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Guided Walk, Thu 7 Sep 2017, free entry

Original images of Suspension Bridge Disaster

Original images of Suspension Bridge Disaster

Circus, Clowns and Catastrophe. Heritage Guided Walk - Special


Enjoy this fascinating 'special' heritage guided walk as part of Great Yarmouth's Heritage Open Days Event.

A free show in Great Yarmouth pulls the crowds today as much as it did nearly two hundred years ago.

In 1845 competition for a better view sadly led to a struggle for life when hundreds of spectators were propelled into the cold waters of the River Bure while watching a clown’s stunt.

It was the greatest loss of life the town has ever experienced. In this ‘special’ walk led by one of our trained heritage guides, visit the places associated with the disaster and find out how, where and why it happened, about the personalities and victims, and how the people of Great Yarmouth and the country reacted and the legacy it left behind.

This walk will then follow a route through the town and finish in St. George's Park at the Mermadelica Fountain Bar, an example of how Great Yarmouth still works closely with architects and artists and how circus is still very much a part of daily life.

We may also have available a copy of the original Nelson the Clown poster available to be seen, kindly loaned by the Hippodrome Circus.

Walk Route: Suspension Bridge on quayside to town centre

Duration: 1.5hrs

On-site catering

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 7 Sep 2017 14:00
Starting point for this walk will be the heritage sign next to the White Swan Pub on North Quay.


Free entry

Booking essential via the Tourist Information Centre on 01493 846346.

This walk is free of charge and offered as part of Great Yarmouth's Heritage Open Days event.

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Tourist Information Centre

01493 846346


1 North Quay,
Great Yarmouth,
NR30 1PU


  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted



See location of The White Swan on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TG 522082  Lat: 52.61296 Long: 1.72392

By Road:
From A47: On arrival in Great Yarmouth proceed forwards at the first roundabout and take a left turn at the next roundabout onto Lawn Avenue (signposted A149 for Caister). The White Swan is located approximately 100 yards down on the left hand side, next to the river.
There is a good size car park for patrons.