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David Taylor
Events Coordinator
David Taylor
This page is THE place to come for up-to-the minute information about ALK-organised events, or events organised by others that might be of interest to members. Why not Bookmark or "Favourite" this page and check it regularly? Or even better, sign up for regular update alerts by email?

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David Taylor
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Any queries or worries, contact David Taylor. If you need to contact David by phone or letter, this information is contained in the Useful Contacts section of LAMP.

WHILE STOCKS LAST! If you missed the ALK AGM at the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses in Fraserburgh, there is still a chance for you to order your limited edition souvenir mugs and T shirts!

Click here to order your souvenirs


2017-2018 opening arrangements

The ALK Museum Rooms are within Hurst Castle which is near Keyhaven, close to Milford-on-Sea in Hampshire [SO41 0TP]

November 2017 to 31st March 2018, open weekends only, but subject to weather conditions. Also open half term and the week immediately after Christmas.

For up to date information call 01590 642344 during castle opening hours only:
Castle opening times: 10.30am - 4.00pm

Entry fees to the Castle:
Adult £5.00 ~ Child £3.00 ~ Concession £4.50

Entrance is free to members of English Heritage and to the Friends of Hurst Castle. There is no additional charge to visit the ALK Museum Rooms or the Trinity House Exhibition Rooms.

The ALK Museum Rooms are located at the far end of the West Wing within Hurst Castle.

Travel to the Castle is by Ferry at cost from Keyhaven (every 45 minutes from 10.00am). Although the last ferry from the Castle is at 4.00pm it is advisable to depart by around 3.15pm. Alternatively, one can walk (free of charge) along the shingle spit but it should be noted that it is hard going – a distance of some 1½ miles.

Car parking is available in the Municipal Car Park at cost but there is free parking in the locality.

For more details contact:
Keith Morton, ALK Hurst Castle Project Manager
Tel: 01329 843883

Easter Weekend 2018

Special 24-hour operation of the original light atop Kinnaird Head Castle to mark the 20th anniversary of the automation at Fair Isle South lighthouse, the very last Scottish light to be automated.

Full details available by clicking this link.

Saturday 14th April 2018

To celebrate the 30th birthday of the founding of the Association, a special event has been arranged for Saturday 14th April 2018.

130 places have been made available to us for the Trinity House evening dinner.
We have a very small number of places still available - about 15 at present - and will be happy to offer them to the first come, first served.

The day will consist of a 4-hour private charter boat trip on the River Thames, starting and finishing at Tower Pier, and will take in the Thames Barrier, the O2 arena, Greenwich, Trinity Buoy Wharf with its Douglass lighthouse (from the boat only) plus many of the iconic sights of the City of London.

Later the same day there will be a reception and buffet dinner at Trinity House. Members can book for either or both of these.

You can get  the information sheet showing prices and the itinerary by clicking this link

If you think you might be interested, and haven't been in touch with us about this yet, why not register your interest by clicking this link

2018 and beyond


The two ALK trips organised by Wild About Orkney for July and August 2017 took place and were hugely successful, judging by the feedback.

One more trip for May 2018 is scheduled, and is currently almost full. (There is a limit of 12 persons per trip).

We shall aim to offer a further, probably final, trip in May 2019, not starting before the middle of the month and lasting 11 days. Exact dates can't be set until the Spring of 2018 when tide and other information is known. Once dates are known, they will be published here and a full itinerary will be announced.

Meantime, the trip is likely to include visits to the following 10 lights, plus 2 days visiting other world-class Orkney attractions:

• Hoy High and Hoy Low
• Cantick Head
• Helliar Holm
• Brough of Birsay
• Noup Head
• North Ronaldsay
• Start Point, Sanday
• Auskerry
• Copinsay

If you'd like to register an interest for May 2019, simply contact David Taylor by email.

18th - 19th August 2018

International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend intends to raise the profile of lighthouses, lightvessels and other navigational aids, promoting our maritime heritage.

Many lighthouses and places of associated interest will be open to the public, and there will be special events at lighthouses and lightvessels both at home and abroad. Trusts and Friends groups will be able to use this day to raise awareness of their work and involvement in the preservation of the history of lightkeeping.

Further details click here

from 2019

The early summer of 2018 will see a trial run of a trip visiting the some of the furthest flung lights in the south west of England. A group of experienced "eventers" are testing it and, if it works out according to plan, it will be offered to all members from 2019 as a regular feature until we've got through everyone who'd like to do it.

It's a logistically challenging trip and it is being organised by our South West Regional Rep, Kerry Larbalestier along with one of our trustees and Hurst Castle team member, John Best.

The plan is to base it at the Lizard - possibly using the former keepers' cottages as a base - and to take in the Wolf Rock, Pendeen, Longships, St Anthony Head and the Lizard lights, plus some other heritage attractions.

We're not accepting bookings for 2019 just yet - no dates and we want to be sure the trip itinerary works - but we are happy to take names from anyone who'd like to do it in 2019 or beyond. It's likely to take place in early June each year.

If you want to register your interest, contact David Taylor.

September 2018


Our Annual General Meeting will take place in South Wales this year. It will be held at the St Donat's Castle Arts Centre in Llantwit Major, just over 20 miles west of Cardiff.
As usual there will be optional supporting events and visits including:

* Dinner at St Donat's Castle on the evening of the Annual General Meeting
* Visits and access to Nash Point lighthouse and Flat Holm Island lighthouse
(the latter subject to weather and sea conditions)
* Visits to East and West Usk lighthouses
* Visits to the breakwater/harbour lights at Porthcawl and Barry
* Visit to the Coastwatch Institution on Barry Island
* Close-up views of the Monkstone lighthouse (weather and sea conditions permitting)
* Free time to visit whatever you'd like to while in the area - Cardiff especially offers lots of interesting places to visit

The weekend will start on Friday morning, 28th September at 10am, the AGM itself will be on Saturday 29th September at 3pm, and the weekend will formally end at midday on Monday 1st October. All aspects of the weekend are optional to allow for members who might need to arrive later than Friday morning or depart earlier than the Monday.

The March issue of Lamp will contain information about places to stay and travel suggestions. Formal registration for the weekend will not start until 1st June.

Any questions or queries contact our South Wales Regional Representative, Bridget Box

The Association is committed to ensuring that all members are able to participate in events and activities. If you have a disability and wish to attend a trip, please let us know and we will endeavour to accommodate you. All members are required to sign an indemnity declaration prior to participating in events. The ALK has full public liability insurance.