Saturday, 26 August 2017

£1000 donation from Swanage Fish Festival

On the last Saturday of this year's lifeboat week our friends from Swanage Fish Festival asked if they could interrupt proceedings to present us with a cheque for £1000. We of course said "Yes please".
So a massive thank you to all the team that run the Fish Festival. They have donated over £3000 to various charities this year and we're very grateful for their continued support. Fish Festival 2018 is 9 & 10 June 2018.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Photos - Lighthouse loop 5K fun run

Lifeboat crew member and photographer Andy Lyons has just posted some great photos from our run. Why not have a look at - to see if you got snapped.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Results - Lighthouse loop 5K fun run

Thanks to all who entered the 'Lighthouse loop' this year. Here are the results.
The full results list can be downloaded here - Results 2017.pdf

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Lifeboat week 2017 is done! Thanks for your support.

Another lifeboat week comes to an end and what a week its been.

Thank you to everyone who attended, helped or organised one of our events. We had a great weekend at Prince Albert Gardens and a great turn out to our open day at the lifeboat station. Thanks to those who dodged the rain showers and came along to our service on the pier too, the final event of the week.
The dates for next year are 10 -19 August 2018.

Final day - Fun run, boathouse open day & pier service

The final day of lifeboat week 2017 is here.

The fun run starts at 9am from the boathouse.

Then its our first open day at our brand new lifeboat station from 11am to 4pm.
Then the final event of the week is our annual service on Swanage pier at 6pm.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Build-a-boat, raft race and live music today

A busy day for the Swanage volunteers today.

The field at Prince Albert Gardens is full of stalls and the arena for the build-a-boat competition.

The build-a-boat race starts at 16:30 followed by the raft race at 17:30.

That's all followed by more live music, bar and BBQ at Prince Albert Gardens.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Live music, bar and BBQ at PAG tonight - Free entry

The first of our live music nights happens tonight, Friday 18th August. We've got 3 great bands playing in the amphitheatre at Prince Albert Gardens (PAG) near the entrance to the pier.

18:30 – 19:30 = Tim Somerfield
19:30 – 21:00 = Razzberry Jam
21:00 – 23:00 = Rat race

The bar and the BBQ will be open from 6pm so get there early, get something to eat and drink and find a good spot to watch the evening's entertainment.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Tomorrow is our flag day street collection + Live Music in the evening

Friday 18th August our fundraisers will be out in Swanage for our annual flag day street collection. If you see them please stop and pop your spare change in their collection box. If you're really lucky you might even catch a glimpse of the RNLI's mascot, 'Stormy Stan'.

Stormy will be out with his collection bucket too sometime in the afternoon.

Then don't forget its live music, bar and BBQ at Prince Albert Gardens by the entrance to the pier 6pm - 11pm.

We've got live music from 3 great local bands including headliners 'Ratrace'.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Open air theatre tonight and the weather's looking good.

For Summer 2017, Rain or Shine bring you Shakespeare’s cross-gartered and hilarious cross-dressing comedy…

Twelfth Night

“What country, friends, is this?”

Have you ever found yourself in a strange place, surrounded by strange people, taking extraordinary measures to find your way? That’s the situation Viola finds herself in when, shipwrecked and separated from her brother, she sets foot upon Illyria’s sandy shore. Lost and alone, she disguises herself as a man and sets forth. Before long, chaos ensues as mistaken identity, love, pride and alcohol set a host of much loved characters on a series of hilarious adventures. Hopeless romantics, drunken knights, a pompous steward and fools galore abound in one of Mr. William Shakespeare’s most celebrated comedies.

“If music be the food of love, play on!”

Sure to delight family audiences from age 6 to 96, this is an ideal choice for an outdoor theatrical event.

Adults £11.50 (£13.50 on the door)
Children £5 (£6 on the door)

Tickets are available from the Lifeboat Shop in the Square, Swanage Tourist Information Centre or online at

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Duck race 2017 results

Thanks to everyone who bought ducks over the weekend and thanks to all our volunteers who gave up their time to sell them and run the race.

Here are the results:

1st place = H278 = £100 cash
2nd place = O227 = £50 cash
3rd place = H331 = £25 cash
Outdoor theatre tomorrow and the weather forecast looks good.

Its duck race day - ducks on sale from 9am, race at 4pm.

We've got more of our highly trained racing ducks to sell today. Our volunteers will be by the Post Office and on the seafront from 9am. Ducks are only £1 and could win you £100, £50 or £25 for the first, second and third place.
The race starts at 4pm sharp by the Conservative Club, the ducks then race under the town before reappearing in the stream by The Mowlem Theatre. The first three ducks to cross the line win the cash prizes. We'll post the results online as soon as we can.

Good luck!

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Duck race ducks on sale today and tomorrow for just £1 - race Sun at 4pm

Ducks for our duck race on Sunday will be on sale in town today (Saturday) and tomorrow (Sunday) from our stalls on the seafront and by the Post Office.

Ducks are only £1 and could win you £100, £50 or £25 cash when they race down the stream from the Conservative Club to the sea.
The race starts at 4pm sharp on Sun 13 August, results will be posted here as soon as possible afterwards.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Back this year, VIP boat & boathouse tours 15 Aug

Now we're moved in to our new boathouse we're able to show people around again.

That means that we're able to bring our VIP boat and boathouse tours back.
If you've ever fancied having a personal tour onboard our All Weather Lifeboat then our VIP tours are for you. Numbers are strictly limited so that you get the chance to have a good look round both our lifeboats, the new boathouse and ask the crew any questions that you have.
The evenings start at 7pm and usually finish around 9pm when we'll serve up some cheese and wine. Tickets are £10 and are limited to 24 people per evening. The evenings are aimed at adults and older children as some of the questions can get a bit technical at times! If you'd like to come along give the Boathouse a call on 01929 423237.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Could you sponsor a barrel of beer for our lifeboat week bar?

With the start of Lifeboat Week 2017 approaching fast we're still looking for a few more generous local businesses to sponsor a barrel of beer for our bar. By sponsoring a barrel it means that even more of the money we raise can go towards running the lifeboats here at Swanage. In return we'll give you an A3 poster behind our bar and a receipt to keep your accountant happy!
If you'd like to contribute then please phone the lifeboat station on 01929 423237.

Thank you!

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Could you build a boat in 4 hours?

Our build-a-boat challenge is a great event, whether its a family, a group of friends or colleagues that get together you can rest assured that you'll have a great day and raise some money for the RNLI too.
The idea is that you start at 12:00 with the following:

  1. 1 x sheet of 6mm x 1200mm x 2400 plywood
  2. 2 x 25mm x 50mm x 2400mm prepared timber
  3. 1 x broom handle (to be used for paddle)
  4. 1 x tube of quick drying polyurethane glue (requires skeleton gun)
  5. 30 x 25mm nails
  6. 30 x 20mm screws
  7. 1 x roll of grey cloth tape
These are the ONLY materials you can use and our judges will be very strict on this. You then have 4 hours to build yourself a boat that you can race from the Stone Quay to the Main Beach. The first boat home wins the £50 cash first prize.
An entry form can be downloaded from [ HERE ]. We're very grateful to Jewson who supply all the materials and sponsor this event.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Lifeboat week 2017 events list

We're delighted to be able to publish this year's events list.
You can also download a PDF version from our website

We look forward to seeing you at one or more of our events.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Dates confirmed for lifeboat week 2017 as 11-20 August

Car window stickers will be available in the lifeboat shop in The Square, Swanage from late April and from the lifeboat station when its open to the public from 1st May.

We'll be publishing a full events list in the coming weeks.