Pop-up fayre will boost local heritage assets

Shrublands farmhouse which lay in 6 acres of landscape in its time

Shrublands farmhouse which lay in 6 acres of landscape in its time - Credit: Submitted

While historic buildings are opening their doors to visitors this weekend, in Gorleston a park is inviting to people to have a look around and learn more.

Priory Gardens is working towards transforming a derelict building into a community heritage tearoom, thanks to a Friends group whose ambition is to develop a space for community use that promotes local heritage.

Under the plans it will also offer a trade and train opportunity for young people with disabilities.

Now as part of the Heritage Open Day initiative and thanks to the support of St Andrews ward councillors and staff of the Gorleston branch of Lloyds Bank the Friends of Priory Gardens will again host a Gorleston Past Times Fayre at the Church Road park.

On Sunday the Friends will be providing a one day “pop-up” heritage exhibition in Priory Gardens, where local heritage enthusiasts will join them to display and share their interests with the community.

Exhibitors include Gorleston on Sea Heritage Group, Shrublands Archive Group, Belton and District Historical Society, Historic England’s Great Yarmouth & Gorleston Schools Local Heritage Projects, St Margaret’s Church Preservation Project, the Michael & Mary Pilgrims Way (a walking route to and from Hopton to St Michaels Mount, Cornwall) and the Great Yarmouth & Rambouillet Twinning Association in their 60th anniversary year. Refreshments, community stalls, family orientated activities and toilets will also be provided.

The event will run from 10am-4pm, entry is free but there will be a charge for activities such as donkey rides and archery.