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Council announce 2021 Wheels Festival

30 June 2020

Great Yarmouth Borough Council is already starting to plan the Wheels Festival for 2021 after this year’s event was unavoidably cancelled due to coronavirus and strict social distancing measures.

Safety first as Great Yarmouth's big summer events called off

18 May 2020

The organisers of Great Yarmouth’s largest summer festivals are announcing the unavoidable cancellation of their events this year, to help protect public health and safety in response to the continued coronavirus threat.

Treat your Mum to an Afternoon Tea at the Town Hall this Mother's Day

19 February 2020

Great Yarmouth Borough Council is holding its first ever Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at the Town Hall on Mothering Sunday 22 March.

Hundreds of runners set to tackle the East Coast Run 2019

8 October 2019

One thousand runners of different ages and abilities are set to pound along Great Yarmouth seafront as they tackle the East Coast Run, on Sunday 13 October.

Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival

3 September 2019

Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival returns to the Quayside for a celebration of its 20th anniversary year on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September, featuring a variety of ships, shanty groups and this year some unusual and quirky maritime acts plus charity stalls, maritime-themed crafts and varied food options catering for every taste.

Great Yarmouth Town Hall is all ship shape and ready for Maritime Festival

3 September 2019

Great Yarmouth’s historic Town Hall is all ship shape and ready to welcome hundreds of visitors to the Maritime Festival this weekend (September 7 and 8), hosting a special history trail, live shanty music, knitted creations, plus model boat displays.

Get the bowls rolling at Great Yarmouth

27 August 2019

Great Yarmouth Festival of Bowls, the biggest outdoor open bowling event in the country, is getting underway at Great Yarmouth seafront, with some 1,100 bowlers competing over four weeks.

Save the date for Great Yarmouth Wheels festival 2020

22 July 2019

Great Yarmouth seafront is already getting the show on the road for the 2020 Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival, with organisers setting July 4 and 5 as the event dates – and launching exciting sponsorship opportunities.

Motor along to Great Yarmouth seafront this weekend for Wheels Festival

3 July 2019

Great Yarmouth seafront is all geared up for the Wheels Festival this weekend, with thousands of visiting motorcyclists, thrilling monster truck rides, daredevil motorcycle stunt riders, spectacular vehicle displays and much more besides.

Motorcycle Stunt Team to set pulses racing

28 June 2019

Visitors to Great Yarmouth seafront will be treated to spectacular pulse-raising performances by motorcycle stunt riders, as part of the Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival, on Saturday 6 July and Sunday 7 July.

Red Dragon Monster Ride Truck joins Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival

12 June 2019

Rides in a car-crushing monster truck will be a top attraction for visitors to the Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival, taking place along the seafront on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July.

Wall of Death added to the line up at Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival

30 May 2019

The spectacle of gravity-defying motorcyclists speeding around a Wall of Death will put visitors into a spin at the Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival, on Saturday 6 July and Sunday 7 July.

Special cars & big commercial vehicles to star at Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival

23 May 2019

Visitors to Great Yarmouth seafront will enjoy the spectacle of scores of prestige, classic and bespoke cars, as well as big commercial vehicles, as part of the Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival, on Saturday 6 July and Sunday 7 July.

Gearing up to welcome motorcyclists to Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival

9 May 2019

Great Yarmouth seafront is gearing up to welcome 15,000 motorcyclists as part of the two-day Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival in July, creating a spectacle along the Golden Mile while raising funds for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Great Yarmouth Easter Fair returns

16 April 2019

Great Yarmouth’s traditional Easter Fair will return to the town centre next week – with about 100 rides and attractions over four action-packed days.

Great Yarmouth's Waterways to re-open

16 April 2019

Great Yarmouth’s historic Venetian Waterways is to re-open on Easter Sunday following major and ongoing restoration work, with people invited to celebrate at two fun family events.

Christmas shopping starts with the Christmas Fayre in Great Yarmouth

28 November 2018

The Christmas shopping season in Great Yarmouth will start in truly magical style with the opening of the popular Christmas Fayre in the town centre on Friday, November 30.

Great Yarmouth Christmas Markets to create truly magical festive shopping experience

20 November 2018

Great Yarmouth is getting into the festive spirit with four weekly Christmas Markets set to create a truly magical shopping experience for visitors to the town centre from Friday (November 30)

Get the Bowls rolling at Great Yarmouth Festival of Bowls

15 August 2018

Great Yarmouth Festival of Bowls, the biggest outdoor open bowling event in the country, will return to Great Yarmouth seafront next week, with some 1,100 bowlers competing over four weeks.

