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Maritime exhibitors and fun children's activities

The Great Yarmouth Maritime festival is a great day out for all the family, with lots of fascinating stalls to look at, including some great exhibitions and free activities to take part in.

Eastern Inshore Fisheries

Eastern Inshore Fisheries

Come and explore Eastern Inshore Fisheries touchy-feely tank with several local marine species you might find off the coast of Great Yarmouth. 

When you live, work or visit the seaside, it's important that we know about the marine environment and how important it is to our lives. 

Vintage Mobile Cinema


Climb aboard the vintage mobile cinema and enjoy some maritime themed short films and some beautiful Behind the Scenes films whilst sitting on the quayside. 

This vintage bus has been transformed into a tiny cinema with a lovely screen and has been used in several television programmes.


International Boatbuilding Training College

International Boat Building College

Boat building has always been a really important part of life here in Great Yarmouth - have you seen the rafters in St. George's theatre? Do they remind you of anything?

Situated in nearby Oulten Broad, the International Boat Building College is widely recognised for the quality of its graduates with at least 24 craft of varying designs being worked on all the time. Come along to their marquee and find out how you could train to be a boat builder. 

Interesting exhibitors and fun things for the children to do

The Maritime Festival always has a really interesting range of exhibitors, all either locally based giving visitors the chance to find out more about the area, or exhibitors that are related to the sea in some way.

Learn more about our local maritime heritage with Maritime Heritage East and the Norfolk Record Office. Two very different organisations with lots of fascinating things to learn.

Visit the Natural England stand to take part in some fun activities and find out how they are working with local people to protect the marine and coastal environment in Norfolk and Suffolk. Learn about Marine Protected Areas, National Nature Reserves and our work on the England Coast Path. This is also an opportunity to find out about the work we are doing to assess the state of the Norfolk Coast, and learn how you can contribute to making it an even better place to live, work and play.

We're very lucky to have the International Boat Building College (IBTC) on our doorstep in Oulton Broad, where many master boat builders have learned their craft. Visit their marquee to be inspired by master carpentry and stunning woodwork.

The Norfolk Wildlife Trust invites children to get creative by making a herring kite or a shark's tooth necklace. Fantastic maritime fun to keep kids entertained for hours.

Find the Broads Authority stand to find all you need to know about where to go and what to do to enjoy the Broads National Park. Just a short walk from Great Yarmouth, the Broads National Park is a haven for wildlife and an amazing landscape for people to access on foot, by boat, canoe or bicycle. Visit our stand on the Quay and help us construct a swarm of giant dragonflies.

For those who love nature the RSPB introduces visitors to the wildlife of the coast with the opportunity to learn about Britain's exciting coastal wildlife from the RSPB's team of experts and take part in a host of activities throughout the weekend. Children can make a dragonfly, a butterfly feeder or a flying wristband.

Don't forget to bring your kids to the children's activity marquee to join in the fun and enjoy making a pirate's hat or a jelly fish!

You can also take the opportunity to find out more about some of our sponsors, many of whom recruit locally for their companies and also our uniformed services, the Navy, the British Legion, Sea and Army Cadets as well as Broads Beat officers who patrol our waters.

And don't forget to listen to Radio Norfolk who will be broadcasting their weekend breakfast shows live from the festival on both Saturday and Sunday. The show will be over before the festival opens for the day, but their on-site roadshow vehicle will still be well worth a visit.

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