Around NE Lincs in 80 Ways

Around North East Lincolnshire in 80 Ways!

We’ve created a handy list of 80 great things to do in North East Lincolnshire, many of which are free. How many of these you can check off the list this summer? We’d love to know so tag us in on social media using #80waysinNELincs or commenting on our posts on Facebook or Instagram.

  1. Find the imp in Grimsby Minster. Did you know that Grimsby has its very own Imp? It’s thought the imp was sent here from Lincoln who played naughty tricks and was turned into stone by an Angel!  Do also explore St James Square. View the murmuration public artwork by local artist Annabel McCourt created from the outlines of hundreds of volunteer residents. Etched into the pathway in the Square is Come Follow Me, artwork featuring references to Grimsby and its history through quotes, memories, stories and historical text. What will you find? FREE but do indulge in coffee and cake from the Minster’s cafe!
  2. Explore Weelsby Woods. It’s a great spot for a picnic. They have a play park and a café for coffees and ice cream. Did you know that the Woods were used as a camp for Italian prisoner of war during World War II?  FREE
  3. Hire a bike from the Cycle Hub. Located at Grimsby train station and Cleethorpes train station, you can hire a bike by the hour. They even have a tandem to hire!
  4. Learn about our fishing heritage at the award winning Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre where you can discover life for British trawlermen in a job described as the most dangerous peacetime occupation in the UK. 
  5. Splash around in Cleethorpes Paddling Pool, guaranteed fun! FREE but do enjoy an ice cream whilst you are there.
  6. Go on a dinosaur safari and discover the dinosaurs roaming many of our parks! Download the Love Exploring App to get started. FREE
  7. Have a go at Stand Up Paddleboarding – SUP for short! Cleethorpes SUP School are located at Brighton Slipway, near the RNLI building.
  8. Visit Grimsby’s town centre public park, People’s Park, and enjoy a meander around the lake, feed the ducks or just enjoy the grassed areas. A perfect place for dog walkers too. FREE
  9. Ride one of the oldest seaside miniature trains!  Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway has been delighting young and old for over 75 years.  The four-mile return journey offers a relaxing way to enjoy beautiful views along the picturesque coastline and is a fun way to travel from Cleethorpes Promenade to Humberston, near Haven Thorpe Park.  
  10. Walk the dog at Fitties Beach. This lovely beach is located at the south end of the resort and has beautiful sands to enjoy. It is a much loved beach by locals, holiday makers, dog walkers and kite surfers. There’s a car park for easy access. FREE  
  1. Learn about the planets that make up our solar system in our Space Walk available in a number of parks and locations. Download the Love Exploring App for locations. FREE
  2. Enjoy a dawn or sundown Paddleboarding session with Ebb & Flo on North Prom, who also offer family sessions, lessons and intro sessions.
  3. Row a boat or glide in a swan at Cleethorpes Boating Lake. You can also feed the geese and ducks. Look out for the black swan!
  4. Talk to the (exotic) animals at The Jungle Zoo, Cleethorpes. This family friendly, permanent exhibition of exotic animals is also a centre for rescued and endangered species.
  5. Walk in the footsteps of the Victorians and enjoy a stroll along Cleethorpes Pier. Opened in 1893, it was once 70 metres long and during the war, a hole was blasted in the decking to prevent the structure being accessed by Germans. FREE
  6. Enjoy the Aqua Disco at Cleethorpes Leisure Centre. Held every Friday 6.30pm to 8pm. Booking advisable.
  7. Do you love chocolate? Take part in a fun workshop that could get a bit messy! Chocolate making at Duffys Chocolate or Chocolat Story. Both adult and children’s sessions are available to book.
  8. Discover the RAF Grimsby Museum and exhibition at Waltham Windmill. Dedicated to the men and women that served at RAF Grimsby in World War II it is located in a former Nissen hut that once served as the WAAFs mess.
  9. Ride the Lollipop Land Train! This fun land train rambles along the coast from The Pier to Cleethorpes Leisure Centre on a daily basis during the summer.
