Heritage Open Days (HODs) is England's biggest heritage festival celebrating our fantastic history, architecture and culture. Here in Norfolk, the local 2016 festival brochure is available from Monday 1 August, bursting with over 200 hidden places and heritage events just waiting to be discovered between Thursday 8 – Sunday 11 September.
The HODs festival offers a combination of drop-in and pre-book events all over the county and booking opens on Monday 1 August. Brochures will be available from The Forum in Norwich, Tourist Information Centres, libraries and many other venues across the county. The full programme of HODs events across Norfolk can also be found online from Monday via www.heritageopendays.org.uk
Barry Phillips and his wife Margaret, from St Ives in Cambridgeshire, have been visiting Great Yarmouth for holidays and day trips for 40 years. Barry, who was in the market for a new car, browsed round Great Yarmouth showrooms during his last holiday in September and was so impressed with the customer service at Thurlow Nunn, that he drove home in a new Astra. Tourism businesses like Vauxhall Holiday Park and Cherry Tree Holiday Park also support the local economy with vehicle leasing and servicing.
Matt Roberts has concluded his 500k charity run from Great Yarmouth to Aberystwyth. His run benefited two charities: Norfolk child bereavement charity Nelson's Journey, and Sussex-based children’s hospice the Chestnut Tree House.
Mr Roberts was welcomed on his arrival to Aberystwyth by Ceredigion's Member of Parliament Mark Williams, Chief Executive of Nelson's Journey Simon Wright, and family and friends.
A local man is preparing to embark on a running challenge which will see him run over 500km, from Great Yarmouth to Aberystwyth in Wales, in just 14 days.
Matt Roberts, 29, of Newmarket Road, Norwich, set himself the challenge after being diagnosed with arthritis at the age of just 24.
‘In 2010 I was diagnosed with arthritis and since then have been determined not to let that dictate what I do. I’ve always enjoyed running, since the 1500m event at sports day at school, to taking part in various half marathons, so I wanted to continue do so, despite my condition. Amazingly, running on a regular basis has really helped my arthritic condition, so I feel now is the time to take on such a big challenge!’
An exciting programme of free tours and drop in events is on offer in the Borough of Great Yarmouth during Heritage Open Days weekend, Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 September.
Book a tour back to World War II at ‘Blitz Street’ Scratby (10-13 September), or a guided walk On the Warpath: Piers and Bombs (10 September). Go on a tour featuring the Great & the Good Great Yarmouth (11 September) and get behind the scenes in Great Yarmouth Community Library (10 and 11 September).
The Götheborg, the world’s largest wooden sailing ship, will visit the 16th Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival on Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6, 2015. It’s the first time that the Swedish tall ship will be seen at a UK Maritime Festival.
Visitors will be able to explore this huge sailing ship, which measures 58.5m long, by 11 metres wide and stands 5 decks tall, with a vertical clearance of 47 metres. The tour will include the gun deck, where there are 10 canons, and the weather deck where the steering wheel is located. In bad weather it sometimes takes up to four crew to hold a steady course.
Tourism bosses from Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area (GYTABIA), Great Yarmouth Town Centre Partnership and Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s Tourism Division today launched the new official Greater Yarmouth app, whilst enjoying the view of the borough and its attractions from the top of the Atlantis Tower on the seafront.