Enjoy fun festivals and outdoor events in Greater Yarmouth
The Greater Yarmouth area is home to a number of fun, family-friendly festivals and outdoor events throughout the year. The Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival featuring folk music shanty-style and the out of this world Out There Festival are possibly the biggest free outdoor events, but there are plenty of others to choose from.
Annual festivals in Greater Yarmouth
The Great Yarmouth Beer & Cider Festival gets the festival season off to a flying start in late May when a raft of ale and cider producers from the local area gather at St. George's Theatre for a long weekend of sampling the area's finest hops.
On the last weekend in July the cliff tops in Gorleston-on-Sea play host to the Gorleston Cliff Top Festival where music, dancing, family fun and sporting activities provide fun entertainment for all the family.
In August the Festival of Bowls comes to Britannia Bowling Greens on Great Yarmouth seafront for four weeks during which time more than 1700 bowlers compete to win bowling prizes. The tournaments draw huge crowds of spectators to watch the action.
As a maritime borough we're very proud of our essential life boats all of whom celebrate in August with the Lifeboat Fête Day at Caister Lifeboat Station and the HIRS Lifeboat Day in Hemsby. On the last Sunday in August the Longshore Herring Festival in Hemsby celebrates the area's important fishing traditions and heritage with live music, a parade and barbecued herrings to eat on the beach.
Great Yarmouth saves its biggest festivals until September. The Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival launches onto South Quay for a weekend at the start of September with the opportunity to go aboard some stunning tall ships and onshore, displays of maritime related crafts, artwork and heritage are on view with shanty folk music, beer, Hemsby herrings, bloaters and other delicious food to enjoy. Children's activities and Norfolk Militia displays, brass band performances and folk music ensure there's entertainment all day long.
The Out There International festival of Street Arts and Circus bursts onto the streets later in September with a riot of colour, dance, performance and comedy all taking place out in the open on St. George's Park, on the seafront and in the town centre. This two day event has to be seen to be believed with acts from all over Europe putting on daredevil and incredible outdoor performances.
The Eastern Festival of Racing takes place in September with three days of thrilling races at Great Yarmouth race course, including a fabulous ladies day with the chance to get all dressed up. Heritage buildings all over the borough take part in Great Yarmouth's Heritage Open Days, a national free four-day festival celebrating the quiet and unusual heritage buildings we usually take for granted.