Littlehampton RNLI Lifeboat Station will open its doors to the public for its annual Open Day on Sunday 14 August as part of Littlehampton Harbour’s Waterfront Festival.
Back for the first time since 2019, the popular day gives the public a unique chance to find out all about the lifeboat station in the heart of their local community, and the vital role its volunteers play in saving lives at sea.
From 10.00am to 3.00pm, visitors will be able to take a closer look at the lifeboat station’s two lifeboats – Renee Sherman and Ray of Hope – and meet their volunteer crews. Demonstrations will take place in Littlehampton Harbour throughout the day. Members of the public will also be able to tour the boathouse, including the crew room.
Subject to taskings and availability, a lifeboat from Littlehampton RNLI’s neighbouring lifeboat station, Shoreham RNLI, will be visiting the harbour.
There will also be plenty of fun activities for families throughout the day. The RNLI’s mascot ‘Stormy Stan’ will be greeting people at the lifeboat station, alongside his inflatable Shannon Class lifeboat. Children will also be able to take part in ‘Stormy Stan’s Scavenger Hunt’ – a search for 10 mini ‘Stormy Stans’ that will be hidden around the lifeboat station. Children can also enter a competition to dress as quickly as they can in full RNLI crew kit. Our fundraising team will also be running a ‘cover the flag’ game and a stall selling RNLI and coastal-themed goodies. All proceeds will help save lives at sea.
Nick White, Littlehampton RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: ‘It’s fantastic to be able to open our doors to the public again. The lifeboat station has played such an important role in Littlehampton for many years, and we are proud to serve our local community. We couldn’t save lives at sea without the kindness and continued support of the public, and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone to our lifeboat station.’