What a scorcher!: Thousands flock to beach in Skegness

Visitors flocked on to the beach in Skegness. Photo: Julie Sadler Photography ANL-190422-065655001
Visitors flocked on to the beach in Skegness. Photo: Julie Sadler Photography ANL-190422-065655001

Skegness hadn’t seen crowds like this so early in the season for years as cars streamed into Skegness on Easter Sunday bringing families to soak up the record temperatures.

Thousands headed for the beach while others relaxed and enjoyed live music at the Pier Beach Bar and Lumley Bar and Restaurant.

Families in the shadow of the Clock Tower. Photo: Julie Sadler Photography ANL-190422-065726001

Families in the shadow of the Clock Tower. Photo: Julie Sadler Photography ANL-190422-065726001

Even the animals at Natureland couldn’t get enough of the sunshine. Richard Yeadon said: “It’s great to see Skegness bursting with visitors again enjoying this wonderful spell of sunshine,

“It’s got the season off to a flying start. All the animals here at Natureland seem to be enjoying it too - the meerkats are sunbathing, the tropical butterflies are breeding well and, of course, our seals love this weather too.

“We still have lots of rescued pups in our hospital and pools but are hoping to release more back to the wild in the next few weeks.

“It’s been a really busy year on the rescue front, so far we have had 55 seals needing our help since last summer, so the extra visitors over Easter really helps fund this work that we do. Let’s hope this great weather continues.”

Just strolling. Photo: Julie Sadler Photography ANL-190422-065737001

Just strolling. Photo: Julie Sadler Photography ANL-190422-065737001

Visitors started flocking in on Good Friday.

Steve Andrews, manager at the Hildreds Centre in Skegness, said the town was packed. He said: “It was a great Good Friday, very busy and the town was packed.

“It is lovely seeing the town doing well.”

The Hildreds has had a special Easter display featuring Dumbo to help raise funds and awareness for Nigel the Puma at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park, who is going blind and needs another bespoke enclosure building to help him not bump into things.

Car parks were overflowing. Photo: Julie Sadler Photography ANL-190422-065847001

Car parks were overflowing. Photo: Julie Sadler Photography ANL-190422-065847001

East Lindsey District Council also reported a busy time along the coast. Assistant Director responsible for tourism at the District Council, Neil Cucksey, said: “East Lincolnshire remains one of the most visited holiday destinations in the country and it’s been another bumper weekend for businesses along the coast and in the Wolds.

“This is a really important time of year for businesses that rely on tourism and we’re very much hoping the great weather continues!”

Easter is promised to go out with a bang on Wednesday with an explosive fireworks event at Fantasy Island in Ingoldmells.

Time to relax and soak up the sun. Photo: Julie Sadler Photography ANL-190422-065711001

Time to relax and soak up the sun. Photo: Julie Sadler Photography ANL-190422-065711001

Skegness Pier full of people enjoying the sea breeze. Photo: Julie Sadler Photography. ANL-190422-065810001

Skegness Pier full of people enjoying the sea breeze. Photo: Julie Sadler Photography. ANL-190422-065810001

Meerkats sunbathing at Skegness Natureland. ANL-190422-094439001

Meerkats sunbathing at Skegness Natureland. ANL-190422-094439001

The Pier Beach Bar was packed for the live music. Photo: Julie Sadler Photography ANL-190422-065747001

The Pier Beach Bar was packed for the live music. Photo: Julie Sadler Photography ANL-190422-065747001

The new outside area at the Lumley Bar and Restaurant was packef for the live musiic. ANL-190422-065821001

The new outside area at the Lumley Bar and Restaurant was packef for the live musiic. ANL-190422-065821001

Traffic building in Ingoldmells. ANL-190420-085208001

Traffic building in Ingoldmells. ANL-190420-085208001

The Easter Dumbo display in the Hildreds Centre, Skegness,  raising money for the Lincolnshire Wildlife Park. ANL-190420-085225001

The Easter Dumbo display in the Hildreds Centre, Skegness, raising money for the Lincolnshire Wildlife Park. ANL-190420-085225001