small family run farm park. It is a working farm with lots to see and do. They have a magical woodland walk, animals outdoor and in, crazy golf, karts. Plus outdoor adventure play and an indoor play barn. There is a cafe is on site. Adults and children are £6.50 each and children under 2 are free. A family ticket is £25.00. My review – Hall Farm Park Lincolnshire | Day Out Review
Located in Ingoldmells near Skegness. They have plenty of indoor and outdoor animals and play areas plus a café. The farm is really good value for money at just £5.00 each for adults and children. Children under 3 are free. They are closed over the winter. Please read my review – Hardy’s Animal Farm near Skegness | Day Out Review
This is a small yet very interactive attraction. There is lots to see whatever the weather. They have daily scheduled Keeper talks, feeding sessions and demonstrations. There is even a resident Iguana on the loose. They are closed for most of the winter. It’s good value for money at £4.80 for an adult, £4.00 for a child and under 2’s are free. A family ticket is £16.00. Car parking is in a pay and display car park.
Formerly the Parrot zoo this wildlife park does still have a large focus on parrots. You can purchase monkey nuts to feed their many and mostly rescued parrots and macaws. There’s a really fun walk-in aviary with smaller birds that love to land on you. They now have many other animals including tigers with a newly installed enclosure. They offer animal encounters at an additional cost and have events on some weekends. Adults are £9.95, children 3-15 £8.50, under 3’s are free and a family ticket is £34.00. I feel the price could be a bit lower for what there is there. There is a café where you can sit next to some reptiles plus a recently installed adventure playground. Read my review – Lincolnshire Wildlife Park – Family Day Out Review.
The Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary and Wildlife Centre is a visitor attraction featuring primates, reptiles, birds, seals and much more. It is a relatively small place and you mostly follow a one-way system around the enclosures. They have a wide variety of animals and there are many informative signs. You can be a keeper for the day at an additional cost. They are closed in January. It costs £8 for an adult, £5 for a child aged 3-15 and children under 3 are free. I feel this place is overpriced.
At Natureland you can see the various stages of rescued seals rehabilitation and hear about the rescue work at feeding times. They also have other animals such as penguins, butterflies, crocodiles and more. It is a small attraction with a café onsite. They currently only have their winter prices listed on their website which are £5.50 for an adult, £3.00 for a child aged 3-15 and under 3’s are free. A family ticket is £17.00. Do not expect to spend long there.
Located on the outskirts of Scunthorpe. The farm park has a small selection of animals. There are two outdoor play areas including a sledge type run and a fun duck race. They have coin operated go-karts and a mud play kitchen. Indoors there is a small soft play area and a café. There is also a café located in the farm shop. There is an aerial trail on site which is £13.00 per person. Pink pig farm has many events throughout the year. Children are £6.99 and adults £4.50. The price increases slightly in the school holidays and reduces in winter. Read my review here.
Situated out at Huttoft this donkey sanctuary is free to visit. It does, however, rely on donations. The sanctuary is closed in January and February and most weeks after this it is just open on Saturdays. It is always recommended to ring before leaving home to check they are open. The sanctuary also has a few ponies.
Rand farm near Market Rasen is often adding new facilities. This year they have added 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. Outside you will find more animals with plenty more play areas including a skyrider, sledges, trampolines and much more. They have many events throughout the year. Adults and children are £10.95, under 2’s are free. There is a café on site.
This farm park is quite small however there’s always plenty on. Kids can have a ride on one of their ponies, there is a small animal holding area, bird display and lamb feeding in season. You can also feed their goats etc. and the kid goats are often wandering around outside their pens. There is a small outdoor play area and a café. They are closed over winter. Adults and children are £6.75 each. It’s £5.75 if you arrive before 11 am and state that you are an early bird. Children 2 and under are free. Please click here to read our review for Rushmoor – 6 things you must do at Rushmoor country park, near Louth
This is a relatively newly built aquarium near the seafront in Skegness. 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. Perfect for the kids to let off some steam. If you book your tickets online you benefit from a small saving per ticket. Online adult tickets are £8.95, children £6 and under 2’s are free. A family ticket for four is £27.90.
This is our local farm and we can easily spend a whole day there. They have many different animals that you can feed including donkeys, goats, sheep and ponies. Plus more unusual animals such as Alpacas, Rheas and a bird of prey area. There’s two big fun bouncy pillows, outdoor adventure play, soft play, indoor and outdoor sandpits and much more. Adults and children are a bargain £5.50 each and under 2’s are free. A family ticket for four is £21.00. My review – 8 Great Things To Do at Tattershall Farm Park, Lincolnshire
Located next to Whisby garden centre the animal centre isn’t massive however there is a large outdoor play area including a sand pit. They have also massively upgraded their soft play and installed a big new play barn. Their website currently only displays the winter prices which are £1 for an adult and £4.95 for a child. This includes entry to everything. Under 2’s are free.
Recently opened and slowly expanding this Wildlife park in Horncastle is a nice place to pass a couple of hours. They are adding more attractions as more investment comes in. Adults are currently £8.00 each and £5 for children aged 3 to 15. They have lions, tigers, zebras, lemurs and more.
We always manage to spend a full day out at Woodside. They have many events on throughout the day including a show of some animals we’ve never seen before. There is a large conservatory with alligators, a tiger which you can watch being fed, birds and much more. There is also an outdoor play area. They are open almost all year round. Adults are £10.95, children £9.45 and under 2’s are free. A family ticket for four is £39. More info can be found via my review here – Woodside Wildlife Park Lincolnshire – Top 10 checklist what to see and do
They have 3 different types of Go Karts available for children and adults starting at 8 years old. There are also 6 different layouts. You can choose individual or group ‘track time’ driving. 8-10 year olds are charged at £25 a session. They have a whole host of other pricing options for adults. For example, an adult 30-minute session (two 15 min sessions) is £40.
Big kidz karting is located on Skegness foreshore. All the family can get involved as they have single and twin karts. They are open from February to November and weather conditions may affect opening. There is no mention of pricing on their website.
As well as being open for group events they also have a kids club every Sunday. This is for over 8’s. Membership is £25 and then it costs £5 per 10-minute session. Juniors can visit on other days and pay £20 for 30 minutes.
This circuit is indoors and the minimum age for children to race is 8 years old. They even offer birthday parties for children over 8. They have a variety of pricing options. For example, 30 minutes out on the track is currently £25.
This circuit is tucked away in the woods in rural Lincolnshire. You can tailor make your own package to suit you and your abilities. Children have to be 8 or over to ride a kart at the track. An example of the pricing options is a 2 seater kart can be hired for £40 for 30 minutes.
