Chapel St Leonards

North Sea Observatory to open a month late

A new opening date has been set for the UK’s first purpose-built marine observatory in Lincolnshire after unforeseen delays and additional fire measures prevented it from being ready on time.

The brand new North Sea Observatory at Chapel St Leonards will now open its doors to the public on Monday, July 30.

As previously reported, the £2 million marine observatory was originally set to open on Friday, June 22 but snagging works had to be completed before Lincolnshire County Council could open the attraction to the public.

Councillor Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economy and Place, previously said the project was also delayed due to unforeseen circumstances including the discovery of Second World War bombs and unknown historical sea defences.

The new building includes information and exhibitions on the local areas rich natural history, an art space, a cafe and public toilets.

Councillor Davie said: “The observatory is something unique to Lincolnshire, and 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.

“We had hoped to open to the public slightly earlier, but were delayed due to works that had to be completed within the building, including additional fire prevention measures. We’re now confident that there will be no further delays.”

“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to get this fantastic new attraction completed in time for the busy summer season.”

The observatory will be open all year round, with the following opening hours:

July 30 to September 4 – 9am to 6pm
September 5 to October 30 – 9am to 5pm

Winter openings hours are yet to be confirmed.