RNLI Moelfre to host Wales’ largest lifeboat open day

The Welsh RNLI centre will open its doors to the public on 16 August, with around 10,000 visitors expected to attend

One of the oldest RNLI stations in the UK will be hosting a free open day next month (16 August), which is expected to attract around 10,000 visitors, including more than 250 boats.

RNLI Moelfre was founded in 1830, just six years after the lifeboat charity began, and today is home to ‘Kiwi’ (pictured above), a £2.7million Tamar class lifeboat.

Demonstrations from ‘Kiwi’ and the inshore lifeboat will be followed by an RAF Sea King rescue helicopter display, weather permitting. This should draw the largest crowds, but small boats are advised to keep their distance.

Family entertainment scheduled for the open day includes stalls selling local crafts and produce, children’s rides, and live music into the evening.

A collection will also be taken to contribute towards the centre’s £100,000 appeal to build a new mechanics centre by 2015.

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Now in its tenth year, the event is the biggest of its kind in Wales and includes free parking nearby, with a shuttle bus service into the village of Moelfre itself.

Open all year round, RNLI Moelfre is a particularly active lifeboat station, with 23 callouts so far this year, and its crew have received 37 awards for gallantry during its 184-year history.