21 December 2016
His “day at the office” can involve swimming with sharks and cleaning inside a piranha tank.
But it is dream job for a man whose passion for the underwater world was fired as a small boy watching the movie Jaws.
Darren “Daz” Gook, 32, is senior marine biologist at the Sea Life Centre in his home town of Great Yarmouth.
“When I was three or four I watched Jaws and thought the scientist’s job finding the shark was cool. Some children might have been scared, but I was captivated,” he explained.
12 December 2016
Great Yarmouth’s tourism leaders gathered to reflect on a successful 2016, and to look ahead to a year that will see the borough’s first air show take off – the biggest event ever to take place in the borough.
The Haven Great Yarmouth Air Show, together with the already well-established Maritime Festival and the Out There Festival, will bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to the borough next year, more than 160 representatives of the tourism industry were told at the launch of the new season on Thursday.
24 November 2016
An historic windmill is set to launch a major appeal to give it a facelift in time for its 200th birthday.
Thurne Dyke mill’s white tower rises like a ghost from its working past above the watery landscape it used to drain. However the historic landmark is still very much alive as a tourist attraction linked to a museum telling the story of wind power.
7 November 2016
Tourism in the Great Yarmouth area had a strong year – boosted by a combination of sunny weather and Brexit gloom.
And the area’s tourism chiefs are looking forward to more of the same in 2017, with the bonus of the new air show which is expected to swell visitor numbers by up to an extra 300,000 people in June.
The Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area team is playing a major role in promoting the resort and surrounding villages by funding events and increased marketing.
Its chairman Gareth Brown, who is also general manager of the Haven Caister Holiday Park, said: “People from hotels, restaurants and attractions are saying they had a very strong year.
25 October 2016
A company which helps everyday life tick in the Great Yarmouth area is flying in to help sponsor the resort’s new air show. Norse is the first platinum sponsor of the Haven Great Yarmouth Air Show being held on June 15th to 18th 2017.. The Norfolk-based company, which has a £250m-plus turnover and employs more than 10,000 people, is a major provider of services in the Great Yarmouth Borough – from refuse collection to school transport.
17 October 2016
Pumpkins and fireworks will light up Great Yarmouth seafront next week 26 October 2016 at a popular new autumn event.
People are busy creating carved pumpkins for a display and prize competition which last year attracted 70 entries when the event made its debut.
Pumpkinanza, on Wednesday October 26, also features a free fireworks display, entertainment from the Heart Roadshow, and “horrid history” storytelling.
10 October 2016
A brave sailor killed by a notorious pirate, an orphan minstrel who busked across Canada, and men who created landmark buildings in the Great Yarmouth area are among the hundreds of people buried in the town’s churchyard.
And a special guided walk this month will bring their fascinating stories to life again.
26 September 2016
Spooky squashes will light up Great Yarmouth seafront when a pumpkin competition puts a smile on the face of Halloween on 26 October 2016. And the family event is now looking for creative carvers to make the illuminated characters who are the stars of the show. Pumpkinanza was launched last year and saw 70 entries for an event now hailed as Norfolk’s biggest pumpkin carving competition.
22 September 2016
A major new air show for East Anglia has been cleared for take-off with the backing of a national holiday company. Leading UK family holiday company Haven, which operates 36 holiday parks across the UK, will be the main sponsor of the Great Yarmouth event taking place in June 2017. The resort is staging its first ever four-day air show from June 15 to 18, creating an event which will be one of the biggest in the region – attracting up to 300,000 people and an estimated £10m boost for the economy.
21 September 2016
A £1.6m revamp has breathed new life into an historic seafront hotel at Great Yarmouth.
And the investment at the New Beach Hotel on Marine Parade has already brought a wave of extra bookings. The Victorian landmark opposite the Britannia Pier was one of the resort’s most lavish places to stay when it was built in the 1880s to welcome the new influx of visitors arriving in the railway boom.