Things to do in Ingoldmells
Just four miles north along the coast from our Haven Skegness Holiday Park, is the village of Ingoldmells. The town’s unique name comes from an old Norse phrase meaning sandbanks of Ingjaldr, and it is listed in the Domesday Book.
There are even older remnants of Roman occupation here too, including ancient saltworks. The parish church dates back to the 13th-century and is GradeI-listed. By contrast with its historical aspects, Ingoldmells is also the site of several big local attractions, each of which could warrant a day trip in itself. These include the region’s biggest theme park and one of the Lincolnshire coast’s best beaches.
Here we’ve listed just a few of the local diversions that you can enjoy at Ingoldmells.
1. Orchard Farm Equestrian
For something a little more relaxing, see the local beaches in style on a pony ride courtesy of Orchard Farm. All experience levels from novice to expert are catered for, and coaching and safety instruction is provided.
Beginners can try out horse-riding on quiet side streets and bridleways. More experienced riders can trot along the beach and through the surf on beautiful ponies. Two-hour sessions must be booked in advance.
2. Fantasy Island
If you have a hankering for adrenaline-fuelled excitement, head to the Fantasy Island theme park, where you’ll find every type of ride from toddler-friendly ones to corkscrewing roller coasters. There are over 30 rides in total, highlights of which include the multiply looping Millennium coaster and the twisting Odyssey, which looks like a snake tying itself in knots.
There are traditional fairground rides including dodgems, the spinning techno jump and the Wild River Rapids water flume ride. The site also contains what is billed as “Europe’s largest seven-day market,” with over 320 stalls offering plush toys, clothing, sporting goods, handbags, gadgets and a cornucopia of other products.
3. Jump Warriors Trampoline Park
The more energetic and daring of your group might enjoy a visit to this attraction, situated on Anchor Lane. This indoor facility offers a safe environment to try leaping and somersaulting on a range of different trampolines and fitness equipment.
Open bounce sessions are available, as well as child-friendly events for the under-5s, family sessions and even a disco on Friday nights with music and flashing lights.
4. Addlethorpe Golf and Country Club
This nine-hole course is a peaceful oasis, with long holes, many obstacles and very reasonable day rates. There’s a 16-bay driving range too, plus a clubhouse with hot food, snacks, and meals.
You can also play golf at the North Shore Golf Course in Skegness, a links course which boasts excellent seaside views. However, you’ll have to book well in advance unless you’re a member, especially in fine weather.
5. Lincolnshire Aviation Museum
East Kirkby, just 17 miles to the west of Ingoldmells, is one of several locations in the region where you can see historic aircraft. The Lincolnshire Aviation Museum is one of the best, including a fully restored Lancaster bomber, and rare Mosquito and Hampden planes.
There are a range of wheeled support vehicles too, plus a range of exhibitions and a NAAFI (traditional military canteen) to get a cup of tea and a snack, as well as grab yourself a military souvenir.
6. St Peter and St Paul Church
If you’re looking for a quiet place for reflection, and some signs of ancient Ingoldmells, then the 13th-century church and churchyard are well worth a visit. If you’re lucky, you’ll hear a rendition of eight bells. Look out for remains of Viking and Anglo-Saxon settlements nearby. The church itself dates back to at least 1205, when parish records first record services being held here.