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Here are ten places to visit and enjoy over the bank holiday in Great Yarmouth

PUBLISHED: 16:00 03 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:00 03 May 2018

Martham Scarecrow Festival. May 2014.  Picture: James Bass

Martham Scarecrow Festival. May 2014. Picture: James Bass

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Here are ten events families can enjoy in the borough of Great Yarmouth over the bank holiday weekend.

The Octonauts are coming to Great Yarmouth.
Picture: Sea Life CentreThe Octonauts are coming to Great Yarmouth. Picture: Sea Life Centre

Martham Scarecrow Festival takes place on the village greens and various other locations over the bank holiday weekend, Sunday and Monday, May 6 and 7. Both days from 10am to 5pm.

Programmes with details of the event, maps of the village, locations of scarecrows, as well as a family treasure hunt and children’s treasure hunt will be on sale from the large marquee on the green by the Co-op in the centre of village for £1.

Refreshments will be available on the village green, businesses within the village and at the churches.

The deep-sea adventure, Octonauts: Shark Mission, is at Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre.

Children can join Captain Barnacles, Peso, Dashi, Shellington, Professor Inkling, Tweak, Kwazii and Tunip in a quest to uncover the secrets of the ocean’s predators. They can help the Octonauts crew solve the mind-bending puzzles of the mystery tanks and find out which sharks can live to be 400 years old and which sharks can smell a single drop of blood in an Olympic size swimming pool.

A companion dog show is being held to raise funds for the dementia team at the James Paget University Hospital.

The show - for all breeds or cross-breeds of dogs - is at Haddiscoe village hall on Sunday, May 6 and dogs do not need to be registered with the Kennel Club.

Entries will be taken from 10.30am and the judging starts at 11.30am.

Songs of Victory will ring out in the village hall at Filby on Saturday at 7.30pm. The theatre show commemorates music, songs and sketches that helped to “win the war”.

Professional singer, Sarah Probert who specialises in songs and medleys by the likes of Vera Lynn, Flanagan & Allen, The Andrews Sisters, The Glenn Miller Orchestra and Doris Day is among the cast.

Tickets £8 in advance or £10 on door from www.sarahprobert.co.uk or on 07496 041768 or 07909 510976.

The Uninvited will play the last gig of a current run at Broad Farm Holiday Park in Fleggburgh on Saturday.

The band will be on stage around 9pm.

After this gig the band will be taking a break but are delighted to announce they will be playing at the Gorleston Cliff Top Festival at the end of July.

The band plays classic and modern music, embracing rock, pop, country rock, and R&B.

The Pleasure Beach is open 11.00am on Saturday and Sunday.

The Pleasure Beach with its mixture of high-octane rides and traditional attractions sits at the top of Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile dominating the seafront skyline with its famous Skydrop.

Spread over nine acres, the Pleasure Beach offers huge family fun, full-throttle white knuckle rides to exhilarate and thrill, water attractions to catch your breath and fun rides to keep the children happy for hours.

Tour de Broads sets off from Great Yarmouth on May 6

Quiet lanes, stunning villages, and dramatic Broadland landscapes are what you will be pedalling through if you join this popular annual cycle race. The season opening sportive returns for its second outing, starting and finishing at Great Yarmouth’s Marine Parade. Entry ranges from £15 for 25 mile to £25 for the full 100 mile route.

01493 656800, tourdebroads.com

The bluebell woodland at Sotshole Broad nature reserve, next to Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden at South Walsham, is open every day.

It is a four-mile round trip walk to see the best bluebells, which are at the far end of the wood and access is via Fairhaven.

Garden entry from 10am to 5pm, including the bluebell woodland, and tickets are adult £6.85, concessions £6.60, child £3.95 and free to Fairhaven members and under 5s.

Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens is open every day from 10am.

At home in the landscaped grounds of Thrigby Hall is a special collection of rare animals from Asia. You will find endangered tigers, huge crocodiles, noisy gibbons and many more exciting animals. A unique network of raised walkways allows you to get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures. The park is wheelchair and pushchair friendly and benefits from free parking, picnic areas, café, gift shop and play areas to suit children of different age groups.

Finally enjoy a stroll along the Golden Mile and enjoy its scenic beach, two piers and many restaurants or visit Gorleston’s sandy beach and walk along its clifftop,

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