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Designed by the prestigious Great Yarmouth Borough Architect J. W. Cockerill back in 1888, refurbishment works on the dilapidated building which was once the ticket office at Wellesley Recreation Ground are now complete.

The work, which was was carried out by Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust, was funded by a grant from Coastal Revival Fund awarded to the Wellesley project in 2018. The Coastal Revival Fund supports projects which help revive heritage assets that are important to local communities but have not yet reached their full potential or are facing neglect. 

Situated to the south west corner of the recreation ground adjacent to the gate on the corner of Wellesley Road and Albermarle Road, the building had suffered extensive rot after falling into a state of disrepair once it was no longer used. 

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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.

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The newly opened Yare Gallery, on Great Yarmouth’s historic South Quay overlooking the river, opens this week (Friday) with an amazing collection of circus paintings and artefacts from famous artists, many of whom are Norfolk and Suffolk based and internationally known painters of circus subjects – Bruer Tidman, has been painting the Hippodrome circus since 1984, and has over a dozen paintings in the show.

Colin Self an English Pop Artist who has over 30 works in the Tate, will have 6 of his clowns on display and a series of circus themed sculptures created from tin cans , Will Teather a leading figurative artist will have one of his famous spheres and a series of circus paintings, Mark Burrell, a Lowestoft based realist painter who tells great stories through his paintings and Peter Rodulfo, living in Great Yarmouth but who has travelled and exhibited across the world, plus a host of local and national artists who have embraced the theme of CIRCUS for our winter art exhibition. 

We also have a display of children’s artworks from a competition held to coincide with this event.  With additional props from the Hippodrome Circus here in Great Yarmouth, our entire 3 storey 17th Century Merchants House is a feast for the eyes.

Exhibition will be on from 12 November 2021 – 13 January 2022 and we will be open Tuesday to Saturday 11-5 (last entry 4.30) this free to enter art gallery on the east coast of England is a must visit. With parking available and just a short stroll from the train station. Opening in early summer this year, this is The Yare Gallery’s 4th exhibition and promises a cornucopia of delights for all tastes and pockets – much like the Hippodrome itself.

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Sunrise to Moonrise in Great Yarmouth

If you wrap up warm and embrace the fresh North Sea breeze, the rolling sands of North Denes offer up its own barren beauty to brighten the shorter days of winter. This quiet spot, washed in salty mists and dotted with tussocks of marram grass, is a favourite with dog walkers and adventurers who want to get the most out of their day.

Be the first to greet the morning by heading down to the beach before sunlight. If you want to take breakfast with you, a flask of coffee and Pastéis de Nata from one of Great Yarmouth’s Portuguese stores makes a fine treat.

Nestle down in the shelter of the dunes and watch the sun as it rises up and over the sea, full of promise for the new day.

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Earlier this year, Great Yarmouth Borough Council funded the necessary improvement required by the Great Yarmouth and District Athletics Club to ensure they met the TrackMark requirements for the athletics track which surrounds the main football pitch at the Wellesley recreational ground. 

TrackMark is UK Athletics’ new quality assurance scheme for outdoor Track & Field Athletics facilities. TrackMark was developed in consultation with track operators, track and field athletics clubs and National Sports Councils and is an accreditation process that utilises a simple web-based portal. A venue that achieves TrackMark will be recognised by UKA as having well managed, compliant facilities that are accessible to participants of all abilities.

As England’s stock of athletics tracks age, TrackMark provides venue operators with a professional assessment of their track and field facilities alongside a time phased action plan designed to achieve and maintain the minimum facility and equipment standards required by the sport’s governing body.

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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 Staffordshire, Woodhouse Park in Peterlee and Chiswick Old Cemetery in London.

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Four out of the five originalboat figureheads, dating back to the 1950s, have returned to their rightful home of Great Yarmouth’s Venetian Waterways, after being lovingly restored by local restoration expert Kelvin Thatcher.

The figureheads – made of mahogany and in the shape of various animal heads – were added to the gondolas which were used to take families around the Waterways site between the late 1950s and 1980s.The work undertaken was of a delicate nature due to the condition and age of the wood, with many of the boat heads rotten and missing parts, with one boat head damaged beyond repair.

Now returned to their original beauty, the figureheads have been placed on the most Northern island of the recently restoredVenetian Waterways as standalone pieces, where they can be viewed by those who visit the park to stop and relax for a while, to take a ride on the Boating Lake or to enjoy exploring the plant life.

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Great Yarmouth’s new Marina Centre, currently taking shape on the resort’s seafront, today (Thursday 23 September) moved another step closer to opening its doors to the public when a ‘topping out’ ceremony was held.

Pouring a celebratory glass of locally-brewed beer over the top-most beam of the building, leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Cllr Carl Smith described the ceremony as “a great privilege for me” as he marked the completion of the exterior of the centre.

He said: “We’ve now reached an exciting milestone in the construction of this landmark building. This new state-of-the-art visitor destination will be a major year-round boost for Great Yarmouth and the surrounding area, bringing great benefits in supporting the health and wellbeing of our community and visitors for many years to come. It is also a stunning addition to our seafront.”

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With just under a year to go until the new Marina Centre is unveiled, Great Yarmouth Borough Council has launched a new art competition for children and young people of all ages and abilities. 

Over the next three months, participants are invited to submit their very own version of the Olympic torch, either as an individual or group entry. A first name and age is all the information needed to be added to each entry.

The winning design would have their design sent to a fabricator, who will turn it into a torch. The torch will then travel around the borough in a relay race and attend activity days, sports day, fetes, and other exciting opportunities from mid-April 2022. The winner of the competition would be given the opportunity to be able to “pass the torch” over to our special guest who will be officially opening the new Marina Centre.

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Great Yarmouth has been chosen by Active Training World, one of the largest endurance events companies in the UK, to host their end of season finale Triathlon.

Active Training World offers events most weekends of the year, ranging from running to duathlons, swimming, cycling-sportive and triathlons. Known for its friendly and community driven approach at events, the event organiser anticipates an exciting opportunity to branch out to Norfolk.

Cllr Carl Smith, leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said: “This is a great event in which the entire family can get involved; whether that’s as a spectator, as a group in the family fun run or going solo in the triathlon.”

Race director, Matthew Dickinson, said “We are really looking forward to this exciting new event, offering the competitors the opportunity to complete their season in style, with such an iconic finish line.

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RT @Pensthorpe: We wanted to thank everyone who turned up to our Festive 5k this morning! Despite the rain, there were huge smiles! 😄😊🥳…