North Sea Observator

Chapel St Leonards – An Unspoiled Seaside Village

Chapel St Leonards is a village in Lincolnshire between two popular beach resorts, Skegness and Mablethorpe. It’s on the coast and has miles of unspoiled golden sandy beach to enjoy. There are a couple of excellent visitor attractions for nature lovers too. If you’re looking for a location that is tranquil, away from the busy crowds, then Chapel St Leonards is for you.


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The village derives its name from a chapel that was dedicated to St Leonard in Mumby, a nearby village. They were once part of the same parish. Another church was rebuilt in 1572, then again in 1794, so there are a couple of historical spots to visit.

North Sea Observatory

The North Sea Observatory is located Chapel Point in Chapel St Leonards. It is the UK’s first (and only!) purpose-built marine observatory. It opened in 2018 and offers excellent views out to sea and along the beach for keen birdwatchers. The café, which is open daily, even gives out binoculars. There are events held inside the café and it features some enormous windows that look over the beach.

There’s an outside walking deck for taking advantage of the fine views, and the car park features an old gun structure from World War Two. The observatory also has an art gallery showcasing local artists’ work relating to Lincolnshire and the natural history of the coastline.

Chapel St Leonards Carnival

On the first weekend in August every year, everyone comes together to celebrate the annual Chapel St Leonards Carnival. It’s a mix between a village show and a carnival parade featuring live music and entertainment, games, stalls and a dog show.

There’s a different theme each year – the one in 2022 is ‘Go Green’! Sustainability and the environment will take centre stage.

The Beautiful Golden Beach

Any article about Chapel St. Leonards would be incomplete without mentioning the wide, sandy beach that runs along the seafront. The beach goes right down the coastline, and walkers can go all the way to Skegness by following the sands.

While it is dog-friendly, the busiest part of the beach doesn’t allow dogs from May-September. So, if you’re taking along your furry friend remember, you can walk your dog along the quieter stretch of beach, or along the promenade.

There’s ample parking too, so you can be reassured you’ll get a space. Bicycling is welcomed on the promenade, and since it’s a wide, flat stretch of land, it can be a suitable spot for a bike ride.

To conclude, there’s plenty to see and do in this picturesque seaside village. If a nice beach is your plan, you won’t be disappointed with what Chapel St. Leonards offers. The North Sea Observatory would make an excellent lunch place to fill up before you go back to the sands. Chapel St Leonards is worth a visit if you’re making a trip around Lincolnshire. This serene stopover won’t disappoint.

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