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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.

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.