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Mablethorpe and the coast...

Mablethorpe which is closely linked with Sutton on Sea and Sandilands is renowned for its award winning, vast, sandy beaches and has remained unchanged and unspoilt for many years. Mablethorpe remains a popular seaside resort for local residents and tourists alike. The area comes alive during the summer season and returns to its relaxed, easy paced lifestyle for the remainder of the year, offering something for everyone.


The town was visited by Alfred Lord Tennyson in the 19th century. Some parts of the town are named after the poet including Tennyson Road.


Mablethorpe is the destination for the Morel family's first holiday in the D. H. Lawrence novel, Sons and Lovers, published in 1913. "At last they got an answer from Mablethorpe, a cottage such as they wished for thirty shillings a week. There was immense jubilation. Paul was wild with joy for his mother's sake. She would have a real holiday now. He and she sat at evening picturing what it would be like. Annie came in, and Leonard, and Alice, and Kitty. There was wild rejoicing and anticipation. Paul told Miriam. She seemed to brood with joy over it. But the Morel's house rang with excitement."



Primary schools: Mablethorpe Primary School - Sutton on Sea Primary School - Theddlethorpe Primary School



Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea have a good range of shops and amenities such as supermarkets, butchers, bakers, banks, library, cinema, sports centre and medical practice. There are also public houses, cafes, restaurants, guest houses and hotels.


Just a couple of miles down the coast is the town of Sutton on Sea and the village of Sandilands which is popular for its 18 hole Links Golf Course. Inland are the market towns of Alford and Louth. 

Alford and the Wolds...

The small historic market town of Alford is situated on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is within easy reach of the coastal resorts of Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea with its regular outdoor markets twice a week. The market town is complimented in the summer months with the craft market. 


Alford Manor House is the historic focal point of the town along with St Wilfreds Church. The Manor House was given to the town by Dorothy Higgins, whose grandfather had once lived there. It is a Grade 2 listed building and is thought to be one of Englands largest thatched Manor Houses. Open to the public it is also available to hire for functions.


The town also boasts its own five sailed working windmill which has been fully restored and is open as a tourist attraction.



Primary schools: Alford Primary School - Huttoft Primary School - Willoughby Primary School

Secondary schools: Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School & John Spendluffe Foundation Technology College.



Alford has a good range of independant shops which include a supermarket, general stores, bakers, newsagents, hairdressers, greengrocers, hardware store, post office, carpet shops, pet shop, chemist and butchers. There are also public houses, restaurants and hotels.


Alford is a short drive from the coast including Mablethorpe and Skegness. A similar distance inland will take you to the market towns of Louth and Horncastle.

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