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Bank Holiday with a bang

23 May 2017

The seaside fireworks season begins with a bang at Hemsby during the bank holiday weekend.
Crowds will flock to watch the spectacular display at various vantage points across the village on Sunday, May 28.

Jimmy Tarbuck becomes Pavilion Patron

11 May 2017

A comedy legend has given his backing to the future of seaside theatres – including the historic Norfolk venue where he is patron. Jimmy Tarbuck has given belly laughs to millions of showgoers and TV viewers for more than 50 years.
But he also put an extra smile on the face of Gorleston Pavilion when he agreed to be its patron

Caister-on-Sea brings back carnival fete day

2 May 2017

Plans are under way to bring a carnival-style fete back to Caister-on-Sea.
The Caister Village Experience takes place on June 25 and will have all the elements of a classic celebration.

Martham aims for record number of villagers

25 April 2017

Two hundred extra “villagers” will boost the population at Martham near Great Yarmouth this weekend as it hosts its annual scarecrow festival.
The community event is aiming for a record number of creative characters for visitors to find as they explore the streets and gardens.

Family fun on the farm

10 April 2017

Family fun is growing at a diversifying farm, which has added tourism to its mix of crops and livestock.
Hirsty’s Family Fun Park at Hemsby took tentative steps into the tourism world 10 years ago when it launched a maize maze.

Guided Heritage Walks uncover Great Yarmouth's History

3 April 2017

A season of guided walks focusing on the rich cultural heritage of the Great Yarmouth borough is getting underway this month, with a range of exciting new walks added for 2017. Every year, Great Yarmouth Borough Council runs a programme of fascinating Guided Heritage Walks to beautiful historic buildings and other places of interest, led by fully-trained volunteer heritage guides.

Greater Yarmouth - not just for summer!

29 March 2017

Tourism leaders at Great Yarmouth are upbeat about the coming season – buoyed by strong bookings, investment and a continued “staycation” boom.

The optimism comes as the resort launches a new TV advertising campaign showing a mother and daughter enjoying a shoulder season seaside break – highlighting the range of things to do and see in the area.

Ghostly Goings On during heritage walk

27 March 2017

Body snatchers, witches and ghosts from Great Yarmouth’s past will figure in a special heritage walk around the town.
The guided Dastardly Deeds and Ghostly Goings On stroll will take a light-hearted look at famous and infamous characters, as well as intriguing events, from its past.
They include jailed 19th century body snatcher Thomas Smith, who would dig up recently-buried locals, and hide them in a flat off the Rows before taking them to a London surgeon by cart.
The guide will explain the mystery tapping following the burial of a mummified Egyptian princess found in a local school in 1845, and recall when a ghostly gardener cycled through the lock gates of the Minster as recently as 1963.

Exploring Belton's history

22 March 2017

A poignant tale links two important, and intertwined, strands of Belton’s past – the railways and market gardening. They will be recalled in the new walk being held on April 4, as part of the season of guided strolls exploring local history.

The walk – The Last Train from Belton - was researched by villager Sue Skoyles, who moved there in 1974, and was keen to learn more about its past. “People will be surprised about how much history there is here – and how much the railways changed the lives of local people,” she said.

Trains transformed a previously quiet rural village into a busy market gardening hub – by providing access to the lucrative markets in London. They also brought in trippers to visit the popular Pleasure Gardens. The line was closed on November 2 1959 despite local protests.

Miniature Village wins top award

14 March 2017

The boss of a miniature village tourist attraction has been named as a model businessman.
Peter Williamson, who runs Merrivale Model Village at Great Yarmouth has won the Superstar top accolade at the resort’s annual awards celebrating the best of the area’s tourism and business sector.
Mr Williamson, who has run the popular family attraction for 13 years, was praised by awards judges for his passion in delivering an excellent visitor experience and keenness to introduce fresh ideas each season.
His was among 11 awards revealed at the Town Hall in front of a 200-strong gathering of guests from the tourism and business community.
They were organised by the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area, which aims to boost the economy through a range of events and marketing using funds generated from 1200 local levy payers.