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International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend 2018

August 18 @ 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Saturday 18 August | 12-4pm | FREE Open Day

Come aboard for this annual event to explore the vessel and find out more about the fascinating history of lighthouses and lightships around the world.

Soldering and radio workshop | 11am-2pm

Book a soldering and radio workshop with our radio room resident and morse code expert Colin Turner (G3VTT) – £5 contribution payable on the day. This workshop is aimed specifically for creative practitioners who would like to learn the basic use of soldering tools, techniques and components identification. Each participant will make and take home a completed project which will be a Personal Amplifier and Loudspeaker for a smartphone, iPhone, iPod, iPad etc.

Please bring a packed lunch, refreshments provided | For 16+ only | Limited places

Email to reserve your place (limited availability).

Peril at Sea | 12-4pm

Meet Nicola Pollard from Up The Road Theatre to share your maritime tales and find out more about her latest theatre production Peril at Sea which will be performed onboard LV21 on 7 March 2019.

For further info about the project:

Flashes & Occultations | 12-4pm

Explore the generator room and take time to listen to Jack Hayter’s ‘Flashes & Occultations’, a 77 minute long sonic improvisation on lighthouse life released by WIAIWYA in 2017. Here’s a short excerpt:


Evening Performance

Live music with Jack Hayter | 7-11pm | FREE

Jack Hayter, former Hefner and Dollboy alumnus and regular collaborator with Ralegh Long and Papernut Cambridge amongst others, plays live onboard LV21.

Folk Radio reviews Jack’s latest Abbey Wood release as “an unmitigated triumph. Clever and heartfelt, it inverts folk tropes by presenting historical narratives in extremely personal ways, or by creating finely-observed urban backgrounds where the more personal songs can play out. Hayter’s haunted, haunting voice holds it all together and makes it fabulously unique.”

Come and watch Jack perform this one off, free event within the unique ambience of LV21. Numbers are limited and offered on a first come, first served basis.

Donations are welcome and a licensed cash/card pay bar will be serving refreshments.

For more info about Jack visit: or visit his facebook page.

For more info about ILLW 2018 visit:



August 18
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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LV21 @ Gravesend
St Andrew's Quay
Gravesend, Kent DA12 2BD United Kingdom
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*Under 16 year olds must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times aboard LV21 unless otherwise agreed with the organisers.
*Access onboard the ship is via steep staircases. Please wear flat, non-slip shoes.
*No smoking (including electronic cigarettes) and no alcohol permitted onboard the ship.
*Opening times may vary dependent on tide and weather conditions.

Contact us if you would like to discuss access restrictions in more detail.

Watch some films of previous events and activities