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Milestone makeover for windmill appeal

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.

Sun plus Brexit equals Great Season

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.

Norse sponsorship provides air show ground crew

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.

Pumpkinanza half term fun

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.

Tales from the tombstones

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.

Carving out some pumpkin fun

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.

Holiday giants Haven back Great Yarmouth Air Show

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.

Seafront hotel soars after £1.6m revamp

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.

Racing car legends to star at seafront festival

26 August 2016

Historic racing cars that put Norfolk at the front of the Formula 1 grid are heading to Great Yarmouth seafront. Famous fast and furious machines from the Classic Team Lotus collection are the stars in the town’s Wheels Festival on the weekend of September 3rd and 4th. There is also wheels action in the Market Place, with BMX bike jumps, choreographed routines and a mountain bike trail show from the Extreme Wheels Roadshow’s Pro Action Sports team.

Maritime festival’s fleet of visiting vessels are looking ship shape

25 August 2016

Nostalgia steams and sails into Great Yarmouth on September 10th and 11th when the annual Maritime Festival moors up with a fleet of fascinating vessels.East Anglians will revel in the return of the Regal Lady pleasure boat to the port where she was built and the local waterways where she took thousands of trippers on fun voyages. She is among an armada of guest ships which includes historic sailing and military ships, and lifeboats.