Great Yarmouth Festival of Bowls, the biggest outdoor open bowling event in the country, is getting underway at Great Yarmouth seafront, with some 1,100 bowlers competing over four weeks.

Organised by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and managed by Brian Grint and the Festival of Bowls Committee, this year’s festival is taking place on the Britannia Bowling Greens between Sunday, August 25 and Friday, September 20.

Tournament coordinator Brian said: “This year’s festival looks to be another big year. Great Yarmouth is the UK’s bowls capital and the seafront is the best bowls venue in the country – you can’t beat it for atmosphere, and people come back year-on-year to meet old friends as well as for the high standard of play.

“It’s not just about playing bowls, it’s about Great Yarmouth as a place. The players bring their families and go to the different attractions in Great Yarmouth. Everyone enjoys fish and chips, a cup of tea with a doughnut and you can’t go to Great Yarmouth without having an ice cream.”

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The Grand Reopening of Great Yarmouth’s historic Venetian Waterways has taken place following a year of major restoration works, with the Boating Lake and Island Café back in use for the first time in about a decade.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council, working with Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust and dedicated volunteers, has led an ongoing £2.7m restoration of the unique Grade II-listed seafront park and tourist attraction, supported by The National Lottery, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and the Government.

First opened in 1928, the park was commissioned by the council as an employment relief programme after the First World War. It was hugely popular with generations of holidaymakers until it declined in the latter 20th century, leading to the loss of historic features and planting in the Waterways, and the draining of the Boating Lake in 2014.

Since restoration started in June 2018, the project has seen the Boating Lake and Island Café faithfully refurbished, the Venetian bridges and thatched weather shelters restored, and volunteers working alongside the new Waterways gardeners to reinstate the original beautiful and bold planting scheme, which was praised at the time by the RHS. 

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Families will have the first chance in years to row out across the Boating Lake and visit the Island Café, as part of the Grand Reopening of Great Yarmouth’s historic Venetian Waterways, on Tuesday, August 20, from 2pm to 6pm. 

Great Yarmouth Borough Council, in partnership with Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust, has led an ongoing £2.7m restoration of the Grade II-listed seafront park and tourist attraction, supported by The National Lottery.

Following the successful reopening of the Waterways site at Easter and the Boating Lake gardens last month, the restored Boating Lake itself and the Café Island will reopen to the public from 2pm as part of the special Grand Reopening Gala.

For the first time in around a decade, people will have the chance to hire a rowing boat or pedalo and take to the water, with the site managed by Access Community Trust, a social enterprise and charity.

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Great Yarmouth’s historic Venetian Waterways have scooped a coveted award that recognises well managed parks and green spaces around the world.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council, in partnership with Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust, has led an ongoing £2.7m restoration of the Grade II-listed seafront park, supported by The National Lottery.

Following the successful re-opening of the Waterways site at Easter, judges for the Green Flag Award visited. Successful sites must show that they manage a quality space with a clear idea of what they are trying to achieve, why, and who they seek to serve.

Today, it is announced that the Waterways has not only achieved Green Flag status but also Green Heritage Site Accreditation, which is awarded to public green spaces that are managed to Green Flag Award standards and whose owners actively understand, identify and promote the heritage that make that site unique.

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Great Yarmouth’s historic Venetian Waterways is to re-open on Easter Sunday following major and ongoing restoration work, with people invited to celebrate at two fun family events.

Since June 2018, the Grade II-listed seafront park has been closed for a flagship £2.7m restoration, led by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and supported by The National Lottery. 

While contractors finalise refurbishment of the Boating Lake site ahead of its official opening later this spring, major engineering and landscaping works at the Waterways site are now complete, meaning the Waterways site can re-open from Sunday, April 21. Volunteers will continue to restore the park over the coming years.

On Easter Sunday, families are invited to re-discover the park by taking part in an Easter Adventure Trail organised by the council, from 11am to 2pm. This will be followed at 2pm by the Duck Race, organised by the Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club.

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Great Yarmouth has been named as one of just five ‘Future Places’ in England to participate in a new national programme recognising and supporting local councils with ambitious and innovative visions for shaping their areas’ futures. 

The borough council made a successful submission to the Future Place programme, setting out its overarching vision for the area and how it is currently working closely with partners on a range of exciting work to support communities through place-leadership.

The initiative is run by the Royal Institute of British Architects, Chartered Institute of Housing, Local Government Association and the Royal Town Planning Institute, which considered 43 expressions of interest from around 90 local authorities. Homes England has also joined as a partner.

The five chosen ‘Future Places’ were selected as exemplars of high-quality place-making in England, based on their overall visions, ambition and innovative approaches. All five are determined to deliver meaningful change which will enhance people’s lives, improve community well-being and create sustainable environments.

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TOP businesses stepped into the spotlight at the glittering trophy presentation ceremony for the Spirit of Enterprise Awards, the most prestigious annual celebration of business excellence in the Great Yarmouth borough.

Organised by enterpriseGY, Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s business support service, the popular awards aim to recognise and raise the profile of the borough’s top-performing companies, while boosting confidence in the strength of the local economy.  

The ceremony, held in the Town Hall’s grand Assembly Room on Friday, saw API Microelectronics Limited announced in front of 200 guests as Great Yarmouth’s 2018 Business of the Year, having been chosen from the winners of the other categories by overall award sponsor Noritake Itron. Special crystal trophies were also presented to the winners of the various categories, with finalists spanning a wide diversity of sectors, including energy and manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, retail, recruitment and professional services. Each award was backed by a local organisation, with each sponsor or their representative choosing the winner in their category (see list of sponsors and winners below).

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Great Yarmouth Borough Council has agreed grants totalling £52,000 to improve town centre frontages over the last 18 months – and businesses and social enterprises are urged to apply soon if they wish to secure some of the remaining funds.  

Under the Town Centre Shopfront Improvement Scheme, eligible applicants can ask for grants of up to £3,000 to help fund shopfront renovation, decoration, new signage and/or replacement of historic features, in Great Yarmouth town centre. 

Through five funding rounds over the last 18 months, the council has approved 23 grant applications totalling £52,360, including £19,840 during the last funding round alone, helping to accelerate and unlock investment in frontages.

With only £16,000 now left in the grant pot, eligible businesses and social enterprises are encouraged to get in touch soon, or risk missing out on a grant. Applicants must cover at least 25 per cent of the total cost themselves.

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Barry Phillips and his wife Margaret, from St Ives in Cambridgeshire, have been visiting Great Yarmouth for holidays and day trips for 40 years. Barry, who was in the market for a new car, browsed round Great Yarmouth showrooms during his last holiday in September and was so impressed with the customer service at Thurlow Nunn, that he drove home in a new Astra. Tourism businesses like Vauxhall Holiday Park and Cherry Tree Holiday Park also support the local economy with vehicle leasing and servicing.

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Tuesday, 03 November 2015 00:00

Matt Roberts concludes 500k Charity Run

Matt Roberts has concluded his 500k charity run from Great Yarmouth to Aberystwyth. His run benefited two charities: Norfolk child bereavement charity Nelson's Journey, and Sussex-based children’s hospice the Chestnut Tree House.

Mr Roberts was welcomed on his arrival to Aberystwyth by Ceredigion's Member of Parliament Mark Williams, Chief Executive of Nelson's Journey Simon Wright, and family and friends.

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