I love the seaside! We have been lucky enough to already have been to the seaside this year, at Haven in Filey. This time I went just for a quick overnight seaside stay with my mum as an early birthday treat. I don’t remember having been to cleethorpes before, but my mum told me we did go when I was younger. I’ve heard many good things about it being lots of fun for kids, so I was eager to see what there was to do for Eric. This is what we got up at the seaside and what there is to do for toddlers in Cleethorpes.
Update: We went back to Cleethorpes Thorpe Park July 2018, it was SO HOT! 🙂
We stayed overnight in a B&B (The Driftwood) which was 5 minutes walk from the beach. The room was lovely and clean, very homely and I would recommend it to anyone! It was en-suite with toiletries provided and also had tea and coffee making facilities the bedroom.
After dumping our stuff we headed to the promenade which is easy to find and the train station is right next to it which is really convenient! Eric loved playing on the 2p machines… remember to gamble responsibly! Haha.
I can always remember my childhood memories from the seaside arcades… toddlers love all the bright lights, shiny things, toys, ride-ons, sweets, pennies and grabbers! Sadly, we didn’t win anything after spending a few quid. Better luck next time!
After a play in the arcades we got some chips, it would be rude not to! There are so many fish and chip shops, sweet shops and stick of rock; everything you expect at the seaside. We walked along the seafront up to the steam train.
Cleethorpes coast light railway is a lovely little gem and Eric absolutely loved it; he is obsessed with trains, so he couldn’t believe his eyes when he got to ride on a REAL, miniature steam train along the seafront. The railway was built in 1948 and is 4 mile long. It has won awards and is known for being the number 1 tourist attraction in Linconshire. There are 3 stops along the way, at the half-way point is the worlds smallest pub; signal box inn. We really enjoyed the ride and I would recommend it to anyone, with kids or not!
The steam train has a gift shop with a lot of Thomas the tank engine things! Eric went crazy for this so we had to get him a little gift. You could spend a lot of money in there. Haha. The whole experience was fun, it was definitely the highlight of the trip.
We had a return journey on the railway and afterwards hopped on the Lollipop Express land train which stops right outside the steam train. This is perfect for kids because two trains in one day = the best thing ever! The Lollipop express is £1 a journey and all children get a free lolly.
Sadly the weather wasn’t amazing, which is a shame. We still went on the beach a little bit though, before we went to a pub for dinner. The next day was rainy too, so we got the lollipop express train in the morning down to the jungle zoo.
The zoo had lots of animals and was £5.80 for adult admission. It is family-run and has an indoor jungle house and outside animals. They don’t accept card so be sure to have cash with you! We didn’t spend very long there because we all got hungry and had to catch a train back, so we got the lollipop express back to the central promenade and played in some arcades. The pier has a good fish and chip shop, so we got some chips before going to the train station. Yum!
It was a shame about the drizzly weather because the beach is lovely. It is huge, so much space and very sandy. On a sunny day it would be perfect.
Cleethorpes is small but this is perfect for toddlers. I loved how everything is close together and you don’t have to walk far or get a bus; it’s all within close distance or the lollipop express takes you there. There isn’t much for adults, and it is a little rough around the edges, but is really fun for kids. It has everything you need for a seaside trip and isn’t far from Sheffield on the train.
Have you been to Cleethorpes? Do you like the seaside or prefer the countryside?
Thanks for reading and watching! 🙂
For more beach related blogs, you can read our last Haven holiday trip at Reighton Sands in Filey here, and day trips to Bridlington and Scarborough here.