PFI is the largest kart centre in the UK and caters for many different karting events. There is also a bar, café and restaurant on site. I can see no mention of age limits so this place may well be adults only.
Built in the 1860’s this mansion has all the design features of a classic country house. For families, there is an indoor adventure play area. Outside there is one of the biggest adventure play parks that I have ever seen. It goes on and on and there’s even a miniature train running through it. If you’re lucky you may spot some deer near the house itself. They have many events on here throughout the year. Entry is free with a national trust membership. Without one there are various different pricing options throughout the year such as house and grounds entry or just entry to their grounds. The house is shut in the winter. Currently, the grounds are £8.40 for a standard adult ticket, £6.30 for a child and £23.10 for a family. Under 5’s are free. You can read more in my review over at – Fun on a muddy day at Belton House, great day out for kids
Burghley House, near Stamford, is England’s greatest Elizabethan house. It is incredibly grand and the rooms inside the house are just as grand as the exterior. It was built in the mid 16th Century. The house has some truly lovely grounds including the Garden of surprises with water fountains for the kids to run through and much more to explore. There’s also a sculpture trail, deer park and more. If you purchase your tickets online in advance it entitles you to a free annual pass which means you can visit as many times as you wish throughout the year. In advance, a ticket for the house and gardens is £16.50 for an adult and £8.50 for a child ages 3-15 years. Children under 3 are free. A family ticket is £46.00.
Doddington Hall is an Elizabethan manor house which was finally built in 1600. The hall has some really lovely gardens waiting to be explored. On most days if you want to visit the hall you need to check if it is actually open as mostly it isn’t. They also have guided tours on sometimes which are well worth doing. The gardens themselves are open for most of the year and you can purchase an adult ticket just for the gardens for £7.00. A house and gardens ticket is £10.50. Children aged 4-16 are £4.50 for the house and gardens and £3.75 just for the gardens. Under 4’s are free. You can read more in my review over at – Doddington Hall – Family Day Out
Lincolnshire’s own ‘lost’ garden. 15 years after restoration you can see meadows, roses, sweet peas, vegetables and cut flowers. They have 12 acres of gardens waiting to be explored. Tickets can be bought as special experiences. Such as tea and tickets for two £20. It is only open 3 days a week so watch out. An adult ticket on the day is £7.50.
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. Entrance to the hall is free if you are a member of English heritage. The hall is open for most of the year. An adult ticket is £8.50, child 5-18 £4.20, children under 5 are free and a family ticket is £21.20. You can read more in my review over at – Exploring Two Great English Heritage Properties in Lincolnshire – Gainsborough & Thornton Abbey
Grimsthorpe Castle is a country house, 4 miles north-west of Bourne. It lies within a 3,000 acre park of rolling pastures, lakes, and woodland landscaped by Capability Brown. There is an adventure playground within its grounds. Plus miles of trails that bikes are allowed on. Entrance is free to members of the HHA. It is open from the end of March until the end of September. They have entrance prices for the park and gardens or the park, gardens and castle. An adult ticket for the park, gardens and castle is £13.00, children aged 5-18 years are £3.00 and a family ticket is £17.00.
This National trust property in Lincolnshire isn’t as child friendly as Belton as it doesn’t have the play areas that Belton has. It does however have many family friendly events on when it is open so it is worth checking their website, the same applies when checking to see if they are open. There is three floors of the house to explore, plus extensive grounds and walks. Entrance is free to National trust members. An adult ticket for the hall and gardens without gift aid is £8.10, £4.05 for a child and £19.50 for a family. Under 5’s are free.
This is a major Norman castle. A place where kings and convicts have walked. A symbol of power and punishment through the ages. And home to an original 1215 Magna Carta. It was built by William the Conqueror in 1068 on a site occupied since Roman times. There is a recently restored circular wall walk, plus prisons to visit, there’s Magna carta and they have many events throughout the year. The castle is open for most of the year. Once you have purchased your ticket it entitles you to one extra visit, for free, within 6 months. You can also make a small saving booking your tickets online. An adult ticket online is £13.50 for an all inclusive ticket. £7.20 for a child and under 5’s are free. A family ticket is £34.20. You can also purchase a joint ticket for the Cathedral to make further savings. Review – 6 Great Reasons to Visit Lincoln Castle | Review.
Lincoln cathedral and its location is simply stunning. 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. Entrance to the Cathedral costs £8 for an adult and £4.80 for a child ages 5-16. Under 5’s are free and a family ticket is £20.80. Please check their website for opening days and hours. You can purchase a combined ticket for the cathedral and the castle. Adult £16, child 5-16 £10, under 5’s free and a family ticket is £40.00. Your ticket entitles you to one free return within 6 months. Review – Lincoln Cathedral – Trying an Explorer Backpack – Review
The palace was once one of the most important buildings in the UK. You can take an audio tour around the undercroft, entrance tower, chapel range and more. If you don’t have a pass or visit on a special free event day then entrance costs £5.50 for an adult without gift aid. Children under 5 are free and 5-15 just £3.30. A family ticket is £14.30.
Normanby Hall Country Park is a beautiful 300 acre estate set in the heart of North Lincolnshire and is one of the region’s top visitor attractions. The Hall and the Farming Museum are only open throughout the summer months. There is a fantastic farmyard themed water facility with water jets, sprinklers and fountains. With plenty more facilities on site you can make a day of it with a play park, café, model railway and more. Although the Hall etc. isn’t open all year round the park is. Please see their website for opening days and times. In the summer season admission is £7.00 for an adult, £4 for a child and under 5’s are free. GoApe will also be opening here in Easter 2018.
You can explore a medieval world by climbing the many floors and seeing the many rooms of Tattershall castle. Once at the top you can walk on the battlements and witness spectacular views. There is a sandpit for the kids and plenty of family friendly events throughout the year. Entrance is free to National trust members. The castle is closed for most of the winter. An adult ticket without gift aid is £7.27, under 5’s are free, children are £3.63 and a family ticket is £18.18.
