For our first Mazda Bongo camping trip of 2021 (our driveway campouts over lockdown don’t count), the beach was calling! Living in the Peak District, we are rather lacking in beach options. But just a 2.5hour drive away are the expansive sandy beaches of Mablethorpe on the Lincolnshire coastline.
Disclaimer: TraveLynn Family were provided with a complimentary two night stay at Mablethorpe Camping and Caravanning Club Site in exchange for social media coverage and this honest review. As always, these are all my own words.
Now when I booked this camping trip, I imagined lounging on a sun-drenched beach and perhaps even a little paddle in the sea (with wetsuits on – well it is May!), before returning back to the campsite for beers outside the Bongo.
Obviously the weather did not want to play ball, and heavy rain was forecast for the entire weekend. But we are TraveLynn Family, and we don’t let a bit of rain stand in the way of adventure! And plus, with well-timed LUDO games, we actually managed to dodge the worst of the weather.
And you know what? It really was a very lovely weekend away. Bongo time for us is all about getting away from the everyday distractions at home and enjoying our time together whilst exploring somewhere new. Plus, in the right gear, the beach is fun in all weathers!
Where is Mablethorpe Camping and Caravanning Site?
Situated just outside the seaside town of Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire, just 1 mile from the beach.
We took our bikes as it’s an easy (and flat!) cycle to the beach. Although do note that the road does get rather busy as you approach the sea, but little ones can cycle on the pavement here.
When did we visit?
We stayed two nights from Friday 14th May to Sunday 16th May. Facilities were closed during our visit due to social distancing restrictions, so we are unable to comment on them.
What we loved about Mablethorpe Camping and Caravanning Site
- Pitches are large and even. Hard standing pitches available, as well as EHU.
- A very clean site.
- It’s an easy, flat cycle (or walk) to the beach – just 1 mile.
- It’s also an easy cycle (or walk) to the shop where there is a Lidl supermarket (handy if, like us, you’ve forgotten to pack the frying pan) – just 1 mile.
- Playground for the kids.
- Free WIFI.
The facilities were still closed for our visit and so we can’t comment on them.
What we didn’t like so much Mablethorpe Camping and Caravanning Site
- The campsite manager wasn’t happy that our ETA on Friday was 8pm (as they close at 8pm) and I had to explain that that was the earliest we could get there. We actually ended up arriving later as our roof cupboards fell off in the Bongo! We called ahead, and the staff on site were absolutely fine about our 8:20pm arrival and we received a very warm welcome.
- Strict rules. No ball games, and no kites (despite there being a large, open area). Also no portable firepits are allowed (including those off the ground), but disposable BBQs are allowed.
What is there to do in Mablethorpe?
Mablethorpe does have that typically tired feel of many British seaside resorts, but in a way, that adds to its charm.
- Eat fish n chips. It’s likely to be the best fish n chips you’ve ever tasted! There are lots of fish n chips shops dotted around town and the seafront. Dessert is obviously a Mr Whippy.
- Cycle along the prom. There’s a wide and even prom running along the seafront. You can cycle all the way to Skegness if you want! Just be weary of which direction the wind is coming, as against the wind will be much harder going!
- Play on the beach. The sand here is really lovely and the beach wide. Easy to find a spot to play. If you’ve forgotten your bucket and spades, you can purchase from one of the shops on the seafront.
- Go crazy on the rides. There is a small fairground right on the prom. Entry is free, and you pay individually for the rides. There is also Crazy Golf further along the prom.
- Take photos next to the pretty beach huts. Whilst some of the beach huts are in need of a lick of paint, there are still some lovely ones for that quintessential English seaside snap.
Final thoughts on Mablethorpe Camping and Caravanning Site
We always love a campsite where there are easy cycle tracks from the campsite for families (and one of the reasons we love camping in France so much). Add to that the stunning beach and the best fish n chips we’ve had in years, well it made for a really lovely seaside camping getaway.
Despite the strict rules and the weather, Mablethorpe Camping and Caravanning Site is a lovely base for a weekend and close to one of the nicest beaches on the Lincolnshire coastline.
How to book Mablethorpe Camping and Caravanning Site
Click here to head over to the Camping and Caravanning website to book your stay online and check prices.
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