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David Taylor
Events Coordinator
David Taylor
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2017 opening arrangements

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

Open every day from 1st April to end of October
Castle opening times: 10.30am - 5.00pm

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.

Refreshments: there is a small cafe which can provide light refreshments

Travel to the Castle is by Ferry at cost from Keyhaven (every 20 minutes from 10.20am). Although the last ferry from the Castle is at 5.30pm it is advisable to depart by around 5.00pm. 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


Monday 8th May 2017

A re-run of this London 1-day event. A chance to tour Trinity House on Tower Hill and to see the former Trinity House Blackwall Depot (now Trinity Buoy Wharf) which includes workshops and a lighthouse where keepers were trained.

This will be open for our visit. Also included will be a chance to take great aerial shots of the lighthouse from the cable car across the Thames.

This trip is being organised by South East Regional Representative Ed Peppitt.

Click here for full information


Friday 12th May to Sunday 14th May 2017

A 3-day event taking in the Trinity House and pier lights at Whitby, the Whitby museum, Scarborough Pier light and the Trinity House Flamborough Head lighthouse.

This weekend is being organised by Lin Sunderland.

This event is now fully booked and a waiting list is in operation.
If you wish your name(s) to be added to the waiting list please advise the Events Coordinator


Thursday 22nd June 2017

This event is now fully booked and a waiting list is in operation.
If you wish your name(s) to be added to the waiting list
please advise the Events Coordinator

This event is being organised by South East Regional Representative Ed Peppitt.

Click here for more information


July and August 2017


The 2016 trip organised by Roy Thompson was such a success - and hopelessly over-subscribed -  that we're using the same itinerary as he used, plus a couple of "discover Orkney" days, for two more such trips, exclusively for ALK members and their guests, in July and August of 2017.

Full information about these two events can be found by clicking this link.

Within 24 hours of people hearing about these trips, all places were taken. So we're now operating a waiting list of reserves who will be offered places in the strict order in which they were requested. Due to the popularity of Orkney, we expect to run at least two more trips in 2018. If you wish to be on a reserve list, or express an interest in 2018 trips, please contact David Taylor


19th - 20th August 2017

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


September 2017

We had hoped to offer this popular trip re-run in 2017. However a number of factors have conspired together which effectively prevent us from being able to offer the Cape Wrath element next year, and the consensus feeling at the AGM was that to run this trip minus the Cape Wrath element would be like taking the jewel away from the crown, so we've decided to pull the whole trip from our schedules for now.

We shall review it for 2018 assuming the issues have been resolved by then. We're sorry for any disappointment this may cause.

Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October 2017

Kinnaird Head

Rattray Head

Buchan Ness Lighthouse

Girdleness Lighthouse


The ALK Annual General Meeting will be held at 3.30pm on Saturday, 30th September 2017 at the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

All members are invited along with guests who may join in any or all of the weekend activities.

We aim to offer visits to:
Fraserburgh Harbour lighthouse (full access)
Extended tours of the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses,
including access to parts not normally open to the public
plus lots of free time to browse at leisure
Rattray Head lighthouse (no access)
Buchan Ness lighthouse (full access)
Girdleness lighthouse (full access)
Options to visit Covesea Skerries and Todhead lighthouses
(full access to both) after the formal weekend events are over

The AGM itself will take place at the Museum, and our usual dinner will take place at the beach-front Tufted Duck hotel at nearby St Combs. Our guest speaker will be the CEO of the Northern Lighthouse Board, Mike Bullock.

It's a great opportunity to renew old friendships and make new ones and lots of people said to us at Newcastle in 2016 that they couldn't wait for the 2017 AGM! So many people have always meant to visit Fraserburgh but somehow haven't got around to it....well, here's your chance!

AGM Info

The file above contains information about travel and hotel accommodation but please note that, as of 9th March, ALL ROOMS AT THE TUFTED DUCK HOTEL ARE TAKEN and no more rooms are available there. Rooms are available still at the Heath Hill hotel. The file has information about how to book this hotel at which we've secured a group discount, though everyone is free to choose an alternative place to stay if they so wish.

Hope to see you there!

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.