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Skegness is a coastal city of England and a civil parish (civil parish, English territorial subdivision). It is located in the East Lindsey part of Lincolnshire District. Skegness is on the Lincolnshire coast on the North Sea. Its population is close to 19,000 inhabitants. She has many nicknames: Skeg, Skeggy, Costa del Skeg or Skegvegas. His mascot is the Jolly Fisherman and his slogan "Skegness is so bracing" ("Skegness is so toning"). The first hotel in the city was opened in 1936 and Skegness is one of the UK's most famous tourist destinations. Its quality of life is remarkable: attractive real estate prices, low crime rate, many activities and attractions, reasonable tax rates, pleasant climate and easy transport: here are the main ones Skegness's strengths. The guide Lonely Planet considers that you will find "everything you could want" from a resort.
Points of interests / things to see
The origin of the city would be Danish, as its name suggests. Skegness was at first a small harbor and a fishing village. What is now the center of the city belonged to the Earl of Scarborough. In 1936, the first English holiday camp called Ingoldmells was built in the north of the city. A railway line was built in 1875 that marked the beginning of a major tourist development of the city. In 1908, the railway company Great Northwest Railway began to promote Skegness, which was accessible from London.
The Diamond Jubilee Clock Tower was built between 1898 and 1899 on the occasion of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1987. It was designed by Manchester architect Michael Winter and the inauguration took place at the Lion Hotel. It's the symbol of Skegness. The esplanade of the tower leads to the beach, with its statue of the mascot of the city (the Jolly Fisherman) in the garden of the compass. The Gardens Tower Gardens offer events and different activities in the summer. The city's shopping areas are around Lumley Road, High Street and Roman Bank Streets. There is the shopping center The Hildreds Shopping Center with its 30 shops and 355 parking spaces. The Church Farm Museum is a museum of local history of agriculture. It is open and free from Easter until October 31st. It includes traditional buildings including a thatched cottage from the village of Withern, an 18th-century farmhouse, a 19th-century sheep and goat. There are exhibits on farm tools and machinery, and traditional Lincoln sheep and Red Poll cows.
In August, the annual Skegness Carnival takes place. Originally, it was the festival of flowers initiated in 1896, during which all the shops and businesses of the city decorated their flower fronts to welcome the parade under the applause of the spectators. The carnival was suspended during the Great War and did not resume until the 1900s. Today is an opportunity for the inhabitants of Skegness and its visitors to celebrate for five days, with concerts, concerts and concerts. exhibitions, balls, cheerleading parades, games, more or less sports competitions, disguise, clowns and acrobats. Since 2009, the inauguration of the illuminations of the shore is held within the framework of the festival of music, art and culture SO Festival. The SO Festival spans the entire region and receives performances from around the world of street theater and dance, visual arts exhibitions and outdoor music concerts. It is also an opportunity for parades and games in the city. The SO Festival is known for hosting the largest Meccano exhibition in the Embassy Theater since 1989, featuring models of all sizes.
Skegness is described as the "fun capital" of the east coast of England, with its many pubs, clubs and discotheques. Lumley Road includes the JD Wetherspoons Club at Red Lion, V Bar and Marine and Woolfies. Grand Parade is Litten Tree, Lymn Bank, Old Checkers Inn, Ingoldmells Point Havana's, Castleton Boulevard Ship & Atlantic Bar, Queens Road, Highway Inn, Garden City Pub on Roman Bank, as well as dozens of other places to spend a festive night.
The long sandy beaches of Skegness are renowned for their cleanliness, rewarded by the Blue Flag and the Quality Coast Award given by the ecological organization Keep Britain Tidy. You can rent horses to ride for a ride. South of the city is Fairy Dell, a must-see family attraction in Skegness. On the esplanade of the shoreline, Grand Parade Street, is the Embassy Theater, as well as carnival rides on Botton's Pleasure Beach, an arcade, a miniature golf course, snacks whose famous fish & chips and bars. Every year, a fireworks key to the summer season.