Drama groups to bring horror and comedy to Great Yarmouth

18 September 2017

Stage versions of a horror comedy musical and a TV sitcom favourite are aiming to kick start amateur dramatic groups for all ages at a Great Yarmouth theatre.
St George’s Theatre is showcasing “am dram” productions of Little Shop of Horrors and The Vicar of Dibley from north Norfolk in a bid launch youth and adult groups in the town.

Exciting line up planned for this weekend

12 September 2017

Visitors to Great Yarmouth this weekend can expect the unexpected at one of the country’s leading street arts and circus festivals.

Out There celebrates its birthday with its own beer

17 August 2017

Yarmouth brewers Lacons have created a special edition ale to help celebrate the tenth anniversary of The Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts.

Explore Great Yarmouth's heritage

16 August 2017

Visitors and residents have the chance to discover and explore more of Great Yarmouth’s rich cultural heritage – thanks to a varied programme of Heritage Open Days from Thursday, September 7 to Sunday, September 10.

Hot air balloon hunt forms part of anniversary celebrations

16 August 2017

Organisers of Great Yarmouth’s Out There Festival are preparing a family activity as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations.

Magic Festival comes to Great Yarmouth

12 August 2017

Magicians who have entertained and bewildered millions of TV viewers are among the stars of a new fun festival in the heart of Great Yarmouth.
St George's Theatre is set to host the first ever Family Festival of Magic later this month.
Free daytime sessions will showcase a range of acts from children's magicians and close up conjurors to balloon modellers and circus style performers.

Summer fireworks bring a bang to the seaside

18 July 2017

A season of summer fireworks bursts into life over Great Yarmouth seafront tomorrow (Wednesday July 19) night.

The displays are a major draw for tourists, day trippers and locals alike during the main holiday season.

Strike up the band

5 July 2017

Visitors to Gorleston seafront this summer will enjoy the sounds of some of the region’s finest brass bands as part of the annual series of free-to-watch concerts, which starts in earnest on Sunday, July 9.

Wartime Rolls-Royce engines to inspire young engineers

5 July 2017

The roar of Britain’s engineering prestige will be heard on Great Yarmouth seafront when two wartime engines are showcased as part of the GY Wheels Festival, on Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9.

Pedal Power to get visitors in a spin

21 June 2017

Pedal-powered attractions of all shapes and sizes will be joining the prestige, classic and novelty cars along Great Yarmouth seafront for the GY Wheels Festival, on Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9.

Out There Festival turns ten

15 June 2017

A festival showcasing some of the world’s leading circus and street arts performers is returning to Great Yarmouth for its 10th anniversary year.

Thousands expected on seafront for Wheels Festival

15 June 2017

GREAT Yarmouth is getting in a spin for the GY Wheels Festival, which will see bespoke hotrods and other special cars creating a spectacle along the seafront.

Two free festivals in Great Yarmouth

14 June 2017

Holidaymakers from Buckinghamshire are being encouraged to head for the region’s biggest tourist resort for two major free events on consecutive weekends.

Pumpkinanza half term fun

17 October 2016

Pumpkins and fireworks will light up Great Yarmouth seafront next week 26 October 2016 at a popular new autumn event.
People are busy creating carved pumpkins for a display and prize competition which last year attracted 70 entries when the event made its debut.
Pumpkinanza, on Wednesday October 26, also features a free fireworks display, entertainment from the Heart Roadshow, and “horrid history” storytelling.

Carving out some pumpkin fun

26 September 2016

Spooky squashes will light up Great Yarmouth seafront when a pumpkin competition puts a smile on the face of Halloween on 26 October 2016. And the family event is now looking for creative carvers to make the illuminated characters who are the stars of the show. Pumpkinanza was launched last year and saw 70 entries for an event now hailed as Norfolk’s biggest pumpkin carving competition.

Racing car legends to star at seafront festival

26 August 2016

Historic racing cars that put Norfolk at the front of the Formula 1 grid are heading to Great Yarmouth seafront. Famous fast and furious machines from the Classic Team Lotus collection are the stars in the town’s Wheels Festival on the weekend of September 3rd and 4th. There is also wheels action in the Market Place, with BMX bike jumps, choreographed routines and a mountain bike trail show from the Extreme Wheels Roadshow’s Pro Action Sports team.

