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Greater Yarmouth - not just for summer!

29 March 2017

Tourism leaders at Great Yarmouth are upbeat about the coming season – buoyed by strong bookings, investment and a continued “staycation” boom.

The optimism comes as the resort launches a new TV advertising campaign showing a mother and daughter enjoying a shoulder season seaside break – highlighting the range of things to do and see in the area.

Ghostly Goings On during heritage walk

27 March 2017

Body snatchers, witches and ghosts from Great Yarmouth’s past will figure in a special heritage walk around the town.
The guided Dastardly Deeds and Ghostly Goings On stroll will take a light-hearted look at famous and infamous characters, as well as intriguing events, from its past.
They include jailed 19th century body snatcher Thomas Smith, who would dig up recently-buried locals, and hide them in a flat off the Rows before taking them to a London surgeon by cart.
The guide will explain the mystery tapping following the burial of a mummified Egyptian princess found in a local school in 1845, and recall when a ghostly gardener cycled through the lock gates of the Minster as recently as 1963.

Exploring Belton's history

22 March 2017

A poignant tale links two important, and intertwined, strands of Belton’s past – the railways and market gardening. They will be recalled in the new walk being held on April 4, as part of the season of guided strolls exploring local history.

The walk – The Last Train from Belton - was researched by villager Sue Skoyles, who moved there in 1974, and was keen to learn more about its past. “People will be surprised about how much history there is here – and how much the railways changed the lives of local people,” she said.

Trains transformed a previously quiet rural village into a busy market gardening hub – by providing access to the lucrative markets in London. They also brought in trippers to visit the popular Pleasure Gardens. The line was closed on November 2 1959 despite local protests.

Miniature Village wins top award

14 March 2017

The boss of a miniature village tourist attraction has been named as a model businessman.
Peter Williamson, who runs Merrivale Model Village at Great Yarmouth has won the Superstar top accolade at the resort’s annual awards celebrating the best of the area’s tourism and business sector.
Mr Williamson, who has run the popular family attraction for 13 years, was praised by awards judges for his passion in delivering an excellent visitor experience and keenness to introduce fresh ideas each season.
His was among 11 awards revealed at the Town Hall in front of a 200-strong gathering of guests from the tourism and business community.
They were organised by the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area, which aims to boost the economy through a range of events and marketing using funds generated from 1200 local levy payers.