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Maritime exhibitors and fun children's activities

The Great Yarmouth Maritime festival is a great day out for all the family, with lots of fascinating stalls to look at, including some great exhibitions and free activities to take part in.

Heritage Hub

Heritage Hub

Pop along to the heritage hub to talk to our heritage tour guides about all things in Great Yarmouth's past. Take a look at the 'A Postcard From Len' display and match pictures from today and yesteryear. Something for the kids too, with a mystery object game and crafts including making your own postcards.

You'll also find Norfolk Records, representatives from the Time & Tide Museum who will be recording memories, the Gansey Knitters and James Evans in here. All willing to talk about what past memories you have of Great Yarmouth.

Children's Craft Marquee

Children's Craft Marquee

Let the kids join in the fun in our dedicated children's craft marquee. In previous years they have made jelly fish and pirate hats but what will it be this year?

Plenty of sticking, cutting and glueing! All without the tidying up for you parents.


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. 

Interesting exhibitors and fun things for the children to do

The Maritime Festival always has a really interesting range of exhibitors, all either locally based giving visitors the chance to find out more about the area, or exhibitors that are related to the sea in some way.

Learn more about our local maritime heritage with the Norfolk Record Office with lots of fascinating things to learn.

Visit the Natural England stand to take part in some fun activities and find out how they are working with local people to protect the marine and coastal environment in Norfolk and Suffolk. Learn about Marine Protected Areas, National Nature Reserves and our work on the England Coast Path. This is also an opportunity to find out about the work we are doing to assess the state of the Norfolk Coast, and learn how you can contribute to making it an even better place to live, work and play.

The Norfolk Wildlife Trust invites children to get creative by making a herring kite or a shark's tooth necklace. Fantastic maritime fun to keep kids entertained for hours.

Find the Broads Authority stand to find 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, the Broads National Park is a haven for wildlife and an amazing landscape for people to access on foot, by boat, canoe or bicycle. Visit our stand on the Quay and help us construct a swarm of giant dragonflies.

For those who love nature the RSPB introduces visitors to the wildlife of the coast with the opportunity to learn about Britain's exciting coastal wildlife from the RSPB's team of experts and take part in a host of activities throughout the weekend. Children can make a dragonfly, a butterfly feeder or a flying wristband.

The author James Evans will be giving a talk with a Q&A section afterwards on Saturday only. This can be seen in The council Chamber of the Town Hall at 12 noon or in the Heritage Hub from 1.15pm. 

You can also take the opportunity to find out more about some of our sponsors, many of whom recruit locally for their companies and also our uniformed services, the Navy, the British Legion, Sea and Army Cadets as well as Broads Beat officers who patrol our waters.

And don't forget to listen to Radio Norfolk who will be broadcasting their weekend breakfast shows live from the festival on both Saturday and Sunday. The show will be over before the festival opens for the day, but their on-site roadshow vehicle will still be well worth a visit.

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