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Written by linzeeloulabelle on 06 Jan, 2012
Cleethorpes is the neighbouring town to my home town of Grimsby. Due to them being so close, many people class them as the same place. The town has a population of just over 30,000 and it is twinned with the town of Königswinter in Germany.…Read More
Cleethorpes is the neighbouring town to my home town of Grimsby. Due to them being so close, many people class them as the same place. The town has a population of just over 30,000 and it is twinned with the town of Königswinter in Germany. A popular term used to describe going to Cleethorpes by locals is calling it 'Meggies'. I have no idea what people call it this and I doubt I will ever find out. Cleethorpes is actually a seaside town and from Grimsby, it takes about 30 minutes on a bus to get there or about 10 if you take the train. All of the buses, and the train, go pretty much straight to the beach or a 2 minute walk away from it. The beach itself runs for miles and it can take you quite some time to walk the whole length of it. I don't actually think I have ever done it because it's so long. Not a lot of the beach itself is anything but sand but there are a few little rides for the kids and donkey rides during the warmer months. The beach really isn't the main attraction of Cleethorpes though. Along the promenade are lots of arcades. Here, you can spend as many 2ps as you like and probably not win anything. There are classic bandit machines as well as shoot em up style machines. Yes, the arcades are a complete waste of money but they are also a lot of fun. One of the arcades has a small bowling alley costing £2 per person per game so this is a good way to keep the kids entertained for less money than sticking it in the machines. I can remember my Nanna and Grandad always taking me and my sister here as kids and giving us a couple of bags of coins each to completely waste. I used to love it! Another thing Cleethorpes is well known for is the theme park Pleasure Island. In regards to how far away it is from the beach, probably at least a 20 minute walk. The prices are insane. Last time I went it was £7 to get in but that was about 10 years ago now. Each year the prices rise and the rides don't get much better but normally just before it opens for the season, there are vouchers flying around all over the place giving you reduced entry. If you can get these, it's not a bad place for the kids but for adults, there aren't many thrilling rides. Cleethorpes is also home to the football ground of Grimsby Town FC. It is one of the only football clubs to have it's grounds in another town. Now, I don't know a lot about football but I do know Grimsby are pretty rubbish but they still get loyal supporters going to every single game. I, however, have never been to one nor will I ever. The grounds are just as you come into Cleethorpes from Grimsby and no where near the beach. Traffic on match days is insane but that is probably the same for anywhere. While Cleethorpes can be a fun place for kids, there are still things for adults as well. Cleethorpes actually has a lot of pubs and clubs and now, instead of Grimsby, it is the place to go out on weekends. Not a good thing if you live in Grimsby and a taxi will cost you £8-10 to get back. Still, the clubs are good fun and pretty big. There are lots to choose from – Flares, The Pier (a club on the actual pier over the sea), Amishi and many more. There really is a bar for everyone here so it would be hard to not be able to find somewhere you like. Cleethorpes is really a mixed bag. In the winter, it is miserable but people still go to the arcades and the clubs. In the summer, the beach gets packed and the arcades even more so. I still try to make a little trip there each summer I go back home but for what real reason, I'm not too sure! Close