Mablethorpe....a place close to all our hearts!The times may have changed but Mablethorpe is here to stay!
As a child every schol holiday had its highlight of the family trip to Mablethorpe.A small seaside resort on the East Coast.While there are many reviews..and many people out there that will slander the place and say its not with the times,a little dirty and such it will always have a special place in my hearts and many others.
It may be a little old fashioned,not have the fast rides,the brightest lit amusements but it has all that is needed for a family day out.The seal sanctuary could do with a bit of an upgrade but if they are using the best they have to give the seals the best chance they can then thats all that matters.The arcades are well lit and have plenty of 2p machines that are vital to keep the kids quiet!There are plenty of teddy machines and little rides that are still at the old rates of 20-30p.
The beach has been cleaned up and if you have a dog you can walk along the seafront to trustthorpe where the dogs are allowed on the beach.It may not be the Costa but for a day out and some family time with your kids,a run on the beach,a walk around the usual random seaside shops Mablethorpe is a must.As a kid i loved it,my kids now love it....surely they are the better judges?!
The beach has been cleaned up and the sand train running up to the seal sanctuary was great fun, splashing along the shallows. We enjoyed seeing the seals and visited when they were preparing to release a recovered seal back to the sea. We liked the dinosaur time line walk, and the other animals too. The Lynx are awesome, and there is a cafe and a gift shop too. I got one of the parrots talking to me and dancing! The children liked the monkeys best, but I liked the snowy owls. Definitely straight out of Harry Potter films.
Situated near one of the scummiest beaches in Lincolnshire, no wonder these seals need a sanctuary. Looking part fish, part mammal, these sad-eyed creatures are more than mere whale-food, and they are brought here to convalesce after being picked up along the coast. The first thing to greet you as you enter is the vetinary centre with a small pool, home to a couple of ailing seal pups.
The animal gardens aren't just about seals, however. At one time this was just a zoo. It has rebranded itself as a rescue centre and placed a lot more emphasis on providing vetinary care. But it has kept some of the style of a zoo, with animals and birds on display.