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Volunteering opportunities at South Foreland Lighthouse

A group of people in summer clothing listen to a volunteer guide speak, on the balcony at the top of South Foreland Lighthouse in Kent.
A guided tour at South Foreland Lighthouse | © National Trust Images/Solent News and Photography Agency

From leading tours to helping at events or lending a helping hand in Mrs Knott’s tea-room, there are plenty of ways to volunteer at South Foreland Lighthouse and make a difference to this special place. Opportunities are available no matter how much time you can spare.

Become part of a great team

We’re always on the lookout for new members to join the team here at South Foreland Lighthouse. Have you got a hidden talent to share? Maybe you’re looking for a new challenge?

Visitors appreciate the personal touch volunteers bring to their day, and we greatly appreciate the support volunteers give.

A range of opportunities is available at the lighthouse, whether you’d like to work face-to-face with visitors or behind the scenes. We welcome enquiries from people of all ages and backgrounds.

Why join us?

There are lots of reasons to join us; making the move to volunteer could be the best decision you ever make.

  • Become part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • Meet people from all walks of life and forge new friendships
  • Utilise your existing skills and learn new ones
  • Strengthen your CV and help to develop your career
  • Enjoy the great outdoors
  • Learn about the history of this special place.

Volunteer Open Mornings 2024

Image of visitors looking happy being briefed by a volunteer before entering Fan Bay Deep Shelter
Visitors being briefed by a volunteer before entering Fan Bay Deep Shelter | © National Trust/Chris Tapley

Have you been thinking about volunteering? We have exciting volunteer opportunities coming up at Fan Bay Deep Shelter and South Foreland Lighthouse and we'd like to welcome you to one of our Volunteer Open Mornings. You can meet our staff and volunteers, hear about our plans for 2024, and discuss how you could help us achieve them. Just drop in - no need to book.

If you enjoy meeting people and sharing facts and stories about our heritage, if you'd love the opportunity to engage with and organise our visitors; why not come along and talk with us. We're friendly and inclusive and there's a great team spirit. There's a lot going on at the cliffs in 2024 - and we'd like you to help us make it happen.

Come and meet us at the National Trust White Cliffs Visitor Centre. Entrance and parking are free for Volunteer Open Morning visitors.

Our open mornings are on:

3 February - 10:00 - 1.00
4 February - 10:00 - 1.00

For more details, click or tap this link.

Get in touch about volunteering at South Foreland Lighthouse

Volunteering can be an extremely rewarding experience. If you have questions about how you can get involved or what it entails, please contact the team on 01304 853281 or email

The East Kent Association

Across the country thousands of our most dedicated supporters meet on a regular basis as part of a National Trust Centre or Association. These groups promote our work within their local area and raise money for projects.

The East Kent Association has a programme that offers something for everyone, including lectures, coach trips, social events and fundraisers. New members are always welcome – find out more here.

Thank you

Thank you to all our volunteers who give their time to support the National Trust in many different roles.

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