Thornton Abbey’s enormous and ornate fortified gatehouse is the largest and amongst the finest in England. The architecture reflects the abbey’s history as one of Britain’s richest Augustinian abbeys. You can still enter and walk around the Gatehouse. The Abbey itself is now a ruin but a fun one to explore. Entrance is free to English heritage members. It is mostly only open at weekends. An adult ticket without gift aid is £5.40, a child 5-15 is £3.20 and under 5’s are free. A family ticket is £14.00. You can read more in my review over at – Exploring Two Great English Heritage Properties in Lincolnshire – Gainsborough & Thornton Abbey
This is the birthplace and family home of Sir Isaac Newton and his famous apple tree can be found there. While there isn’t a great many things for the kids they do have a few family events on during the year. Also across the farmyard in the Science Centre, children of all ages – even grown-up ones – can get hands-on with some of Isaac’s most famous experiments. Even the smallest visitors can climb into their ‘tower’ and drop things to discover how gravity works, and your A-level scientists can talk about black holes with their science centre volunteers. It is closed for most of the winter. Entrance is free to National trust members. An adult ticket without gift aid is £3.86, £2.68 for a child, under 5’s are free and a family ticket is £10.41.
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. Entry to the museum and gardens is free.
Viewing the historic aircraft is available only by guided tour. You will be shown around the hangar by volunteer guides, many of whom have firsthand experience of the aircraft. Tours of the hangar last approximately one to one and half hours. Within the hangar, you may see: Lancaster PA474, Douglas Dakota ZA947, six Spitfires, two Hurricanes, and two Chipmunks. The centre and hangar are located within the boundaries of RAF Coningsby where you will enter a military environment. Therefore all bags are prohibited within the RAF BBMF Hangar on public tours. The visitor centre is open from Monday to Friday, although may sometimes be closed. Admission to the hangar tour for an adult is £7.90, £4.20 for a child aged 5-18 and under 5’s are free. A family ticket is £20.00.
Experience the sights, sounds and smells of Grimsby as the ‘world’s premier fishing port’ at an award winning attraction. Discover life for British trawlermen in a job described as ‘the most dangerous peacetime occupation in the UK’. Climb aboard the historic ‘Ross Tiger’ trawler to experience the conditions aboard one of the earliest surviving diesel side-trawlers. It is open for most of the year, aside from Mondays. An adult ticket is £6.00, child £2.00 and a family ticket is £12.00.
This is a Heritage Museum which is based on a 1940’s RAF Lancaster Bomber airfield. It is the only place in the UK where you can enjoy a taxy ride experience in an RAF Avro Lancaster bomber. We have already visited four times with Jamie. It’s lovely to be able to see the Lancaster and there’s plenty of exhibits to see and explore. It takes you right back to the 1940’s. They also hold some really great annual events. They are open for most of the year however they are closed on Sundays. Admission is £8.50 for adults, £3.00 for children ages 6-15 and under 6’s are free. A family ticket is £21.00. You can read more in my review over at – Lincolnshire Aviation heritage centre – Day out UK kids
The museum of Lincolnshire life is a very child-friendly museum. We enjoyed our visit and you can read more about what there is to see and do there via my review – Museum of Lincolnshire life, free day out review. There’s plenty to see and do and learn all about the past years of Lincolnshire life. Jamie loved exploring the different halls full of displays, old shop displays and the history hunters playground. It’s a great attraction in any weather. We explored in the middle of winter! They also have children’s trails to make their visit that bit more interesting. Be sure to ask for a trail. There is also a shop and café on site.
Perfect for anyone who loves fire engines. The Museum of RAF Firefighting hosts a large collection of privately owned Fire related memorabilia, models and items used by fire services throughout the Globe, concentrating mostly on RAF but also other Military and Domestic Fire services. It was based at RAF Scampton and is now being moved to the old Eminox factory in Gainsborough, the Museum team are putting this site together to re-open to the public in 2018.
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.
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. You can explore through a range of award winning collections and interactive displays. There is a Jurassic Sea gallery and a new Steel Town gallery, complete with children’s interactive areas. They are free to visit and open for most of the year.
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. Although the museum is very child-friendly Play at the collection is well equipped for the little ones. There’s plenty of dress up outfits with a stage to act out their character. Toys, crafts and more.
Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum is a privately owned museum run by the Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society. It houses a collection of over 40 vintage, classic and commercial vehicles dating back to 1927 including Leyland, Bristol and AEC buses. They are only open on select days throughout the year. Admission for an adult is £5.00 and under 18’s are free. They do not accept cards.
The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft is a transport museum which specialises in the preservation of trolleybuses. It has over 60 historic trolleybuses in its collection. Visitors can ride on them on open days and it is open on specific days between Easter and November. An adult ticket is £8.00, a child aged 5-16 is £6.00. Under 5’s are free and a family ticket is £25.50.
This is Lincolnshire’s only open-air farming museum, situated in the heart of Skegness. There are so many things to see and explore at The Village Church Farm. They have many family-friendly events throughout the season. Admission to the museum is free and they do accept donations. Some of the events may have an admission fee. I am struggling to find when they are or aren’t open.
Discover this surprising attraction within the former police cells of Grimsby Town Hall, it will take you on a time travel journey to uncover the town’s colourful past. 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. Adults are £3.00 and children are £2.00. Under 5’s are free.
Just along from The Collection, you will find the other free museum The Usher Gallery. It is not as child-friendly as its neighbour. However, it makes a good introduction to art for children and they are more than welcome. As well as paintings they also exhibit sculptures, decorative arts plus clocks and watches. It is free to enter.
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This is one of the best places to see Grey seals, in the UK. The best time to see them is during November and December when they give birth to their pups near the sand dunes. There is nothing quite like the haunting sound of the seals as you cross over the sand dunes to see them. They are so close and many are right up against the fence. It is free to visit, although you may have to pay a small charge to park during the busy months. You can read more in my review over at – Seals at Donna Nook Nature Reserve – Tips & When to Visit
Blessed with a variety of freshwater habitats, Frampton Marsh provides close views of the abundant birdlife of The Wash, one of Europe’s most special places for wildlife. Avocets, redshanks, skylarks and whimbrels can all be seen in summer, with thousands of ducks gathering on the freshwater scrapes in winter.
Gibraltar Point impresses by its sheer scale and diversity of wildlife but to appreciate it fully you need to see it in different seasons. In spring, when the first of the migrants stop off to refuel or establish territories. Then in summer, little terns may be seen fishing in the shallows and skylarks are in full song above the purple haze of the saltmarshes. In autumn, huge whirling flocks of waders can be seen on the high tides. And in winter, there’s brent geese, shorelark and snow bunting as well as flocks of redwing and fieldfare. Parking for the day is £3.00 or £1.00 for an hour. I have a post all about Gibraltar Point – Exploring Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve, near Skegness – Family Walk in Lincolnshire
The lakes at Whisby Nature Park, near Lincoln, are surrounded by grassland, marsh, scrub and willow carr. Elements of the original landscape, from before quarrying also remain, with fragments of heathland, old hedgerows and a small oak woodland. There’s a variety of walks to choose from around the lakes, bikes aren’t allowed. There is a lovely indoor play area, plus an outdoor play area, sandpit and water play. All are free. There is a charge to park which is £1 in winter and £2 in Spring and Summer. It is open all year. You can read more in my review over at –7 great reasons why we love Whisby nature park, near Lincoln
Parks / Woodland
Boston – Witham way country park
Situated approximately one mile from the town centre, the park offers a great setting for both wildlife and people! Witham Way Country Park is a haven for local wildlife with a mosaic of woodland, grassland and scrub. A wildflower meadow attracts bees and other pollen gatherers, and habitats created on site including a bug park are attracting butterflies and other invertebrates.
