A group of dedicated Volunteers provides free tours of the Lifeboat Station. These last 30-40 minutes and take place on weekends, as follows:
SUMMER (April-October) – tours start at: 10:30 am/11:30 am/12:30 pm/1:30 pm/2:30 pm/3:30 pm
WINTER (November-March) – tours start at: 11:30 am/12:30 pm/1:30 pm/2:30 pm
Additional tours may take place on weekdays at the same times, particularly in school holidays. All tours are subject to Tour Guide availability. A schedule of tours is available in the Shop which is open 10am-5pm during the summer (April – October) and 11am to 4pm in the winter. Please do not ring the bell at the boathouse.
The tour guides will take up to 15 people on each tour.
We do not take any responsibility in supervising children.
Important Please Note
Parking is at the large council managed Foxholes car park opposite the Lifeboat Station. Parking by the Lifeboat Station is for RNLI personnel only.
Dedicated Group Tours
We offer tours to schools, organisations, social groups and even large groups of family and friends, subject to operational requirements and volunteer availability throughout the year.
The minimum number in any group will be 6. Schools and groups with more than 6 children please see the Guidelines for School Visits (PDF).
Please submit a visitors’ booking form, even at the start of any provisional enquiry (it’s very short).
This makes it much easier to establish what your needs are from the start and you understand our terms and conditions. We will then contact you to discuss your proposed requirements. Please note we will not even book a date or your guides without a completed form.
The Word document can be downloaded – type in your details, save a copy and email it back to us.
If you cannot open Word, please print off the PDF, fill it in by hand, scan it and email it back to us.
After reading and agreeing to the terms and conditions please send your completed form attached to an email to email@example.com
We have a high demand for Tours in the summer, so please book well in advance.
We do not charge for any Tours.
Would you like to be a Volunteer Guide?
If you live locally and can work two half days a month at weekends would you like to be a tour guide at the lifeboat station? We will offer you training, we just need your interest, confidence and enjoyment in talking to the public.
If you would like a volunteer from the RNLI Youth Education Team to visit your school or club to speak to children about our charity’s work, you can request a visit here.
For more details please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Visitor Experience Centre with viewing gallery is open during shop opening hours and is being upgraded with an interactive TV to tell you more about us.