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International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend

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.

ILHW coincides with International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, which was founded by the Ayr Amateur Radio Group with the aim of radio operators transmitting from lighthouses around the globe.  This is coordinated and promoted via www.illw.net: see the website for the latest list of participants.

More details will follow in due course.  If you wish your lighthouse/lightship visitor centre to be included in the list of visitor centres open for the weekend, please let us know so we can publicise your event.



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England

ALK Lighthouse Museum
Hurst Castle, Hampshire

The first ferry from Keyhaven is at 1020 – then every 20 minutes, the last ferry from the Castle is at 1730 – Visitors should aim to catch one around 5.00pm.
Alternative is to walk along the shingle spit, FOC - 1½ miles of hard going! The Castle Café will be open for light refreshments.

Fees to enter the Castle are: Adult £5.00, Child £3.00, OAP £4.50, Member of English Heritage / Member of the Friends of Hurst Castle - FOC

Entrance to the ALK Museum Rooms is via the Castle main gate - no additional fee
Ferries – Keyhaven to the Castle – Return fares: Adult £6.50, Child £3.50, Parking at Keyhaven at cost. Sat Nav: Post Code SO41 0TR

Lighthouse Stamps and Lighthouse Passports are available at the Castle Main Gate.

Contact: Castle 01590 642344

Alderney Lighthouse
Channel Islands

Sunday 19th August

Tel: 01481 823737

Tour at 3.00pm

Email

Bidston Lighthouse
Wirral

Saturday 18th August

Guided tours on the hour at 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm.

Contact
Tel: 0151 653 7816

Dungeness Old Lighthouse
Kent

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August, 10.30am - 4.30pm

Email

Flamborough Head Lighthouse
East Riding of Yorkshire

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August

12.00pm - 4.00pm. Last tour 3.30pm

Tel: 01262 673769

Email

Happisburgh Lighthouse
Norfolk

Sunday 19th August from 10.30am - 4pm. Visitors must be at least a metre high to climb the tower, but all welcome to visit the lighthouse. Adults £5, Children £1.

ALK members Patrick and Joy Tubby will be giving guided tours, and would be pleased to meet any ALK members that make themselves known.

The Norfolk Amateur Radio Club will be transmitting from the lighthouse during the weekend.

Email

Harwich Low Lighthouse
Essex

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August 11am - 3pm.

Email

Lizard Lighthouse
Cornwall

Sunday 19th August 11am - 5pm

Tel: 01326 290202 or Email

 

Longstone Lighthouse
Northumberland
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August
First sailing 10.30am (
max 12 passengers)
For all other sailing times contact Golden Gate booking office on 07904 800590 / 01665 721210

Email
LV18
Harwich, Essex

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August 11am - 4pm

Tel: 07446 171320

LV50 Royal Northumberland Yacht Club
Blyth, Northumberland

Saturday 18th August, 10am - 4pm. Free admission

Address: Royal Northumberland Yacht Club; South Harbour;  Blyth; Northumberland NE243PB Website

Tel: 07990758332 Email

Portland Bill Lighthouse
Dorset

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August, 10am - 5pm

Tel: 01305 821050 Email

Smeaton's Tower
Devon

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August 10.00am - 5.00pm

Tel: 01752 304774

Souter Lighthouse
Tyne and Wear

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August - Lighthouse open for tours from 11.00am -5pm.

Tel: 0191 529 3161 Email

South Foreland Lighthouse
Kent

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August - Lighthouse open for tours from 11.00am -5.30pm.

Tel: 01304 852463 Email

Southwold Lighthouse
Suffolk

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August 11.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Email

Start Point Lighthouse
Devon

Sunday 19th August 11.00am - 4.00pm

Tel: 01803 771802 Email

St Catherine's Lighthouse
Isle of Wight

Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th August 1pm - 4.30pm

Tel: 01983 730435 Email

Trinity Buoy Wharf
London

Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th August 9am - 5pm

Tel: 020 7515 7153 Email

Withernsea Lighthouse
East Yorkshire

Saturday 18th August 1pm - 5pm and Sunday 19th August 1pm - 5pm

Tel: 01964 614834 Email


Scotland

Ardnamurchan Lighthouse

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August - Lighthouse open for tours 11.00 am - 4.00 pm, tours are every half hour.

