This bustling Lincolnshire seaside village is situated on the east coast between Ingoldmells and Sutton-on-Sea.
Historically the name Chapel St Leonards derives from a chapel of Mumby which was dedicated to St Leonards. During the Second World War part of the major coastal defence line was Chapel Point which has now become a bird spotters haven due to the various overseas birds which visit the location.
Chapel St Leonards is unique with its mixture of coast and countryside. The village has had a major re-vamp with a two hundred and fifty thousand pound re-development of the village green. The area, which has been designed to represent a ship, has a striking ship bell in the centre of the green which chimes every hour. With its well maintained lawns, flower beds and seating area it is a wonderful place to sit and watch the world go by. Solar powered lighting complete the scheme giving a colourful display during the night using the energy it stored during the many sunny days. In August it will be the venue of a “musical event” sponsored by the Parish Council which will see a number of bands performing in the open air on the village green. This pilot project, if successful, could become an additional annual event. Another major development is due to start later this year which will see the redevelopment of the sea front café and lifeguard station into a multi function building.
The village is known for its caravans with the local population of approximately four thousand but this is said to increase three-fold during the summer months when tourists flock to the village, attracted by the long beaches as it is an excellent place for young families. Beach huts nestle in the sand dunes soaking up the summer sun with the owners of the beach huts have an annual beach party with many different themes.
While the children enjoy the beach it is time for Dad to relax, how about a spot of fishing? Fishing, both sea and coarse, is a popular pastime with anglers coming from all parts of the country. Lakeside Leisure which has four well stocked fishing lakes also provides some of the best coarse fishing on the East coast.
Fancy a walk, then why not try one of the three Parish path walks. With mapped out areas these hand held maps guide you across the countryside so you can take a walk whatever your fitness level. Horse riding is also another well-liked activity which is well catered for.
“Carnival Time” is in August. Fund raising activities are arranged throughout the year to stage this event. Starting with the Carnival Queen, Princess, and Rosebud competition, this small band of people organise the now famous pet show, baby show, sand castle competition and other events too numerous to mention. The end of the Carnival usually involves a huge parade around the village and a firework display.
After a long day on the beach, people like nothing more than to relax with a drink at one of the many pubs and clubs in the village. With some providing meals and the occasional game of “Bingo” both visitors and locals find it an excellent way to unwind.
Chapel St Leonards is well stocked with shops to suit all tastes.
During the summer months a Saturday market is to be found at the Village hall which has a large number of stalls. Both Trunch Lane and the Village Centre have many traditional fish and chip shops, cafes and restaurants not to mention supermarkets and discount stores which serves not only the people of the village but also the surrounding areas. Chapel St Leonards’ garden centre, which is situated on the A52, attracts many visitors and is a refuge for budding gardeners. The pullover which leads to the sea has the colourful arcades on either side which add to the flavour of the holiday atmosphere.
A place where the traditional lives with the modern
Chapel St Leonards “Where the country meets the sea”, well worth a visit.