Annual Events in Skegness: Mark Your Diary!

Skegness is so much more than just a seaside resort…

Each and every year, hordes of businesses, hobbyists, car enthusiasts and music lovers head to our town to enjoy some of the biggest events in their niche.

From classic car rallies, to folk music festivals, featuring some of the biggest international names in the world; thanks to the world-class hospitality that we’ve been offering for the past 80 years, we’ve built a reputation for being a welcoming and warm town that can deal with the demands of thousands of people on a daily basis.

The hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, chippies, pubs and bars are ready and waiting to serve you on your next trip to Skegness, so why not plan to stop by for one of the regular festivals or events and see what all the fuss is about.

SO Festival

The first SO Festval (named after the iconic ‘Skegness is SO bracing’ slogan) took place in 2009. Funded and ran by East Lindsey District Council, in conjunction with Arts Council England, the festival is a riotous affair, celebrating the arts and entertainment in the glorious outdoors. Festival highlights over the years have included Les Commandos Percu & Deabru Beltzak, open-air opera screenings and a map of Skegness recreated in cake.

When? End of June-Start of July

Where? Spilsby, Horncastle, Alford, Marblethorpe, Skegness

Skegness Scooter Rally

For one weekend in August, the streets of Skegness come alive with the roar of mopeds and scooters. The Skegness Scooter Rally is a weekend long event that brings together many of the local Scooter clubs and societies for a weekend of cruising and fun competitions. Its a family friendly event, money is raised for charity and there’s live music. This year entertainment came from The Modfellas, Not Quite Geoff and The Beat.

When? Early August

Where? Skegness

Skegness Carnival

The event of the year in Skegness takes place for a week each year in August. Whilst all eyes are on the streets for the final day parade, there are loads of great activities and competitions that take place throughout the week leading up to it. Book the week off and come to Skegness for Carnival week, where you can enjoy everything from an open mic night, to a sand sculpting competition and pet show!

When? Mid-August 2018

Where? Skegness

The Great British Rock & Blues Festival

Butlins first opened it’s door to eager British holidaymakers all the way back in 1936 and Skegness was the very first location that it opened at. 80 years later and the holiday resort is still a massive draw for the town, bringing hundreds of thousands of people to Skeggy every year to enjoy the Summer sun. The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes in though; during the winter you can see the very best British Blue and Rock artists all within the grounds of Butlins!

When? January 19th-22nd 2018

Where? Butlins, Skegness


Skegness Stadium was constructed back in 1977 as a greyhound racing track. For twenty years it served this purpose, until 1997 when the track was converted for the purposes of speedway racing. Today the stadium plays hosts to regular stock car racing events, including truck shows and motorbike stunt performers. If you want to see what happens when a monster truck barrels into a pile of sports cars (hint: an explosion of vintage Porsche parts) or a thrilling caravan race, then head down to the Winternationals, their biggest event of the Winter season.

When? November 19th 2017

Where? Skegness Stadium