Founded in 2001, The Boston Woods Trust was formed to provide the people of Boston with a much-needed amenity for recreational purposes including walking, bird watching and cycling. There are now two major areas, The Sir Joseph Banks Country Park and Woods at Wyberton and the Fenside Woods on Fenside Road in Boston.
Situated on the site of a medieval woodland it contains ancient limes and a wealth of butterflies. A joy for any nature lover at any time of the year. There is a small car park.
Hartsholme Country Park is a great spot for a Lincoln MicroBreak filled with nature, wildlife and wonder. With walks around the reservoir and wooded trails, a children’s play area and picnic spots – there’s plenty of nature to soak up in a fun and striking setting.
Hill Holt Wood is a 14 hectare sustainably managed ancient woodland situated on the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire border. It’s a wonderful and enriching place to visit with facilities ranging from permaculture gardens, environmental sculpture, woodland walks, computer facilities, workshops and composting loos!
This area of natural beauty in Louth is a lovely place for an afternoon stroll. There is a shallow stream running through it which is popular with families for paddling. There are some really lovely trees there as well.
This is a public park originally laid out in the late-19th century by Edward Milner. The park was restored in the early-21st century and features lakes, fountains and a 19th-century bandstand. There is also a children’s maze.
This has a boating lake, paddling pool, golf putting green, bowling green, tennis courts and a miniature railway. In 2017 it was £7 for a Swan boat for 30 minutes, £6 for a rowing boat for 30 minutes and £5 for a motor boat for 15 minutes.
Look out for seasonally themed activities during school holidays aimed at children of all ages accompanied by adults. Experience and explore nature together, take part in self-led trails and ECO staff led activities. The annual Halloween and Christmas events are always fully booked – spend a memorable day with them creating dens, making natural crafts and learning about the woodland creatures at the ECO Centre.
Wyndham Park lies on the banks of the River Witham just to the north of Grantham Town Centre. It offers a wide range of facilities for young and old and proudly holds the Green Flag Award. There is a sensory garden, toddlers play area and splash park. Plus playing fields, skateboard park, tea rooms and tennis court.
Bottons have been providing all the fun and thrills of the traditional fairground for all the family, for children on school trips and a huge range of other parties since taking over the Skegness Pleasure Beach in 1965. The park is free to enter. Rides can be paid for with an all-day wristband or pay as you ride with tokens. Wristbands give unlimited access to 25 rides for the day, right up until closing time. Wristband Prices. Maxi Wristbands (7 yrs +). Off-Peak £18.50 per person per wristband. Peak £21.50 per person per wristband.
Open most weekends and school holidays Dunes Leisure has fairground rides for young and old. Situated right next to the central beach at Mablethorpe you can choose to go on as much or as little as you like. Each ride is paid for when you are on the ride and prices vary although most rides are £2.00. There’s everything you’d expect from a fairground and more.
The exhilarating rides and coasters will test even the bravest thrillseekers’ nerves, while those looking for something more family friendly will have plenty to choose from. The little ones have so much to choose from, including rides, a soft play area and live character shows during the high season. Fantasy Island is home to Europe’s largest seven-day market. You can buy an all day ride wristband or you can pay as you ride. You can read more in my review over at – Fantasy Island – A fun family day out
Captain’s Cove Adventure Center – Grimsby – Now CLOSED
A multi-tiered soft play centre, providing a safe and secure play environment. Catering for children from 0 – 12 years, with dedicated playzones for babies, toddlers and juniors. Children under 2 are free (or £1 if you are not paying for any other children). On peak days children ages 2-4 are £4.50, 5 and over £5.50, adults are £1.00. There are different pricing options for off peak and toddler time.
This is a large indoor adventure play area that is safe and well designed with lots of different obstacles, slides and ball pools to explore. Toddlers are catered for as well, separate from the main play area. There is a wide choice of refreshments available. Admission is per child which is £2.95 (3mths – 3yrs) and £4.95 3yrs and above. In general, there is no time limit for the admission (except in very busy circumstances)
The main play structure is 3 levels high and consists of 3 large racing slides (from the top all the way to the bottom), a shorter rapid slide and a curly spiral slide. There are lots of walkways with various obstacles (including a tricky rope jungle) and loads of little hideaways. All in all a great physical challenge for children of all ages. They are open for most of the year. At weekends and school holidays children aged 0 to 4 years old are £3.00 and children aged 5 years old and over are £4.00.
In Empire amusements down the high street you will not just find amusements but a café, bingo hall and a casino but a soft play area as well. Cheeky monkeys is suitable for toddlers up to children no taller than 4ft9in. There is no charge for an adult. Children are £2.99 each and under 4’s just £1.00.
Coco Bongos is located within the Mirage entertainment centre at Mablethorpe. The soft play area has ball pools and slides. I am struggling to find any further info. If anyone knows of prices etc. please let me know.
The main play structure features all the kids’ favourites like crawl tubes, bash bags, ball pools, spinning poles, wobbly rope bridges and a lookout pod. Plus 3 different levels and types of slides. The toddler zone for 4’s and under is one of the best I’ve seen. There’s a big structure for them to play on plus a ball pit and a big area with cushioned items. During weekends and school holidays under 1’s are free. Under 5’s are £4.75 and over 5’s are £5.75. 1 accompanying adult is free, for any additional adults they are charged at £1 each. They have different pricing options during the week.
This is a multi-tiered soft play structure, which caters for children from 0 – 12 years, with dedicated play zones for babies, toddlers and juniors. The play equipment looks to be a reasonable size. There is no mention of pricing on their website so if anyone knows please let me know.
There’s plenty of fun to be had exploring and climbing in this safe and friendly environment. There’s ball pools, tube slides, deck climbs and rope swings. Outdoors there is a play area with a pirate ship. Plus indoors there’s a separate toddler area. Weekends and school holidays it’s £6.99 per child. Off peak £4.50 per child. Adults and under 1’s are free.
