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Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival 2019

Head to Great Yarmouth's seafront on Saturday 6 (10am to 10pm) & Sunday 7 July (10am to 4pm) when an array of classic and contemporary vehicles will be lining up to star in our seafront Wheels Festival.

The Great Yarmouth Motorcyle Takeover will be joining forces with Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival again this year, with an estimated 15,000 motorbikes descending on to the seafront on the Saturday.

Centre 81 will once again be holding their Classic Car & Bike Run and Show on the Sunday with a 60 mile ride out starting from Cromer (Runton Road car park). The run finishes at Great Yarmouth where the show part will carry on. Cars taking part in Centre 81's show will be judged on various categories including 'Best in Show', 'Oldies but Goodies' and 'The I'm Exhausted Award'.

Admission to the event which will take place from Britannia Pier to the Pleasure Beach is FREE.

The event is brought to you by Great Yarmouth Borough Council in conjunction with Great Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area (GYTABIA), Fish & Grill, Joyland, Great Yarmouth Motorcycle Takeover and On The Throttle.

Great Yarmouth Motorcycle Takeover

We're looking forward to once again welcome On The Throttle and the Great Yarmouth Motorcycle Takeover into the Wheels Festival. It is a sight to behold as thousands of motorbikes make their way into Great Yarmouth and on to the seafront.

This year, bikers are asked to make a voluntary donation of £2 per bike to park in the event site. This money will help to cover the costs of the Takeover's attendance with a percentage being donated to their chosen charity - East Anglian Air Ambulance. Bikers can make their donation at Great Yarmouth's Tourist Information Centre on the seafront and receive a fast lane entry sticker for a quicker entrance into the festival. Donations will also be taken as the bikers enter the festival.

New for this year, we will have a drop off point for helmets and leathers allowing you to make the most of festival. This can be found at the cafe inside the Marina Centre, accessible from the seafront. Run by Sunbeams Play, you will be able to leave helmets and leathers at this point for £1 per item.

Sunbeams Play is a local registered charity with an Outstanding Ofsted rating which provides a fun, safe and caring environment for children and young people aged 3 to 21 years old with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder to thrive. They understand how difficult it can be for children and young people with ASD to engage in mainstream activities due to a variety of social needs and anxieties. At Sunbeams Play they can play, relax and socialise in an environment that is suitable for them, alongside or with others who have the same/similar needs.

Their founder, Monica, is a rider herself and a member of the Norwich Iceni Chapter who reguarly visit Sunbeams and take part in events. All money raised over the weekend will go towards resources and activities for the children and young people. 

Great Yarmouth Motorcycle Takeover
Sunbeams Pplay

Red Dragon Monster Truck Ride

The Ride of Your Life

Come on board...The Red Dragon Monster Ride Truck is the only tubular framed race specification ride truck in Europe with a 6.5 litre Chevy V8 engine giving more torque to cater for the extra weight of carrying up to ten passengers. 

Suitable for both the young and the old as long as they are over 3 feet tall! 

Location: St Nicholas car park
Price: Adrenaline seat (next to the driver) £15 per person
          Back of the truck £8.50 per person

Red Dragon Monster Ride Truck


NSRA at Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival

The National Street Rod Association will once again be supporting the festival and putting on a great display of hot rods to excite you. With an 8-10 car display in the seafront marquee, you will be able to catch a glimpse of some of the best hot rods and customs in the UK.

Find the NSRA on Facebook and on Instagram. Tag your show photos with #nsrauk.

Low Riders

Low Riders
Customised lowered vehicles which are able to 'bounce' at the command of the driver. Find them in a marquee in Empire Car Park.

The Ken Fox Troupe Wall of Death

Wall of Death

The noise, the speed, the smell - it's a show you'll remember for the rest of your life.

The original Wall of Death is the oldest surviving Wall of Death in the UK. Watch as the daring troupe of riders dip and dive on their Indian Scout bikes, made in 1921, right to the top of the wall - barely 6 inches away from the audience!

See a breathtaking display of tricks and stunts plus the Hell Riders Race which will see three riders on the wall at once.

Location: Marina Centre North Car Park
Price: £3 per person

On The Edge Motorcycle Stunt Team

On The Edge Stunt Show consists of 2 highly experienced stunt trials riders, Brad Bullock and Dec Bullock, who combine their skills on motorcycle trials bikes to bring you fun, excitement and laughter.

The riders perform incredibly skilled and entertaining stunts on their impressive mobile stunt unit and the compere entertains the crowd with his light-hearted commentary. The compere will keep the crowd informed as the show proceeds, as well as getting involved with the stunts himself. The exciting free to watch show consists of 15ft jumps up vertical walls, amazing ‘drop offs’ and a full range of freestyle tricks.

Location: Jetty North car park

On The Edge Motorcycle Stunt Team

Clive Shaw Trucking

The only business in the UK to have more than one American Truck painted in matching livery, Clive Shaw Trucking are set to return this year with the added bonus of visitors having the opportunity to take a ride in one of these American Big Rig Trucks..

Five passengers can ride at one time and is available to all ages (children must be able to sit unaccompanied on a seat and a seatbelt must be worn. Children are not permitted to sit on an adult's lap).

Clive Shaw offer driving experience in American Big Rig Trucks as various venues throughout the UK including Brands Hatch and Donnington Park. They also have workshop facilities to undertake repairs, restoration and MOT & servicing of Americna Trucks.