  10. Walk along the River Freshney and you might spot James, the Canoe River Cleaner. James is organising family walks most Friday afternoons from early August. The walks will start at Morrisons car park and walk into Laceby village and along the river. This is a great opportunity to use this fabulous iSpy worksheet created by House With The Blue Door and tick them off. For details about the walks go to the All Things Good and Nice Facebook pageFREE
iSpy along the River Freshney
iSpy along the River Freshney – Image by House with the Blue Door
  1. Land Ahoy! Climb aboard the play ship when you play at Cleethorpes Sandpit. FREE
  2. Explore new places with FitRoutes. These waymarked routes of varying distances are all over North East Lincolnshire and suitable for all levels of ability. Choose from Urban, Rural or Trail, there are 14 and many are wheelchair and buggy friendly. FREE
  3. Grab your friends and get ready for a mission at Escapologist Cleethorpes. There are six rooms to escape from. This is a great activity for older children and adults too!
  4. Catch the latest blockbuster at Parkway Cinemas. This 9-screen cinema is located along the seafront at Meridian Point. It’s sure to be a great place to visit to keep cool on a hot sunny day and shows the latest blockbusters. Enjoy The Penguin Club, Saturday morning kids screening sessions.
  5. Discover Tin Town. In 1906 hundreds of houses, shops, pubs and even a hospital was built to house the thousands of labourers over the six years it took to construct Immingham Dock. Just one building remains and you can take a look around the Tin Bungalow. FREE (donations welcomed)
  6. Muster up your pennies and enjoy the seaside arcades.  Whether it’s ‘The Claw’, the tuppeny nudger or crazy fruits, have some fun on North Prom. Don’t forget to indulge in a seaside donut when you leave.
  7. Strike!! The Ten Pins are going down so enjoy a bowling session at Cleethorpes Bowl. Family friendly, the 16-lane alley can provide bumpers and ball ramps for children, even the little ones can join in.
  8. Join a waves session at Cleethorpes Leisure Centre. Open daily, don’t forget to go down the aqua slide!
  9. Grimsby’s Time Trap Museum is located in the basement of the Town Hall which was once the old police cells and prisoner exercise area.  Open Mondays to Fridays and occasionally some Saturdays.
  10. Learn silversmithing and make some jewellery. Local businesses Coastal Silver at Meridian Craft Units and Pretty Little Acorns in Humberston offer workshops to help you create a beautiful ring, bangle or necklace.
  1. Ride a donkey on the beach! Donkeys have appeared on Cleethorpes beach since the 1940s when Gladys and Buster Nuttall started with four pitches along the seafront. Nuttalls still operate today and children can enjoy the traditional seaside treat of a ride on the donkeys.
  2. Discover the RSPB Tetney Marshes. It’s a great walk and can be accessed from Fitties Beach car park. You can walk all the way to Tetney from here.  Look out for the hideouts used in WWII. FREE
  3. Uncover the history of Cleethorpes or Grimsby town centres by walking one of the heritage trails using your smartphone. Taking you around the town centre, the app shows you old pictures of buildings and tells you what they once were. FREE
  4. Find independent stores and #ShopLocal with a visit to Sea View Quarter and St Peter’s Avenue Cleethorpes. From butchers and bakers to cafes and makers, they are all there to be found!
  5. Discover the Mega Mini Beasts in parks across North East Lincolnshire! This newly launched game on the Love Exploring App shows you giant augmented reality mini beasts including beetles, ladybirds and butterflies.  You can even hunt Woodland Fairies on another game on the App. FREE
  6. Let’s go fly a kite! Up to the highest height! Choose a breezy day and take a kite out onto the beach and watch it soar in the sky. FREE [Kites are available to purchase in some shops in the resort]
  7. Enjoy an animal encounter at Nunnys Farm. Make sure you see the Alpacas!
  8. Do a wild swim in the sea! Get in touch with Cleethorpes SUP School as they often do an early morning dip.  Check the tide times on our website.
  9. Discover the story of the Pilgrim Separatists who fled England in 1608 and then travelled on the Mayflower ship to establish one of the first colonies in America by walking the Pilgrim Trail in Immingham. Start at the Museum and include a visit to view their interactive exhibition. FREE
  10. Get up early and see the sunrise and then Instagram it! Our sunrises and sunsets are renowned and in 2017 Cleethorpes Beach won an award for being the UK’s most beautiful following a study of Instagram posts. Check out the best time to get up to capture the sunrise (or sunset) FREE
Fitties Beach at Sunrise
  1. Enjoy indoor play at Magical Castle Cleethorpes.  There’s large 4-storey play frames with monkey bars, hamster wheel, balance beams, ball pools and lots of tunnels and slides!
