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Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August 2014

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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.

There will be radio and press publicity before the event. 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.

In 1993 International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend 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 ILLW List for the latest list of participants.

In 2002 the ALK decided to run the event to coincide with the amateur radio group; the aims of which were to open as many lighthouses to the public as possible, raise the profile of lighthouses, lightvessels and other navigational aids, promoting our maritime heritage and of course that of the ALK.

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.



Participating Lighthouses

Please note that opening times vary from lighthouse to lighthouse, and some may not be open all of the time, and that height, age or access restrictions may also be in place, so you are strongly advised to check with the relevant visitor centre in advance to confirm details.

The ALK cannot be held responsible for any errors, omissions or last minute changes.



England

Bidston Lighthouse
Wirral

Saturday 16th August from 12pm to 4pm.
Contact: Stephen Pickles

Lighthouse Passport Bidston Lighthouse is participating in the Lighthouse Passport scheme.

Black Nore Lighthouse
Portishead

Saturday 16th August from 12pm to 4pm

Food and beverages at the Portishead Yacht and Sailing Club from 12 to 4pm. The Yacht Club will be holding a race to Black Nore Point and back for the Black Nore Cup. The race culminates at 12.30pm in front of the clubhouse. Spectators will be able to watch the colourful procession from the Lighthouse, along the footpath and from the Club House. 

There will also be music, paintings and pictures on display, and other gift items, as well as a raffle and auction. 

The Lighthouse will be turned on during the celebrations as a demonstration of what it was like during the 117 years that Blacknore was operational.

Guided tours of the internal workings of the Lighthouse will be available at £5 for members and £10 for non-members of the Friends of Blacknore Lighthouse. Tickets must be purchased from the cashier in the Club House before entering the Lighthouse, as the guides will not be able to sell tickets. 

Dungeness Lighthouse
Kent

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August, 10.30am - 4.30pm
Happisburgh Lighthouse
Norfolk

Sunday 17th August from 11am - 4pm. Visitors must be at least a metre high to climb the tower, but all welcome to visit the lighthouse. The Norfolk Amateur Radio Club will be transmitting from the lighthouse during the weekend.


Contact: Carol Palfrey Tel: 01692 650442

Lighthouse Passport Happisburgh Lighthouse is participating in the Lighthouse Passport scheme.

Harwich High Light
Essex
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August - 11am - 3pm.
Email

Harwich Low Light:
Maritime Museum
Essex

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August - 11am - 3pm.
Hurst Castle
Hampshire

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August 10.00am to 5.30pm. The ALK Museum Room and Trinity House Exhibition Room will be open.

Saturday 16th August - The Acetylene Room will be open (subject to change) and tours provided, from 11.00am - 4.30pm.  

There will be no charge to view the Acetylene Room, however, normal charges apply to enter the Castle to view the ALK Museum Rooms and also the Trinity House Exhibition Rooms.  

The lighthouse will not be open to visitors for health and safety reasons.

Access to Hurst Spit via the ferry from Keyhaven (normal charges) or by walking along the Spit (1½ miles of shingle) free of charge.

Tel: Keith Morton

Leasowe Lighthouse
Wirral

Sunday 17th August - ALK North West Representatives Gordon and Louise Medlicott will be at Leasowe Lighthouse to meet any ALK members who make themselves known. The Lighthouse will be open from 12.00pm to 4.00pm.

Tel: Geoffrey Brown Tel: 0151 678 7807

Lighthouse Passport Leasowe Lighthouse is participating in the Lighthouse Passport scheme.

Lizard Lighthouse
Cornwall

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August 11am - 5pm

Tel: 01326 290202 or Email

Lighthouse Passport Lizard Lighthouse is participating in the Lighthouse Passport scheme.

Longstone Lighthouse
Northumberland

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August

Tel: 01665 721210 or 01655 721819 Email
LV18
Harwich, Essex
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August, 11am - 4pm
LV21
Gillingham, Kent
Saturday 16th August, 1pm-5pm - a sea shanty mini festival is being held.

Planet Lightvessel
Liverpool

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August, 10.00am to 10.00pm

Email

Portland Bill Lighthouse
Dorset

Sunday 17th August, 11am - 5pm

Email
Rossall Point Tower and Coastwatch Station, Fleetwood, Lancashire

Rossall Point Tower is not a lighthouse, but will be open on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August from 11-4pm.

Contact Michael Tattersall Tel: 01253 887515

Smeaton's Tower
Plymouth Hoe, Devon

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August, 10am to 4.30pm

Hear local musicians 'Tobacco Road' play their sea shanties, try and answer the questions in a lighthouse quiz and get a certificate for climbing to the Lantern Room as part of the celebrations for International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend 2014.
Standard admission to Smeaton’s Tower applies: £2.60 for adults, £1.30 for children – under 3s free, £1.60 for students and seniors, £7.50 for family ticket. Other group concessions are available and there is no need to book in advance.

Souter Lighthouse
Tyne and Wear

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August - Lighthouse open for tours from 11.00am -5.00pm.

