Wells-next-the-Sea RNLI Lifeboat Station houses an all-weather lifeboat and an inshore lifeboat to save lives and assist with emergencies around Wells and off the North Norfolk coast. Manned by volunteer crews, the boats are ready to launch within minutes, 24 hours a day, every day of the year. This website will tell you more about the station and give you a taste of what we do and the traditions of the lifeboat service.
Wells Lifeboat station celebrates 150 years as an RNLI Lifeboat station this week.
Our 150th anniversary exhibition 'The Lifeboat Story' is also at the Maltings all day - free entry, drop in any time between 11am and 4pm.
For information about other events, see the listing on the right or the downloadable posters below.
The RNLI has shared this video on Facebook and Twitter thanking the men and women who have volunteered at Wells over the years...
Our 150th anniversary exhibition - The Lifeboat Story - opened at the Maltings on Staithe Street, Wells on Wednesday night.
The exhibition features photographs, paintings and memorabilia celebrating over 150 years of life-saving in the town, looks at present day volunteering with the RNLI and features a fine retrospective of Campbell MacCallum's photographs of the station. Campbell who made his name as a commercial photographer in London's swinging sixties spent over five decades photographing the boats and crew at Wells lifeboat station and his candid and sharply observed black-and-white photographs form an intimate record of life at the station.
The exhibition is open every day upstairs at the Maltings from 11am until 4pm until Tuesday 16th July and admission is free. If you visit, please also be sure to visit the Maltings' superb heritage display which has more on the town's lifeboats and history.
RNLI lifeguards have returned to North Norfolk beaches for the summer season this weekend. The beach at Wells along with Sheringham East, West Runton, East Runton and Cromer West will be patrolled from 10am to 6pm daily until Sunday 8 September. Lifeguards have already been patrolling at Sheringham West, Cromer East, Mundesley and Sea Palling since late May.
Run by arrangement with the local council, the lifeguard service provides everything from safety advice and tide times to helping locate missing children and dealing with emergencies. Beachgoers are encouraged to heed their advice and to swim only between the red and yellow flags.
Volunteer crew, guild members, station personnel and former crew members gathered outside Wells boathouse for a photograph to celebrate our 150th anniversary as an RNLI lifeboat station.
The photograph, taken by local photographer and Sheringham crew member Chris Taylor, echoes previous images of the station going back to 1993 when the late Campbell MacCallum assembled boats and crew outside the boathouse to create an image to display inside the crew room. Campbell's picture was adapted as a poster by the RNLI and was reproduce worldwide and let to a regular tradition of team posters taken at stations around the UK.
The 150th annivesary is being marked with a week of activities from 11th to 16th July centred around an open day on 13th July where a vellum will be presented by the RNLI to the station and current and historic lifeboats will sail in a flotilla up to the quay.
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Wells Lifeboat is celebrating 150 years as an RNLI station this year with a week of events around the station and town...
Exhibition at Maltings
Open 11am-4pm, free entry
Historic Lifeboats on display
Outer Harbour, 11am-3.30pm
A private presentation by invite only at the boathouse, 12noon-1.30pm
Come look round the lifeboat station and meet the crew, refreshments on sale, 2pm-4.15pm
Past, present and future lifeboats sail from the outer harbour to Wells quayside, passing the harbour office before returning to the boathouse. View from the beach bank or the main quay, free (donations welcome). 4.30pm-5.15pm. The current all-weather lifeboat and inshore lifeboat will be recovered and rehoused from around 5.30pm and can be viewed from the beach-end of the beach bank.
Invited guests, 7pm.
Exhibition at the Maltings
11th-16th July, 11-4
The RNLI in Wells past and present, photographs and exhibits, free entry
Launch and preview
Wednesday 10th July, 5.30pm
Evening preview of our exhibition
Saving Lives at Sea
Thursday 11th July, 7pm-9pm
Episodes of the BBC TV series and discussion with Wells RNLI crew members. Tickets £5 from the Maltings
Fish & Chip supper
with the Wild Rovers
Friday 12th July, 7.30pm
Fish, chips and shanties with the Wild Rovers at Wells Sailing Club. Tickets £12 from the Maltings.
Open day and flotilla
Saturday 13th July
Lifeboats on display 11am to 3.30pm, flotilla to quay 4.30pm-5.15pm, boathouse open to public 2pm-4.15pm, private presentation of 150th anniversary vellum by invitation at the boathouse from 12noon-1.30pm.
The Perfect Storm
Monday 15th July, 7pm
Film screening at the Maltings, tickets £5 from the Maltings
Tuesday 16th July, 7pm
A celebatory dinner at the Crown Hotel on the Buttlands. Tickets £35 from the Crown Hotel.
Planning permission has been granted for a new lifeboat station at Wells to house our forthcoming Shannon-class all weather lifeboat but legal work relating to the new site has taken longer than expected and we are now hoping that building work will be able to start in September 2019. This will take around 18 months to complete so our new Shannon-class lifeboat should then come into service late in 2021.
Funding for the new lifeboat was raised in part with a station appeal for £250,000 in 2014-15 and also by the Civil Service charity The Lifeboat Fund with its 150th Anniversary Appeal. We are hugely grateful to everyone who has donated, fund-raised, helped and supported us both locally and across the UK and even further afield. Your contribution is appreciated and will help to save lives and keep our volunteeer crews safe in the years to come. Read more about the station appeal
Our next scheduled exercise launches are shown below. You are welcome to come and watch the lifeboats launch on the beach at the front of the lifeboat house... but please ensure you keep well to one side and that children are supervised. Exercises may be cancelled or rescheduled at short notice due to operational reasons.
Saturday 13 July 14:30
Both boats launching for 150th anniversary flotilla
Thursday 18 July TBC
Afternoon and evening training
ILB capsize practice
Saturday 28 July 14:00
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