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Today (Friday 22 October) saw the official unveiling of Dereham’s wayfinding panels and finger posts that have been installed around the town to help bring its rich history to life and direct pedestrians to various points of interest. The project was led by the aboutDereham Partnership and jointly funded by Breckland Council, Dereham Town Council and Norfolk County Council. The 14 information panels, designed in the main by local historian Sue Walker from Dereham Heritage Trust, contain lots of interesting facts, maps and old photos about the town’s past and its famous people. The panels guide visitors around the town to its main attractions and local landmarks such as Dereham Windmill, Bishop Bonner’s Cottage and the Mid-Norfolk Railway. The panels are complemented by new fingerpost direction signs around the town. 
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Great Yarmouth’s historic Venetian Waterways has once again scooped a coveted Green Flag award that recognises well-managed parks and green spaces around the world. It has also gained Green Heritage Site Accreditation, which is awarded to public green spaces that are managed to Green Flag Award standards and whose owners actively understand, identify and promote the heritage that make that site unique. The Green Flag award scheme, the international quality mark for parks and green spaces which is celebrating its Silver Jubilee this year, has announced arecord-breaking year with 2,127 locations across the UK which are celebrating success today. Great Yarmouth’s Venetian Waterways, which is one of 169 Green Flag Award winners in the East of England, joins parks and green spaces as diverse as the National Memorial Arboretum in…
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Martin Jones from Norwich is a keen amateur photographer who over the past few months has been taking his camera out with him when going for a walk along a small part of the River Wensum in Norwich. We are so glad that Martin took the time to share these wonderful selection of photographs with us which we are sure you will enjoy and just demonstrates what we can all see if we take a moment to just stop and observe the environment around us . We are, of course, also very lucky to either live in or be able to visit the fine City of Norwich which the Sunday Times recently named Norwich one of the best places to live in 2021. 
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Tripadvisor has announced that Gorleston Beach has been awarded a Travellers’ Choice Award after being ranked within the top 10 percent of attractions across the world, as well as eighth place in the Best Beaches in UK and Channel Islands. The Travellers’ Choice Award celebrates attractions that “consistently deliver fantastic experiences to travellers around the globe” and “stand out by providing great service and experiences to guests”. The list is drawn from the experiences of real travellers who have visited and left feedback on the site. As a holiday destination, Gorleston is a brilliant choice in the Norfolk area if windsurfing, surfing or body-boarding is your favoured coastal activity. It also offers green cliffs, beautiful lawns, bowling greens, tennis courts and a trim-trail on the cliff top where views of…
Friday, 02 July 2021 00:00

Great Yarmouth guided heritage walks resume

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Guided Heritage walks got underway from July 1 through to the end of October, with support from the Go Trade project. Great Yarmouth Borough Council runs a programme of fascinating Guided Heritage Walks every year, offering residents and visitors the opportunity to delve into the borough’s rich history. A full schedule of guided walks was planned for 2020, which unfortunately had to be suspended owing to the pandemic and rules regarding travel and social distancing. Due to the restrictions put in place by the Government, the Guided Heritage Walks were offered online as a virtual experience. Now back and better than ever, the walks are each led by an official Great Yarmouth Heritage Guide and boast to be one of the most interesting ways to explore the resort. The carefully…
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Head East, a new regional cultural tourism campaign, launches today to showcase the rich diversity and quality of arts, culture and heritage found right here, on our doorstep. Residents from Norfolk and Suffolk will have the opportunity to return to their favourite activities, or discover exciting new experiences on a par with London’s cultural scene. From coastal locations to rural and urban settings, over one year, Head East will celebrate the cultural gems in our counties, while highlighting the region as a must-see cultural destination in the UK, and encouraging sustainable travel. By highlighting a selection of events in 2021 and beyond, the campaign invites people to enjoy themselves as they reunite with loved ones following a prolonged period apart. They can also rely on continued COVID-safe guidelines for memorable…
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Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Out There Arts are working together to provide the residents and visitors of Great Yarmouth with a unique new experience this autumn. The Fire On The Water extravaganza will be an outdoor occasion that will showcase dramatic outdoor fire sculptures, hypnotic water projections and eye-catching art displays, allowing residents and visitors to see Great Yarmouth in a different light. As the chosen location of the immense and mesmerising event, the Venetian Waterways will be transformed into a spectacular scene that will provide amazing cross-site visibility and offer plenty of car parking space, wheelchair accessibility and suitable space for visitors to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Organised by the producers of the Out There Festival, the blazing demonstrations of unique fire displays and sculptures will transform…
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People can now hire electric scooters to get around Great Yarmouth, Gorleston and Bradwell in an environmentally-friendly way – thanks to a trial designed to support a “green restart” of local travel. Replacing shorter-distance journeys which might otherwise be undertaken by car, e-scooters offer the potential of an affordable, reliable and sustainable means of travel during social distancing, while cutting carbon emissions and pressure on public transport. With the support of Norfolk County Council and Norfolk Constabulary, Great Yarmouth Borough Council applied successfully to the Department for Transport to become one of the controlled trial areas nationally, helping the Government decide whether to legalise e-scooters. The council has partnered with authorised e-scooter operator Ginger, which is initially providing 35 e-scooters and 50 parking bays for this trial. Only the authorised…
Monday, 29 March 2021 00:00

Explore-a-book bench trail launches

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Today sees the launch of Explore-a-book, a brand-new book bench trail, in West Norfolk. The book bench trail has been funded by the Norfolk Strategic Fund, specifically to encourage people back into town centre areas and to help support those businesses adversely affected by the impact of Covid-19.The trail has been organised by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk in partnership with Stories of Lynn and Kick the Dust.Duncan Hall, Assistant Director, said: "We are working hard to encourage people back into town once it is safe to do so. This trail has been launched to coincide with the first lifting of restrictions, encouraging people to come out, and walk around King's Lynn, Downham and Hunstanton, to discover the benches and to learn a bit more about…
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Visitors to Great Yarmouth seafront this season will have the chance to ride on a 50-metre tall observation wheel and enjoy panoramic views over the coastline, under plans by Great Yarmouth Borough Council. The council has secured the landmark temporary attraction, at no cost, in order to provide an additional covid-safe draw, as part of supporting the important visitor economy when restrictions are lifted to allow tourism again. The Cityliner giant observation wheel features 36 capsules, each with a capacity of up to six people, and will operate from the SEA LIFE Centre Gardens this summer, subject to planning consent and coronavirus restrictions in place at the time. The council would like to thank Merlin Entertainments for allowing this space to be used. To ensure the safety of employees and…
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