Seven of Great Yarmouth's most iconic buildings will be having festive light ups for the upcoming Christmas holiday.
The council will once again switch on the lighting on the Town Hall, St George's Theatre, the Tolhouse, the Minster Church of St Nicholas, the Arc Cinema at the Royalty, the North West Tower and Gorleston Pavilion.
The collection includes five listed buildings and a scheduled monument, with all the buildings representing a special place in the town's history and cultural life.
The lighting has been used to highlight various local and national issues since its installation. In April 2020, the Town Hall bathed in blue light to praise key workers on the coronavirus frontline and in February 2022, the buildings were lit up mauve and green to highlight the needs and care of people living with a rare disease.
Thanks to public feedback, a walking trail to highlight some of the tremendous 'ghost signs' in the town centre has successfully launched.
Time and Tide Museum and Great Yarmouth Borough Council teamed up to create a trail that would send participants back in time whilst exploring the parts of the borough’s history which are hidden in plain sight.
'Ghost signs' are old shop signs and architectural features that have survived despite changes in the use of buildings.
The trail team asked residents to share their memories, photographs, and other images and that has helped create a unique downloadable map that can be used to explore the historical advertising and signs across the Town Centre.
As part of community consultation work around an ambitious project to restore the Winter Gardens, Great Yarmouth Borough Council has been engaging with young people to find out what students would like to see as part of the exciting regeneration scheme.
The Winter Gardens is the last surviving Victorian glass house in the country and, in 2021, was one of five transformational projects across the country to be awarded a Heritage Horizon Award from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The award will see the iron and glass structure restored to its former glory as a people’s palace on the town’s seafront. Complete with beautiful gardens, galleries and café areas it will offer both entertainment and education, breathing new life into the area.
Rachel Daniel, the council’s Winter Gardens partnership and engagement co-ordinator - along with Time and Tide Museum’s youth engagement officer, Tricia Hall - recently took part in a Green Week event at Great Yarmouth’s East Norfolk Sixth Form College.
Working with Great Yarmouth community organisation Creative Collisions, the pair spent the day talking to students about the environmental features of the project, covering everything from planting ideas to sustainability solutions.
Businesses and would-be entrepreneurs around Great Yarmouth now have easy access to free business support and advice thanks to the launch of an exciting new Enterprise Hub.Great Yarmouth Borough Council has teamed up with the Town Centre Partnership to launch the service in Market Gates Shopping Centre.
The Hub is a new one stop shop for start-up, new and more established businesses and offers business advice, support, and training. Businesses can also book the space for their own business events.
The opening times are 10am – 4pm on, Monday to Friday. His Worship the Mayor, Cllr Graham Plant, officially opened the Enterprise Hub with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday 10, August at 11am, which was followed by refreshments and networking.
An innovative campaign to reduce plastics left on local beaches has launched today, with the aim of highlighting the importance of disposing of waste correctly.
Three new permanent #BottleShipsGY art installations have been installed in Great Yarmouth, Hemsby and Gorleston aimed at encouraging beachgoers to dispose of their plastic drinks bottles correctly, preventing them from entering the sea.
Each ship has been designed by artists Hatty + Young and has been inspired by vessels that form part of our proud maritime history, featuring plaques with historic information on each ship. Great Yarmouth Jetty saw the arrival of HMS Elephant, the Lydia Eva landed in Gorleston and Hemsby pays homage to its lifeboat, Sea Weaver. The BottleShips will fill with plastic bottles which will be collected for recycling.
Members of the public have been able to try out Great Yarmouth's new £26m swimming and sports centre for the first time today.
The new Marina Centre on Great Yarmouth's seafront Golden Mile, boasts a six-lane swimming pool, learner pool and leisure water with flumes; along with a 120-station gym, four court sports hall, 10m indoor climbing zone, three studios, and community spaces.
Many of the facilities feature stunning panoramic views of Great Yarmouth beach, with a central atrium and café linking the promenade to the beach.
The centre opened to the public on Friday 5th August, following a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Great Yarmouth mayor Cllr Graham Plant.
Mayor of Great Yarmouth, Cllr Graham Plant, has buried a time capsule full of memories relating to the last few years at Great Yarmouth’s new £26m swimming, sports, and leisure centre.
Back in 2021, the council invited members of the community to share their ideas on what they think should be included in a time capsule to be buried under the performance area in the new Marina Centre.
Items which will be buried in the capsule include events on a national such as Coronavirus updates, the Queen’s Jubilee and the 2021 census. There is also local news such as the media coverage for Visit Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival 2022, photos of the Marina Centre from the past, present and artists impressions and a photo of the current Mayor and Mayoress of Great Yarmouth, Cllr Plant, and his wife.
Plans to regenerate a riverside gateway site in Great Yarmouth are expected to take an important step forward next week with a move to compulsorily purchase parts of the site.
Great Yarmouth Borough Council has been working on proposals to transform the North Quay area into an exciting new waterfront quarter, turning the eyesore area into an attractive entrance to the town.
The four hectares of land is currently in piecemeal ownership and negotiations to bring the land together have been slow.
Now the council is proposing to use compulsory purchase powers to buy up the land so that its masterplan for the site can be made a reality.
Spirited fundraisers rallied together to complete an epic walking challenge and raise more than £40,000 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
The charity’s Pier to Pier event was a 32-mile trek along the beautiful Norfolk Coastal Path. More than 160 people took part, starting in Cromer and wearily finishing several hours later in Great Yarmouth.
EACH events fundraiser Hannah Forbester said: “It was a huge success and we were delighted to raise more than £40,000. The support was fantastic and I loved seeing everyone rally together. There was a real sense of camaraderie and so much encouragement along the way. Prior to the walk, there had been lots of chatting in the event Facebook group. There was a real sense of excitement and it was lovely for people to meet up and share the experience on the day. The feedback after the event was very positive, too. It’s a huge challenge, both mentally and physically, and, understandably, there were a few nerves. However, everyone looked out for each other and the bigger groups buddied up with individuals and couples walking alone. There was a strong team ethic and everyone was determined to help each other over the finish line.”
Thousands of years ago they roamed the Norfolk coast – now for just 11 weeks you can meet a mammoth in Great Yarmouth market!
Visitors to the town’s new six-day covered market will be greeted by a giant Steppe Mammoth sculpture called Yuuki from Monday 27 June, as part of the Break charity’s GoGoDiscover event.
The colourful creature has been sponsored by Norfolk firm Pentaco Construction, the lead building firm on the market project.
The installation is also being backed by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, which operates the market, and stall owners, who are offering a special discount to people taking part in Break’s GoGoDiscover trail.
People using the GoGoDiscover app on their phones, available for £1.79 on the Google Play or Apple Store, will be able to claim a 5% discount at participating market stalls after ‘collecting’ the sculpture on the app. This works by entering a code found on the mammoth’s plinth.