Dramatic changes ……..

  The shop facelift is starting to shape up. What a transformation…. on the left is the old shelving. The story goes, that when these shelves were built they were trying to come up with inspiration for the shape and decided to draw round Lucille’s pregnant belly – hence the

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The builders are in

I’ve only been out of the office for two days and already it looks fantastic.  The 2m x 2m viewing area is going to make a dramatic difference to the visitor centre.  On the right hand side you can see the low wall for our new brood tank which will

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Building works start tomorrow…..

View from the Visitor Centre                      View from within the Hatchery We’re busy preparing for the big knock through tomorrow, from the Visitor Centre into the Hatchery.  The idea is to give the visitor a more ‘up close and personal’ experience with the baby lobsters.  The viewing area will allow you

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Padstow Christmas Festival this weekend

Padstow Christmas Festival is approaching 3rd, 4th & 5th December and we are promised a SNOWFALL SURPRISE this year – intrigued? Although at this rate we’ll have real snow!  Get in the festive mood with late night shopping, Santa’s grotto, carol singing, beer festival, live music, cooking demonstrations, fireworks, parade,

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Future Jobs Fund success

Matt Lumb, joined the hatchery in July as a result of our successful bid to the Future Jobs Fund.   Matt’s position of Junior Hatchery Technician is a fully funded post for six months, giving him the opportunity to learn new skills and a step onto the employment ladder. Matt has

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Thermidor, our long standing resident orange lobster is released back into the ocean

An exceptionally rare orange lobster has been returned to the ocean by Padstow fisherman and hatchery supporter Mr David Evans. The adult hen lobster, whose shell was bright orange (due to a genetically inherited pigmentation), was nicknamed ‘Thermidor’ by staff who thought her colouration looked more like that of a

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Winner of our star raffle prize

Congratulations to Hazel Thwaites from Surrey who won the amazing raffle prize of 2 nights dinner, bed and breakfast and flights to the Isles of Scilly, staying at the luxurious Hell Bay Hotel.  Thank you to the sponsors of the raffle, Hell Bay Hotel and Isles of Scilly Travel.  We

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Eddie Gilbert’s to sponsor lobster release for British Food Fortnight

Ramsgate’s award-winning Eddie Gilbert’s restaurant is celebrating British Food Fortnight (18th September to 3rd October) by sponsoring The National Lobster Hatchery. Each time customers order Eddie Gilbert’s seafood platter, the restaurant will donate £1 to the Hatchery. The platter, which costs £36, for two, includes a whole lobster, a dressed

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Another date for your diary – Clovelly Lobster & Crab Feast

Sunday 5th September 2010 10am to 5pm at Clovelly Harbour, North Devon – Clovelly is a must see on its own merit, a hidden treasure. Clovelly Estate holds a festival each year to  pay tribute to Clovelly’s famous lobsters and crabs with a day of live folk music, a lobster

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RACE NIGHT AT OLD CUSTOM HOUSE, PADSTOW

We’re organising another fund raising event with a difference.  Do you fancy your luck on the races?  The event will take place at the Old Custom House in Padstow on Friday 8th October 2010 from 8pm onwards.  We will be hosting an entertaining evening of horse racing, you will be

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