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Entertainment at Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival

As well as non-stop shanty music from a wide range of bands, the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival has a variety of street theatre, costumed characters and performances of all sorts to keep you entertained.

East Norfolk Militia

East Norfolk Militia

Militia were formed to be the 'Home Guard' for the British Isles in the 18th century should there be an attack by foreign powers. They were also tasked with putting down any potential revolutions by the local population. 

Our East Norfolk Militia are a colourful bunch who perform battle scene and parade re-enactments at the southern end of South Quay with loud musket fire! See the souvenir guide for performance times. 

Inner State

Inner State

Always ' inner state' (pun absolutely intended) watch out for Christine Bissell and Andy Andrews aboard their wacky promenading boat up and down South Quay.

Look out for them on stage too for their costumed shanty-sining performances. See the souvenir guide for performance times. 

Horatio and friends

Lofty, Horatio and Mrs H

Come along and meet our larger than life festival mascot, Horatio Herring who arrived in Great Yarmouth in an unmarked fishing trawler in 2003 and offered his services. He was joined in 2009 by his beautiful bride, Mrs H.

Their great friend, Lofty the Lighthouse, is a great festival favourite also - perfect for a selfie if you see them strolling up and down the quay. 

Admiral Lord Nelson

Admiral Lord Nelson

Meet our very own Admiral Lord Nelson, Britain's greatest naval hero who frequently embarked and landed here in Great Yarmouth, often accompanies by one of his lady friends.

You can find out all about his love, life and scandal in the nearby Nelson Museum, just left out of the middle gate. 

Punch and Judy

Punch and Judy

"That's the way to do it!"

When you're at the seaside, Punch and Judy for the kids is a must, and even if you're a big kid, it's a great way to spend half an hour, watching a timeless Punch and Judy performance. 

Shows take place in the Children's Performance Area at the southern end of South Quay - see the souvenir guide for show times. 

Wrentham Brass Band

Wrentham Brass Band

Start your Sunday in style at the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival with a traditional brass band concert.

At 10am sharp Wrentham Brass Band will treat festival-goers to a stirring performance of varied maritime pieces, perfect to sit back and relax to in the Sunday morning sunshine. It's one of our favourite ways to start the day.

Jim Radford

Jim Radford

Jim Radford is a songwriter, veteran of the D-Day landings and a member of Veterans of Peace. He has performed world-wide at maritime events and in the Albert Hall as part of the D Day landing commemoration singing his self penned “Shores of Normandy”.

This weekend at Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival, he will present 'The Biggest Untold Story of WW2' with unpublished archive footage depicting the role of the rescue tugs and interviews with those who were there.

He will also be found singing in Horatio’s Bar.


Great entertainment at the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival

The DJR Freestyle Jetski Display Team will be showing us their skills, performing a selection of advanced water based stunts in the river. Watch if you dare! When they're not in the water, the team will be quayside to answer any questions you might have.

Look out for the Inner State Theatre Company who is permanently Inner State (pun intended!) who will be 'sailing' around the crowd on South Quay in unique style.

Rifle fire and battle scene re-enactment take place towards the southern end of South Quay as the East Norfolk Militia do their level best to take the Maritime Festival by storm. Watch out in case they decide you look ripe for a spot of press-ganging....

Meet our very own Admiral Lord Nelson as he strolls around the quayside with his good Lady Emma. Horatio Herring & Mrs H as well as their friend, Lofty the Lighthouse will be wandering the quayside, looking for all their chums to say hello to. They love being in selfies, so don't hesitate to ask their minder if you can pose for a picture with them. Why not get in touch with Horatio via Twitter?

If you enjoy a relaxing start to a Sunday, make sure you're quayside by 10am when Wrentham Brass Band will perform a variety of maritime-related music near the Main Stage.

'That's the way to do it!' Here at the Maritime Festival in Norfolk's premier seaside resort, we celebrate maritime traditions past and present, and Punch and Judy is no exception to this rule. Pull up a hay bale in the Children's Performance Area and enjoy timeless puppet wizardry.

Facepainting and other special children's activities will also be available.

David Bullock, the popular Norwich Town Crier will assist with the opening and closing ceremonies. David is familiar face at the Maritime Festival and has won many Town Crier trophies around the UK over the years. He is currently the Archivist of the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers.

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