As a thank you for raising money for Padstow Lifeboat, Jules from Maintenance and Sophie from Reception were kindly invited to visit Padstow Lifeboat Station and given an exclusive tour of the lifeboat; The Spirit of Padstow.

You can park at the National Trust carpark at Trevose Head and walk to the Lifeboat Station. You can also access the Lifeboat Station by walking along the stunning South West Coast Path which you can join in Padstow or any of the beautiful Seven Bays.

The State of the Art Padstow Lifeboat Station is set in a small secluded bay and accessed via 101 steps down the steep cliff! The spectacular views are well worth the climb and you may spot some local wildlife; we spotted a Cormorant playing in the waves and if you are lucky you may spot a seal in the Bay.

There is a lot to explore inside. Learn about the history of Padstow Lifeboat and its brave crew through displays of photographs and stories of rescues and lives saved. You can learn about the different lifeboats in service; from the stations first motor steam lifeboat commissioned in 1899 to the current Tamar class lifeboat. There are friendly and informative volunteers and crew members who are more than happy to answer any questions and tell you more about this vital service.

There is a great area for little lifeboat enthusiasts to dress up and learn about saving lives at sea. Dogs are also welcome. There is a great selection of souvenirs to purchase with all proceeds going to support this charity that relies purely on the generosity of its supporters and volunteers.

Visitors are unable to go on to the lifeboat as she has to be ready to launch as soon as a request for help is received. However, visitors are welcome to watch the exciting training launch on Wednesdays at 6 pm.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Padstow Lifeboat Station, especially watching the lifeboat launch from the outside viewing balcony. We highly recommend a visit to Padstow Lifeboat Station as each visit supports this vital service.