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In Skegness, the old traditions and retro pleasures of a British seaside resort are alive and well – a long, sparklingly clean swathe of golden beach backed by a candy-striped deck chair-strewn promenade, complete with amusement arcades and a wooden pier. Its golden era – before the commercial airlines of the 1960s whisked holidaymakers abroad – might have come to an end, but that hasn't stopped 1,000s of visitors from flocking to Skegness bed and breakfasts for some summer sun and a walk down memory lane every year. This is a family-orientated place where kids can ride the mini roller coasters, munch ice creams and ride donkeys, in between making castles in the sand and braving the chilly North Sea. In a nutshell, it's British seaside fun at its very best.
Skegness bed and breakfasts are the heartbeat of accommodation in the resort. Most visitors swear by the converted Victorian terraced guesthouses that offer handfuls of visitors or whole families comfortable little seaside boltholes, a veritable home-away-from home. Most practice the old ways of traditional bed and breakfasts – a warm welcome, a comfortable guestroom and a hearty breakfast. Some have quaint manicured gardens or views out over the sea from the guestroom windows, and you can wake up to the sounds of crashing waves in the morning. Others offer free parking, dinner in the evenings and family suites large enough for all the kids. It's easy to find the right Skegness bed and breakfast on Expedia – just filter by location and price, then scroll down through the photos and descriptions.
Whichever you pick, you can expect most of the trappings of home when you check into your guestroom – hot drink-making facilities, comfortable double beds, flat-screen TVs and private ensuite bathrooms. Every morning, there'll always be a hearty English breakfast waiting, your plate piled high with bacon and eggs, best accompanied by strong coffee or milky tea. It's the perfect way to set you up for the day. Looking for a different type of break? Why not try the urban sprawl and fascinating attractions of Manchester, just a short distance away?
Skegness is perfectly suited to family adventures. What kid or kid at heart wouldn't enjoy a trip to Fantasy Island Holiday Park, with its rides and roller coasters? Or, hurtling around the track in a Honda engine-powered go kart at Kartworld? Or, a trip on the ghost train or Ferris wheel at the pleasure beach? There's grown up things to do, too, like catching a show at The Embassy Theatre, which has hosted the likes of Jools Holland and Jimmy Carr, or the golf course, whose sunny 18-holes make for the perfect place to tee off. If all else fails, you could always nab some sticks of rock and fish and chips and stroll down onto the beach for a little family fun on the sand. At the end of the day, there's a long list of fine places to grab a bite to eat, from cosy little pubs serving up traditional fare to locally-run restaurants. Then, it's back to the comfortable surroundings of your Skegness bed and breakfast for a good night's sleep, before you do it all again, tomorrow.