Telephone for general enquiries 0300 111 1202
For press and media enquiries   0845 460 1202
Postal Address: 17 Dean Street, Liskeard,
Cornwall, PL14 4AB

Folkestone - QAVS

Welcome to NCI Folkestone lookout station

NCI Folkestone is a recipient of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. 

For Radio Checks, inshore forecast and present weather, sea conditions and local information call direct on VHF ch.65
Access : 

From Wear Bay Road, Folkestone. The station is close to the white Martello Tower at the crest of the East Cliff. Pay car parks are close by with some free street parking.

Visitor Policy: 
Visitors are normally most welcome at the lookout although, when an incident is ongoing, this may not always be convenient and the duty watchkeeper may ask visitors to call back later. The station is at the top of a steep hill and, being a former WW2 command post, is not wheelchair friendly.
Summer Opening
Open from: 
Open until: 
Every Day
Summer hours commence at start of BST.
Winter Opening
Open from: 
Open until: 
Every Day
The Station closes @ 17.00 hours or sunset if earlier. Winter hours commence at the end of BST. The Station is closed on Christmas Day.
51° 05.11' N
1°11.92' E
OS Reference: 
TR 241 366
Station Post Code: 
No Post Code allocated
Station Elevation: 
164 Feet/50 metres
Visual features of station: 
Ex-WW2 Command Post.
Other identifying features: 
3 White Masts
Local Hazards: 
Cliffs at front of station; steep hill to rear.
Operational Capability
This station has Declared Facility Status
This station reports to CGOC Dover
Current weather and sea conditions are available by telephone or Channel 65 during watch hours.
Defibrillator Available: 
Mounted internally available when lookout is open
Station Telephone: 
01303 227132
Visual Watch: 
Radar Watch: 
AIS Watch: 
DSC Watch: 
Radio: Listening watch on channels: 
Radio: Channels in use (call direct not via ch 16): 
Radio: Channel 00: 
Listening watch and ready to transmit as authorised by Coastguard
Station Call Sign: 
Folkestone NCI
Visual Horizon: 
Up to 21 miles depending on the set of the tide and visibility. = 96 sq miles of sea
Station Address
Primary Contact: 
Roger Blackman
Primary Contact role: 
Acting Station Manager
Primary Contact Telephone: 
07836 509267
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Wear Bay Road

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