Weymouth RNLI Lifeboat Week is back!

Lifeboats News Release

For the first time in three years Weymouth RNLI are holding its Lifeboat Week from Sunday 24 July – Saturday 30 July

RNLI at the Nothe Fort

RNLI/Ken Francis

RNLI at the Nothe Fort

The RNLI is a charity that replies on generous donations from the public to carry out search and rescue operations and save lives at sea so this is a very important event in the station’s calendar!

Lifeboat Week is the main Weymouth fundraising event and has a fun packed week planned with something for everyone!

Timetable for the week;

Sunday 24 July

Blessing of the Lifeboat - 7.30pm

The week kicks off with the traditional boat blessing service at the station house on the harbour side led by Rev Philip Elliott with the Salvation Army and the Mayor of Weymouth and Portland. A gunfire salute by the Nothe Fort Garrison will herald the start of Lifeboat Week.

Monday 25 July

Nothe Event with RNLI Display & Fishing Competition 5pm – 10.30pm

Join us at the Nothe Fort Gardens for an evening of food, drink and music, a funfair, vintage cars, a Sooty tug o’ war, and at around 7.00pm, a display from the Weymouth RNLI volunteer crew and the Coastguard. The Speedway Snails will entertain us from 8pm.

There will also be a fishing competition at the Stone Pier starting at 6.30pm till 8pm followed by a prize presentation at the Nothe. It’s £1 for children, £2 for adults to enter and bring your own rod.

Tuesday 26 July

Crabbing Competition – South Harbourside by the Lifeboat Station -2pm-4pm

Come down and try your hand at crabbing! Entry £1 children and £2 adults

Music with The Leggomen - The Boat Café, The Esplanade 7pm-9pm

Music on the Beach with local Band The Leggomen. Raffle and collection for the RNLI.

Wednesday 27 July

Crew Display and Gin Night - Bowleaze Cove 7pm-10pm

Come and see the second display from the RNLI volunteer crew from Bowleaze Cove by the Cheeky Tipple and maybe sample a gin or two too!

Thursday 28 July

Music Night - Leo’s, St Alban Street 8pm-11pm

Come and enjoy live music at Leo’s with a collection and raffle for Weymouth RNLI.

Paddleboarding Competition – Official Test Centre, Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, Ospray Quay Portland 6pm- 8pm

Get your SUP friends, family or work mates into team of 3-6 people! Have a laugh and raise money at the same time!

To enter and register a team, please call the centre on 07817 717904.

The giant SUP boards and buoyancy aids will be provided for all those taking part.


Friday 29 July

Quiz Night – TBC

Keep an eye on out Facebook pages for further details.

Saturday 30 July

Station Open Day and Grand Draw 10pm – 5pm

To wrap up Lifeboat Week, Weymouth RNLI throws open the doors to the station house, the all-weather lifeboat and the inshore lifeboat. Members of the volunteer crew will be on hand to answer any questions you may have so come on down and say hello!

And the Grand Draw will take place at 4pm!

Weymouth RNLI would like thank the following local businesses for their support and donations;

Andrew Simpson Watersport, Official Test Centre, David the Jewellers, House of Gumption, Littlesea Haven, Jurassic Jetski, Celebrate Under Canvas, Brace of Butchers, Nana Moons, Weymouth Bay Rib Rides, Cheeky Tipple, Loose Moose, Nicetta, Custom House Café, RNLI College Poole, Sealife Centre, Nothe Fort, Crustaceans, Marlborough, Old Rooms Inn, Cruise In Café, Bennetts Fish & Chips, Finishing Touches, Galley Bistro, Morrisons, Asda,...

.... And all the volunteers who make it happen!

All events subject to change. Please see our Facebook page for up-to-date information on events.

Previous Open Day at the RNLI Weymouth Station with Stormy Stan

RNLI/Ken Francis

Previous Open Day at the RNLI Weymouth Station
Previous Open Day at the RNLI Weymouth Station

RNLI/Ken Francis

Previous Open Day at the RNLI Weymouth Station
Some young contestants in previous years' crab fishing competition

RNLI/Ken Francis

Some young contestants in previous years' crab fishing competition
Stormy Stan trying his hand at crab fishing

RNLI/Ken Francis

Stormy Stan trying his hand at crab fishing
Weymouth RNLI Lifeboats on a training exercise

RNLI/Tim Anderton

Weymouth RNLI Lifeboats on a training exercise

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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.