Location: Outside Pleasure Beach Gardens
Price: Was £8.50 Now £6.80    

Clive Shaw Trucking
Seastar Superbikes

Seastar Superbikes - Ducati & Kawasaki Roadshow

Saturday only
Ducati Norwich
are official Ducati dealers, offering new and used Ducati motorcycles, alongside the latest Ducati apparel, parts and accessories. The Ducati UK Roadshow delivers new motorcycling experiences for customers, with the opportunity to pre-book demo rides on a selection of stunning Ducati models, including this year the Hypermotard 950, the new and upgraded Multistrada range featuring the 950S and 1260 Enduro. The Panigale V4R will also be making its presence known along with the reinvigorated Diavel 1260.

Demo rides are available on the hour, every hour from 10 till 4pm. If you’d like to book a test ride please contact Seastar Superbikes on 01508 471919 or email to book. Booking is essential for this to avoid disappointment.

Please make sure you bring the following with you:
Valid UK driving licence photocard
Your National Insurance Number (card not needed but you must know the number)
Valid credit or debit card

You should have less than 6 points, and hold a full motorcycle licence and have done so for 12 months.

Norwich Kawasaki will be displaying some of the 2019 current motorcycle range.

Mobile Dyno 200 Rolling Road
Seastar’s Mobile Dyno is able to measure power, torque and Gas/Air ratios against RPM in exactly the same way as their in house dyno unit. Anyone attending the event can get their get their motorcycle on the dyno for a nominal charge of £25. Attendees can book a dyno run on the day by getting a voucher from us that will confirm their booking and allow access to our stand.

Mobile Dyno

Mobile Dyno 200 Rolling Road

Ducati Roadshow

Seastar Superbikes Roadshow

Kawasaki Roadshow

Kawasaki Roadshow

Lots to see

Walking along the seafront on Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 July from 10am, you'll be able to see a huge variety of super cool cars, bikes, trikes and trucks.

Joining us over the weeknd, we'll have a number of car clubs including East Coast Pirates, the Lotus Car Club, Autobahn Stormers, Anglian Modified, Ford Mania, Norfolk Mini Owners Club and Norwich Classic Vehicle Club. 

See if you can see the well known movie cars too with a selection from Silverline Cars, the Blues Brothers and Kit fom Knight Rider. There will also be some fantastic individual cars on display such as Triumph Stag, Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Capri's, Morris Minor's, Ford Mustang's and more.

If you prefer much larger vehicles, East Coast Truckers and Iconic American Trucks will also be attending. 

See a selection of public sector and emergency vehicles with plenty of activities to take part in from Norfolk Constabulary, Norfolk Fire Service, NHS Blood Bikes and Norfolk Fire Museum.

Saturday night will go out with a bang as thanks to our generous seafront businesses, we'll be finishing day one with a fantastic FREE fireworks display on Central beach at 10pm. Good viewing points can be found anywhere in between Britannia and Wellington Piers.

A selection of cars at last year's Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival
Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival
FREE fireworks display at Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival

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New Car Dealer Village

If you want to check out some of the newest car models or want to change to a pre-loved vehicle, talk to one of the new car suppliers in our dealer village. 

Location: Marina South Car Park

The Hal Wrayzer Combo

Live music

Enjoy live music from the Joyland American Diner patio with a Rolling Stone tribute, rock and roll, UB40 tribute and jazz and blues. On Saturday night, the live music will finish at 9.30pm, just in time to watch the fireworks light up the sky at 10pm.

from 1.30pm The Shadow Stones 
from 7.30pm The Hal Wrayzer Combo

from 1pm UB42
from 4pm Sarah Mai Band 

Thanks to our amazing sponsors

Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival is organised by Great Yarmouth Borough Council in conjunction with On The Throttle and The Great Yarmouth Motorcycle Takeover.

The festival would not be possible without the financial support of our fantastic sponsors.

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Funded by Greater Yarmouth Tourism & Business Improvement Area
The Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area (GYTABIA) are delighted to once again support the Wheels Festival as part of a growing annual program of great events including the summer fireworks in Hemsby and Great Yarmouth and the Annual Maritime Festival”. GYTABIA also supports a number of local community events across the Borough
Hippodrome Circus
The Historic Hippodrome is Britain’s only surviving total circus building, built in 1903 by the legendary circus showman George Gilbert. Hosting spectacular productions during Easter, Summer, Halloween and Christmas for all the family with international artistes, Jack Jay & Johnny Mac.


Home to the world famous Snails ride, Joyland first opened in 1949 by the Cole family is to this day still owned and run by the Coles. The children's fun park includes fun rides such as Tyrolean Tub Twist, Spook Express kiddie coaster, Jet cars, Neptune's Undersea fantasy adventure, Pirate Ship, Major Orbit, Balloon Wheel and Skydiver.
Family Amusements

Britannia Pier is a truly retro seaside pier with fairground games along the wooden boards, a theatre with showbar and a fun fairground at the end. Wellington Pier has a large amusement arcade and as you get onto the wooden boards of the pier, a large, airy ten-pin bowling centre looks out over the sea.

Fish & Grill

Fish & Grill
Fish and Grill Restaurant & Take Away in Great Yarmouth is open 7 days a week, with a sleek but stylish look, Fish and Grill has a very relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff and great food. With an extensive menu consisting of Flame Grilled Chicken, Steak, Ribs and Traditional Fish and Chips, you will be spoilt for choice.
Peter Doidge Car Audio and Performance Centre
Peter Doidge Car Audio and Performance Centre have an extensive knowledge of how to improve your vehicle. They can assist with audio, alarms, multi media, alloy wheels, towbar fitting, window tinting & more. Pleased to be associated with Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival once again.

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