Sea Cadets helps teenagers to stretch themselves and become the best they can be. We know what that takes because we've been doing it for over 160 years.

The turbulence of youth

The pressures that young people face are ever-changing, but what remains constant is that the teenage years can be turbulent. Independence is exciting, but also daunting.

For orphans of the Crimean War, sleeping in the back streets of England’s sea ports, life looked bleak. To help them, coastal communities banded together to provide places for sailors to pass on nautical skills and training to give these destitute young people a future. This is how, in 1856, the Naval Lads’ Brigade was born.

Royal patronage

Soon, they were springing up across the country, and in 1899, Queen Victoria marked their importance to young people by becoming Patron, and giving £10 to the Windsor unit for uniforms.

Today, HM The Queen is our Patron and HRH The Prince Andrew Duke of York KG GCVO is our Admiral of the Corps.

Scroll through our gallery to learn more about our rich history....

Originally a large union workhouse in 1763, our main building has changed a great deal since then!  A sea cadet unit since 1942, the building has undergone many changes over the decades and was recently renovated and refurbished only a few years ago to become one of the most modern and well-equipped sea cadet units in the region.

Situated next to the canal, with our own Boat House, we are ideally located to run activities on the water throughout the year - including rowing, canoeing, kayaking, power-boating and sailing.  As part of the national Sea Cadets organisation we are also able to offer access to a wide range of off-site activities, training and camps across the country (and even internationally)!

Whether on the water or on land, we offer young people across the UK amazing opportunities for personal development - by learning new skills and working in teams -  we offer an environment where young people find new confidence and inspiration.

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