Nature lovers can experience the stunning Lincolnshire coast in a whole new way at the UK’s first purpose-built marine observatory.
The brand new North Sea Observatory located at Chapel Point, St Leonards Drive, Chapel St Leonards PE24 5XA, opens its doors to the public for the first time at 9am on Friday 22 June.
The new building includes information and exhibitions on the local areas rich natural history, an art space, a café and public toilets, and serves as an impressive gateway to the Coastal Country Park.
Councillor Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development, said: “This new attraction is something unique to Lincolnshire. The observatory is the perfect spot for people to enjoy our spectacular coastline and its beautiful wildlife, and there’s plenty for the kids to do too.
“However, this is just one of a series of investments on the coast, which we are confident will help attract new visitors to the area. Combined with the nearby outdoor theatre space and the new visitor centre at Gibraltar Point, it will help extend the traditional tourist season, providing a significant boost to the economy.
“It’s a fantastic addition to the county’s ever-growing collection of tourist attractions.”
Neil Holt, contracts manager at Gelder Group, the construction company that built the observatory, added: “We’re proud to deliver the North Sea Observatory on the wonderful Lincolnshire coast. This unique attraction will bring people closer to nature and will be enjoyed by families for generations to come.”
The observatory will be open all year round. The opening hours are as follows:
- 22 June to 23 July – 9am to 5pm
- 24 July to 4 September – 9am to 6pm
- 5 September to 30 October – 9am to 5pm
Winter opening hours are to be confirmed.