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INTERNATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE HERITAGE WEEKEND
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.

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.


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

Alderney Lighthouse
Channel Islands

Sunday 20th August

Lighthouse tour at 3pm

Tel: 01481 823737

Email

Bidston Lighthouse
Wirral

Saturday 19th August - Guided tours on the hour at 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm. First come, first served. Lighthouse souvenirs and thousands of second hand books on sale.

Contact
Tel: 0151 653 7816

Dungeness Old Lighthouse
Kent

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August, 10.30am - 4.30pm

Email

Flamborough Head Lighthouse
East Riding of Yorkshire

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August, 12.00pm - 4pm - last tour commences at 3.30pm

Tel: 01262 673769

Email

Happisburgh Lighthouse
Norfolk

Sunday 20th August from 10.30am - 4pm. Visitors must be at least a metre high to climb the tower, but all welcome to visit the lighthouse.

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

Lizard Lighthouse
Cornwall

Sunday 20th August 11am - 5pm

Tel: 01326 290202 or Email

Longstone Lighthouse
Northumberland
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th 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 20th - Sunday 21st August 11am - 4pm

Tel: 07446 171320

Portland Bill Lighthouse
Dorset

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August, 10am - 5pm

Tel: 01305 821050 Email

Smeaton's Tower
Devon

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August 10.00am - 5.00pm

Tel: 01752 304774

Souter Lighthouse
Tyne and Wear

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August - Lighthouse open for tours from 11.00am -5pm.

Tel: 0191 529 3161 Email

South Foreland Lighthouse
Kent

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August - Lighthouse open for tours from 11.00am -5.30pm.

Tel: 01304 852463 Email

Southwold Lighthouse
Suffolk

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August 11.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Tel: 01255 245156 Email

Start Point Lighthouse
Devon

Sunday 20th August Guided tours at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm

Tel: 01803 771802 Email

St Catherine's Lighthouse
Isle of Wight

Saturday 19th - Sunday 20th August 1pm - 4.30pm

Tel: 01983 730435 Email

Trinity Buoy Wharf
London

Saturday 19th - Sunday 20th August 9am - 5pm

Tel: 020 7515 7153 Email

Withernsea Lighthouse
East Yorkshire

Saturday 20th August 1pm - 5pm and Sunday 21st August 12pm - 4pm

Tel: 01964 614834 Email


Scotland

Ardnamurchan Lighthouse

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th 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 19TH August 10am-5pm. 

Guided tours of the museum are available on request but please phone the museum in advance to book a tour.

Tel: 01241 435329
Mull of Galloway Lighthouse
Dumfries and Galloway

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August - the lighthouse will be open to climb from 10am to 4pm.

Email

Museum of Scottish Lighthouses
Aberdeenshire

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August 10.00am - 5.00pm

Tel: 01346 511022

Sumburgh Head Lighthouse
Shetland
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August 11.00am to 5.30pm.

Tel: 01595 694688 Email


Wales

Nash Point Lighthouse
South Glamorgan

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August 11.30pm - 5.30pm

Tel: 07850 047721 Email

Porth y Swnt
Aberdaron

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August 10.00am - 6.00pm

Former optic from Bardsey Lighthouse on display.

Email


Ireland

Ballycotton Lighthouse
Co Cork

Saturday 19th August and Sunday 20th August - Boat departs from 10am, booking required.

Email

Hook Lighthouse
Co Wexford

Saturday 19th August and Sunday 20th August

Email

Loop Head Lighthouse
Co Clare


Saturday 19th August and Sunday 20th August from 10am to 6pm. Admission is €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 19th and Sunday 20th 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 19th August and Sunday 20th August from 11am to 6pm.

Email


Jersey

La Corbiere Lighthouse
Jersey


Details to be confirmed.

Allow up to 3 hours, easy walking, less than a mile, but many steps. Children must be accompanied by an adult, recommended minimum 10 years old.

Pre-booking is essential: Email: Sue Hardy
Tel: 01534 722536



Australia

Cape Otway
Victoria
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August - tours and events over the weekend.

Norah Head Lighthouse
New South Wales

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August 10.00am and 1.30pm for guided tours.


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 would like 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 give you further information.


USA

Horton Point Lighthouse
New York

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August 11.30am - 4.00pm

Email