Ten things to get up to in Great Yarmouth area over the bank holiday

Thrigby Wildlife gardens has opened a new leopard enclosure.Picture: Nick Butcher

Thrigby Wildlife gardens has opened a new leopard enclosure.Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Here are ten suggestions of events and attractions to visit over the bank holiday weekend

The 'Claws vs Jaws' exhibition will showcase a variety of deep sea crustaceans. Picture: Julia Claxt

The 'Claws vs Jaws' exhibition will showcase a variety of deep sea crustaceans. Picture: Julia Claxton - Credit: ©Julia Claxton Photography


The Caister Lifeboat shed will be filled with colour and floral scents this bank holiday weekend.

The charity is hosting its fifth flower festival, which includes displays by local florists and flower arranging clubs.

Displays will be themed around scenes of the sea and saving lives, as all of the arrangements will be raffled off at the end of the show to help raise more funds.

Andrew Turner, who organises the event, says there will be lots of creativity on display.

“This is a wonderful event because it showcases so much talent, professional and amateur florists.

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“But the amazing thing for us is it draws so many visitors to come and see the displays.

“The flower festival, especially the raffle of the displays, brings in donations which help us continue our lifesaving work on the coast.”

The Caister Lifeboat Flower Festival is open from 10am to 3.30pm on Saturday, Sunday ad Bank Holiday Monday.


Gin lovers have a very important reason to visit Acle over the bank holiday as a celebration of the spirit is held.

Acle Social Club is hosting a gin festival on May 26 and 27, and running from noon to late on both


As well as a variety of gins on offer, there will be live music from Gameplan and Chris Taylor and a disco on the Saturday evening.

Food vendors will be sited outside the venue in Bridewell Lane during the two day festival.

The event is sponsored by Norfolk’s Legendary Spirit Black Shuck, St Giles, Bullards, Norfolk Gin and Adnams.

Acle Social Club is a vibrant members club offering a wide selection of food and beverages, boasting extremely well kept keg and cask ales.

It has a pool table, darts board and has monthly live music for members to enjoy.

For more information about the gin festival or Acle Social Club, call 01493 752 989 or visit www.aclesocialclub.com


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.


Some of the deep sea’s most mysterious creatures are on display at a new exhibition at the Sea Life centre in Great Yarmouth.

The ‘Claws vs Jaws’ exhibition will showcase a diversity of carnivorous crustaceans and offer visitors the opportunity to compare their weaponry.

A Japanese Spider Crab is among the star attractions at the exhibition, and when fully grown, the animal is expected to have a leg span of up to five and a half metres - large enough to step over a small car.

Meanwhile, a jaw-dropping life-size model ofan Anglerfish affords visitrs the chance to closely examine the powerful mouths of these fang-toothed fish.


Go and visit its award-winning landscaped gardens, streams, waterfalls and discover the miniature wonders of Merrivale.


Described as one of London’s most exciting young choirs, the London Chamber Choir will be in concert at Ludham.

The concert, on Sunday, May 27, is in St Catherine’s Church, Norwich Road and starts at 7.30pm. The choir will be performing a concert entitled “My Love” with music from Renaissance to Contemporary including works by Holst, Lassus and Vaughan Williams under conductor Colin Durrant.

Tickets are £10, with under 16s free, and are on sale now from Ludham Butchers, by calling 01692 678060 or on the door on the night.


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.


Louise Clarke will be hosting the event in the grounds of at St Olaves village hall, in Herringfleet Road, on Bank Holiday Monday, May 28.

The dog show is open to all breeds with entry costing £1.50.

In addition to the 20-class show there will be a ‘have-a-go’ agility competition which is being organised by the Paws of Parham team.

A grand tombola stall will be on site along with a super raffle, selection of home made cakes and a variety of dog and craft stalls.

Entry opens at 10am with the show getting fully under way at 11am.

For more information about the event or to donate call Ms Clarke on 01493 781 410.


A countryside flower meadow is buzzing with activity on a slice of Great Yarmouth’s most ancient, original soil.

Among the lichen-spotted head stones in the Minster churchyard and Kitchener Road cemeteries, a wildlife haven has taken hold, thanks to careful management by volunteers.

For as well as the odd vase of memorial bouquets there are carpets of bluebells, crocuses and meadow saxifrage

In the summer the northern plots in the new cemetery will offer a multitude of ox-eye daisies.

Bridget Heriz, secretary to the Friends of Great Yarmouth Cemeteries, said the display had been improving year by year since a flower survey was carried as part of a project delivered by the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust.

She said: “The cemeteries are an extremely rare remnant of the sand dune system which the town of Great Yarmouth was originally built on.

“Its thin, sandy soil is perfect for a wide range of wildflower species.”


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,