Welcome to Caister Lifeboat
More than thirty beers, over a dozen ciders and a handful of bands - the perfect line up for a great Father's Day weekend.
The fifth Caister Lifeboat Beer and Cider Festival is set to be even bigger and better than last year - which was a record-breaker!
With the best of Norfolk's ales, and a few from further afield, we've something for everyone.
Then there's the ciders - sparkling and still, bottle conditioned and from the barrel, and even a couple of good scrumpies which we don't always know the strength of, but they taste mighty good!
And if you're not a beer or cider fan - then just as well we stock up on half a dozen varieties of wines - three reds, three whites and a rose! What more could you ask for?
Bands? Well, yes - we have them too!
The line-up includes The Moondogs playing on the Friday with a mixture of rock and ballad classics as well as a selection of their own music.
Saturday lunchtime is perfect to chill out to the mellow sounds of Annie's Jazz Friends - a group of mature musicians who know all the best tunes that will get you in the mood.
The headline performance for Saturday night is Eddie Miller - well known for his gigs around Caister - anything from dance and pop to blues and rock he'll have you on the dance floor in no-time!
And on Day Four - Father's Day - the easy-listening accoustic guitar and vocals duo Harvest - with Richard and Jon.
So what about the food? On the Friday and Saturday we have a Phone-and-Deliver service from Thompson's Fish and Chip Shop - and on the Sunday lunchtime Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Chips.
And that's not all. We'll have our usual Tug-o-War challenges for adults and children, and the Yard of Ale Challenge - but that's strictly for adults!!
With all this going on - what more of an excuse do you need to take your dad out to celebrate!
*Caister Lifeboat Beer and Cider Festival from 19 June to 21 June. Friday 6pm til midnight, Saturday 12noon til midnight and Sunday 12noon til we run out of beer (or 4pm!) Entry costs £5 and includes FIRST PINT.
The Caister Lifeboat Experience will burst into colour this Whitsun bank holiday weekend.
Flower arrangers and professional florists will be installing a series of displays throughout the shed.
Many will be themed on either lifeboat colours, beach scenes or take the form of memorials and floral tributes.
And on the Sunday, there's a plant sale - timed perfectly so you have the chance to plant them up over the bank holiday!
Stallholders include commercial nurseries and local allotment holders selling surplus fruit and vegetable plants so you can grow your own at home!
As well as featuring the work of several flower clubs in the Great Yarmouth area, many commercial florists will also be showing off their creativity and range of blooms.
What's more - we'll be running a raffle, so you could end up winning one of the displays which can be collected when the display closes!
*The Caister Lifeboat Flower Festival opens from 10am til 3.30pm Saturday 23 May to Monday 25 May. Free entry. To book a plant stall, or if you wish to exhibit a flower display, please contact Andrew Turner on 07967 088150.
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Our new Inshore Lifeboat is on station and responding to calls for assistance.
See our boats section for more details of our new Inshore boat, was named the Fred Dyble by HRH Princess Anne.
See our other photo's from the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the Thames on the special site
Three Crew Members were presented with their Royal Humane Society Medals by the Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk The Assisting Medic received a Certificate from the CVLS.
Picture by Director Mike Randall
All your donations and good wishes of support are most appreciated and because we are all volunteers all financial help goes to ensuring the lifeboats are fully operational and the crew are trained, available and ready to respond.
Without your help we could not continue to be ready to support those in distress and to save lives. This is why a very grateful and special "Thank you" message is sent to all our sponsors and Supporters
We do our very best to acknowledge and respond to all donations and enquiries so please remember to always send us your details, or the address of the Organisation you represent.
If you haven't heard from us within 28 days please give us a call. We will NEVER intentionally ignore any communication but sometimes, even with our best endevours, things can go astray.
Where it all began.
Our history dates back to the Caister Beach Company in 1794 and the volunteers of the Caister Lifeboat Service can claim with pride that they are an important part of the history of Caister On Sea and the proud heritage of Norfolk.
Since 1969 the Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Service has been operated independently from the RNLI, as a Registered Charity, and today Volunteers crew both an offshore and inshore lifeboat.
At 38 knots the Offshore Lifeboat, 'Bernard Matthews II', named after the very famous Norfolk turkey farmer, is a Dutch valentijn class vessel. It is the fastest all weather lifeboat in the British Isles. Along with the inshore vessel, the fred Dyble they both provide an essential part of the lifeboat service on this deceivingly treacherous coast.
We welcome you to our Caister Lifeboat Experience which explains in pictures and words the story of the Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Service from way back in the days of the Famous Norfolk Coast Beach Companys. Get aboard our first motorised Lifeboat ,the Shirley Jean Ayde and read of the exploits of crews past and present
If you have a story or any information about the Caister Life boats that you want to share please contact us
The crew assembled for their annual photograph
For details of all our boats and the rescues that tell the history of the station please click on the archive icon at the end of the history page