The Fun farm near Lincoln has a very large soft play area and a really big play area for toddlers. They also have lasertag, mini bowling, quad bike track £1 a ride and roller skating. Weekends and school holidays it’s £7.49 per child and £5.75 per child off peak. Adults and under 1’s are free.
Aimed at the under elevens, with devoted areas set aside for the under five’s and a dedicated baby area. There’s 4 levels of fun (with the biggest playframe for miles), 4 lane Astra slide, Giant spiral slide, Twin lane wavy slide, sports area, Toddler area with slide and a separate Baby area. Children aged 5-11 are £5.75, £3.75 aged 1-4 and children under 1 are £1.00. 2 adults enter free with each paying child.
Three storeys of action packed padded play structure with slides, deck climbs, roller squeezes, and a spooky spider cave! Plus ball pools, tube slides, rope bridge, deck climbs, and rope swings. They also have designated toddler and baby play areas with soft play, curly slide, ball pools, ride on tractors and much more to explore! Admission at the weekends and during school holidays is £7.99 per child. Off peak is £5.49. Adults and under 1’s are free. Please see Miscallaneous ‘High ropes, Spalding’ below for more things to do at the Fun Farm. They also have laser tag onsite. One game is £4.50 per player.
Located within the Spirit of Endeavour pub. It is a soft play area for ages 0-12 years! Children must be under 4ft 10″ and supervised at all times. There is a baby area which caters for children 0-4 years and an older section for children aged 5-12 years old. There is no mention of cost online. We went a couple of years ago and it wasn’t expensive.
Located at the Cricketers pub in Grimsby. Please see above.
Located at the Harvesters Muddle go nowhere pub in Grantham. Please see above.
Holly Tree Washingborough – NOW CLOSED
Their multi level soft play frame is suitable for under 9’s. Younger visitors have their own dedicated baby and toddler room with age appropriate toys and equipment, suitable from birth to 4 years. They also have lots of interactive drop-in sessions available. Plus an outdoor play area. 1’s and over are £4.95, Under 1s are £2.00 and there is no charge for adults.
More info coming soon
Kids Adventure World, Mablethorpe – NOW CLOSED
Located 5 minutes from the beach is Kids Adventure World which is a relatively large soft play centre. They are open 7 days a week. Children are £2 and adults are free. The centre is over 3 floors with ball pits a big blue slide and 2 other slides. There is a rope bridge and much more.
Kids world soft play is located within Lucky Strike amusements and is on the second floor. Children can stay all day for £4.50 and toddlers for just £3.50. There is a huge play area with an area especially for the under 5s. Inside the main frame there is plenty to keep children entertained for hours. From the snakey slides, interactive i-play, ball pool, zip line and trampoline.
Let’s Play, Bourne – NOW CLOSED
Let’s Play is an indoor family entertainment and soft play centre incorporating kids soft play frame, a separate toddler soft play area, electric go karts and a mini sports court. Peak times children aged 2+ are £6.85 and £5.75 off peak. Adults are £1.00
This soft play area actually looks like a castle. Inside you will find Curly Slides, Wavy Slides and Tube Slides. Ball Pools, Ball Showers and Ball Fountains. Dizzy Discs, Climbing Nets and Climbing Walls. They have a variety of prices for term time, school holidays and weekends. Weekends and school holidays children under 1 are free. 1-4 year olds are £4.25 and 5-12 years are £5.25. One accompanying adult is free.
Play Avenue is a safe and spacious indoor role play setting in Messingham, Scunthorpe designed to fuel imaginations. At our bespoke play centre, your little one can explore life as a builder, an actor, doctor or shop assistant – or maybe their imagination will take them in another direction – either way you’ll see their interests and true potential begin to reveal themselves – all while having fun! Peak child price is £8.50 and 1 adult can accompany that child for free.
This state of the art indoor play facility has 2 separate play areas. One area is for kids aged 5 and up, the other is from ages 1 to 4. They’re both full of all the classic features from soft play like biff bash bags, climbing nets, slippery slides, bumpy steps and observation pods. They have various special offers. On a regular day, up to 12 months go free, It’s then £3.50 for children up to 5 years and £5.50 for children over 5 years.
Our dedicated role play centre features 12 areas specifically designed for young children; with a variety of play equipment, toys and costumes to support every child’s role play adventure. To ensure that everyone has a great experience we run 90 minute sessions and limit the number of children attending. Peak child place is £7.50 and 1 adult can accompany that child for free.
This soft play area is huge. There is so much to it! There’s many slides, climbing areas, bridges including a very wobbly ramp, ball pools and much much more. They also have a newly refurbished play area for toddlers and babies. At peaks times it’s £5.10 for a child aged 1-4 and £6.10 for a child aged 5-12. Children under 1 are free and adults are £1.00. It is cheaper in the week and they often have special offers linked with Boston Bowl.
The soft play area is a massive 10,000 sq.ft packed to the brim with play equipment designed to stimulate and challenge all ages. Nowhere else in the area allows Mum and Dad to play freely alongside their kids. The play frame for the 5 and overs is based around 4 monster slides. There’s a dropslide, 4 lane astro slide, double drop slide into a ball pool and a tube slide. There’s also tumble towers, ball pools, rope swings, spooky mazes, crawl tubes, a slither chicane, slackline, a spiders web, air cannons and much more.
There is also a separate Soft Play area full of sliding, climbing and crawling opportunities on a smaller scale, perfect for the little ones to develop their skills in readiness for Adventure Play on the mainframe. Under 4’s are £4.75 at peak times, 4 and over peak times are £6.50. Under 1’s are free with a full price paying sibling. Accompanying adults are £1.00.
Our family run facility is bursting at the seams with play equipment and slides built to stimulate and challenge children of all abilities. Our mission is to provide our customers with an outstanding experience for all of the family. Are you brave enough to take on the drop slide? Come and find out! £5 for 5+, £4 for 1-4, Under 1’s free and adults £1. (this was once Darmon’s in the centre of Sleaford).
They have 2 soft play areas, one for the under 5’s and another for over 5’s including slides, ball pools and a number of soft animals. They currently have a voucher on their website for entry for just £1.00. Without this voucher I am unsure how much it costs for regular entry. Please let me know if you can.
This is a 5000 sqft Play Centre with 3 level soft play area in the centre of Grimsby. There are seperate zones for babies, toddlers and juniors. At peak times children under 1 are free, Under 5’s are £4.95 and over 5’s are £5.95. Adults are £1 during peak times but free when not.
This is a huge themed indoor playcentre for children aged up to 10 years. All day play is just £3.95 per child and adults go free. They have play houses, ride ons (in), play equipment and more.
