July 12, 2024

The Best Family Beaches on the Lincolnshire Coast

Lincolnshire boasts a large coastline and plenty of family beaches, making it a popular holiday destination for many Brits – especially those located in the East Midlands.  Whether you want to visit somewhere like Skegness that has tons of family friendly activities both on and away from the beach, or somewhere quieter like Anderby Creek that is known for its natural rugged environment, there are plenty of options available to you.

I grew up on the Lincolnshire coast, so thought it was only fitting that I covered some of my favourite beaches in the first blog post on my site.  Let’s get started.


Skegness is a truly bustling seaside town and has plenty to offer families.  From a large indoor and outdoor swimming pool to arcades, bowling, laser tag, a fun fair, crazy golf and more, you’ll be spoiled for ways to keep the kids entertained.

With wide golden sands, and award winning clean waters, the whole family will enjoy spending time at the award winning Skegness beach.  Plenty of parking is available close by and it also offers excellent access for pushchairs and wheelchairs.  Donkey rides and beach fairground rides are in abundance, and you’ll find plenty of family friendly restaurants to keep everyone fed and happy.

Skegness may not be looked upon that favourably by many Brits. However, it’s certainly a great place to take the kids for a week away.


Mablethorpe is a smaller, quieter version of Skegness; however, there’s still plenty for families to do.  There are dozens of camping and caravan parks located in Mablethorpe, and these range from the cheap and cheerful to full blown entertainment complexes like Haven Golden Sands.

The main part of Mablethorpe Beach – accessed via the promenade in the centre of town – is a hive of activity in the summer months.  Donkey rides, ice cream and donut stands, and a funfair are all great features of family beaches. Plus, all provide ways to keep the kids happy.  You’ll also find a few beach shops stocking everything from inflatables to beach games, providing even more entertainment.

Mablethorpe itself has much more to offer than its beach, though.  There’s a paddling pool, arcades for kids of all ages, sports courts and bowling alleys. Festivals feature throughout the year as well.

Anderby Creek

Anderby Creek is nestled almost midway between Skegness and Mablethorpe.  Less touristy, it’s a great place to visit if you’re tired of the arcades and want somewhere quiet to relax.  Unspoilt by development, the beach here is also full of dunes and ideal for exploring.

A car park is ideally located on Sandy Lane, next to the Anderby Creek beach. You’ll also find a small village, a pub with a beer garden, and some toilets all within walking distance.

It’s an excellent place to visit for a tranquil day out away from the more hectic family beaches in Lincs.


Located not far from Skegness, Ingoldmells is a popular tourist destination during the summer months.  The town is most well known for the Fantasy Island theme park, which features over 30 rides, seven day markets, and dozens of events throughout the year.

The beach at Ingoldmells is sandy, and its Blue Flag waters are an excellent place to go swimming or bathing.  Unlike the rest of the beaches on this list, however, Ingoldmells beach is dog friendly all year around.

Ingoldmells is home to dozens of camping and caravan sites – many of which stand alone.  If you’re visiting Lincolnshire with teenagers, you may want to stay in one of the holiday lets at Fantasy Island. There you can take advantage of the funfair wrist bands, unlimited bowling and unlimited crazy golf, all of which come included for the duration of your stay.

Sutton on Sea

Sutton on Sea is Mablethorpe’s little sister.  Located a mere five miles away, it’s a smaller coastal village that is ideal for families with young children. Sutton on Sea has resisted much of the over development of the larger towns.  While it doesn’t have the arcades and funfairs that you’ll find in nearby Mablethorpe, you’ll find some lovely attractive gardens close to the seafront, a small crazy golf park, and a children’s paddling pool.

The beach in Sutton on Sea has been awarded the Blue Flag award for cleanliness, and you’ll find large stretches of golden sands to relax on and build sandcastles with your kids.  Beach huts are available to rent along the promenade throughout the summer months. You’ll also find the Beach Bar café located next to the Pullover.

A few caravan and camping sites can be found on the outskirts of Sutton on Sea, and there’s a few hotel and B&B accommodations too.  There are regular buses between Skegness, Sutton on Sea and Mablethorpe too. This makes it a good place to visit for a day trip rather than a full week.

Have you visited the Lincolnshire Coast recently?  Are there any family beaches you love to visit?  I’d love to hear about them in the comments.

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