The main towns in East Lincolnshire – Louth, Horncastle, Mablethorpe, Skegness and Ingolmells – are all home to a number of well-equipped leisure and sports centres.
At Butlins Splash Waterworld visitors will find an undercover haven of pools, slides, flumes and even a wave pool. Skegness Water Leisure Park, also in Ingoldmells, offers excellent facilities for all ages including a children’s play area, a five-acre fishing lake with tackle shop and the Cable Tow water skiing lake.
East Lincolnshire also boasts excellent lawn bowling facilities, including a five-rink indoor bowls centre in Horncastle, and Skegness is home to some of the biggest bowls competitions in the country, with five national bowls tournaments taking place during the summer season.
For something a bit more action-packed Skegness Stadium offers stock car racing, monster trucks, caravan destruction derbies and stunt shows! Alternatively Cadwell Park racing circuit near Louth is popular with both spectators and racers and is home to the British Superbike Championship that takes place every August.
Film fanatics are well catered for with cinemas in Louth, Skegness and Woodhall Spa and Real ale enthusiasts will enjoy a tour of the multi-award winning Batemans Brewery Visitor Centre – one of the country’s oldest family breweries.
Further inland Woodthorpe Caravan and Leisure Park near Alford offers fishing in the two well stocked lakes, a leisurely round of golf on the 18-hole golf course or the opportunity to practice your swing on the driving range.
For animal lovers, Hardy’s Animal Farm, Rushmoor Country Park and Tattershall Farm Park have lots of friendly farm animals ranging from guinea pigs to goats as well as play areas for the kids.
Grown-ups might prefer a spot of retail therapy and East Lincolnshire is a mecca for shoppers who enjoy browsing around antique shops or independent boutiques looking for something a little bit different. Heralded by TV chef Rick Stein as “the finest little market town in Britain” and the Hairy Bikers as: “A great foodie centre, full of wonderful shops”, Louth is a treasure trove of independent shops. The Cheese Shop in Eastgate was named the best small food shop in Britain in the Telegraph Shop Awards.