Tel: 0191 529 0909 Email

Lighthouse Passport Souter Lighthouse is participating in the Lighthouse Passport scheme.

South Foreland Lighthouse
Kent

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August - Lighthouse open for tours from 11.00am -5.00pm. Free entry to ALK members (on production of membership card). ALK Member Charles Franklyn will be on site, and the local amateur radio society will also be attending.

Tel: 01304 853281 Email

Lighthouse Passport South Foreland Lighthouse is participating in the Lighthouse Passport scheme.

Southwold Lighthouse
Suffolk
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August 11.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Tel: 01502 724729 Email
Spurn Lightship
Hull
Sunday 17th August 1.30pm - 4.30pm, admission free
St Catherine's Lighthouse
Isle of Wight
Sunday 17th August 1.00pm - 4.30pm

Tel: 01983 730435 Email

St Mary's Lighthouse
Tyne & Wear

Saturday 16th 11am - 5pm, Sunday 17th August, 12pm - 5pm

Tel: 0191 200 8652 Email

Please check prior to visiting, as access is restricted by tide/weather conditions.

Lighthouse Passport St Mary's Lighthouse is participating in the Lighthouse Passport scheme.
Start Point Lighthouse
Devon

Sunday 17th August 11.00am - 5.00pm

Tel: 01803 771802 Email

Trinity Buoy Wharf
Blackwall, London
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August - The Douglass Lighthouse will be open from 11am to 5pm both days.

This lighthouse was built by James Douglass for the purpose of testing lighthouse equipment and was used by Trinity House to train new keepers. The lighthouse tower and attached chain store building is now used to house a number of arts projects, including the outstanding Longplayer project.
Withernsea Lighthouse
East Yorkshire

Saturday 16th August 1pm - 5pm and Sunday 17th August 12pm - 4pm

Tel: 01964 614834 Email

Lighthouse Passport Withernsea Lighthouse is participating in the Lighthouse Passport scheme.



Wales

Nash Point Lighthouse
South Glamorgan

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August 2.00pm - 5.30pm

Tel: 07850 047721 Email

Lighthouse Passport Nash Point Lighthouse is participating in the Lighthouse Passport scheme.

South Stack Lighthouse
Anglesey
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August 10.00am - 5.00pm
Email

Scotland

Arbroath Signal Tower
Angus
Saturday 16th August 10.00am - 5.00pm
Tel: 01241 435329 Email

Ardnamurchan Lighthouse

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August - Lighthouse open for tours 11.00 am - 4.00 pm, tours are every half hour. You can telephone ahead to book a place Tel: 01972 510210
Mull of Galloway Lighthouse
Dumfries and Galloway

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August 10.00am - 4.00pm
Email

Lighthouse Passport Mull of Galloway Lighthouse is participating in the Lighthouse Passport scheme.

Museum of Scottish Lighthouses
Aberdeenshire

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August 10.00am - 5.00pm

Tel: 01346 511022

Lighthouse Passport The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses is participating in the Lighthouse Passport scheme.

North Ronaldsay Lighthouse
Orkney

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August 10.00am - 5.00pm

Tel: 01857 633297 or 07768 201651 Email

Sumburgh Head Lighthouse
Shetland
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Tel: 01595 694688 Email

Lighthouse Passport Sumburgh Head Lighthouse is participating in the Lighthouse Passport scheme.
Wick Heritage Museum
Saturday 16th August 10am – 5pm, last entry 3.45pm.

The museum holds the former Noss Head Lighthouse optic.

Tel: 01955 605393 Email

Channel Islands

Corbiere Lighthouse
Jersey

Saturday 16th August - tours available, but booking is essential.

Tel: 01534 448877 Email

Lighthouse Passport Corbiere Lighthouse is participating in the Lighthouse Passport scheme


Ireland

Ballycotton Lighthouse
Co Cork

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August. Sailings from 10am until 5pm both days.

Contact: Jerry Lynch (Ticket office): 00 353 21 4646875.

Hook Lighthouse
Co Wexford

Saturday 16th August and Sunday 17th August - Guided tours every half hour from 10.00am to 5.30pm

Tel: 051-397055 Email

Lighthouse Passport Hook Lighthouse is participating in the Lighthouse Passport scheme.

Loop Head Lighthouse
Co Clare

Saturday 16th August and Sunday 17th August from 10am to 6pm. Admission is €5 per adult and €2 per child with a family ticket available for €12.

Lighthouse Passport Loop Head Lighthouse is participating in the Lighthouse Passport scheme.

Mizen Head Signal Station
West Cork
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August, 10am to 6pm

Tel: + 353 28 35115 or +353 28 35225 Email


Lithuania

Klaipeda Lighthouse

Saturday 16th August - lighthouse will be open to visitors
Email


Sweden

Over 70 lighthouses will be open to the public over this weekend.
The Swedish Lighthouse Society's webpage is at  www.fyr.org

If you might have the opportunity to visit a Swedish lighthouse/s over the weekend,
contact the Society's founder and chairman, Esbjörn Hillberg
- also a member of the ALK - who will be able to let you have the information you require.