Family Caravan Holidays in Historic Skegness

Skegness (UK) is located along the East Lincolnshire coast of the North Sea, 43 miles east of Lincoln City, Skegness has a resident population of around 19,000. It swells to 10+ times that during the holiday season. It is very popular with all ages but a real family seaside resort.

Skegness has its roots in the 9th century during the Viking (Danish) invasions to the east coasts of England. They established a medieval harbour town, which has gradually grown into the tourist paradise we enjoy today. The name Skegness is derived from the Danish for nose and beard, as the Danes would says "skęg" and "nęs" because, as some claim that Skegness geographically resembles those very features. Other similar tales refer to "Skeggi" meaning the bearded one!

Although "Skeggi" has been in existence since the 9th century there is no reference to a village named Skegness (or similar) in the Domesday Book. The original Viking settlement to the east of the current town was washed away by the sea in the early sixteenth century.

In 1881 Skegness boasted it's very own 1,843 foot (562 m) long pier, opened on Whit Monday. At that time it was the fourth longest pier in England and saw steamboat trips run from the pier to The Wash between1882 and 1910.
(*** Picture Courtesy of "East Coast Piers" ***)

Skegness Pier

In 1919, the Skegness Pier was damaged by a drifting ship. Amazingly, it took nearly twenty years to raise the money to fully repair it.

Tourism started to take a hold in the early 1900's as train travel became more accessible and affordable. To encourage excursions the Great Northern Railways commissioned a poster to advertise the resort. The now famous 'Skegness is so Bracing' poster was 'born' featuring The Jolly Fisherman. This (and still does) help to put Skegness on the UK holiday map. The poster was drawn by John Hassall (an illustrator) for a sum of 12 guineas. Paradoxically, Mr Hassall never visited Skegness resort until 1936.

Billy Butlin saw the potential in holidays for the masses in Skegness as he built and opened the first of Butlin's holiday camp which opened in 1936. Three years in 1939 (World War II) later the camp was taken over for military use. The camp reopened in 1946, after the war.

Post war, Skegness still had it's trials and tribulations but got off lightly during the great East Coast Flood of 1953, as the sea defences had been strengthened and new promenades built to the sea walls. Alas, 25 years on, in 1978 another great storm almost destroyed the pier. Thankfully, even though severely shortened, it was able to be repaired and improved. So we can all still enjoy our favourite east coast seaside pier.

Skegness with over ten miles of 'golden' beaches has become the well-loved and popular English holiday destination. It has great views out to the vast North Sea and a whole host of activities and local amenities. The seaside town has gone from strength to strength over the last 20+ years with massive investment in caravan, camping and holiday accommodation to cater for public demand.

On the coast you have all the typical features of a seaside town with the beach, candy-floss, fish and chip stalls and donkey rides. Skegness has achieved the European Blue Flag of Safety, meaning that the seas are clean and safe enough to enjoy care free.

So popular is Skegness, that the local economy relies heavily on tourism. And the town has to keep the visitors of all ages coming back to Skegness, So the town has managed to provide pretty much, something for every one of all ages, all-year-round. Activities, events, sports, attractions, theatre, arts, festivals, retails, indoor, outdoor and community projects keep the people interested and keep them coming in their tens of thousands.

So with Skegness (and nearby Ingoldmells, Chapel St Leonards, Mablethorpe & Cleethorpes) you get the whole 'seaside holiday' package, whether you are 3 or 103! There are so many accommodation options for all budgets. Try the many holiday parks, campsites, Skegness caravan rentals and local hotels for whatever style of accommodation you are looking for. Mainly though, Skegness is a family based holiday resort and so caters well for that kind of budget and needs so most families plump for a Skegness caravan holiday rental. That's evident by the sheer number of caravan parks and private owner caravans for hire in the Skegness area. You won't miss them they are everywhere... and what joy they bring to holiday makers.

So there's no doubt that Skegness is here to stay and its history shows that invasions, storms and even a war cannot stop us holidaying in glorious Skegness... now that's bracing!!

Source: ArticleBase About the Author: Writing about Skegness Caravan Holidays on behalf of the Coastal Caravan Group for Skegness and Ingoldmells Holiday Caravans, Lincolnshire. A directory of private holiday caravan rentals and family accommodation for hire in Skegness, Ingoldmells, Chapel St Leonards, Mablethorpe and Cleethorpes,.

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