The Skegness Pier is 562 meters long and was opened to the public in 1881. It was the fourth longest time in England. It was built in the shape of a T. Steam ships from The Wash and Hunstanton stopped there between 1882 and 1910. In 1919, it was damaged by the taste of Europe, a boat on the move and the reconstruction taken more than twenty years. During the Second World War, the pier was closed and partially dismantled as part of the anti-invasion policy. It then undergoes further destructions and reconstructions to finally measure 118 meters long today. The Natureland Seal Sanctuary is a seal sanctuary opened in 1965 that attracts thousands of visitors every year. There are seals of course, but also penguins, seawater aquariums and a tropical pond, crocodiles, goats, sheep, tarantulas, snakes, mice, scorpions and flamingos, a tropical house and a palace of flowers. The center collects abandoned seal pups on beaches that need medical care, before returning them to the sea once they are cured.
Off the coast of Skegness, 5.2 kilometers from the coast, you can see the Lynn and Inner Dowsing wind farm, which is a wind farm on the sea. Ended in 2008 as part of the UKCS Round 1 program for wind energy, it has 54 wind turbines and can provide 130,000 homes in electricity. Its foundations are 18 meters deep and are made of pillars 4.7 meters in diameter, and the wind turbine blades are made of fiberglass and balsa wood. It is the largest wind farm in the world.
South of Skegness is the Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve. It extends over 4.3 kmÂ² and includes two parallel lines of sand dunes (the "eastern dunes" and the "western dunes") separated by about 500 mÂ². There are salt meadows (natural flooded only during the high tide), as well as an area of sandy, mud and pebble beaches. The reserve runs along the coast for 5 kilometers between the southern limit of Skegness and the north corner of The Wash. It is an ideal place for bird lovers, including game birds, hunters and seagulls. In the Visitor Center, you will find the Wild Coast Exhibition, which features the wild animal and plant life of Gibraltar Point. The tour includes 3D models of sand dunes and salty meadows and the burrow of a calamitic toad. In the next room, the Nature Discovery Room has aquariums containing animals found in the nearby sea. Next to the Visitor Center is the former Coast Guard House, which houses The Wash Study Center with its residence, laboratory, classroom and library.
North of Skegness is The Wash, a bay and estuary on the border between Norfolk and Lincolnshire. It is one of the largest estuaries in the United Kingdom, where the rivers Witham, Welland, Nene and Great Ouse flow. It is an area protected by the European Union, which includes many salty meadows, huge banks of sand and mud, shallow water and deep canals. It is a habitat for birds, especially hunters, protected from floods. On the east side are limestone cliffs with red chalk strata. The Wash is also home to crustaceans such as shrimps, nightshades and mussels, which are eaten by some waterbirds such as oystercatchers. It is also an important habitat for reed harriers and sea swallows. Migratory birds - geese, ducks - spend the winter in very large numbers at The Wash. Finally, the estuary is internationally recognized to collect 17 species of birds, including curlew, oystercatchers, pintails, Belon shelduck, short-billed geese, large-size plovers. plover, silver plovers, golden plovers, crested lapwings, molebeaks, sanderlings and variable beakers.
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How to get there ?
The city is crossed by the A52 road that connects Boston and Mablethorpe. The A158 road connects Lincoln to Skegness and joins the A16 to the north. By car, Skegness is 40 minutes north of Boston, 1 hour east of Lincoln, 1 hour 55 south east of Doncaster, 2 hours 15 east of Sheffield. National Express bus service connects East Midlands cities during the summer season. An ancient Roman road connects Lincoln and Skegness via Burgy le Marsch. Bus and train stations are located in the city center on Richmond Drive. The Stagecoach Lincolnshire bus company serves the city along the coast to Mablethorpe, as well as Boston and Lincoln. The Skegness railway station is the terminus of the line between Grantham and Skegness. The line between Nottingham and Grantham connects with the East Midands. The city owns a pleasure airport, the Skegness airfield. From Paris, it is possible to land in Manchester (5 to 7 flights a day for 1 hour and 30 minutes) and continue by road by bus or car (trip about 3 hours).
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