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Maritime crafts, demonstrations and exhibitors

Watch all sorts of demonstrations at the Maritime Festival on South Quay from arts and crafts to the red coats of the militia. With lots of fascinating stalls to look at, including some great exhibitions and free activities to take part in.


International Boat Building College

Situated in nearby Oulton Broad, the International Boat Building College is widely recognised for the quality of its graduates with at least 24 craft of varying designs being worked on all the time. Come along to their marquee and find out how you could train to be a boat builder.

Boat building has always been a really important part of life here in Great Yarmouth - have you seen the rafters in St. George's theatre? Do they remind you of anything?

The East Norfolk Militia

The East Norfolk Militia

The Militia were formed to be the 'Home Guard' for the British Isles should there be an attack by foreign powers. Don't miss their show at the far south end of the site, there's bound to be some dastardly deeds and plenty of gun powder.

Performances can be seen at 11.45am, 1.30pm and 2.45pm on both days.

Be prepared to take part as they often look for willing volunteers! 

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Chelsea Flower Show
The ITBC Lowestoft:Broadland Boatbuilder's Garden

Inspired by the discovery of a 900 year old boat next to the River Chet, built of oak and held together with iron nails with moss between the plants and a setting for a small mast, come and see just part of the Gold Award winning artisan garden which was displayed at Chelsea Flower Show this year.


Spinning with Elfrida Cobbold. Spinning demonstrations with 'hands on' drop-spindle for visitors to have a go.

Ormesby Lace Group

Lace-making demonstrations and display by Christine Garrod and Ormesby Lace Group. Try your hand at lace making on the lace pillow.

Great Yarmouth Town Hall

Model boat exhibition inside the Great Yarmouth Town Hall

Located at the top of South Quay, Great Yarmouth's Victorian Town Hall is open for the Maritime Festival. Take the opportunity to go on  a self-guided tour of this beautiful building.

Heritage Hub

Pop along to the heritage hub to talk to our heritage tour guides about your family's maritime history - was Dad a fisherman, did Mum put up the fisher girls? If you've got any burning questions or there is something you've always wanted to know about the heritage of Great Yarmouth, come and have a chat.

Norfolk Record Office

Heritage Hub
Visit the Norfolk Record Office stand in the heriatge hub to see a window into the past, with images of Great Yarmouth past and present and photos of the area over the last 150 years. Have a go at the ten and now matching activity and create your own postcard.

Time & Tide

Time & Tide Museum's courtyard
Find out more about the conservation work that has been undertaken on three herring fishing boats which you can see at the Time & tide Museum. They include a shrimper and two beach skiffs.

Gansey Knitting

Gansey Knitting
Back in the day, no sailor left home without his gansey, a traditional tightly knitted jumper bearing the distinctive pattern of a particular village ensuring that any sailors lost at sea could be identified and returned to their home port.

BBC Radio Norfolk

BBC Radio Norfolk

BBC Radio Norfolk are delighted to be a part of the Maritime Festival this year. Be sure to listen in to the breakfast show on Saturday & Sunday as they will be broadcasting this from the quay.

Although the show will be over when the festival opens for the day, their on-site roadshow vehicle will still be well worth a visit with talks from the RSPB about Little Terns and beach nesting birds.

Watch all sorts of demonstrations and see interesting exhibitors at the Maritime Festival

A wide range of different maritime related skills and crafts will be on display for visitors to the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival to find out all about.

We're very lucky to have the International Boat Building College (IBTC) on our doorstep in Oulton Broad, where many master boat builders have learned their craft. Visit their marquee to be inspired by master carpentry and stunning woodwork. 

Visit the Victorian Town Hall and discover a fantastic exhibition of model boats on display in the Supper Room and Rambouillet Room. You will find refreshments and an exhibition on the maritime and seaside history of the area in the Assembly Room and a Maritime Art display can be seen in the Atrium. Council Chamber talk by David McDermot (45 minutes) at midday and 2pm.

On Saturday, listen to a talk followed by a Q&A session from author James Evans on Emigrants: Why The English Sailed To The New World (Weidenfield & Nicolson, July '17). This will take place in The Council Chamber in the Town Hall, 12 noon-12.45pm. James will be heading to the Heritage Hub from 1.15pm - 5pm. 

Waveney Sailability is one of the very few sports in which able-bodies sailors and disabled sailors can compete on equal terms. Find out more at their stand.

Meet personnel from our armed forces including the Army, Royal Navy, local Sea CadetsBritish legion as well as the Broads Beat officers. 

You can also find some quality maritime themed or locally linked crafts and charities including British Divers Marine Life Rescue, English Heritage Trust, Great Yarmouth Sea Cadets, Jubilee Sailing Trust, Kessingland Sea Sailing Club, Lowestoft Maritime Museum, Mission To Seafarers, Nelson Museum, North Denes Coast Watch, The Norfolk Wherry Trust, Royal British Legion, RNLI, RSPB and Norfolk Wildlife Trust.



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