Booking is essential at busy times.

Tel: 01972 510210

Arbroath Signal Tower
Angus

The Signal Tower was the shore station for the light keepers that served on Bell Rock Lighthouse. The museum is open Saturday 18th August 10am-5pm. 

Tel: 01241 435329

Covesea Skerries Lighthouse
Moray

Open Saturday 18th August in the morning - may be open other times, by appointment.

Tel: 01343 810664

Email

Following the Lights
Edinburgh

Peter Gellatly will be displaying canvas photographs along with his lighthouse exhibition at the former Northern Lighthouse vessel Fingal and Royal Yacht Britannia, Ocean Terminal, Leith, with a special exhibition for International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend 2018 on 18th and 19th August.

If any former keepers or staff would like to pop along to talk a little about their career at NLB, Trinity or Irish Lights, please contact Peter Gellatly.

Mull of Galloway Lighthouse
Dumfries and Galloway

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August - 10am to 4pm

Email

Museum of Scottish Lighthouses
Aberdeenshire

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August 10.00am - 5.00pm

Tel: 01346 511022

North Ronaldsay Lighthouse
Orkney

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August

Tel: 07703 112224

Email

Sumburgh Head Lighthouse
Shetland
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August 11.00am to 5.30pm.

Tel: 01595 694688 Email

Wales

Porth y Swnt
Aberdaron

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August 10.00am - 6.00pm

Former optic from Bardsey Lighthouse on display.

Email


Ireland

Ballycotton Lighthouse
Co Cork

Saturday 18th August and Sunday 19th August - Boat departs from 10am, booking required.

Email

Fanad Head Lighthouse
Co Donegal

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August - open from 9.30am to 5.30pm.
Tours are every half hour.

Email

Hook Lighthouse
Co Wexford

Saturday 18th August and Sunday 19th August

Email

 

Loop Head Lighthouse
Co Clare


Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August from 10am to 6pm. Admission €5 per adult and €2 per child with a family ticket available for €12. Further details available on www.loophead.ie.

Rathlin West Lighthouse
Co Antrim

Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre will be open Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August.

Managed by RSPB for its seabird colony, this is Northern's Ireland's unique, upside-down, cliff-clinging lighthouse with a red beam, one of three lighthouses  shining out from Rathlin  Island, 6 miles off-shore from Ballycastle, on the north Antrim Causeway Coast. 

Open daily 10.00am - 5.00pm (last admission 4.00pm) 

Travel from ballycastle with  Rathlin Ferry Ltd,  private minibus on the island for 4 mile journey to the west end.

Valentia Island Lighthouse
Co Kerry

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August from 11am to 6pm.

Email


Australia

Cape Otway
Victoria

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August - open 9am to 5pm

Includes a special event You Light Up My Life


Denmark

Blåvand Fyr

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August

The lighthouse is open 10am – 5pm

Bovbjerg Fyr

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August

A culture house run by 160 volunteers is open to the public from 11am -5pm. Historic exhibition, art exhibition, café, shop.

Email

Hanstholm Fyr

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August

Art exhibition: Birte Ohsten - paintings - oil painting and watercolor

Hirtshals Fyr

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August

Lighthouse guided tours at 1 pm Saturday and Sunday

Lodbjerg Fyr

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th Augut

The lighthouse is open to visitors during the day (7:00-21:00). The National Park volunteers will arrange guided tours this weekend (Saturday and Sunday 11:30 and 14:00) with information about the lighthouse and the surrounding heath and plantation area.

Skagen Grey Lighthouse

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August

The Centre will arrange guided tours this weekend in relation to lighthouses and migratory birds.



Sweden

Over 70 lighthouses will be open to the public over this weekend.
For more information, visit the Swedish Lighthouse Society's webpage

If you would like to visit a Swedish lighthouse/s over the weekend,
please contact Tommy Öberg for more information.


USA

Horton Point Lighthouse
New York

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August 11.30am - 4.00pm

Email


Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse
Florida

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August

Admission fee and height requirement for children to climb the Lighthouse.

St Augustine Lighthouse
Florida
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August