Cleethorpes – Things to do
Average time spent – Up to 4+ hours.
Things to do in Cleethorpes Lincolnshire review
Cleethorpes is a relatively large seaside town on the Lincolnshire coast. Although there are a few things to do in Cleethorpes none of them are attractions where you would normally spend 2 hours or more. Because of this, I have written this guide so that you can choose things to do in Cleethorpes on a day visit so that you can spend more than 2 hours in the town / nearby.
The Jungle Zoo
Average time of visit – 30 minutes to one hour. Indoors and Outdoors
“The Jungle Zoo is proud to be one of the newest interactive zoo attractions to be found anywhere within the UK, aiming to be the best small family zoo in the country! Come rain or shine – whatever the weather and whatever your age – there is always something for you to, see, learn, discover and do, here at The Jungle Zoo” Admission charges apply – may not be open all year round.
Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway
Average time of visit – up to 1 hour. Indoors
“The award-winning Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway is one of Britain’s oldest seaside miniature railways and has been delighting old and young alike for generations. Sit back and enjoy a two-mile return journey along the picturesque Humberside Coast, behind one of our historic steam or diesel locomotives.” They have special event days including days out with Thomas. Admission charges apply – may not be open all year round.
“The Lollipop land train is one of Cleethorpes best-loved attractions. It is a small local family run firm owned by Mr Borge Nejrup. They are wheelchair and pushchair friendly. Dogs are welcome on a short lead. Take an enjoyable fun ride along the seafront offering scenic views of the beach, sea and the beautiful flower beds. 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.” Each way tickets are £1.50 for adults, £1 for children, under 2yrs free. All children are given a lollipop.
The Magical Castle Soft Play
Average time of visit – up to 2 hours. Indoors
“Located on the Cleethorpes Seafront, The Magical Castle offers a range of indoor play facilities created for children of all ages. Inside you will find a large four-storey play frame with monkey bars, hamster wheel, balance beams, bouncy castle, dizzy discs, ball pool with ball blower, tunnels and slides including the “Black Hole” tunnel slide (only for the brave!).” Admission charges apply. Open for most of the year.
Cleethorpes Boating Lake
Located near the Jungle zoo you will find Cleethorpes boating lake in the south of the town. On the lake, you can hire out a boat or a pedalo. There is a shipwreck adventure playground plus a big sandpit for the kids and a discover centre. There is also a paddling pool which is open 10 am to 5.30 pm daily during the summer season. Plus it’s free! The only thing you pay for is the hire of boats or pedalos.
The beach at Cleethorpes is vast and sandy with the tide rarely coming in enough to cover the sand. In the summer you can expect donkey rides. You won’t find stretches of arcades along the promenade on Cleethorpes beach.
Mystery Treasure Trail Cleethorpes
“Why not explore Cleethorpes 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 Alexandra Road and takes you on a circular route via Sea View, St Peter’s Avenue and High Street. The route then leads you down to the pier, along the seafront and through the pleasant gardens of this old fishing village and health resort.” Trail costs £6.99 and is available all year round.
Cleethorpes Leisure Centre
The swimming pool at Cleethorpes leisure centre has a wave machine, aqua slide and adjoining toddler/baby pool. They also run fun family-friendly inflatable sessions in the pool.
Crazy Golf at Pier Gardens
Crazy golf is located at Pier Gardens Cleethorpes.
Cleethorpes Pier was built in the late 1800s. At the closest end, it now houses Papa’s fish and chip restaurant. You can also walk to the end of the pier although there is not much there.
PLUS in nearby Grimsby
Fishing Heritage Centre, Grimsby
“Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre is a multi-award winning attraction which will transport you back in time to the 1950’s heyday of this famous port. Carefully crafted sets and original preserved trawler interiors capture the atmosphere and essence of a remarkable way of life in one of the most dangerous occupations in living memory. You will experience this twentieth-century saga by signing on as a crew member and travelling in their footsteps – leaving your 1950’s Grimsby home for a trip to the perilous Arctic fishing grounds and returning home to the comfort of the Freeman’s Arms public house!” Admission charges apply. They are open for most of the year but closed on Mondays (except bank holidays).
Time Trap Museum, Grimsby
“Time Trap museum is a former town hall & jail featuring unique historical exhibits in prisoner cells and narrow corridors. 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.” Admission charges apply. They are open Monday to Friday, except bank holidays.
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