Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat Weekend

Lifeboats News Release

This year’s annual Exmouth Lifeboat Weekend will take place on the weekend of Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 August 2019.

RNLI/John Thorogood

Exmouth Lifeboat George Bearman II

On Saturday 17 August the Maer Rocks Festival will launch the weekend, due to take place from 12:00 – 21:00 at the Queens Drive Space, Exmouth, EX8 2AY. As well as the existing permanent Queen’s Drive Space food stalls and bar, Good Game Topsham, Say Cheese, Quick Gin and Crossed Anchors Brewing will all have stands at the event.

In addition, there will be Face Painting, Sand Art for the children, Mrs Snuggles Slime and a special visit from the RNLI Mascot, Stormy Stan.

Attractions will include RNLI volunteers with stalls such as the Exmouth RNLI Shop; The RNLI Face to Face team, Community Safety stand, and the inflatable Shannon D - class Lifeboat, George Bearman II. Others include RNLI Lifeguards, H.M. Coastguard, Devon & Cornwall Police and Fire Service with a fire appliance, subject to operational commitments.

We have an amazing line-up of Bands and Artists performing at the Festival, including Sarah Jory, Haytor, Reflex 80, The Ultimate, Rock The Night, Telstar, Bolynne, The Stereo Social Musicians and Poppy Fardell to keep you entertained throughout.

The free, family friendly festival will focus on promoting the RNLI Sea Safety message to all, but with special emphasis towards the younger generation and to highlight the current RNLI ‘Respect The Water’ and ‘Float to Live’ campaigns promoted by the charity’s volunteers. Special thanks to our sponsors The Point Bar & Grill and Exeplorer Water Taxis, Exmouth.

The following day, Sunday 18 August 2019 there will be an Open Day at the Lifeboat Station, Queens Drive, Exmouth from 10:00 - 15:00.

This will be a perfect opportunity for everyone interested in the Exmouth Lifeboat Station, it’s all weather Lifeboat, R and J WELBURN, the inshore lifeboat George Bearman II, equipment, volunteer crew, fundraisers and other staff, to find out what they do and how they do it.

Guided tours of the lifeboat station will be conducted throughout the day and crew volunteers will be on hand to explain their roles and to answer questions. The Exmouth RNLI Shop will be open throughout the open day to provide an ideal opportunity to purchase a huge variety of gifts, clothing, models and other items, all in support of this amazing charity whose volunteers save lives at sea. Ice creams will be also on sale at the event.

The station RNLI Community Safety Officer will be available to answer questions, give general water safety advice and provide a free check of your equipment such as lifejackets etc., RNLI Lifeguards will also be on hand to give an insight into their important lifesaving work.

Activities will include Launch the Lifeboat, Throw Lines at Target, Throw Sponges at the Crew, and What’s in the Welly, with special attractions such as Toffee Nosed, Beach Buddies, Face Painting, Mrs Snuggles Slime factory and more.

A raffle will be held to raise important funds for Exmouth RNLI, tickets will be available on both days and in the run up to the weekend.

Special thanks to those who have donated raffle prizes that include a two night stay for two, Bed & Breakfast with afternoon tea at the Lifeboat College in Poole to include a guided tour of the complex; a family Ringo Ride courtesy of Exe Wake; a meal voucher from Rockfish; two free games of Bowling at Ocean for 4, a one hour trip on the Exmouth Land Train and a River Exe Cruise both for 2 Adults & 2 children, each courtesy of Stuart Line Cruises and two tickets to the Christmas Panto at the Pavilion Theatre.

Chair of Exmouth RNLI Fundraising Committee, Robin Humphreys, said “Our Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat Weekend is going to be two days full of fun, games and activities for all ages. It will provide an opportunity for all to learn more about our charity, its volunteers, water safety, our crew, boats and resources and how we save lives at sea as well as raising those important funds for equipment and training.”

Cream Teas, chocolates and other refreshments will be provided by our volunteers, so why not come on down and join us for what promises to be a very worthwhile weekend of activities for adults and children alike.

RNLI/John Thorogood

Exmouth Lifeboat R & B Wellburn

RNLI/John Thorogood

Exmouth Lifeboat Weekend

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