Sutton on Sea named in Sunday Times’s Best Places to Live guide

Sutton on Sea has been named among the best places to live in the Midlands in the annual Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide. Photos: D.R.Dawson PhotographySutton on Sea has been named among the best places to live in the Midlands in the annual Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide. Photos: D.R.Dawson Photography
Sutton on Sea has been named among the best places to live in the Midlands in the annual Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide. Photos: D.R.Dawson Photography
​Sutton on Sea has been named among the best places in the Midlands to live, according to the Sunday Times’s Best Places to Live guide.

In the citation by the national broadsheet, Sutton on Sea was praised for its “unspoilt stretch of sea and sand dunes with just enough happening all year round” describing the town as an “unpretentious, livable town full of beach huts and bygone charms”.

"It has one of the only blue flag beaches in the region, and a planned culture hub in a 1950s building will liven up the arts scene,” the guide added.

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Coun Paul Russell, Mayor of Mablethorpe and Sutton Town Council, said that it was an honour to be recognised by the Times, and while the town is sometimes classed as a retirement village, that is far from the truth:

Sutton on Sea's Blue Flag beach.Sutton on Sea's Blue Flag beach.
Sutton on Sea's Blue Flag beach.

"There may be a large number of older people living here but that is intertwined with people who are much younger and that is what is backbone of its success,” he said.

"If asked what is the most common comments that we receive it has to be the friendliness shown to both residents and visitors alike.

“The area provides daytime and evening activities for people of all ages to enjoy i.e. dance and fitness groups, music and drama groups and a variety of many more.

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“So all in all, what is there not to like. Many thanks to the Times Newspaper for including us in your list of the top places to live and we hope that many of your readers will take it on themselves to experience what we have to offer.”

Sutton on Sea.Sutton on Sea.
Sutton on Sea.

The chairman of Sutton on Sea & Trusthorpe Carnival, Stuart Martin, said: "What's so wonderful about living in Sutton On Sea not just that we have a small village by the sea with blue flag beaches with just the right shops without the need to leave the village, but the best thing of all is the fantastic community mostly born in other towns and cities throughout the UK coming on holiday originally, and finally decided they wanted to stay.

"We have social clubs for every day of the week, from dancing to gardening, you name it – we have it run by locals for locals through out the year.

"There are plenty of events that are going on including our own carnival, and Fantasy Island and Skegness and Mablethorpe are not too far away, if you feel the need for something bigger.

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“If you think you can come here to retire think again there's always some form of committee that will that will need you're help and before you know it you've volunteered and you end up chairman.

Sutton on Sea's "unpretentious, livable town full of beach huts and bygone charms" was among the reasons why it was named in the list.Sutton on Sea's "unpretentious, livable town full of beach huts and bygone charms" was among the reasons why it was named in the list.
Sutton on Sea's "unpretentious, livable town full of beach huts and bygone charms" was among the reasons why it was named in the list.

“And for those reasons for me that's why I love living in Sutton On Sea.”

Coun Steve Kirk, East Lindsey District Council portfolio holder for coastal economy, said that it was “fantastic” to see Sutton-on-Sea rightly recognised nationally as one of the best places to live:

“With its beautiful blue flag beach and excellent local community activities and businesses helping create a wonderful place to visit or call home...I hope this deserved accolade will help to put it on the map and encourage more people to come and enjoy East Lindsey’s unique part of the country’s coastline,” he said.

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“This is an exciting time for the village with the long-awaited new Colonnade due to be completed next year and new creative funding, events and support coming in from the Arts Council’s NPO programme. I hope it will continue to be loved by its residents and visitors alike for many years to come.”

Sutton on Sea.Sutton on Sea.
Sutton on Sea.

​The news was also met with positive comments on social media.

Jam Ward said: “It's easy to see why it's been named among the best to live!

“A real sense of community there, beautiful landscape, independent shops and stores, and well maintained.”

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"It is the quintessential, English village by the sea. Heaven. No amusement arcades, no fairs, just good, clean fun,” Richard Shepherd added.

“Proud to live here and privileged its quiet traditional village seaside town and other than the new work taking place on the centre of this place (new events and sea view cafe) its perfect,” Lorraine Dawn Reynolds also said.

“Lovely people who look out for each other I'd like to say.”

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