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Entertainment & Free Children's activities at Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival

As well as non-stop shanty music from a wide range of bands, the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival has a variety of street theatre, costumed characters and performances of all sorts to keep you entertained. We've got the kids covered too with plenty of free activities and crafts.

Children's Craft Marquee

2016 Children's Craft Marquee with the Mayor & Mayoress

Let those imaginations run wild as the kids get crafty in our marquee.

Join in and make your own balsa wood boat. Paint and decorate your boat with shells and glitter and create some sticky seaside pictures.

Inner State

Inner State

Always ' inner state' (pun absolutely intended) watch out for Christine Bissell and Andy Andrews aboard their wacky promenading boat up and down South Quay.

Look out for them on stage too for their costumed shanty-sining performances. See the souvenir guide for performance times. 

Horatio and friends

Lofty, Horatio and Mrs H

Come along and meet our larger than life festival mascot, Horatio Herring who arrived in Great Yarmouth in an unmarked fishing trawler in 2003 and offered his services. He was joined in 2009 by his beautiful bride, Mrs H.

Their great friend, Lofty the Lighthouse, is a great festival favourite also - perfect for a selfie if you see them strolling up and down the quay. 

Admiral Lord Nelson

Admiral Lord Nelson

Meet our very own Admiral Lord Nelson, Britain's greatest naval hero who frequently embarked and landed here in Great Yarmouth, often accompanies by one of his lady friends.

You can find out all about his love, life and scandal in the nearby Nelson Museum, just left out of the middle gate. 

Punch and Judy

Punch and Judy

"That's the way to do it!"

When you're at the seaside, Punch and Judy for the kids is a must, and even if you're a big kid, it's a great way to spend half an hour, watching a timeless Punch and Judy performance. 

Shows take place in the Children's Performance Area at the southern end of South Quay - see the souvenir guide for show times. 

Wrentham Brass Band

Wrentham Brass Band

Start your Sunday in style at the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival with a traditional brass band concert.

At 10am sharp Wrentham Brass Band will treat festival-goers to a stirring performance of varied maritime pieces, perfect to sit back and relax to in the Sunday morning sunshine. It's one of our favourite ways to start the day.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Norfolk Wildlife Trust

At the Norfolk Wildlife Trust stand you can find out about the weird and wonderful creatures that live in the sea.

Children can have a go at making herring kites and shark's tooth necklaces from fossil teeth dating back millions of years!



Come and visit the RSPB – 3 marquees packed with things to do .

Have a go in the Lucky Dip or make a bird friend to take home and learn more about marine creatures and the Little Tern.

Broads National Park

Thurne Mill on the Norfolk Broads

Find out all you need to know about where to go and what to do to enjoy the Broads National Park, just a short walk from Great Yarmouth. It's a haven for wildlife and an amazing landscape to discover on foot, by boat, canoe or bicycle. 

Visit our stand and help us construct a swarm of giant dragonflies.


Great entertainment at the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival

Ever wondered what it would be like to fly with the Red Arrows? Take a seat in the cockpit of the Red Arrows simulator (children must be 5 or over, additional charge) and take off!

Find Natural England at the festival to enjoy some fun maritime based activities along with displays about the marine environment and England's coastal path.

Look out for the Inner State Theatre Company who is permanently Inner State (pun intended!) who will be 'sailing' around the crowd on South Quay in unique style.

Meet our very own Admiral Lord Nelson as he strolls around the quayside with his good Lady Emma. Horatio Herring & Mrs H as well as their friend, Lofty the Lighthouse will be wandering the quayside, looking for all their chums to say hello to. They love being in selfies, so don't hesitate to ask their minder if you can pose for a picture with them. Why not get in touch with Horatio via Twitter?

If you enjoy a relaxing start to a Sunday, make sure you're quayside by 10am when Wrentham Brass Band will perform a variety of maritime-related music near the Main Stage.

'That's the way to do it!' Here at the Maritime Festival in Norfolk's premier seaside resort, we celebrate maritime traditions past and present, and Punch and Judy is no exception to this rule. Pull up a hay bale in the Children's Performance Area and enjoy timeless puppet wizardry.

Facepainting and other special children's activities will also be available.

David Bullock, the popular Norwich Town Crier will assist with the opening and closing ceremonies. David is familiar face at the Maritime Festival and has won many Town Crier trophies around the UK over the years. He is currently the Archivist of the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers.

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