Six things you can't do in Great Yarmouth anymore

Great Yarmouth - Pleasure BeachThe Botton Bros Pleasure Beach showing one of the older attract

The Pleasure Beach giant in 1980. - Credit: Archant

From its 1970s heyday to the present day, Great Yarmouth has seen a lot of change over the years.

But can you remember doing these things back in the day?

Visit Louis Tussauds 

Louis Tussauds House of Wax on Regent Road in Great Yarmouth.
Picture: James Bass

Louis Tussauds House of Wax on Regent Road in Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

Perhaps Yarmouth's most well-known attraction, Louis Tussauds House of Wax closed in 2012.

The wax museum became known across the country for its slightly alternative take on famous and historical figures from a gormless-looking Michael Owen to a questionable Jason Donovan.

Great Yarmouth Wax Works

Jim Davidson at Louis Tussauds. - Credit: Archant

Great Yarmouth Wax Works

Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan at Louis Tussauds. - Credit: Archant

Great Yarmouth Wax Works

Michael Owen at Louis Tussauds. - Credit: Archant

Going for a swim or a skate at the Marina

The exterior of the Marina Centre in Great Yarmouth, dated 5th September 1994. Photo: Archant Librar

The exterior of the Marina Centre in Great Yarmouth, dated 5th September 1994. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Before it was knocked down in order to build the new £26m centre which is set to open in July 2022, Great Yarmouth Marina was the perfect place for a skate or swim until it closed in 2019.

Great Yarmouth Marina Centre 'Sharks' Snorkel club, 09/03/1991. Picture: Archant Library

Great Yarmouth Marina Centre 'Sharks' Snorkel club, 09/03/1991. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

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The building even used to hold flea markets and antique fairs among other events.

Swimmers enjoying the pool at Yarmouth's Marina Centre. Picture: Archant library

Swimmers enjoying the pool at Yarmouth's Marina Centre. Picture: Archant library - Credit: Archant

Running from the terrifying giant at Pleasure Beach

Great Yarmouth - Pleasure BeachThe Botton Bros Pleasure Beach showing one of the older attract

The Pleasure Beach giant in 1980. - Credit: Archant

Many rides have come and gone during Pleasure Beach's over 100-year lifespan, however one feature which will remain in many visitors' nightmares even after its departure, is its imposing giant.

With its cowboy hat and menacing club, the statue terrified visitors to the park, so much so that it was changed to a much friendlier version during the 2000s.

Watching some of the country's best-known performers

This photo of the Beatles, taken in 1963 in Great Yarmouth.

This photo of the Beatles, taken in 1963 in Great Yarmouth. - Credit: Richard Harrison

During the 1960s and 1970s, Great Yarmouth truly was great, with holidaymakers and the country's biggest stars flocking from across the land to visit the seaside resort.

The Beatles, The Who and the cast of the Carry On films all taking to the town's venues.

Dancing the night away at Zen

Zen Nightclub in Great Yarmouth in 2005.

Zen Nightclub in Great Yarmouth in 2005. - Credit: Archant

Formerly the Empire cinema, this grandiose Yarmouth club had a beautiful Edwardian ceiling complete with an intricate baroque decoration.

During its prime, the club could accommodate 1,000 revellers, with five bars and an elevated VIP area, with waiter service.

The building has since reopened as the Empire, so fans of the venue can still dance the night away.

Zen Nightclub in Great Yarmouth in 2005.

Zen Nightclub in Great Yarmouth in 2005. - Credit: Archant

Zen Nightclub in Great Yarmouth in 2004.

Zen Nightclub in Great Yarmouth in 2004. - Credit: Archant

Shopping at Palmers

Palmers department store in Great Yarmouth Market Place in the 1960s when Row 54 – where Malcolm M

Palmers department store in Great Yarmouth Market Place in the 1960s when Row 54 – where Malcolm Metcalf and his family once lived – still divided the premises. Palmers Arcade, as the row was known, became part of the store in the 1970s. - Credit: Archant

The landmark site had stood proudly overlooking the town's marketplace since 1837, growing from a small draper's shop to a chain employing 400 staff with a turnover of £40m at its height. 

But in January 2020, the retailer slid into administration before announcing plans to shut 12 of its 23 outlets.  

Palmers in Great Yarmouth officially closed in March 2020. 

Picture of Palmers Department Store in Great Yarmouth for EDP Norfolk Magazine feature on their 170t

Picture of Palmers Department Store in Great Yarmouth for EDP Norfolk Magazine feature on their 170th anniversary in 2007. - Credit: Archant