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Making Plans For A Vacation To Skegness

By: Frederick Hoymer

When a person loves traveling and visiting beautiful beaches, Skegness in Lincolnshire is an absolute must visit destination. The beach is a stunning and beautiful display of nature that is maintained beautifully by the volunteers and residents of the town. The beach seems to go on forever and is breathtaking when seen against the backdrop of the stunning sunset. One can understand as they stand on this pristine beach why it has been awarded the Blue Flag Beach award for cleanliness so many times.

The residents of Skegness add to the wonderful time spent in Skegness. They take pride in their town and the many activities that are offered throughout the year. The friendliness and warmth of the inhabitants makes you feel welcome from the time you first enter town.

There are activities throughout the year at Skegness so it is important to make reservations early if there is a specific event you want to attend. The hotels, B&Bs and self-catering apartments are fabulous. Many of the hotels are located in the centre of town and based in historic buildings that have been refurbished with modern amenities.

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In March there is an Annual State Dance Festival that attracts participants from throughout the world. This is a fabulous event that is great fun for families. August is the week-long annual carnival that includes a week of events and activities for visitors and participants. In April and September there are annual Skegness Rock n Roll Festivals that bring the entire town to life with live music and theatre.

The historic sites that you can't miss when you visit Skegness are all within close walk of the town centre. St. Matthews Church is a stunning work of English Gothic Architecture built in 1979 and the famous Clock Tower are located on Lumley Road. Getting to the beach on Tower Esplanade will take you through some beautiful historic parts of town.

There are many family activities that will keep every family member busy. A herd of donkeys resides at the beach for riding and there is a great place to spend a few hours at the paddling pool. The Fairy Dell was completely refurbished and maintains the charm of the original design with the modern filtering and water systems that you find at a modern water park.

A short holiday at any time of year is a delight a Skegness, Lincolnshire County. Music weekends are held at the Butlins holiday resort through the off-season and there are events at the Skegness Stadium almost every weekend. A person can go to a stock car race, truck race, stunt shows, or caravan racing.

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... enjoy the seaside and east coast of Lincolnshire

Skegness (UK) is located along the East Lincolnshire coast of the North Sea, 43 miles east of Lincoln City, Skegness has a resident population of around 19,000. It swells to 10+ times that during the holiday season. It is very popular with all ages but a real family seaside resort.

Skegness has its roots in the 9th century during the Viking (Danish) invasions to the east coasts of England. They established a medieval harbour town, which has gradually grown into the tourist paradise we enjoy today. The name Skegness is derived from the Danish for nose and beard, as the Danes would says "skæg" and "næs" because, as some claim that Skegness geographically resembles those very features. Other similar tales refer to "Skeggi" meaning the bearded one!

Although "Skeggi" has been in existence since the 9th century there is no reference to a village named Skegness (or similar) in the Domesday Book. The original Viking settlement to the east of the current town was washed away by the sea in the early sixteenth century.

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In 1881 Skegness boasted it's very own 1,843 foot (562 m) long pier, opened on Whit Monday. At that time it was the fourth longest pier in England and saw steamboat trips run from the pier to The Wash between1882 and 1910.

In 1919, the Skegness Pier was damaged by a drifting ship. Amazingly, it took nearly twenty years to raise the money to fully repair it.

Tourism started to take a hold in the early 1900's as train travel became more accessible and affordable. To encourage excursions the Great Northern Railways commissioned a poster to advertise the resort. The now famous 'Skegness is so Bracing' poster was 'born' featuring The Jolly Fisherman. This (and still does) help to put Skegness on the UK holiday map. The poster was drawn by John Hassall (an illustrator) for a sum of 12 guineas. Paradoxically, Mr Hassall never visited Skegness resort until 1936.

Billy Butlin saw the potential in holidays for the masses in Skegness as he built and opened the first of Butlin's holiday camp which opened in 1936. Three years in 1939 (World War II) later the camp was taken over for military use. The camp reopened in 1946, after the war.

Post war, Skegness still had it's trials and tribulations but got off lightly during the great East Coast Flood of 1953, as the sea defences had been strengthened and new promenades built to the sea walls. Alas, 25 years on, in 1978 another great storm almost destroyed the pier. Thankfully, even though severely shortened, it was able to be repaired and improved. So we can all still enjoy our favourite east coast seaside pier.

Skegness with over ten miles of 'golden' beaches has become the well-loved and popular English holiday destination. It has great views out to the vast North Sea and a whole host of activities and local amenities. The seaside town has gone from strength to strength over the last 20+ years with massive investment in caravan, camping and holiday accommodation to cater for public demand.

On the coast you have all the typical features of a seaside town with the beach, candy-floss, fish and chip stalls and donkey rides. Skegness has achieved the European Blue Flag of Safety, meaning that the seas are clean and safe enough to enjoy care free.

So popular is Skegness, that the local economy relies heavily on tourism. And the town has to keep the visitors of all ages coming back to Skegness, So the town has managed to provide pretty much, something for every one of all ages, all-year-round. Activities, events, sports, attractions, theatre, arts, festivals, retails, indoor, outdoor and community projects keep the people interested and keep them coming in their tens of thousands.

So with Skegness (and nearby Ingoldmells, Chapel St Leonards and Mablethorpe) you get the whole 'seaside holiday' package, whether you are 3 or 103! There are so many accommodation options for all budgets. Try the many holiday parks, campsites, Skegness caravan rentals and local hotels for whatever style of accommodation you are looking for. Mainly though, Skegness is a family based holiday resort and so caters well for that kind of budget and needs so most families plump for a caravan holiday rental. That's evident by the sheer number of caravan parks and private owner caravans for hire in the Skegness area. You won't miss them they are everywhere... and what joy they bring to holiday makers.

So there's no doubt that Skegness is here to stay and its history shows that invasions, storms and even a war cannot stop us holidaying in glorious Skegness... now that's bracing!!