Rescue Wooden Boats Visitor Centre

Next to High Sands Creek Campsite
Norfolk NR23 1QF
+ 44 (0) 7920 760238

‘Returning Heritage Boats to the water’

RWB Phil LucyLavers1At Rescue Wooden Boats, situated in the former Officers’ Mess at the Old Military Camp in Stiffkey, you can learn about the people, boats and skills that contributed to the maritime heritage of North Norfolk.

Discover the story of Dunkirk veteran and local lifeboat Lucy Lavers, and learn about her recent restoration and 2015 return to Dunkirk with the Little Ships, to commemorate 75 years since Operation Dynamo.

Watch our films which capture the stories of the last generation of fisherman and lifeboat men to use wooden boats.

View our fishing artefacts and photographs – and see if you can make a fishing net! View work in progress on our current boat restoration project.

Find out more about the fascinating ‘whirly gig’ in our small display on the history of the Military Camp.

Recommended length of visit: 45 minutes


Special events

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Other good things to do nearby

Visit our lifeboat Lucy Lavers in Wells, and take a trip on board her! See our website for trip availability. On a fine day, walk the coastal path to Wells and discover the intriguing circle that forms the ‘whirly gig’. You can find out about this in our Visitor Centre – and there’s also more about Norfolk’s wartime history at nearby Langham Dome. (

Travel and parking

There is plenty of parking outside the Visitor Centre and access is all on one level.

Public transport

It’s a short walk from the Coasthopper bus stop at the junction of Greenway and the coast road in Stiffkey, and we are only a minute from the stunning Norfolk Coastal Path. Follow the signs to the campsite.


Wheelchair Accessible, shop, toilet, families, schools, groups, bookable events room.


Free admission. Donations gratefully received.


Weekends and Bank Holiday Mondays Easter to end of October. 11am – 4pm