The Lifeboat Station

The Lifeboat Station

The Lifeboat station is integral to the heart of the village. There are few safe West Country harbours between Padstow and Bideford.

Following a terrible storm Clovelly’s first lifeboat station was built in 1870. Most of the fishing fleet was destroyed with the loss of many lives. At only 33 feet long and built of wood, the lifeboat was powered through the waves by a crew of sturdy rowers.

The RNLI took Clovelly’s permanent lifeboat out of service in 1988. This rightly upset the villagers so they set up their own inshore rescue boat. Eight years later, the RNLI decided to return and started extending the boatshed and enhancing their inshore rescue service. In 2000 more work was done with great sensitivity to the location by marine architects. The completed building is the winner of many conservation awards.

During the summer months the lifeboat house is often open to visitors. It’s well worth a visit, so do make time for it during your tour of the village.

Clovelly Christmas Lights – Sunday 3rd December

The Christmas lights turn on is a magical time in Clovelly. Starting at 4 pm in the afternoon, a local brass band leads the procession down to the harbour, with festive Christmas carols sung along the way.

There’ll be a hog roast, hot dogs, Christmas grog and other refreshments available at the Harbour and Lifeboat Station. Then, Father Christmas will make a surprise visit!

Entrance fee:  £10 per car at the Visitor Centre after 2 pm. All proceeds will go to the R.N.L.I.