Skegness - QAVS

Welcome to the NCI Skegness Lookout station.

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

The Watch Station at NCI Skegness was opened by The High Sheriff of Lincolnshire Mrs JGA Hughes on 24th March 2017. It is a single storey demountable building purpose built for NCI Skegness

The building provides excellent purview to the wind farms and their workboats to the east, the foreshore at Butlin’s Holiday Centre some 2 miles to the north and Skegness central beach some 2 miles to the south. It overlooks the Winthorpe Beach, an increasingly popular bathing beach and Jacksons Corner Boatyard half a mile to the north where small boats, ribs and jet skis are launched throughout the year. The beach is also a magnet for anglers, dog walkers, detectorists, kite surfers and kayakers.

Visitor Policy
Visitors are welcome by prior arrangement as the compound is accessed by locked gates. Please phone the Station beforehand and on arrival. We would ask organisers of proposed organised larger groups to contact the Station Manager. Should an incident occur during the visit visitors may be asked to leave

The purpose built Station is located on property once belonging to The Coal Industry Social and Welfare Organisation (CISWO) and now owned by Smiths Amusements Ltd, owners of "The View" pub and restaurant which houses the disused Coastguard Tower, and is in the the grounds of the building known locally as the "Miners Retreat". The postcode for Satellite Navigation is PE25 1QY, Map Reference (Landranger series) is TF573659 and the Lat and Long is 053°10.21N   000°21.082’E. 

Approaching from the direction of Boston (SW) on the A52 follow the signs in Skegness for "A52 Mablethorpe". Turn left (North) on the A52 at "The Lumley" Interchange and follow Roman Bank for 2 miles. At the "Garden City" pub on your left, turn right (East) into Winthorpe Avenue, there is a SPAR shop at this turning on your right. Follow Winthorpe Avenue until you reach the seaward end where the gates are on your left.

Approaching from the North (Grimsby  A16 or Lincoln A158) you will arrive at the Gunby Roundabout (adjacent to Gunby Hall and Gardens entrance) follow the signs for Skegness A158. After 6.8 miles you will arrive at the traffic lit cross roads where the A158 meets Roman Bank, turn left (North) and follow Roman Bank (A52) for 1.3 miles and turn right (East) into Winthorpe Avenue at the "Garden City"/Spar shop and continue as above 

Local Hazards
At low water some areas of the beach are mud fields where persons can be trapped. The sand bars at low tide constantly change particularly on Spring tides and during stormy weather. Tidal range is between 3 and 7.5 m and persons can be cut off on the sandbanks during flood tides
Operational capability
This station has Declared Facility Status
This station reports to MRCC Humber
Weather Conditions Available
Defibrillator Available: 
Station Telephone: 
01754 766398
Visual Watch: 
Radar Watch: 
AIS Watch: 
CCTV 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: 
Skegness NCI
Other Watch Information: 
Ch 31 is also monitored
Visual Horizon: 
6 nm

Station Info

Station Address
c/o Miners Retreat
Winthorpe Avenue
PE25 1AS
Station telephone number
01754 766398
Station email address
Station contact
Norma Stewart
Station contact role
Acting Station Manager
Station website
Summer opening
Open from: 
Open until: 
Every Day
Summer watch times start on first day of British Summer Time.
Winter opening
Open from: 
Open until: 
Every Day
Winter watch times commence at the end of British Summer Time.
OS Reference: 
Station Elevation: 
Visual features of station
The station is a single storey purpose built building 35 feet by 10 feet. A 20 foot sign saying 'National Coastwatch' is visible from the sea. There are flags flown from the north east corner and the south east corner. An aerial array is at the north west corner. The building is blue in colour as seen from the sea.
Other identifying features
From the sea the station is to the right (North) of "The View" Pub


Currently 57 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2600 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Fleetwood in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies offering a variety of skills and experience, and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met.








The words National Coastwatch Institution and Eyes Along the Coast and the NCI logos are Registered Trademarks of NCI.

Contact Details

0300 111 1202
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0845 460 1202
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