Sea King Cafe

by Ben Stonehouse in Scarborough, England, United Kingdom

Sea King Cafe
We did it
On 15th February 2017 we successfully raised £1,370 with 33 supporters in 28 days

To turn a former RAF Sea King search and rescue helicopter into a upmarket cafe.

by Ben Stonehouse in Scarborough, England, United Kingdom

About the project

The Sea King Cafe has already started and become a reality but I am struggling to purchase all the required parts due to lack of funds and that's where I need you. On the 4th Janaury I won Sea King XZ598 at an auction but she was merely a shell. So far I have invested over £10,000 into buying and restoring her. I have now reached the point where I can't invest anymore for the time being, so I need help to speed up the process.

I have transported XZ598 to a secure location in Scarborough where the work will be carried out. Ultimately I plan to keep her within Scarborough and hope to work with the local council to find a suitable location where everyone can come and enjoy her.

How will your pledge help ?

You will be helping to create a unique cafe in a beautiful seaside location that has seen this actual Sea King in action on rescues during her flying days. For your help you will be rewarded some of the rewards are:

  • Free coffee for a year.
  • Custom T-shirts
  • Canvas Prints
  • Private launch party event with outdoor cinema screening
  • Your name on a rotor blade
  • An opportunity to name the Helicopter







Canvas Print 12"x12" - 5 Left Available £50 Reward







Canvas Print 16"x16" - 5 Left Available £80 Reward


Following the crowdfunding I will be able to purchase the missing parts required to get the once awesome flying machine back to her former glory. She is in a pretty sorry state at the moment and needs your help. Although she won't fly again, I am determined to get XZ598 back looking like a helicopter for all to enjoy once again.

How can you find out more ?

I will be updating the following pages over the course of the restoration project. I will be uploading regular videos and images so you can see the transformation in real time.

Visit the website:

Facebook page:

Twitter page: 

Thank you for supportting this project. 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Pre-buy your first hot drink at the Sea King Cafe

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Thank you email for supporting this project

£10 or more

12 of 50 claimed

£10 Reward

4 Pre paid coffee's to use anytime.

£20 or more

1 of 50 claimed

£20 Reward

You'll get a special limited edition Sea King Cafe mug, which will be used in the cafe.

£25 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£25 Reward

You'll get a framed A4 picture of XZ598 flying over Scarborough

£30 or more

2 of 25 claimed

£30 Reward

Get your very own limited edition Sea King Cafe T-shirt! be quick there is only 25 of them.

£50 or more

2 of 25 claimed

£50 Reward

Be one of the first to visit the Sea King Cafe, You'll be invited to attend a private launch event as soon as XZ598 is ready.

£50 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£50 Reward

12" x 12" canvas of photograph kindly donated by Miles Gladson to help with the crowdfunder project

£80 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£80 Reward

16"x 16" Canvas print photography by Miles Gladson kindly donated to help with the crowdfunder project

£100 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£100 Reward

Free coffee for 1 year, You'll be part of our elite backers and for that you get a free hot drink every time you visit the cafe.

£100 or more

0 of 6 claimed

£100 Reward

Sign the tail rotor blade, you get your name on one of the tail rotor blades.

£200 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£200 Reward

Get your name on one of main rotor blades, you get to put your name or a family members name on the end of one of the main rotor blades.

£500 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£500 Reward

buy one of the landing gear wheels, oh and free coffee for a year and an invite to the VIP launch event.

£2,500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£2,500 Reward

Long shot, but if you really want to buy the coffee machine for us that would be amazing! oh and if you do of course you get free coffee every time you visit and a VIP invite to private launch event.

£750 or more

2 of 1 claimed

£750 Reward

1 lucky backer will be able to give XZ598 a name, please note she is female :)

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