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Great Yarmouth Easter Fair returns to delight families in town centre

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

The seasonal celebration, which dates back centuries, is expected to draw thousands of people to the Market Place, Fullers Hill and Brewery Plain car parks, between Thursday 25 April and Sunday 28 April.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council is running the fair, in conjunction with the eastern counties branch of the Showmen’s Guild.

Among the rides and attractions planned this year are dodgems, bungee trampolines, bumper boats, rodeo bulls, carousels, a haunted house, a fun house and hook-a-duck. There will also be other fairground fun, including candy floss, toffee-apples and doughnuts.

While the rides for young children will be open from noon on Thursday 25 April, the event will kick-off properly with “Reduced Prices Rides Night” that same day, from 4pm through to 11pm.

Cllr Mary Coleman, the mayor, will officially open the fair from the dodgems in the Market Place at 4pm, when she will hand over the ceremonial Charter Key for the duration of the fair to the chairman of the Showmen’s Guild.

The gold-embossed ceramic Charter Key was made by Ernie Childs, of Great Yarmouth Potteries, in 2008 to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Royal Charter granted to Great Yarmouth by King John in 1208.

The fair will continue on Friday 26 April and Saturday 27 April, between 11am and 11pm, and on Sunday 28 April, between noon and 6pm.

Cllr Coleman said: “Organised by the borough council, the Easter Fair is a centuries-long tradition in Great Yarmouth, and is a really fun way for families and friends to celebrate Easter together in the town centre. As mayor, I am proud to be officially opening this seasonal highlight for our borough and I look forward to handing over the ceremonial Charter Key to the Showmen’s Guild in order to get the fun underway.”

Car parks and highways – temporary arrangements

Fullers Hill car park will be closed all day on Wednesday 24 April, with Brewery Plain and Market Place car parks closing at 3pm to enable the event to be set up. People are asked to remove their vehicles by those times. From 5pm on Wednesday 24 April, to 11pm on Sunday 28 April, there will be a temporary road closure on The Conge, from the Brewery Plain entrance down to where it joins Priory Plain.