Ingoldmells, the parish to the north of Skegness, was the site of the UK's first holiday camp, started by Billy Butlin in 1936. Butlins is still there today, at the north end of the town, on the road to Ingoldmells. It maintains its appeal as a destination for family holidays, and attracts thousands to the resort in the low season with music weekends encompassing '60s, '80s, soul and other genres.

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On the main seafront road, Grand Parade, is the Embassy Theatre, fairground rides, amusement arcades, novelty outlets, a crazy golf course, fish and chip shops and other takeaways, and bars.

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The resort is served by two local newspapers - the Skegness Standard and the East Lindsey Target.

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Many of the hotels, guest-houses, self-catering flats and bed & breakfast establishments in and around the Skegness area are members of the Skegness East Coast and Wolds Hospitality Association, an association formed in April 2008 after the merging of two previous associations, the Skegness Hoteliers' Association, consisting of hotel, bed and breakfast and guest house accommodation providers, and the Skegness Self Catering Association, consisting of holiday flats, chalet and caravan parks.

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In 2008 and 2009, Skegness residents took part in the Skegness 2020 Vision initiative, set in motion by the town council, to draw up a Local Plan for the town.[52]

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Once the trains began rolling into town, Skegness soon burst into life as the successful seaside holiday resort we know today.

The parish authority is Skegness Town Council, which comprises five seats in each of four wards (St Clements, Scarbrough, Seacroft and Winthorpe) and a single seat in the newest ward (Brunswick Drive), making 21 seats in total.[49] The UK Independence Party are presently the largest group on the council.

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Saturday 24th September is the annual Goldwings illuminated bike parade in Skegness. If you fancy learning more there will be 2 Goldwings trikes outside the Hildreds on Saturdays 10th, 17th and 24th September so why not pop down and have a chat with the guys and gals. This year we are expecting more than 120 bikes to take part, so bring the family for a brilliant night out!

Lying within the historic county boundaries of Lincolnshire from a very early time, the parish of Skegness was in the Marsh division of the ancient Wapentake of Candleshoe in the Parts of Lindsey.

Under this scheme, a group of volunteers from a cross-section of the community led efforts to find out what the people of the town wanted to see change, and the things they wanted to remain. This was done through surveys and public consultations.

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At the end of Lumley Road is the town's clock tower, built in 1898-99 to mark Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897, and funded through public subscription. With the "Jolly Fisherman" mascot, it is the most recognised symbol of Skegness. The Diamond Jubilee Clock Tower became the subject of a hoax in the Skegness Standard on 1 April 2009, when the newspaper claimed that it was about to be dismantled and moved to a museum.[18] It is featured as a 3D rendering in Google Earth.[19]

In August 1642, a consignment of arms and money, probably raised by Queen Henrietta Maria in the Netherlands to support King Charles I's campaign in the civil war, was forced into Skegness by the ships of the Parliamentarian Earl of Warwick.[8]

The first Butlin's holiday resort opened in Skegness in 1936.

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Take a look at our stunning gallery, including images of the Skegness 2014 SO festival, the Olympic Tourch Relay and general images of the town taken throughout the season. The sun is just starting to shine in 2015, do you have any holiday pictures you would like to see on Skegness .net? If so please email us.

If you're looking for a seaside holiday that offers fun for all the family, in a UK location, then look no further than Skegness Pleasure Beach.

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Fine beaches link the coastal towns, and there are large caravan parks in the surrounding countryside. Skegness Water Leisure Park, a short distance to the north of the town, near Ingoldmells, has its own airfield, with two runways. PPR (Prior Permission Required) is stated for landing.

Skegness Town Council achieved Quality Status[50] in 2005; an official mark of recognition that it conducts its affairs well in areas including official procedures, the qualification of its clerk and the effectiveness of communications. However this accreditation has since become redundant due to the abolition of the scheme.[51]

The RNLI has a station in Skegness manned by a crew who are volunteers except for the coxswain, and equipped with two lifeboats - the all-weather Lincolnshire Poacher and a smaller dinghy-style inshore boat. The Coastguard have a base on the town's industrial estate.

The town's railway and bus stations are next door to each other at the bottom of Richmond Drive in the town centre.

On 22 May 2006, the Fairy Dell re-opened following a major refurbishment during which improvements were made to the pool such as clean-filtered water and extra water features.[39]

Lumley Road, High Street and Roman Bank are the main shopping areas. There are Lidl, Morrisons and Tesco supermarkets and an Iceland store in the centre of the town near the railway station. A Beale's department store is on Lumley Road. Hildreds Centre on Beresford Avenue, with its main entrance on the pedestrianised part of High Street, is a small shopping mall with a Cooplands, W H Smith's, Claire's and Home Bargains store.


The frequent rail excursions that brought visitors to Skegness in their thousands also gave rise to one of the town's best known icons - the cheerful and irrepressible Jolly Fisherman.

Skegness Stadium, just outside the town, hosts stock car racing throughout the year, with events such as truck racing, stunt shows, firework displays and caravan racing. Speedway racing was staged at the stadium in 1997.[45] The Skegness Braves failed in both of their attempts to operate there for a full season.

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Skegness has well-established twin town relations with Bad Gandersheim, a city in southern Lower Saxony, Germany, between Hannover and Kassel. Skegness Twinning Association has existed for more than 30 years, and the town plays host to its German visitors normally once every two years.[54]

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