The Visitor Centre is situated within the boathouse and includes the Heritage displays as well as our RNLI souvenir & gift shop. Other than over Christmas and New Year the Visitor Centre is normally open every day of the week.
Monday to Thursday & Saturday & Sundays
10.30 am to 3.30 pm
Early Closing on Fridays, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
The Visitor Centre is managed and run solely by a band of dedicated and very keen volunteers led by Visitor Centre Manager David Gascoigne (David’s contact details can be found under the “Contacts” tab on the home page).
All of our visitors, if they so wish can experience through our knowledgeable volunteers in words and pictures, the history of The Lizard Lifeboat RNLI Station and her lifeboats. The RNLI shop is stocked with a comprehensive range of RNLI gifts, souvenirs and clothing and as already mentioned, there are Heritage displays for you to see telling the story of past Lizard Lifeboats and her crews. The visitor centre volunteers are always on hand to answer any questions you may have. Please do call in and sign the visitor book – we would love to see you!
The Lizard Lifeboat regularly launches on exercise. Normally launching on Tuesday evenings throughout the year at *6.30 pm but on occasion also on Sunday mornings at *9.30 am. The exercise launch days and times can sometimes change for various reasons, operational commitments and crew training being two ….
We welcome all visitors into the boathouse to watch the launches. The Visitor Centre with gift and souvenir sales is open before and throughout the exercise launch time and you can also take the opportunity to look around our magnificent state of the art boathouse.
*Please Note: * The times given for Exercise Launches, Tuesdays 6.30pm and Sundays 9.30am are the times of the launch. You may want to be in the boathouse a little before these times so as not to miss anything. Also please remember, exercise launches can be subject to last minute change or cancellation due to inclement weather or operational commitments so always *check on our facebook page for the most up to date details of exercise launches.
*Important Notice: It is now RNLI policy that NO DETAILS of any lifeboat on an operational service launch will be reported via Social Media i.e. Facebook or Twitter until the service call-out is completed and in some circumstances not always then.
“The Roadshow Crew”
It takes quite a few different types of crew to help run and manage an RNLI lifeboat station and here are yet more very important cogs in the wheel! Pictured are some of the boathouse and roadshow crew – David Gascoigne Visitor Centre Manager with three of his team of around 20 or so fellow volunteers.
David and the volunteers often take the RNLI gift and souvenir sales out of the confines of the boathouse Visitor Centre and onto “the road” continuing to raise funds, and just as importantly promoting and helping to keep the RNLI name well to the forefront in people’s minds.
If you are thinking of planning or already have a local event planned where you would like our roadshow to attend (summer or winter) then please do get in touch with David (details under the Contacts tab) and he will be more than happy to talk to you ……..
* We are always looking for Visitor Centre volunteers so if you are at all interested in joining our friendly team even if you can only manage a couple of hours per week then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.