||The extension of the railway system to the
villages of Skegness (population 500)
||The ninth Earl of Scarbrough drew up what was
one of the first town plans of Skegness, renowned for its tree-lined
|1880 - 1890s
||The building of Skegness Pier began.
The first development of the gardens at the seafront of Skegness
The building of the "new town" of Skegness and the
establishment of the basic tourist infrastructure, Clock Tower, Parade
and seafront hotels.
||The emergence of Skegness as a primary
destination for the East Midlands "Day Tripper". This peaked
in 1921 with the railway carrying over 450,000 day trippers on
special day excursions.
||The laying out of Skegness foreshore with
formal gardens, swimming baths and boating lakes etc.
||The opening of the first of the highly
successful Butlin's Holiday Camps.
|1960 - 1970s
||A rapid increase in static caravans occurred,
rising from 12,500 in 1962 to a peak of 21,066 by 1974. This led to the
development of Chapel St. Leonards and Ingoldmells as holiday centres.
||Skegness Pier was severed by storms, leaving
the pier head isolated from the shore and unusable. This section was
||The New Embassy Theatre was built. work
included the erection of a new auditorium, dressing rooms, bar
facilities and cafeteria. The Tourist Information Centre was located in
||The building of the Indoor swimming pool in
Skegness was completed.
||Major Investment and refurbishment at the
newly names "Butlins Funcoast World".
||Development at Ingoldmells and the opening of
Britain's first indoor themed holiday resort named "Fantasy
||The redevelopment of Compass Gardens began.
||The Jolly Fisherman Celebrated his 90th
The Clock Tower celebrated 100 years since the first foundation stone
was laid. A time capsule was buried on Clock Tower Island.
Butlins Funcoast World underwent a fabulous redevelopments and
acquires the name Butlins Family Entertainment Centre.
The redevelopment of Tower Esplanade began.
||Tower Gardens re-developed and upgraded. The
Embassy Centre was fully re-developed with a new frontage and facade.
||Extensive works undertaken for ease of access
to disabled visitors and residents throughout Skegness, in particular
the Parades and Lumley Road.
|2005 / 2006
||Following an attempt by the local authority to close the popular "Fairy Dell" children's water feature (adjacent to the Boating Lake, action by local residents and visitors prevented the closure. The attraction was refurbished and re-opened for the holiday season 2006.
The Parade complex was ruined by fire - the building that hosted several popular night spots and arcades was totally destroyed. Located in the heart of Skegness, overnight, the town lost one of its most prominent land marks and popular venues.