Category: What’s On

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

Winternationals

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

Useful Local Businesses Are Here To Help!

Suit Hire? Van man? Caterer?

Don’t worry: Skegness has you covered!

On top of being one of the premier tourist destinations for the UK, Skegness is also full of fantastic local businesses with decades of experience in their local fields. In addition to a great selection of some of the best high street stores, there are thousands of hardworking individuals throughout Skegness that are more than eager to help you out with whatever service you require. All you need to do is ask!

We’ve compiled a little list of some of the most trustworthy businessman in Skeggy, who you can rely on to help you out in a moment’s notice:

Skegness Removals & Storage

Established all the way back in 1986, business owner Ron Smith has a tonne of experience in his chosen business. His fleet of blue vans are a familiar sight here in Skegness and his drivers are well known for being friendly and reliable. Ron’s covers the entirety of the mainland, so whether you’re moving into or out of Skegness, he’s more than happy to help you with any of your removal and storage needs.

Practical Car & Van Rental

Whether you’re looking to rent a beast of a motorhome to cruise around the country or a modern vehicle to drive through some of the nearby AONBs that surround Skegness, then Practical have what you need. Fancy picking the car up in Skeggy and dropping it off at another city? No problem – because Practical is a franchised company, you can arrange to do exactly that, giving you plenty of flexibility when it comes to car hire.

Dapur Yali

Are you in need of first-class catering for your event in Skegness? Instead of ordering in the standard Sandwich Buffet, why not go one step further and book these locally based Indonesian caterers? Specialising in the fantastically vibrant food of their home country, they’re also skilled English cooks whose cakes are perfect for Birthdays and Weddings! This small company is based is nearby Spilsby, but have no qualms with travelling further afield for the the work.

Greenwoods Suit Hire

Greenwoods have been providing the people of Great Britain with elegant suits for over 150 years now. Whether you’re looking for traditional black tie attire for a wedding or a more sombre charcoal suit for a funeral – this long-running establishment has the right look for you. Stocking classic styles as well as more more modern numbers, this branch of Greenwoods is a perfect place to visit if you’re in need of a suit in a hurry – they also provide a great delivery service!

Butchers 4U

It’s Summer time – the beach is buzzing, your belly’s rumbling, there’s only one thing that you should be thinking of sorting out: a BBQ. Grab a disposable job from a local supermarket and then head to Skegness’ premium purveyor of meat goods: Butchers 4U. Just ask them for one of their BBQ offers which will set you up with a big variety of meats for the perfect summer BBQ feast!

G & T Hunting Outdoor

You’ll have to be at least 18 years of age to buy your first Airgun, but if you’re keen on getting some target practice in at the Lincolnshire Shooting Centre, then you’ll need to gear up at the best Gun Shop in town. G & T Hunting Outdoor might have some odd opening hours, but their customer service is always highly praised.

[If you’re struggling to find the right stuff there, then you can always check out this sporting wholesale site instead.]

Skegness News Catch Up

Political Upheaval, Flood Warnings for Residents and Intrepid Explorers

This week in the news…

Mayor of Burgh-le-Marsh Resigns

Coun Dave Fenton (left) only lasted a few weeks in his position as Mayor of Burgh-Le-Marsh.

Mere weeks after taking up the mantle of Mayor of Burgh-le-Marsh, Coun Dave Fenton has resigned. In a statement to local newspaper, the Skegness Standard, he expressed his regret at not being able to continue working in his role, citing ‘an unpleasant episode’ as the reason for his departure.

Fenton is a business man living in semi-retirement, working in the internet marketing sector. His work in the community as a black belt karate instructor and exercise teacher helped him secure his position as Mayor just over a month ago, however it appears that there might have been some internal issues within the office that forced his early resignation.

After being reported to the councillor’s Monitoring Officer by an undisclosed individual, Mr. Fenton was forced to defend himself against a code of conduct investigation. No further action was taken after the investigation was completed, with the aid of the Lincolnshire Police, however the Mayor felt that his resignation was the best option for everyone concerned.

Environmental Agency Warns of Flooding

A photograph taken from the 1953 floodings that left 200 people homeless. Credit. Rod Collins (2013)

During Skegness’ 999 Day, residents of the town were warned that could be at great risk of flooding in the future. The Emergency Day was part of the Skegness Carnival programme of events that took place between 13th-18th August this year. For this day of the festivities, the public got the chance to meet teams from the emergency services, who put themselves at risk on a daily basis for the public good.

In addition to giving eager listeners a perspective into the kind of lives that these people live, these everyday heroes were giving invaluable advice on how to lead safer lives, so that they would not have to meet these members of the public again under more serious circumstances. One of these tips came from Michelle Scott, the Flood Resilience Officer for the Environment Agency, who urged the public to register for a free flood warning service.

She warned that because Skegness sits in a low-lying area it is at a high risk of flooding and, although weather forecasts are becoming more accurate, the warning system is in place to give residents a better chance of reacting to the risks to both themselves and their property when a flood is imminent. Those who would like to register their interest can call 07881 258406 or visit www.gov.uk/flood

Great Wall of China to Be Conquered By Skeggy Locals

Two local Skegness ladies are going to be trekking the Great Wall of China this October in aid of the British Heart Foundation. Elaine Blair, 39, and Martyne Silvester, 47, are friends from work. The intrepid ladies work together at the popular North Shore Holiday Centre and have taken it upon themselves to raise £6,000 for the UK-based charity.

The British Heart Foundation has been working for over 50 years to fund cutting edge research on the types of diseases that effect the most people in the country. Coronary Heart Disease is the number one killer in the UK, with 160,000 people dying from heart or circulatory related diseases every year. Both Elaine and Martyne have been effected by Heart Disease and have decided to raise awareness and funds for the charity by taking on this mammoth challenge.

If you’d like to sponsor the ladies on their trek of the Great Wall of China then you can donate to their Just Giving page right here.

The Carnival Has Begun!

For those of you who’ve somehow managed to miss it so far – the Skegness Carnival Week has begun!

From the 13th-18th August, Skegness becomes chock full of visitors as our, now legendary, Carnival gets into swing. This year the theme for the Carnival is the Circus, a theme that is totally in line with the vibe of this vibrant and exhilarating town.

It’s not too late to get in on the action, just drop whatever you’re doing, book yourself some accommodation and drive yourself straight over to the East of the country to experience one of the greatest Carnival experiences that the UK has to offer!

Here’s a quick run down on of what’s going on this week for the Carnival:

Skegness Carnival mascot, Carnival Charlie will once more be out and about in the town, so be sure to keep an eye out for him.

As always, judges will be out and about in search of this year’s Skegness Carnival Queen, Princess and Rosebud. If you’d like your daughter to be considered for the award then you can email the carnival organisers using this email: royalty@skegnesscarnival.com

Whatever you do, make sure you don’t miss all fun that will be going down at Skegness this week!