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Experience the magic of the Christmas with Skegness RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Skegness RNLI is thrilled to announce a series of festive events this Christmas season. These events are designed to bring the community together, raise awareness about the charity, and generate vital funds for its operations.


Santa Clause visits Anstruther Lifeboat Station

On 3 December 2023, the Charity Santa Fun Run 2023 will take place, returning for another year following over fifteen years of success.

This 5k run or walk aims to raise money for Skegness Rotary-supported charities and the RNLI. Participants and spectators are invited to join the annual Mulled Wine and Carol Concert at the Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Station after the event.

Tickets are £12 for adults and £8 for children under 12. All entrants will receive a running number and on completion of the event an official Santa Fun Run 2023 medal. The first 150 entrants to the Santa Run will get a free Santa suit as part of their registration.

The Festive Mulled Wine and Carol Concert will also be held at the RNLI Lifeboat Station on 3 December 2023 between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. This event offers a morning and afternoon of carols, mince pies, and mulled wine. The 'Just Sing' choir will lead the celebrations within the Lifeboat Boathouse with refreshments served throughout.

Mairi Perry, Branch Fundraising Chairperson, said: ‘Christmas is a time for giving, and that includes raising funds for the lifeboat but also the lifeboat station giving something back to the community who do so much for us throughout the year.’

Starting on 2 December 2023 until 9 December 2023, RNLI Skegness’ volunteer lifeboat crew will host the second Annual Crew-Led Toy Drive at the Hideout Café and Bar, Compass Gardens Skegness.

This event aims to bring joy to local and visiting children, supported by the Storehouse Food Bank and Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre. Anyone can drop off unwrapped new gifts at The Hideout Café and Bar during opening hours and help brighten a child's Christmas.

Finally, a new event for 2023, Santa and Stormy's Jolly Christmas Hideout - Character Breakfast and Pizza Parties will be hosted at the Hideout Café and Bar on the 2 and 9 of December. This event offers a magical family adventure with breakfasts and pizza parties supporting the RNLI. You can reserve your table on the Skegness Lifeboat Fundraising website.

Gather your loved ones and join the team for a magical family adventure. The Character Breakfasts offer an opportunity to start the day with a hearty meal in the company of Santa and Stormy Stan, plus some extra special guests from Blue Anchor Leisure. Following breakfast or pizza, attendees are invited to partake in fun-filled activities and games, creating lasting memories while supporting a good cause.

This event promises laughter, entertainment, and a festive spirit that resonates with the season's cheer. Proceeds from these character breakfasts and pizza parties will go directly towards supporting the RNLI's operations and ensuring they can continue to provide their vital services.

The Skegness RNLI team is grateful for the support from Carl Wheaton at The Hideout Café and Bar in hosting this event and extends gratitude to all who choose to attend and contribute to these worthy causes.

Finally, a Skegness tradition continues once again on Alma Avenue as the now famous Christmas lights display starts from 26 November 2023 and throughout the festive period raising money for Skegness RNLI. People can go to 16 Alma Avenue on Sunday 26 November from 5:30 pm for the official switch on ceremony.

Events Summary

Brad Johnson, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘We cannot wait to welcome our community into our festivities. These events are not just about raising awareness for our charity and vital funds, but they also offer an opportunity for us to give back to the community that supports us throughout the year.’

For more information about these events, please visit the RNLI Skegness Facebook page or the official RNLI website.

Notes to editors

  • The RNLI is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
  • Skegness RNLI is based on Tower Esplanade, Skegness. The lifeboat station was founded in 1825 and the volunteer crew use an inshore D class lifeboat The Holland Family and as well as an all-weather Shannon class lifeboat the Joel and April Grunnill.
RNLI media contacts
For further information, please contact:
Brad Johnson, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Skegness at: [email protected]
RNLI Press Office: 01202 336789 or [email protected]


Santa Run 2022


Santa Run 2022

RNLI/Brad Johnson

Mulled Wine and Carols event 2022

RNLI/Brad Johnson

Toy Drive 2023 - Poster

RNLI/Brad Johnson

Meet the Characters 2023 - Poster

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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