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Walks explore resort’s hidden history


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.

It will recall the lookout towers that alerted townsfolk to ships in distress – and bounty that might come ashore – along with the story of the ill-fated jetty.

Learn about bathing huts and the revolving tower, precautions to prevent a possible wartime invasion and see the remnants of the exclusive Victorian resort with its own sports club that played host to royalty.

The walk starts at the Marine Parade Tourist Information Centre at 2pm and lasts about 90 minutes. Book places (tickets £6.50 adults, £4 children, under 7s free – price includes refreshments) by calling 01493 846346.

It is part of a programme of guided heritage walks running throughout the summer.

A trio of trails, explained by volunteer expert guides, uncover murder, bodysnatching and witch-hunting, explore the second best medieval walls in the country and tell the story of the town’s growth and the people behind it.

Walk dates are:
Gory Stories on a Wicked Walk - tales of body snatchers, disasters and carryings-on in graveyards, (August 11,21,25, September 4, 15 25, October 6, 16, 27)
Medieval Town Wall - a chance to explore the 14th century Scheduled Ancient Monument, which includes 11 of the original 16 gates towers. (August 4, 14, September 11, 18 29, October 9, 20)
The Great and the Good Yarmouth - the story of how Yarmouth became Great, featuring fishing, railways, Rows and monks, and the personalities who played starring roles in its growth. (August 7, 18, 28, September 1, 8,22, October 2,13, 23)

The walks last 90 minutes to 2 hours leaving the Fisherman’s Hospital Gates in the Market Place at 2pm. Tickets are priced at £3.75 for adults and £1.50 for children aged seven to 16, with children aged under seven allowed to come along free-of-charge. There is no need to book and tickets are available on the day from the guide.