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Easter fair is heading to Great Yarmouth town centre

PUBLISHED: 15:43 19 April 2017 | UPDATED: 15:43 19 April 2017

Easter Fair arrives in Yarmouth. Photo: George Ryan

Easter Fair arrives in Yarmouth. Photo: George Ryan

George Ryan

All the fun of Great Yarmouth Easter Fair is returning to the town centre – with about 100 rides and attractions over four action-packed days.

The seasonal extravaganza, which dates back centuries, is expected to draw thousands of people to the Market Place, Fuller’s Hill and Brewery Plain car parks, between Thursday and Sunday.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council is running the fair, in conjunction with the eastern counties branch of the Showmen’s Guild.

Among the rides and attractions planned this year are dodgems, a bomber, a fun house, and a helter-skelter. There will also be other fairground attractions, including candy floss, toffee-apples and doughnuts.

The event will kick-off with “Reduced Prices Rides Night”, on Thursday, April 20, from 4pm through to 11pm.

Malcolm Bird, the mayor of Great Yarmouth borough, will officially open the fair from the dodgems in the Market Place at 4pm, when he will hand over the ceremonial Charter Key for the duration of the fair to representatives of the Showmen’s Guild.

The gold-embossed ceramic Charter Key was made by Ernie Childs, of Great Yarmouth Potteries, in 2008 to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Royal Charter granted to Great Yarmouth by King John in 1208.

The fair will continue on Friday and Saturday between 11am and 11pm, and on Sunday, April 23, between noon and 6pm.

Mr Bird said: “The Great Yarmouth Easter Fair is a wonderful long-standing tradition which brings thousands of extra people into the borough and town centre over the already-busy Easter period.

“This annual extravaganza is a great way to mark Easter, the start of spring, and the start of the tourism season. It is a seasonal highlight in the borough’s packed events calendar which I’m sure thousands of children look forward to every spring.

“I look forward to seeing hundreds of families having fun on the opening day.”

Market Place, Brewery Plain and Fuller’s Hill car parks was closed from 3pm today to enable the event to be set up.

During the opening hours of the fair, there will be a temporary road closure on Fuller’s Hill, at The Conge, down to where it joins Priory Plain.

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2 comments

  • The date of the Fair is set by an ancient Charter. Blame the schools for when they fixed their holidays. And in some cases making not one but two of the weeks of the holiday just part weeks, making it harder for parents to book holidays at locations which are run on a Saturday to Saturday basis.No wonder parents get annoyed. I look forward to the Fair coming ( and to the Mart in Lynn) It is part of local tradition, even if the machines are new and sophisticated I recognise the same family names on the rides and lorries from when I was a teenager. I hope those who moan and groan about it and cant manage to put their little kids in a safety harness or hold their hands so they are safe will keep quiet this year. And it is not the same as the Pleasure Beach by a long chalk. As for kids at the bus station, where are our top performing police workers bending a few ears? Noticeable by their absence on the streets. Didnt see one in very busy Cromer at the weekend, hardly ever see one in Yarmouth unless it is in a car.

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    FlintinChalk

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • Pity it didn't happen over the Easter Holidays, kids are back at school now, they needed something to do instead of being bored and in some cases making a nuisance of themselves, like the young boy who thought it was clever swinging a (not empty) bag at the window of the cab I was going home in and two who thought it was clever to walk in front of a bus at the bus station to stop the bus pulling out. If these boys had been injured in any way, who would have been blamed?

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    Spooky

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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