The Yard is an indoor soft play centre & cafe dreamed up by two local mums who craved a place that accommodated & appealed to adults and children alike. Children have the freedom to explore the large play structure safely in their own environment, under 2’s have a designated space to explore. Under 6 months are free, Under 2’s – £3, Under 7’s – £4.50 and adults are free.
Every Wacky sits alongside a Fayre & Square family restaurant. With aerial runs, cargo nets and astro slides, plus there’s a safe toddler area. There’s unlimited off peak play for £3.50. 1 hour play at peak times is £3.50 per child and £2.25 during term time from 9:30am-3m.
Swimming pool with children’s areas
Their 25-metre leisure pool, baby pool and 45-metre flume are ideal for either keeping fit, relaxing or having fun with the family. They have various pay-as-you-go/membership options available. Normal swim prices for an adult is £4.00, £2.90 for a child aged 5-15 and £1.00 for under 5’s.
Their leisure pool has a wave machine, aqua slide and adjoining toddler/baby pool. Regular swim prices for an adult is £4.60 and £3.80 for a child. Under 3’s are free.
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. Please see their website for further information.
The pool is run by OneNK. They also have other swimming pools with toddler areas in Lincolnshire.
The other pools are as follows. Not all of them have a seperate area for children
It includes a colourful dedicated traditional paddling area with a modern splash pad design and six play features and fountains, reflecting the most popular concept selected during a consultation exercise in 2013. It is free to use.
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. General swimming without an MVcard is £4.40 for an adult and child 5 and over and £4.80 in the summer, children 3 and 4 are £1.30, children 2 and under are free.
Up at Queen’s park, the paddling pool also has a splash area with sprinklers and fountains. It is free to use. You can rent a beach chalet for £11.50 a day.
A fully accessible Splashpad, suitable for children from 3 to 12 years old. Interactive with buttons to stand on for the water jets to come on. Central Park also has a fabulous children’s play area and small snack hut, plus toilet facilities on site. The splash park is free to use and open in the summer months.
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! General swimming is £4.55 and £5.00 in summer. Children aged 3 and 4 are £1.40 and 2 and under are free.
The Fairy Dell in Skegness is a fantastic paddling pool where your children can burn off some energy in the sunshine. With sprinklers, an ornamental fountain and pools, there is plenty of seating available. The paddling pool is located at the boating lake and open during the warmer months. I believe it is free to visit.
This is a paddling pool designed in the shape of a maple leaf gifted by the Canadians following the 1953 Sutton on Sea floods. It is situated in the Pleasure Gardens, which has other facilities, including children’s play area, picnic area and multi use games area. Open May to September.
This is an outdoor Lido pool open in spring and summer. The water is usually heated to a lovely and warm 29oC. There is a big grassed area to sit or even sunbathe. They have a large pool with a mini dolphin slide. Plus a toddler pool with a giant tap. There is a playground next to the pool, but sperate to it which had some new equipment installed in 2017. You can find out more about the pool at Jubilee park in my review post here – Jubilee Park Lido – Woodhall Spa – Where you can pretend you are abroad
All of the theatres below have family friendly shows during the year. Prices vary greatly.
The Baths Hall is an entertainment venue in Scunthorpe. It hosts many types of entertainment, including live music, dance and comedy
Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre is a theatre and community centre situated in Spain Lane, Boston, Lincolnshire. The building is a remaining part of a mediaeval friary.
Lincoln Drill Hall is a recently refurbished and modernised entertainment venue at Broadgate in Lincoln. The theatre has comedy, music, dance, film, children’s events, workshops and more.
Theatre hosting tribute acts, pantos and family shows, West End musicals, drama, skating and dance. The Embassy Theatre Skegness hosts a range of concerts and shows for all the family.
Grimsby Auditorium is a theatre situated on Cromwell Road, in Grimsby. With a seated audience capacity of 1,200.
Guildhall Arts Centre is a multi-purpose arts venue in the heart of Grantham.
This is a lovely, intimate theatre that offers a warm friendly welcome and a variety of shows
The New Theatre Royal is situated just a short distance away from the main shopping area. It was built back in 1893 and retains the original character of its interior to this day. The theatre has a capacity of 475 and has many family friendly shows on throughout the year, including a pantomime in the winter.
Louth Riverhead Theatre is a local community owned venue. It is maintained and run by Louth Playgoers Society Ltd – a dedicated team made up almost entirely of volunteers.
The award-winning Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway has been delighting old and young alike for generations. Sit back and enjoy a 4-mile return journey along the picturesque Humberside coast on one of Britain’s oldest seaside miniature railways. They have special events days including Thomas the Tank engine. On non-event days a standard return is £4.00 for an adult and £3.50 for a child. There are other pricing options and family tickets are available
Take a fun ride along the seafront offering scenic views of the beach, sea and the beautiful flower beds. It is a delightful journey for the young and not so young. The train runs every 30 minutes following a route from the north promenade, near the 2016 award-winning pier, linking up with the light railway near the leisure centre. The cost is a £1 each way, children under two are free and all children are given a lollipop.
Situated in a beautiful part of Lincolnshire, in the countryside between the Wolds and the coast, LWR is only a short distance from Grimsby, the seaside resort of Cleethorpes and the historic market town of Louth. 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. They have limited running days and on general days it costs £8.00 for an adult, £4.00 for children and under 3’s are free. Your ticket entitles you to unlimited travel on the day of purchase. You can find out more in my review post here – A Ride on a Steam Train in Ludborough, Lincolnshire Wolds Railway
Miniature Steam Train – This train does not seem to run in the winter nor on any bad weather days. It is a miniature steam train so you sit in mini roofless carriages. For £2 per person, you are taken twice around the track through pretty woodland. There are a few miniature local monuments to spot along the way. This is great fun and well worth doing. The miniature train is located in the woodland opposite the playground and just before the Dinosaur golf.
Land Train (or Percy as Jamie calls it) – I’m sure the price of the land train varies. But I’m pretty sure it’s no more than £2.50 per person and Jamie has travelled for free each time we’ve been on it. It goes on a long ride around the festival gardens and as Jamie always thinks he’s riding on Percy it’s more than worth it for us.
The Jackson’s land train takes approx. 20 minutes to do a round trip from the town centre up to Chalet, Golden Sands (Haven) and the Sealife centre. They charge £2 for a round trip for all ages and £1 one way. They also have Jackson’s amusement arcade in town.
