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Forthcoming Events

Saturday 27 May 2023

An evening of Sea Shanties - Blakeney Old Wild Rovers

St Nicholas' Church, Wells, 7.30pm

The Wells Lifeboat Guild invite you to an evening of sea shanties with the Blakeney Old Wild Rovers at St Nicholas' church, 27th May, starting 7.30pm. The concert will last about two hours with an interval for refreshments in the middle. Rather than selling tickets in advance, there will be a bucket collection in aid of Wells RNLI on the night. We hope you can join us...

Saturday 3 Jun 2023

Naming ceremony and dedication of the new boathouse

Boathouse and Wells quayside, 2.30pm - 6pm

On Saturday 3rd June 2023 Wells' new Shannon-class lifeboat RNLB 13-46 Duke of Edinburgh will be officially named and, together with the SLARS launch and recovery rig and the new lifeboat station building, will be dedicated to the service of saving lives at sea. The ceremony will start at 2.30pm at the new boathouse and, due to limited space, will be for invited guests only. Following this, the lifeboat will launch and run up to the quay for a public dedication.

Events at the quayside will start at 4pm with help from the Blakeney Old Wild Rovers. The lifeboat will arrive at approximately 5pm and crew and guests will disembark and proceed to the stage where an address will be given by the RNLI's Chief Executive, Mark Dowie.

This may be a busy and crowded event and we are grateful to Wells Harbour for the use of the quay which has plenty of room and space, if needed, to extend towards the east end or down along the beach bank for everyone to get a good view.

Anyone wishing to see the boat ashore or to avoid a crowd should note that we will be having further viewing days at the boathouse over the summer, that it is usually possible to visit the viewing gallery and see the boat whenever the lifeboat souvenir shop is open and that, on some days in good weather, the main boathouse doors are opened so the boat can be seen from ground level.

Sunday 18 Jun 2023

Public viewing day

The Boathouse, 10am - 4pm

Our Shannon-class all-weather lifeboat 13-46 'Duke of Edinburgh' will be on display outside in front of the boathouse on Sunday 18 June 2023 (unless, of course, she's needed for an emergency). There will be public access to walk around the boat and view the 'Launch A Memory' names on the bow as well boat and shore crew and other station volunteers on-hand to chat about the new lifeboat, the new lifeboat station and the work we do. Our shop and visitor centre will be open all day too. There is no need to book. Do come and say hello!


May 2023

Saturday 27

June 2023

Saturday 3

Naming ceremony and dedication of the new boathouse
2.30pm - 6pm, Boathouse and Wells quayside

Sunday 18

Public viewing day
10am - 4pm, The Boathouse

New Shannon lifeboat
and boathouse build

New boathouse build
Latest update 28/11/2022

We've moved in... Wells RNLI is now operating from the new building. See the boathouse build pages for the latest information and the story of how the new station was built.

The new Shannon lifeboat was funded 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 further afield.


We're keen to protect our crew to ensure the lifeboats can be manned when needed. Please don't visit the station or shop if you or someone you have recently been in close contact with has Covid symptoms or a postive test.

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