Opening times

The Fishermen’s Heritage Centre in 2017

Open daily, Monday to Friday, 12 noon to 4 pm, Saturdays and Sundays  2 to 4 pm. This runs from Saturday 1st to Monday 17th April (for the school Easter holiday*), then throughout the summer period, Saturday 29th April to Saturday 30th September, and open again for the school autumn half-term holiday (Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th October, weather permitting).

* Please note that during this period work on the main doors may not have been completed and it may not be possible to open them as usual. Entry will still be possible for most via the small door, but it may present problems for people with disabilities.

Admission is free, but please make a donation to cover our operating costs.

Please note that the Centre is run entirely by volunteers and although every effort is made to open at the advertised times, it will sometimes be necessary to close if no volunteer stewards are available. Also, owing to the exposed position of the Centre on the sea front, it may not be possible to open if weather conditions are bad.

 The Peter Coke Shell Gallery in 2017

Open daily, 12 noon to 4 pm except on Sundays, when it opens at 1.30 pm. Open for the school Easter holidays, from Saturday 1st to Monday 17th April, then for the summer period from Saturday 29th April to Friday 29th September, then open again for the school autumn half-term holiday (Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th October, weather permitting).

Admission is free, but please make a donation to cover our operating costs.

Please note that the Gallery is run entirely by volunteers and although every effort is made to open at the advertised times, it will on rare occasions be closed if no volunteer stewards are available.

Disabled Access

The Shell Gallery is fully accessible to wheelchair users although users of large motorised wheelchairs should note that space between the display stands is somewhat restricted.

The Fishermen’s Heritage Centre is accessed through the original lifeboat shed and the top of the lifeboat slipway, which has been preserved as it was when in use so does not offer modern access facilities. The slipway consists of a ridged concrete slope (please note that the remaining tie points for boats may present a trip hazard)) and there is a slight step into the lifeboat shed which may present a problem to unaccompanied wheelchair users. Once inside, wheelchairs can access much of the Centre on the flat, although parts are not accessible because of narrow passage ways. Unfortunately the only way of viewing the inside of the lifeboat is from raised platforms approached by steps.

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