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Wells Lifeboat

Forthcoming Events

Saturday 9 Sep 2023

Newfoundland Dog Rescue Display

The Quay, 3pm

Come and see these popular and remarkable rescue dogs in action at the quayside in Wells next-the Sea on Saturday 9th September. The event is free to watch (just turn up and bag a good spot) but a collection for the RNLI will be taken during the display. The inshore lifeboat will launch and come down to the quayside if available. Our thanks to East Anglian Working Newfoundlands, both dogs and owners, for once again coming down and putting on a show and supporting the lifeboat.

Please note that the start time can vary a bit on the day depending on both the dogs and the tide so it's best to arrive a bit early and find somewhere with a good view.

Sunday 24 Sep 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 24 September 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 and 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!

If you can't make this date, please note that the lifeboats can usually be viewed from the viewing gallery whenever the shop is open, which is normally Fridays-Mondays from 10-4 with additional days over summer. Further on some days in good weather, we have the main boathouse doors open so the Shannon lifeboat can be viewed from the front at ground level.

Saturday 4 Nov 2023

Guild Christmas Fayre

Congregational Hall, 10am - 1pm

Our Christmas Fayre will take place in the Congregational Church Hall, Clubbs Lane on Saturday 4 November, 10am to 1pm. RNLI Christmas Cards and calendars will be for sale and there will also be a homemade cake stall, raffle, Christmas crafts, handmade bags, tombola and a few fun games to take part in as well as some light refreshments. If you have any prizes you would like to donate to either our raffle or tombola, or you are able to make something for our cake stall, please contact Sandra on 01328 711823.


September 2023

Saturday 9

Sunday 24

Public viewing day
10am - 4pm, The Boathouse

November 2023

Saturday 4

Guild Christmas Fayre
10am - 1pm, Congregational Hall

December 2023

Sunday 17

Lifeboat viewing day

Viewing Day

Sunday 24 September 2023

Our Shannon-class all-weather lifeboat 13-46 Duke of Edinburgh will be on display outside in front of the boathouse from 10am-4pm on Sunday 24 September (unless, of course, she is required to launch for an emergency). There will be public access to walk around the boat and look at the 'Launch A Memory' names on the bow. The shop and visitor centre will be open and volunteers on-hand to chat about the work we do.

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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