Minehead has a full-time lifeboat station, manned during the day, just down from the harbour. There are two inshore boats, the RIB Atlantic 85 and a smaller inflatable D class.
Most of their work involves small vessels in trouble and individuals who get caught out onshore by the tides. They also provide safety coverage at local marine events such as the annual raft race.
The station is open to the public from late spring until early autumn and donations gratefully received.
As with most similar places around the Southwest Minehead has a strategically located Tourist Information Centre. Here friendly local staff can advise on and assist with accommodation, provide public transport information, suggest things to do and much more. There's plenty of freebie leaflets plus guides and maps for sale and they also act as ticket agents for local theatres and for National Express coaches.
The centre is on The Warren, not far after the West Somerset Railway, heading towards Butlins. Opening hours vary seasonally.
The website not only covers Minehead but also Exmoor in general and can accessed by clicking HERE