Falmouth Lifeboat Station to reopen to visitors after two years

Lifeboats News Release

Falmouth RNLI is due to reopen its station to the public on Tuesday 12th April, after two years of closure.

Simon Culliford

Falmouth's tour guides (L to R): Robert Thompson, John Davies, Dave Allen, Chris Spink (Lifeboats Visits Officer), Ian Seabridge, Chris Snell and Robert Boon.

The station will be open to visitors from Tuesday to Friday between 11am and 3pm. Tours are free of charge and no pre-booking is required. Larger group visits for schools, youth organisations, clubs, and companies can be arranged in advance by emailing requests to [email protected].

Falmouth’s current station opened in 1994 and houses the B class Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat, Robina Nixon Chard. The station - which also operates a Severn class all-weather lifeboat called Richard Cox Scott – is the busiest in Cornwall. Last year, the station’s volunteer crew responded to 110 shouts – a total of 739 hours at sea.

Situated on Tinners Walk just along from Discovery Quay – and stones throw from the National Maritime Museum - visitors to Falmouth Lifeboat Station can relish a guided tour of the boathouse and the lifeboat itself, before perusing its extensively stocked gift shop.

Falmouth is one of three ‘Explore Stations’ in Cornwall, in addition to Padstow and Looe. This means that the station is open to visitors for most of the year, subject to any operational requirements.

Falmouth Lifeboat Coxwain, Jonathan Blakeston said: “We’re delighted to be reopening after two years of being closed to the public.

“Our fantastic team of volunteer boat guides, who so generously give up their time to show people around the station, can’t wait to give people a warm welcome back.

“If you want to come and see us, there’s no need to pre-book. Just pop into our gift shop, which is attached to the station, and speak to the team.”

You can find Falmouth Lifeboat station at Tinners Walk, Port Pendennis, Falmouth, TR11 3XZ. For more information visit falmouthlifeboat.co.uk.

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