Time and Tide celebrates herring heritage

HOLY mackerel! Great Yarmouth, as the saying goes, is built on the bones of the herring.

And it’s another year and another fabulous opportunity to celebrate Yarmouth’s herring heritage at Time and Tide on Sunday, from 10am to 5pm.

Organisers say the programme is jam-packed with entertainment and activities around the theme of the humble herring. Visitors can enjoy the lively atmosphere in the courtyard with music from the Parisian Girls, a nautical performance with The Foolhardy Circus, and rope-making demonstrations with award-winning rope maker Des Pawson.

Visitors can enjoy stories from the high seas, a special shadow puppet show from the Dark Squid Theatre company, find out more about Yarmouth’s fishing heritage with Colin Tooke, discover what life was like for a Scots fishergirl with Patricia Day, and join in with a herring dance.

There are also lots of hands-on activities to get stuck in to, objects to handle and some tasty herring dishes on offer at the Silver Darlings caf� in the courtyard.

Award-winning museum Time and Tide is set in one of the UK’s best preserved Victorian herring curing works and is Norfolk’s third largest museum.

Visitors can explore Yarmouth’s maritime and fishing heritage, travel back in time to visit mammoths, Romans, monks, mods and rockers and even time-travel to an old Yarmouth row in 1913.

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Programme of events:

Activities/all-day drop-in events:

Face painter, 11-4pm

Clay herring souvenirs with Harvey Salmon

Polly Ward fish decorating activity-fish dance at 4pm

Object handling table

Sea-life prints with Kate Coleman

Netting and knotting and fish packing competition

Des Pawson Rope Maker - Courtyard

Timed performances:

11.30am Colin Tooke Great Yarmouth talk, Education Room

2pm Foolhardy Circus performance - Courtyard

12.30pm and 3.30pm Dark Squid Theatre Company, shadow puppets performance

12 noon, 1.30pm, 3.45pm – Parisian Girls music

12noon, 1.30pm, 3pm, storytelling with Harvey Salmon

4pm fish dance with Polly Ward

Every hour from 11am - Patricia the Fishergirl, gutting demonstrations in the smokehouse