This is so affordable and so much fun. A round trip is just £2 each or there are plenty of other cheaper options available if you don’t need to travel the whole distance. The sand train starts the day at a stop near the steps, just to the left of the main Mablethorpe beach. It travels left down the beach to the Seal Sanctuary and back. There are 5 stops along the way including Haven and the cinema. The best thing about the sand train is that not only does it ride on the sand but on the way back to Mablethorpe it also goes in the sea. What fun! You can find out more about Mablethorpe in my round up post here – 16 Things To Do In Mablethorpe – Lincolnshire Seaside – Family Friendly
Trampoline park – sorry this is not an activity I can include
This is an outdoor watersports centre. As a family, you can sit on top of kayaks (and go kayaking), stand up on paddle boards and mini inflatables, plus there are pedalos. They also have canoeing lessons and jet skis for older children.
As well as karting and bowling already mentioned above there are other leisure options available at Ancaster karting. There is paintball for children aged 10 and over. They have many different packages available. They have quad bikes to hire for ages 16 and over plus laser tag which children from 7 years old can play.
This is next to, but a separate business to, the Pink Pig farm. The Arial Trail has two high rope courses designed around platforms built in the tree canopies with descending zip wires to the ground at the end. The seven obstacle course and the eleven obstacle course are individually designed to give an hour’s challenge to differing age groups and abilities with climbers experiencing the security of a continuous belay system called a Roperoller, which enables you to traverse through the woodland. There is no age limit but you have to be 1 metre tall and under 18.5 stone. It costs £13.00 per person for a one hour experience.
This is owned and run by the same people as Ancaster karting. Activities at the site are archery, marksmanship, nerf wars and laser tag. Minimum ages and pricing for the different activities vary.
As well as bowling and soft play at Play towers (both mentioned above) Boston Bowl has also added a couple of new activities. They also have Krazee Klimb which is an indoor climbing wall for children which is suitable for children 4 and over. No previous climbing experience is needed. Prices at peak times are from £12.00 per person. Adults are also welcome. Also at Boston Bowl you can now find Battle Warehouse which is a Nerf centre. Each session is led by a Zone Commander and they will guide you through the non-
There are over 50 microcars from the 50s, 60s and beyond, with extensive collections of memorabilia, advertising and articles from these evocative times. It’s a small museum with lots in it. You can even take a ride in a bubble car with tea and cake after for £17.00 each. Entry to the museum is £4.00 for an adult and £1.00 for a child.
You can pay for a day pass to Butlins in Skegness. While your day pass does allow you to use their free facilities and see some entertainment it does not allow you to see the headline entertainment such as Dick and Dom, Justin Fletcher, Mr Bloom etc. You can save 20% by booking online in advance (this also guarantees you admission). Your day ticket includes admission from 10 am – 6 pm. With last admission at 2 pm. There are unlimited rides in their traditional outdoor funfair. Access to Splash Waterworld. Live daytime entertainment in the Skyline Pavilion and Little stars outdoor fairground and soft play area. Day time passes vary in cost according to when you visit. Prices for a term time Saturday are £16.00 for an adult (15+), £14.40 for a child aged 2-14 and free for children under 2. You can find out more about Butlins in my review post here – 8 Great Reasons to book a Holiday to Butlins Skegness
This is a small farm with a coffee shop serving homemade ice cream, animals to pet, crazy golf (13 holes) and play area, including working diggers, bouncy castles and cars for the older kids to drive.
We paid £3.50 each for a 9 hole round of Dinosaur Adventure golf. I would say that it is suitable for children aged 4+. Jamie played it at just over 3.5 years old and got a little frustrated at times. Mum and I had a great time though. It’s a fun course with lots of very large dinosaurs watching over you. There was obviously some interactive elements to this course at one time, sadly we couldn’t get them to work. The nearby radio controlled boats and mini digger appear to no longer be working. You pay for the mini golf inside the café where the outdoor playground is.
Paint your own pottery at Eastside ceramics. Perfect for a wet day or calming the little ones down for a bit. They are close to the main street and everyone is welcome.
‘Our Fatyaks are very stable & easy to use making them ideal for beginners and intermediates. We have a bunch of Fatyak Kaafus single seater (3020mm long) & Mahees double seater (3850mm long) all-rounder Sit On Kayaks. (Max rider weight 130kg Kaafus) (Max rider weight 200kg Mahees).‘ Price: £10 per hour (Kaafu) £15 per hour (Mahee). Ages: Open to all ages, an adult is responsible for any child/children under the age of 16 whilst partaking in Kayaking or water associated activities.
Suitable for children from age 9+. The Fairworld Lazer Adventure is an interactive combat gaming experience taking lazer adventure to the next level at one of the largest laser adventure centres in the north. Laser cannons fire harmless infra red beams, which register scores on the packs of your opponents when you hit them. There’s no physical contact or impact involved. It is similar to an indoor play centre where you can swing on ropes, scramble through ball lagoons and over cargo nets, plus slide down a huge drain pipe to a whole new level. There is no mention of pricing on their website.
This is now open. It is Lincolnshire’s first and only GoApe course. There is a course for juniors and a course for older children and adults. 10-15 year olds are £25 and adults are £33. For tree tops Junior all people over 1 metre are £18.00 each.
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. There is no mention of prices on their website.
This is located next to the aquarium and has a great and fun pirate theme to the holes. They are open throughout the summer and most of the spring. I have even spotted them open over the winter months. Please let me know if you know how much a round of adventure golf is here thanks.
This is located within Skegness pier (downstairs next to the bowling). Laser Quest is, in essence, a game of tag with a twist! Points are awarded every time you ‘zap’ another player, with points deducted every time you are ‘zapped’. At the end of each game, scores are displayed on a plasma score screen, with each player receiving an individual score card that has a breakdown of the score. The game is played in a purpose built arena. A huge glow in the dark maze makes it hard to follow players and lots of corners and barrels to hide behind. Each game will last approximately 15 minutes which includes a safety briefing and the kit. They have a minimum height of 1.1metres.
Opened in May 2019. Lincoln Water Park is a HUGE Outdoor Floating Inflatable Aqua Park. The park includes: Huge Sky Rocket Swing, Massive Slides, Enormous Climbing Frames, Real Sprung Trampolines, balance challenges, hamster wheel and much much more. Great for Ages 5+ – No upper age limit. Children Aged 5/6/7/8 Require an accompanying adult. Online discounted price. – So pre-book to get the discount. They’ve also teamed up with Charlotte from the Performance Waterski & Training Centre, based out of Hazelwoods Ski World to be able to offer the chance to learn to Waterski as well!.
