Susan Calman’s Grand Week By The Sea | Preview (Channel 5)
Susan’s week of fun starts in sunny Skegness — a seaside town with tourist roots going back hundreds of years. As Susan sets up her windbreak on the beach, she soon discovers why its slogan is ‘Skegness is SO bracing’.
When you think of the British seaside, you think holiday camps — and the granddaddy of them all was created by Billy Butlin, who opened the first of his eponymous sites in Skegness in 1936.
Billy brought fun and excitement to the traditional getaway, with guests looked after by the famous Redcoats. Susan enjoys the honour of trying on an actual redcoat before getting a special look at the latest show the entertainment team have to offer — ‘Strictly Latino’.
Susan visits friendly landlady Alison at a quintessential British B&B, then meets up with fellow Strictly Come Dancing star Debbie McGee, who has been coming to Skegness ever since she started dating her late husband Paul Daniels.
Their chat leads to lots of laughs as Susan and Debbie take on a pirate-themed escape room. The cunning pair emerge victorious after cracking all the clues! Debbie then has the honour of releasing a rehabilitated seal back into the ocean.
Finally, Susan makes her very own flavour of rum to take home as a unique keepsake. Then it’s time for a quick game of bingo before jumping on the open-top bus to wish Skegness a fond farewell.
From its brilliant entertainment to its winning attractions and historic pier, Susan’s trip to Skegness has been incredible.
Susan Calman’s Grand Week By The Sea returns Monday 1st August at 8pm on Channel 5. Continues at the same time all week.