Calling all Lincoln adrenalin addicts, eager explorers and curious cats. There’s something for everyone in Lincolnshire this summer, so check out The Lincolnite’s list of cracking county escapes and break out of the city for some fun.
Karting and Paintball, Ancaster
Ancaster is home to a top-notch 1,200m track where you can chase and race against your mates in speedy pintsized automobiles. If you like your course a bit bumpier (and your bum a little higher off the ground) hop on a quad bike and challenge yourself to some serious off-roading across some tricky terrain.
However, if shooting at your friends and family with small pellets of fluorescent paint whilst crouched amongst the shrubbery is more your idea of fun, Ancaster also boasts a pretty nifty paintball course, featuring various games including ‘the bunker’, ‘the fort’ and the ominously named ‘elimination field’. If after all of that, you’re still not ready to collapse, there’s always a round of ten pin bowling to be played to wrap up a day of action packed, adrenalin fuelled antics.
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The Beach, Skegness
Next time the sun loiters teasingly behind a cloud, grab your buckets and spades and make an optimistic dash to the beach. Once you’ve built yourself a sandcastle or two explore the pier and take in some ocean scenes. Skegness offers an array of treats including a funfair, a seal sanctuary and several crazy golf courses, as well as indoor padded play area Panda’s Palace, which is perfect for pipsqueaks. A lunchtime feast of fish and chips is an absolute must. Complete the postcard with a bag of fresh doughnuts and a stick of rock.
Price: free. Prices for activities vary — More info
Lincoln Adventure Centre, South Hykeham
If you’re bored of driving the car every day, why not try your hand at an alternative form of transportation? Jet skiing and kayaking are just two of the many activities the Lincoln Adventure centre has to offer in a safe, fully licensed environment with qualified instructors. Ditch the dry land and head to South Hykeham for some awesome aquatic action.
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Pleasure Island, Cleethorpes
Cleethorpes may be slightly more than a stone’s throw away, but it’s a trip well worth making if you fancy a day out to remember. Clinging to the coast, this family theme park is bursting with things to do and see, from sea lion shows to scream-inducing white knuckle rides. Tykes will adore Professor Tinkaboo’s Magic Factory and big kids will struggle to cram everything into just one day. Bring a packed lunch and picnic in the sun or dine at one of the many onsite food outlets.
Price: £18 and under threes go free — More info
Daisy Made Ice Cream, Skellingthorpe
The drive-thru facility at Daisy Made is probably the best innovation since some clever clogs dreamt up the ice cream cone. Feast on the homemade yumminess whilst watching the animals frolic about the farm and round off your afternoon with a few holes of Crazy Daisy Golf. Perfect summer shenanigans!
Price: ice cream from £2 — More info
Maze in Maize, Spalding
Enjoy a good bamboozlement at this larger-than-life puzzle, made from a field of maize. This rain forest inspired brainteaser promises a fun-filled day out for explorers of all sizes that’s ideal for inquisitive minds. After your a-maize-ing adventure, fuel up in the spacious picnic area or monkey about on the adventure playground. Reckon you can solve the mystery of the maze? Go get lost!
Price: £4.50 for kids and under-threes go free — More info
Jubilee Park, Woodhall Spa
Why not pack up the car and head to the beautiful village of Woodhall Spa for a couple of nights of good old fashioned camping where aquatic holidaymakers can splish-splash to their heart’s content in the heated outdoor pool? Onsite tennis courts, croquet and bowls lawns and a kids’ play area help to make Jubilee Park a super venue in splendid surroundings, with everything required to make a very happy camper. Tents and caravans are welcome.
Price: pitch price from £9.50, junior swimming from £2.40 per session — More info
Butterfly and Wildlife Park, Long Sutton
Watch the butterflies flutter by in one of the UK’s largest tropical houses, which is also home to various reptiles and creepy-crawlies. If bugs aren’t your thing, there’s also an orchard and some gorgeous gardens for the taller visitors to roam whilst the little’uns tackle the adventure playground. A fascinatingly informative day out that’s well worth the drive!
Price: £6.50 for kids and under-threes go free — More info
Rand Farm, Market Rasen
Enjoy a day out with a difference and embrace all that is rural at this working farm where you can meet and feed the animals. Once you’ve befriended the livestock, head to one of the many adventure areas for some serious playtime. Outside there’s lots of fun to be had with pedal go-karts, crazy pool and some brilliant bouncy bits. The indoor heated Play Barn, complete with climbing wall and gladiator challenge rings, means that drizzly days won’t bring disappointment. There’s also a terrific toy shop and a handy café too. Fantastic fun for families.
Price: £7.95 per person, under-twos go free — More info
Sundown Adventure Land, Rampton
Ahoy me hearties! Why not take a thrilling trip to Sundown Adventure Land, a magical theme park designed especially for under-tens? Take on the pirates at Smuggler’s Cove before speeding past some ranchers on the Rocky Mountain Ride. Youngsters will be enchanted and parents will relish the looks of sheer glee on their children’s faces. Grown-ups will also feel particularly colossal in the wonderfully miniature world of ‘Toy Town’. Spread the joy in this fantastic fairy-tale come to life!
Price: £10 per person, under-twos go free — More info