  2. Go to the place where east meets west! The Greenwich Meridian Line has been marked in Cleethorpes since the 1930s and is located on the coastal path near Meridian Showground. FREE
  3. Visit the folly that is Ross Castle in Cleethorpes. Built as a visitor attraction in 1885 by the railway company, it has great views of the promenade and the Humber Estuary. FREE
  4. Discover a world of wheels and take to the roller rink! Enjoying an 80s resurgence, roller skating is a fun thing to do and great for fitness. Get your groove on and go to the Roller Disco. Held most Saturdays at Cleethorpes Leisure Centre 6-8pm. Grimsby Leisure Centre holds a Little Lincs Family Skate session for under 12s Fridays 3.30-5pm. Skate hire available.
  5. Visit the six-storied, six-sailed Waltham Windmill, built in the 1880s. The sails still grind wheat to produce flour and is available to purchase. The mill makes its own bread from the flour.  
  6. Get your motor running with a trip to Chequered Flag Karting at nearby Holton le Clay. The 700-metre outdoor circuit has junior karts for kids and is open daily.
  7. Visit the smallest pub on the planet – the Signal Box Inn! Located next to Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway, it has a newly extended beer garden and has a range of ales to choose from.
  8. Grab your scooter, BMX, inline skates or skateboard and get down to Ghetto Park in Freeman Street Grimsby. Special opening hours and sessions for the summer.
  9. Do a brewery tour at Docks Beers. Grimsby’s first commercial brewery in over 50 years, this craft brewery and taproom offers guided tours to learn about the process followed by a tasty tipple of their artisan beers.
  10. Play it cool with an ice skating session at Grimsby Ice Rink! Open daily with public sessions, family fun skating and a regular ice disco, its definitely the place to cool down if its hot and sunny outside!
Fun on the Ross Tiger at Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre
  1. Explore the original 1950s Ross Tiger, thought to be the oldest surviving diesel side-trawler in the UK, with a Tiger Tour when you visit the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre! Be entertained by former trawlermen who will be your guide and tell you tales of sea life and what life was like aboard.
  2. Check out events taking place at Docks Academy Grimsby. Located above the brewery and taproom, they host live music, performances and comedy.
  3. Discover the history of the industrial town of Immingham by visiting Immingham Museum. Learn how Immingham Docks was built and the town’s link to the Mayflower Pilgrims. Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday afternoons 1pm-4pm. FREE (donations welcomed).
  4. Walk a relaxing Mindfulness Trail in Cleethorpes Country Park. A soothing voice will talk to you as you walk around the park, helping you use your senses to absorb the sights, sounds and smells.  Available on the Love Exploring App, downloadable for free. FREE
  5. There’s some great shows to see at Grimsby Auditorium this summer. Pop Princesses, Ocean Colour Scene, Ireland the Show and Fireman Sam to name a few. You could even plan your nights out for this autumn.
  6. See the age-old smoking process of fresh fish with a Smoked Fish Tour at Alfred Enderby Grimsby. Using time honoured old traditions which led to the Protected Geographical Indicator award (PGI) for Grimsby Traditional Smoked Fish. Tours by arrangement.
  7. Get crafty! Paint pottery with The Paint Box on Cambridge Street or Pot Luck at Meridian Craft Units. With a wide selection of pottery to choose from, you’ll be creating a wonderful keepsake!
  8. Choose your next performance to attend at Caxton Theatre. They’re even auditioning for actors for their December production, Black Adder. They also run a thriving youth theatre, with Saturday morning sessions which will be back up and running after the summer break.
  9. Grab your cycles and go on a bike ride! With at least ten routes to choose from, you can explore urban, rural and coastal routes. FREE
  10. Enjoy a meander down North Prom, Cleethorpes. You’ll find the funky street furniture including tall wooden chairs you can use to look out to sea, the World Globe plastic recycling bin and some amazing shutter art on many businesses located there. Don’t forget to enjoy a freshly cooked donut, a slushy and/or ice cream – they’re a beachside staple! After dark, look out for the ‘Luminations’ artwork by Esther Rolinson featuring 190 different animations. FREE
Crazy golf fun
  1. Fore! What about some crazy golf fun? Head to Cleethorpes and take your pick of mini golf courses. There’s two located on Central Prom plus a putting green, one just near Dolphin Gardens and one located at Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway. If you want to be more serious, we have four fantastic golf clubs in the area, so hit the clubs with a round of golf.
