Residents and visitors are in for a cool treat this summer, as the council has confirmed the opening times and dates for Gorleston’s fun wet play facility.
The splashpad at Gorleston beach, which has fountain sprays, jet streams and buckets of tipping water, is set within an ocean-themed play environment featuring a sail boat, fish, seaweed, starfish, and a crab. There are also colourful LED lights, plus benches for parents.
The splashpad will open for weekends from Saturday 7 May through to Sunday 25 September from 10am to 4pm.
During peak times, from 28 May to 5 June and 23 July to 11 September, it will open for seven days a week. It is completely free of charge to use.
After being in storage for more than forty years Gorleston's Carnegie clock is set to returning to its rightful place at the heart of the high street.
Back in 1907, the then County Borough of Great Yarmouth purchased the clock for a sum of £110 and placed it on the corner of Gorleston's Carnegie library, making it viewable from all directions. It passed into the ownership of Norfolk County Council during local government reorganisation. Following the demolition of the old library in 1975, the clock was put into storage for safety. Now thanks to the hard work of community volunteers and the support of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, the clock will be returned to Gorleston High Street with a new home at Palace Cinema.
As part of the move the ownership of the clock will pass from the County Council to the Borough, which has agreed a free permanent loan to Palatial Leisure. Before being returned to the High Street the clock will undergo restoration by the professionals at Michlmayr Clock and Watch Restorers of Norwich over the next few months, with the hope it can go back on show this summer.
Live music and a virtual reality experience are just some of the additional attractions for this year’s Christmas in The Parks events in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston.
Dozens of stalls will make up Christmas markets on the two sites, offering plenty of opportunities for festive shopping, alongside a selection of food and drink vendors to help make the market’s a treat to visit in themselves.
Now Great Yarmouth Borough Council has unveiled more attractions to keep the whole family entertained.
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 the beach, harbour, pier, and wind turbines can be seen.
Anyone who lives, works, visits or studies in Gorleston is being given the chance to have their say on the future of the town’s seafront.
Great Yarmouth Borough Council is taking the first steps in the development of a masterplan which will be finalised next Spring and will help guide future decisions about the seafront to ensure its unique offer is preserved whilst opportunities to enhance the area are explored.
The council has launched an online survey asking for feedback on what local people would like to see and wants to hear views on what they love about the seafront, what they would like changed or what improvements they would like made.
Leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Councillor Carl Smith said “Gorleston seafront is a significant natural and architectural asset to the residents and visitors of our borough with its Edwardian architecture, beach huts and a distinct, relaxed atmosphere which is not overly commercialised. We want to continue building upon its success".
The first batch of brand new wooden beach huts has arrived on Gorleston seafront, with the keys set to be handed over soon to the new owners.
Great Yarmouth Borough Council has taken delivery of an initial six huts, facing the sand along the Lower Promenade, with contractor Lesko Modular due to deliver a further six in early June.
The council has planning permission to place up to 70 beach huts at Gorleston, bringing a great new offer for the resort while generating additional funding to support important public services which everyone benefits from.
With further huts available for purchase, those interested are asked to direct enquiries to Aldreds Estate Agents, in Gorleston High Street, which is undertaking the sales and marketing on the council’s behalf.
Britain might be basking in a heatwave, but young children at Gorleston seafront are keeping their cool as Great Yarmouth Borough Council has opened a new, fun wet play facility today (Wednesday, August 8).
Over recent months, families have eagerly watched the new splashpad taking shape, with its fountain sprays, jet streams and buckets of tipping water – all set within an ocean-themed play environment featuring a sail boat, fish, seaweed and starfish.
Today a group of local children were the first to try out the new splashpad, which was officially opened by Cllr Mary Coleman, the mayor, who cut a ribbon across the entrance gate.