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Events Team
Laura Burkett

Events Coordinator
Sarah Kerr

Events Team
Lin Sunderland

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The Events Team are currently looking at priority trips for the coming years and needs ALK members' help.

The survey is available online at and paper copies will be sent with the Spring issue of Lamp for those preferring this method. 

We would be grateful if members could take a moment to share your interests and ideas with us. Surveys should be completed and submitted by 31st March 2019.


2018 opening arrangements

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

Winter Season 2018 - to 29th March 2019 weekends only, subject to weather conditions.

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
Hurst Castle Website

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 20 minutes from 10.00am). Alternatively, one can walk (free of charge) along the shingle spit but it should be noted that it is challenging – 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: 01590 675146

4th-7th April 2019




Based in Oban, this trip will take in LISMORE, CORRAN and ARDNAMURCHAN lighthouses, as well as the Northern Lighthouse Board’s Oban Depot. Tours of Lismore, Corran and Ardnamurchan lighthouse will be included.

Thursday 4th April: A travel day with a meet and greet, as well as transport to hotels if necessary.

Friday 5th April: In the morning, groups will visit LISMORE lighthouse on covered rigid inflatable boats from Oban. After lunch in Oban, the group will be given a tour of the NLB ENGINEERING DEPOT AND BUOY YARD. The cost of attending on the Friday is £28.00 per person.

Saturday 6th April: At 9am the group will travel by coach from Oban to CORRAN lighthouse, and then onward to ARDNAMURCHAN lighthouse for a tour of the lighthouse. The cost of attending on the Saturday is £26.00 per person.

Sunday 7th April: Travel home.

Accommodation will not be arranged by the ALK events team for this trip. Each person attending will be responsible for organising their own accommodation booking.If you would like to attend all or either day of this trip please email the Events Team or call Sarah Kerr, ALK Events Coordinator, 01641 531239.

8th-13th May 2019

Cape Wrath

Dunnet Head


Based at the Northern Sands Hotel in Dunnet, this trip will take in CAPE WRATH, STRATHY POINT, HOLBURN HEAD, DUNNET HEAD, DUNCANSBY HEAD and NOSS HEAD lighthouses as well as a view of the minor LOCH ERIBOLL lighthouse.

This event is now fully booked. To be added to a waiting list for future events, please email the Events Team or call Sarah Kerr, ALK Events Coordinator, 01641 531239.

Monday 20th May 2019

A re-run of our very successful day trip, this event will take in the Douglass Tower at Trinity Buoy Wharf and a tour of Trinity House’s headquarters. The trip will also include a ride on the Cable Car across the Thames, a chance to explore Trinity Buoy Wharf after the official tour, and Thames Clipper riverboat journeys to reach Trinity House.

The group will meet at the O2 Emirates Cable Car Greenwich Peninsula departure station at 9.15am. The Trinity Buoy Wharf tour will begin at 10.30am and the tour of Trinity House will commence at 2pm.

The cost for the day is £12 per person. This amount will cover the Trinity House tour including tea and biscuits, and the Thames Clipper crossings. All attendees will be expected to contribute a minimum of £2 on the day towards the LongPlayer charity at Trinity Buoy Wharf. Additional costs on the day will be travel (Cable Car and DLR to Trinity Buoy Wharf) and lunch.

If you would like to join the trip or find out more information please email the Events Team or call Sarah Kerr, ALK Events Coordinator, 01641 531239.

17th - 18th August 2019

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.

Click here for more details

27th-29th September 2019

Plans are coming together for the 31st AGM weekend in Hull. This year’s event will run from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September, with the AGM taking place on the afternoon of Saturday 28th, followed by dinner that evening. While start and end times of the organised activities are yet to be confirmed, we anticipate the event beginning on the Friday morning and concluding on the Sunday afternoon.

We are planning to hold the AGM at Westmere Farm in Kilnsea, which is on the approach to Spurn. We aim to host the dinner at The Northfield at Longmeadows Holiday Park in Withernsea. Following the AGM a presentation will be given by Alan Nicholas, former Swansea Depot Manager for Trinity House. The invited speaker for the dinner will be Dave Steenvoorden MBE, coxswain of the Humber Lifeboat.

During the weekend, members will have organised group visits to Spurn lighthouse. This will happen across the Friday and Sunday due to tides and the limitation on numbers being able to access the lighthouse. While at Spurn, members will also be able to visit the RNLI Humber Lifeboat Station and Museum and learn about the RNLI’s only full-time lifeboat crew. Subject to operational commitments, the lifeboat will be brought alongside the pier and guided tours will be available. Group tours of Withernsea lighthouse are also being arranged. During the free time available in the schedule, members can take in some of the smaller lights along the banks of the Humber, such as those as Paull and Thorngumbald.

Those attending the AGM will be responsible for booking their own accommodation this year as we will not be block booking hotels. Hull is home to some larger hotels, such as the Premier Inn Hull City Centre, Holiday Inn and Travelodge. It should be noted that travel time from the centre of Hull to Spurn is around 45 minutes, and 30 minutes from Hull to Withernsea. There are a number of smaller B&Bs and guest houses as well as caravan sites in the Withernsea and Easington areas. The events team holds a list of accommodation for these areas, which is available on request. Please contact us, see details below, if you would like the list sent to you.
Final confirmation of the venues, timings and cost will appear here in late April. In the meantime any enquiries can be emailed to or call Sarah Kerr, Events Coordinator, on 01641 531239.

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.