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Respect, protect and enjoy when you visit Great Yarmouth

We know that following the new and updated guidance from the government allowing wider access to our beautiful outdoor spaces, you’ll be keen to get outside and blow away the cobwebs.

Our number one priority right now is ensuring that people are able to enjoy our glorious borough in a safe and responsible way; looking after ourselves, one another, and the landscape around us.

With gentle footpaths and stunning coastal views, there’s more than enough Great Yarmouth to go around. So, help everyone to enjoy a little slice of our beautiful borough safely by following the simple steps below…
Respect, protect and enjoy Great Yarmouth

What's open

The majority of our attractions have now re-opened with various safety measures in places. As takeaway food and drink and retail outlets start to open, we urge you to stay safe. Public toilets and car parks are open. Please follow social distancing guidelines at all times during your visit. Make sure you know before you go.

RNLI lifeguards are currently on patrol on Gorleston & Hemsby beaches only. If you are planning to take part in water activities in the sea, check the weather and the tides, ensure your children are supervised at all times and don't use inflatables. In an emergency, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Stay alert, stay safe and remember to #ShareTheGreatTimes with us on facebook, twitter and instagram.

The Beach Huts along Gorleston-on-Sea's promenade have re-opened for hire. Take in the views of the wide sandy beach from 8am until sunset with weekly, monthly and annual hire available. 

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Cancelled Events in Great Yarmouth

Cancelled events

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival 5-13 June
Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival 4-5 July
Martham Fun Carnival 10-12 July 
Gorleston Clifftop Festival 25-26 July
Hemsby Fireworks on Tuesdays
Summer Fireworks on Wednesdays
Festival of Bowls 30 Aug - 25 Sept
Maritime Festival 12-13 September
Out There Festival 19-20 September
Heritage Guided Walks 

Social distancing measures in our busiest locations

Temporary measures helping visitors to maintain safe social distancing are being introduced in Great Yarmouth town centre, Gorleston High Street and the borough’s busiest tourism hotspots.

These temporary measures are critical to public safety as we look ahead to the reopening of non-essential retail from 15 June and more of our tourism businesses later this summer.

Messages temporarily stencil-sprayed onto pavements and signage will ask visitors to stay on the left side of some footpaths and to seek to stay two metres apart from anyone they do not live with. People are already used to staying left while driving and while taking the stairs and escalators, so most visitors will hopefully embrace these temporary changes, act sensibly and choose to stay left, stay two metres apart and queue responsibly for the safety of themselves and others.

At this stage, no roads are being closed or pedestrianised. No business A-boards or advertising of any form will be allowed on highways across the whole borough.

Great Yarmouth town centre and seafront

The one-way “stay left” system will be in place along Regent Road, Regent Street, Regent Road and King Street through to St George’s Theatre, and Great Yarmouth seafront (sea side only) from Euston Road southwards.

At pinch point areas, such as the bus station/Regent Road/Temple Road interchange, a barrier system will be in place to try to keep visitors moving in the same direction. Barriers in the Market Place will designate a thoroughfare for visitors, with the businesses on either side being responsible for managing socially-distanced queuing outside their premises.

On the six-day market, there are markers on the floor and signage up to encourage social distancing, together with the provision of hand sanitiser for customers at entrances. The layout of the two-day market is being altered slightly to widen the walkways between stalls, with a one-way system in place.

Great Yarmouth’s narrow rows will be one way only, starting in the Market Place at Market Row, with rows going east to west alternately from that row. King Street’s rows will then commence west to east from the most accessible row from the car park.

Gorleston town centre and seafront

The one-way “stay left” system will be in place along Gorleston High Street and seafront.

At Gorleston’s Lower Promenade, parking will be temporarily suspended on the west side of the car park to help traders to manage socially-distancing queuing during peak season. 


The one-way “stay left” system will be in place along Hemsby’s Beach Road. Signage will be placed beyond the Kings Loke junction to identify new road layout ahead. Pavement signage and stencilling will be used to introduce a keep left one way direction on pavements.

One hour’s extra parking for free

Recognising that people might need longer in town than normal due to queuing, people will be able to park for two hours for the price of one hour in the King Street, Market Place and Brewery Plain car parks, as well as Gorleston High Street car park, for a period of three months from 15 June.


Protect yourself and others. Always follow hand washing guidance, and strict social distancing of 2 metres apart from others who are not in your household.

Social distancing not only applies to any form of exercise such as walking, running or cycling but also sitting or sunbathing.

Protect the landscape by ensuring you are following the Countryside Code, which sets out how visitors to rural areas can behave safely and responsibly. Take a look at the following video with an updated Countryside Code, produced by Natural England.

Protect the environment by travelling sustainably and staying local. If you can, try to journey by foot or bike. This means you’ll have a chance to experience our wonderful borough as you travel, and you won’t have to worry about finding a car parking space.
Explore Burgh Castle Roman Ruins


Enjoy getting off the beaten track. We know everyone has their favourite spot in Great Yarmouth - or maybe their favourite two, or three - but if large numbers of people head to the same place, it becomes impossible to stay safely socially distanced. Instead, seek out some new favourites away from the crowds.

Enjoy our beautiful beaches safely, by following the important advice issued by the RNLI. Please be aware that the usual life guard service may not currently be in place.

Enjoy supporting our local businesses. Many Great Yarmouth businesses are now open online, and we really encourage you to shop with them.

And finally… when you’re out and about, enjoy taking photos of your surroundings and sharing them with us @VisitGreatYarmouth, @GreaterYarmouth or @visitgreatyarmouth. We’d love to see them, and share them with others!

If you are holding off from getting outside for now, or are self isolating and unable to leave your home, you can enjoy and experience the very best of Great Yarmouth from your armchair by looking on our webcams.
When the time is right and safe to do so, we’ll be waiting to welcome you with open arms.

Please stay safe.


Respect the wildlife. Nature may have recolonised some areas, so please tread carefully and look out for wildlife that has moved into unexpected places during lockdown. Please keep your dog on the lead and stick to footpaths and bridleways so as not to disturb ground nesting birds and other wildlife.

Respect our local communities by sticking to the Public Right of Way (footpaths and bridleways), keeping dogs on the lead, not picnicking on private land, not parking outside people’s houses, and taking your litter home.

Respect any specific guidelines that have been put in place by our friends and partners across the county, by planning ahead before travelling, and checking what facilities are open to you (Forestry Commission, Woodland Trust, Broads Authority, National Trust, English Heritage, RSPB, RNLI, Natural England, and Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

Public Health England advice

NHS Coronavirus advice

Government advice on access to green spaces


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