Situated on the Coastfields Grange Leisure park in Mablethorpe. This Aquaglide park comprises a compilation of eight trampolines with foxtrot and tango features, a 4 metre high pyramid feature (the Jungle Joe), various water slides, blast bag, inflatable floating climbing walls and there is the mega Cyclone spinning wheel to climb inside of. You can book online, in advance, for a 1 hour session at £12.00 per person.
This is one of the best ways to get up and down Lincoln without having to walk up or down Steep hill. If you purchase a ticket it allows you two consecutive days worth of unlimited hop on hop off bus riding. You can read more in my review here – Lincoln tourist sightseeing bus – a great way to get around. At £8 per adult, you can hop on and hop off 11 different stops. Or you can stay on for the full tour. There is a guide giving you a very interesting commentary throughout the tour. Up to two children under 16 can ride for free with an accompanying adult. The tour starts from the stop outside the Cathedral however you can hail the bus along the route or at the Brayford Waterfront stop. Your ticket is valid for two consecutive days.
The most family friendly is the Lincoln Mystery Trail. Suitable for children from 6+ you can download the trail online for £6.99.
About the trail ‘Then why not explore Lincoln on this self-guided Murder Mystery themed Treasure Trail. As you follow the Trail route, can you solve the sneaky clues set on existing buildings, permanent features and monuments to eliminate the suspects to discover whodunit?
The Trail starts at the Tourist Information Centre in Exchequer Gate and takes you on a circular tour along Bailgate and around to the Lawn Complex. You then return via Wordsworth Street and Steep Hill to the Cathedral itself and the old streets around it.’
This is the only racecourse in Lincolnshire. They have a few family special event racedays throughout the year which I can recommend. Last year Jamie met Bing and they had bouncy castles in for the kids to play on. Race day pricing varies and so does the pricing levels according to where you want to stand. You can find out more in my review post here – Family fun at the races – Market Rasen day out review
The track is just under 50m long and you can test your driving skills for just 75p for 5 minutes on their track. They also have a collection of model vehicles and motor racing memorabilia covering the many aspects of motoring history from the world of Formula 1, GT Racing, Rallying, Indycar and Supercars.
Paint A Pot Place is a family run business which offers great fun for all ages. It’s not about being the best artist, but more about creating your own unique pieces of ceramic artwork, whether it be for a gift, to mark a special occasion, or simply to fill that void on the mantlepiece.
They are the only site in the UK to offer truly all inclusive paintball session for the under 18’s. With low impact paintball available for the over 8’s and all inclusive paintball pump action sessions for the 11-18 year old player. They have different pricing options for however many games or balls you want to play with. A winter half day is just £5.00 and their lowest package price is £15.00.
Come along and paint some personalised gifts, no booking necessary for drop in sessions. We do not charge a studio fee so you only pay for the items you wish to paint. We are open to pop in and paint from 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday to Saturday. They are a venue for children’s painting parties, so why not enquire to see if your child’s birthday is available for booking.
A friendly family-run craft studio where people both and young and old can come and create their very own masterpiece. They have a vast and ever-changing range of pottery, priced from £7 to £40.
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.
With more than 40 different features, Skegness’ oldest attraction took 2 years to create by the late John Simmonds and finally opened in 1962. There is a working model fairground, a G Scale garden railway. Plus landscaped gardens and over 40 handcrafted features.
There are 205 acres of clean spring water fed lakes; which are ideal if you want to water ski, wakeboard, jet ski, dinghy sail, windsurf, or canoe. You can even walk on the water in one of their water zorbs. There is also a dry ski slope, and a 15 metre climbing tower on the park. There is also a touring park on site. Please visit their website for further information including pricing.
This is a farm shop with a cafe and a playground for the kids. In the summer months it opens up its maize maze. In 2017 the maze was huge. Jamie and I were in there for a long time finding clues and completing the challenge. You can read more via my review here – Uncle Henry’s Maize Maze Challenge – Day out near Lincoln Last year the maze was just £3.00 each.
OK, so this place is a restaurant, however, I can’t miss it off my list because it is Lincolnshire’s only ‘proper’ themed restaurant and it’s great fun. Not only is the food good there but you can dine while sat in a classic car. There’s plenty of photo ops with a Lightning McQueen car turn bar, plus a motorbike and a mini car for the kids to sit in. Petrol pumps and all other kinds of memorabilia. This place has to be seen to be believed. We love it! Find out more over here – Dine in a Car at V-Ate near Boston, Lincolnshire – Ultimate Experience
The Viking Way is a long distance footpath which starts on the banks of the Humber in the north and winds its way through Lincolnshire to finish on the shores of Rutland Water, a total of 235km (147 miles). The route passes through the Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the market town of Horncastle, the Lincolnshire Limewoods, the City of Lincoln, the southern Lincolnshire Edge and the Kesteven Uplands before entering Leicestershire and Rutland.
This is a high ropes course and activity centre, situated in a 9 acre woodland, near Market Rasen. It is one of the largest ropes courses in the UK, with challenging and exciting activities. This course sounds quite challenging with plenty to it. It costs £20 for a ropes course, £10 for Archery plus there’s a free treasure hunt. The minimum age is 6. However, they recommend children from 8 years of age as the course is very challenging for younger children. Young children who are under 140cm will have to be accompanied by someone taller than 140cm.
You can walk, cycle or ride the Spa Trail on 3 miles of flat, surfaced path/bridleway along the mid-section of the old Horncastle to Woodhall Junction railway line and part of the Horncastle Canal. This trail is part of the Viking Way long distance footpath (see above). It passes through woods and rolling countryside. There are sculptures made from wood, stone and metal scattered along the way, reflecting local wildlife and links with the past.
This is a garden centre with some extra facilities. There’s a small dinosaur exhibition, ‘Dinothorpe’ with animated dinosaurs, a maze and a playground for the kids. All are free to use. If you are visiting why not pop in Lincs Aquatics just down the road from here? There are more fish tanks than I’ve ever seen with more types of fish than I’ve ever seen. They also have some tanks in the back room with lizards, snakes and more. Plus for just 60p you can feed the giant fish up in their large tank. As it’s a shop there is no charge other than buying the food for the fish. You can read more here – Woodthorpe garden centre, Lincs aquatics – free day out
Family Fun! Get lost in the Wragby Maze On your next family day out. It’s a must stop for family fun and games. Enjoy the outdoor mazes and other games for children and adults. Admission price is £5.75 per person. Children under two are free. Entrance fee includes access to all mazes and all garden games. Or you can just go round the maze for £3.50 per person. You can enjoy a round of putting for £3.50 per person.
All prices are current as of January 2018. All prices are subject to change. Please check the websites linked above regarding opening days, times and prices. If I’ve missed anything off please do let me know by commenting below.
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