Caister Lifeboat - 40 Years of Independence!
Caister Lifeboat

Welcome to Caister Lifeboat

Celebrate Father's Day - raise a glass and raise some money!!

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.
Blooming marvellous... Caister Lifeboat in glorious colour!

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.
Don't forget that we have a donation link using the  "Just Giving" web site....just open the "Just Giving" site ,search Caister Lifeboat and follow the links.
From 2015 there will be plenty for the whole family to do in our revamped Caister Lifeboat Experience
Tthe Caister Lifeboat Experience is now open to the public... dwinteuring the we have been refreshing our displays and creating new activities.
Visitors can dress up in waterprofs lifeboat kit and get on board a real lifeboat - The Shirley Jean Adye - which served at Caister from 1969 to 1991.
There's also games and activities to play, you can hear some of the Caister Lifeboat stories in new audio systems which have been fitted.
There's also a range of short films, including the Children's ITV show Rosie and Jim - where Caister Lifeboat rescued them on The Old Rag Doll!
We've made the changes based on what you've told us. Feedback highlighted that adult visitors loved learning about the Caister Lifeboats, but that there wasn't enough for children to do. Now they can.
What's more, it's free for everyone. 
And when you have had all your adventures you can visit the Bernard Matthews Operational Shed for a well earned cup of tea and a locally made cake
Caister Lifeboat Experience is open Sundays and Wednesdays from Sunday 29 March until Sunday 1 November. Also open every Bank Holiday during the season, and every Thursday during the school summer holidays. Also, Thursday 10 September (and Sun 13 September) for the National Heritage Open Weekends event, where we will be hosting guided walks and talks on the sandbanks and shipwrecks off Caister.
During the 2013 we had the Bernard Matthews II, all-weather lifeboat, fully serviced, refitted and improved together with a stainless steel replacement cabin for our main launch catterpillar tractor.We also replaced the lifting fenders on our main trailer. 
Our New Inshore Lifeboat the "Fred Dyble", is now operational with its new tractor and always ready on its new launch trailor.  
We continually train to keep people safe on our local beaches and at sea.With help and support from HM Coastguard, the local Coastguard patrols,Caister National Coastwatch Institute and other emergency services, we've had some incredible life-saving rescues. 
Our Chairman and Crew man Paul Garrod looking suitably pleased during a recent training excercise
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Why not keep in touch by logging onto our  Facebook page introduced to provide you with information and photographs so you  know what we are doing and when.


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.

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 New boat launch


The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2012.Signed by Her Majesty The Queen has  been granted to the Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Service 

It has the citation "For the saving of lives of those in danger on the seas and the foreshore of the East Anglian Coast"

Queens Award

All those involved with the service are extremely proud of this award especially since it coincided with the Queen's Diamond jubilee Celebrations on the Thames.

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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.

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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

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If you have a story or any information about the Caister Life boats that you want to share please contact us 

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 The crew assembled for their annual photograph

Caister Lifeboat Crew

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 

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The Lifeboat Station, Tan lane, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk NR30 5DJ