  2. Go on an open top bus along the sea front! Ride Lolly or Splash, the Cleethorpes Seasiders. Full details and timetable on the Stagecoach website.
  3. Have a wander around Pier Gardens. Visit Dudley the Donkey, a sculpture honouring Gladys Nuttall who first brought donkeys to Cleethorpes beach in the 1940s. Also in Pier Gardens is the maze, Ross Castle, the RAF Memorial and the Armed Forces Gate. FREE
  4. Join a hands-on Bath Bomb making workshop at The Soap Shack located at Meridian Craft Units, Cleethorpes.
  5. Explore the beach and discover seashells. We get lots of oysters and cockleshells on our beach as well as driftwood and sea glass. Why not spend an hour or so beachcombing and then creating some artwork at home with your finds? FREE
  6. Grab your binoculars, get down to Cleethorpes beach and see what you can spot. Along with birds and wildlife, you can also spot lots of boats coming in and out of the Humber Estuary. Check out our web page for info and for the link for identifying ships in the Humber.  FREE
  7. Indulge in street food with a visit Freeman Street Market in Grimsby. From foot long fries and vegan pizzas to Greek giros and tasty pies, they have a great choice. Don’t forget the traditional fish and chips from The Pea Bung, one of the most famous destinations down Freeman Street who have been serving the people of Grimsby since 1883.
  8. Scoot along the sea wall with your scoot or cycle. There are great views out to sea and you can see the docks in the distance too. FREE
  9. GET IN THERE! and go and watch a Grimsby Town Football game. Check out the fixtures list.
  10. Walk the Wanderlust Way and see some of the Lincolnshire Wolds. This 20-mile circular walk takings you through field edge paths, tracks and minor roads meandering through villages including East Ravendale, Hatcliffe, Beelsby and Barnoldby-le-Beck. The walk starts and finishes at Bradley Woods and there are pubs along the way! FREE
Views of the Dock Tower from Barnoldby by Gary Davies Photography
  1. Join the Park Run on Saturday morning at Cleethorpes Country Park. Walk, jog or run this free, fun and friendly weekly 5k community event. Starts at 9am. You must register to take part. You can volunteer or spectate too. All welcome! FREE
  2. Visit the International Market taking place along Lower Kingsway Cleethorpes from Friday 5 to Sunday 14 August.
  3. Giddy up with the ponies and go horse riding with Cottagers Plot Equestrian at Laceby or join one of there many events including pony parties, summer camp and own a pony day.
  4. Indulge in some unique boutique shopping by visiting Abbeygate in Grimsby. Refuel at one of the cafes or restaurants.
  5. Join an Inflatables session at Cleethorpes Leisure Centre’s swimming pool held Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays during the school holidays.
  6. Discover local artists and makers who create a wide variety of products and artwork by visiting one of six artists shops – Arttopia, Original Emporium and Anything Goes all located in Cleethorpes, It Started With A Stitch The Shop located in Grimsby town centre, Vintage Lincs in Humberston and 19Seventy9 Arts & Crafts in Scartho village.
  7. Join a Wellness Walk with James Elliott of All Things Good & Nice CIC. Taking place on a Monday evening, typically 5 miles long, the walk is a great way to get out into the fresh air, observe nature, meet new people or just enjoy the outdoors and observe nature. FREE
  8. Test your patience and agility with a sea fishing trip! Businesses who offer trips locally include Bowline Charters Grimsby and Charter Boat Predator
  9. Enjoy an outdoor cinema experience at Meridian Showground. They’ve got three fab films showing this August – Mamma Mia, Dirty Dancing and The Greatest Showman Sing-a-long – to watch under the stars! Visit our events page to find out more.
  10. A trip to Cleethorpes and Grimsby is not complete unless you’ve had our amazing fish & chips!  Choose from one of the many fantastic restaurants and fish & chip cafes or pick up a takeaway to enjoy on the beach or seafront.

We hope you enjoy some of these fantastic activities.

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