This is part 2 of my post about our Cleethorpes holiday last week. On our first full day we took a wander down the beach path. About half way between the caravan park and the town, we stopped for an ice cream (well, it was a hot day, we needed to refresh and replenish!). We stopped at a cafe next to a play park/sand pit, which was alongside a boating lake, just up from a paddling pool, across from Meridian Point (soft play, cinema, bowling, shopping). This is all just a path’s width from the beach too. The cafe is set in the Discovery Centre which is also an art gallery and has toilets and baby change facilities.
I wish I could give more info about the activities but we didn’t actually make it past the sand pit that first day. Kids were totally entertained and we were sunbathing. Easy, easy way to please everyone. We didn’t make it on to the lake so I’m not sure how much the boat hire is (can’t find it on google either) but if it follows the regular trend of Cleethorpes it won’t be extortionate. We did intend to go paddling but the pool was closed. Here’s what we were hoping for.
In fact this spot was so good that when we eventually made it into town, it was a bit of an anti-climax. There is not a great deal to do in the centre of Cleethorpes. Unless you love fish and chips (the Leaky Boot is my family’s favourite). There were a few pretty boutiques and a great deli/cafe that does the best hot chocolate I have ever tasted. I have racked my brains trying to think of the name. I’ve even googled it and can’t find it. It was a French name on a corner with courtyard seating. Maybe I imagined it!
Anyway, that hot chocolate was the highlight. So if you have kids under five and are just wanting to spend the day in Cleethorpes, my suggestion is head to the boating lake.