It is the end of Week 4 of the Summer Holidays here in Lincolnshire, and as a single mum with 2 children, I try to have as many free or cheap days out as I can. I live about 30 miles from the beaches of the east coast including Skegness and Sutton on Sea.
One of my favourite cheap days out with my kids is a visit to the beach, you can’t beat the seaside on a sunny summer day, sandcastles, the sea and sand in your sandwiches. Huttoft is my new favourite beach, there is a car terrace, so you park next to the beach and don’t have far to carry your bags, especially good for single parents on their own with children. There is a public toilet. When we went recently on a perfect summers day, there was an icecream van that arrived around 3pm, so we were able to get a lovely icecream and we had a fantastic day for the cost of 3 icecreams.
Sutton on Sea has happy memories for me, as my family had a chalet there, so we spent many summer days there and a few winter days too. It is a bit of a trek from the car park to the beach, but if you prefer a seaside town with a few more amenities then Sutton on Sea is ideal, with fish and chip shops or cafes and shops selling buckets and spades. There is also a lovely free outdoor paddling pool and a small children’s play area with a pirate’s ship and some outdoor gym equipment.
2. Hubbards Hills, Louth
If you are not one for the beach but still like some watery fun and a nice place for a picnic then another of my favourite free days out is Hubbards Hills, check out a previous post about Hubbards Hills.
3. The park
A nice park with a playground for the kids is a good free day out. One of the best free playgrounds I have found is Surfleet near Spalding. Situated behind Surfleet village hall you will find a big playing field, a brilliant playground and some outdoor gym equipment. The playground has a zip wire, slides and various other bits of play equipment, there are also plenty of seats for the adults to sit and read a book if they get a chance. Surfleet Village Hall Station Road, Surfleet, PE11 4BW
If I am in Horncastle with the kids, we tend to pop to the playground near Tesco’s car park, after we have had a quick wonder down by the river to look at the ducks.
4. A walk around a nature reserve
Lincolnshire has a variety of nature reserves from seaside Nature Reserves like Gibraltar Point near Skegness and Theddlethorpe near Mablethorpe to woodlands like Ostler’s Plantation near Woodhall Spa and Snipe Dales near Spilsby. Nature reserves are great places for children to explore wildlife and the natural world.
5. Walk or bike ride
If you haven’t time for a full day out but want to get out of the house with the children for a few hours, then there are some brilliant places to go for a walk or bike ride. One of my favourite walks is along the Witham riverbank, from Antons Gowt where there is a small car park, either right towards Langrick or left towards Boston. If you walk towards Boston there is a large metal viewing platform with good views across to Boston. Whereas walking towards Langrick there are a number of information boards and several wooden sculptures and sometimes you are lucky enough to see boats or barges go past.