Open days’ window into history

8 August 2016

Roman soldiers are marching back to Burgh Castle fort, the best-preserved Roman ruin in East Anglia just outside Great Yarmouth for a special event celebrating the area’s rich heritage. It is part of a busy Heritage Open Days programme, A series of tours and events runs from Thursday September 8 to Sunday September 11 enabling visitors to get an in depth look at many aspects of the area’s bygone days.

Classic Lotus cars to star in Great Yarmouth festival

4 August 2016

Racing and road cars from Norfolk’s iconic sports car makers Lotus are revving up to star in a seafront wheels festival in Great Yarmouth over the first weekend in September. The famous marque is at the front of the grid for this year’s Wheels Festival which brings an array of classic and contemporary vehicles to locations along the Golden Mile.

Regatta success puts wind in youngsters’ sails

3 August 2016

Two new youth regattas will be staged at Gorleston next summer after the success of hosting a major national event for 300 young sailors. Last week the National School Sailing Association held its annual regatta in Norfolk for the first time.

Walks explore resort’s hidden history

1 August 2016

A special summer walk will uncover the hidden history along Great Yarmouth’s busy holiday promenade. Sea, Sand and Spending a Penny, on Wednesday August 24, delves into bygone days before the seafront was bustling with tourists and day trippers.

Skies are ablaze with summer fireworks in Greater Yarmouth

31 July 2016

Fireworks are lighting up seafronts as the summer programme of pyrotechnics gets into full swing in the Great Yarmouth area. Each week until the end of August the boom, crackle and colour of towering rockets will entertain big crowds on the seafronts at Great Yarmouth and Hemsby. The Great Yarmouth events also feature two hours of live entertainment beforehand on the Sealife Centre Gardens.

Gorleston seafront hosts top beach volleyball action

27 June 2016

Top volleyball aces served up sporting action on the golden sands of Gorleston-on-Sea at the weekend. The resort hosted the opening round of the Volleyball England Beach Tour, with 46 competitors – some of them national players – putting their spiking and blocking skills to the test.

England pair and last year’s women’s champions Vicky Palmer and Jessica Grimson won the women’s competition with Christoph Datler and Mark Baechli taking the men’s crown.

Beach volleyball tour action heads to Gorleston sands

14 June 2016

The all-action summer sport of Beach Volleyball returns to the sands of Norfolk this month as Gorleston-on-Sea beach becomes the battleground for top teams when the Volleyball England Beach Tour heads to the resort.The tour has visited the Great Yarmouth area for the past 12 years, providing holidaymakers and locals with a chance to get close to the stars. Two-person teams from across the country, including some international players, will compete in first of five rounds as the tour visits a handful of iconic seaside locations.

Crowds replace crows as village gets scary

22 April 2016

An artful army of crafty characters is preparing for its annual friendly invasion of a Norfolk holiday village. A hundred scarecrows will line the streets, gardens and green at Martham near Great Yarmouth during the May Bank Holiday. And this year organisers are opening up the event to scarecrow makers from outside the village for the first time – with the lure of a £100 cash top prize. Designers or businesses will be able to showcase their creations on the green to be seen on May 1st and 2nd by an estimated 10,000 visitors – three times the population of the village.

Top young sailors ahoy

8 March 2016

A trans-Atlantic seafaring hero is helping to launch a national regatta's maiden voyage to a Norfolk beach this summer. A fleet of 400 school-age sailors will head to Gorleston-on-Sea in July to compete in a week-long series of tough seafaring tests run by the National Schools Sailing Association. The national regatta alternates between inland and sea venues. It sees youngsters aged from 10 to teenagers representing their home counties, competing in a range of solo and double-hander dinghies.

Celebrate everything pumpkin with Pumpkinanza

25 October 2015

Celebrate everything pumpkin in Greater Yarmouth, during October half term, with the borough’s first Pumpkinanza, supported by Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area (GYTABIA).There’s a special pumpkin trail (October 31 and November 1), pumpkin carving competition (October 28) and fireworks on the seafront (October 28), along with extra pumpkin fun and Halloween events and activities at businesses throughout the borough, from October 24 to November 1.

New car festival in Great Yarmouth

26 August 2015

BESPOKE hotrods, high-performance Jaguars, and scores of classic cars are among the newly-confirmed attractions which will be at a major new car festival at Great Yarmouth seafront next month. GY Wheels Festival will give visitors to Marine Parade the chance to view scores of prestige and novelty cars, as well as try their hands at fun educational activities, from 10am to 5pm, on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13