Shoreham RNLI Lifeboat Station is now an official Visit England attraction
Hot on the heels of scoring at the top of TripAdvisor’s list for Shoreham, the town’s RNLI Lifeboat Station has been accredited as an official Visit England attraction.
After going through a rigorous assessment process, the station is now allowed to display the coveted rose sticker indicating that it has been visited independently by a team of experienced quality assessors and has met the high standards required of their visitor experience.
The lifeboat station on Kingston Beach, Brighton Road, is open each weekday from 10am until 2pm and weekends from 10am until 4pm, and is an ideal destination for the summer holidays.
Volunteers from the visits team are on hand with information about the history of the station, and there’s a chance for children to try on mini crew kit and learn more about staying safe by the sea in the interactive children’s corner.
You can find out more about the two lifeboats at the station on one of the guided tours and, if you’re planning ahead, you can even buy your Christmas cards well in advance – or stock up on other great products in the shop. All purchases go to support the lifesaving work of the RNLI.
There is free parking and there’s a small beach right beside the station which is perfect for a picnic. If you’re lucky, you might see one of the lifeboats launch while you’re there but if not, the station posts times on its website and Facebook and Twitter accounts so that you can come back on a training day to see the big splash.
While you’re in Shoreham there are many other great attractions to pass a few hours of the school holidays including the beautiful Art Deco airport (with its excellent tea shop), the Marlipins Museum and Widewater Lagoon, home to many coastal birds. If you’re in the mood for something more active, the Adur Activities Centre offers many outdoor sports opportunities on the river, and Shoreham Fort is perfect for a summer stroll.With weeks of summer still stretching ahead of us, you can find out more and plan your visit at http://www.shorehamlifeboat.co.uk/visit-us/
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.