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Great Yarmouth Air Show Postponed

31 January 2017

The Board of the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area (GYTABIA) has decided to postpone the Great Yarmouth Air Show due to take place in June 2017.

GYTABIA Chairman, Gareth Brown, said: “It is extremely disappointing that the air show cannot happen this year. This decision has been made due to significantly higher than anticipated additional costs of more than £130,000 associated with counter-terrorism measures and medical cover for the air show. As with any event of this scale and ambition, it is vital to take as much time as necessary to put the required measures in place to ensure the event will be safe, that it is a success and that the benefits for everyone are realised.”

Darren's Dream Job

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.

2017 Brings a trio of major events to Greater Yarmouth

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.

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.