All you need to know about Yarmouth's first fair in the park
- Credit: Liz Coates
Great Yarmouth's main park is being transformed into a funfair with spinning tubs, stalls, and fun houses wedged in between flower beds and trees.
Logistically it is one of the toughest venues they have worked with according to Scott Gray of the Showmen's Guild which is staging the event in St George's Park for the first time.
He stressed it was nothing to do with the annual Easter Fair hosted for centuries in the the town's Market Place and cancelled twice due to the pandemic.
But the October fair was no young upstart either with one operator celebrating its 200th anniversary having started up in Yarmouth in 1821.
Henry Stocks of Stocks Funfair said the enterprise had been based in Leiston, Suffolk, for 60 years but had its roots in Yarmouth.
In fact one of his rides still occupied the same spot outside the former Gallon Pot that his family had claimed two centuries ago.
Mr Stocks said it was a privilege to be ending the season in the town where it all started, adding: "It's something I am proud of."
Where is it?
The fair is setting up in St George's Park in the heart of Great Yarmouth close to the seafront and its attractions, and the town centre.
- 1 Bid for superbike warehouse bringing up to 30 new jobs
- 2 Drug dealers and shoplifters to be targeted by police
- 3 'Adored' teaching assistant retiring after more than three decades
- 4 Market place parking 'amnesty' to tackle school run chaos
- 5 Christmas magic comes to Gorleston
- 6 Long-awaited plans for A47 roundabout revamps revealed
- 7 Plan to charge for seafront floral tributes is agreed
- 8 Sentencing adjourned for man who travelled 272 miles to meet girl
- 9 Suspect identified in seafront hate attack
- 10 Town centre charity shop building for sale
When does it start?
The fair will operate over four days Thursday October 28 to Sunday October 31 opening from 3pm to 10pm each day.
To minimise disturbance in a residential area all music will stop at 9.45pm with everything winding down by 10pm.
How many rides are there?
There are five adult rides and five childrens' rides as well as bungee trampolines, stalls and games.
Will there be a cheap night?
The operators say no. They say because of the compact area it wouldn't be practical or advisable to pack too many people in. Instead prices are said to be reasonable with adult rides for £3 and childrens' from £2, hopefully making for an even spread of fun seekers over the four days.
Is it likely to become an annual event?
Possibly. Being staged in October meant there was no conflict with the Easter fair, but whether it happened again depended on how it went down in the local area amid concerns about noise, litter, and damage to the park, organisers said.