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People can now hire electric scooters to get around Great Yarmouth, Gorleston and Bradwell in an environmentally-friendly way – thanks to a trial designed to support a “green restart” of local travel. Replacing shorter-distance journeys which might otherwise be undertaken by car, e-scooters offer the potential of an affordable, reliable and sustainable means of travel during social distancing, while cutting carbon emissions and pressure on public transport. With the support of Norfolk County Council and Norfolk Constabulary, Great Yarmouth Borough Council applied successfully to the Department for Transport to become one of the controlled trial areas nationally, helping the Government decide whether to legalise e-scooters. The council has partnered with authorised e-scooter operator Ginger, which is initially providing 35 e-scooters and 50 parking bays for this trial. Only the authorised…
Monday, 29 March 2021 00:00

Explore-a-book bench trail launches

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Today sees the launch of Explore-a-book, a brand-new book bench trail, in West Norfolk. The book bench trail has been funded by the Norfolk Strategic Fund, specifically to encourage people back into town centre areas and to help support those businesses adversely affected by the impact of Covid-19.The trail has been organised by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk in partnership with Stories of Lynn and Kick the Dust.Duncan Hall, Assistant Director, said: "We are working hard to encourage people back into town once it is safe to do so. This trail has been launched to coincide with the first lifting of restrictions, encouraging people to come out, and walk around King's Lynn, Downham and Hunstanton, to discover the benches and to learn a bit more about…
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Visitors to Great Yarmouth seafront this season will have the chance to ride on a 50-metre tall observation wheel and enjoy panoramic views over the coastline, under plans by Great Yarmouth Borough Council. The council has secured the landmark temporary attraction, at no cost, in order to provide an additional covid-safe draw, as part of supporting the important visitor economy when restrictions are lifted to allow tourism again. The Cityliner giant observation wheel features 36 capsules, each with a capacity of up to six people, and will operate from the SEA LIFE Centre Gardens this summer, subject to planning consent and coronavirus restrictions in place at the time. The council would like to thank Merlin Entertainments for allowing this space to be used. To ensure the safety of employees and…
Monday, 11 January 2021 00:00

Winter in Norfolk

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We were delighted to be contacted by Ben who is currently away from his home County of Norfolk as he is in his third year at the University of Liverpool . Ben wanted to share a short tourism video about Norfolk that he had produced for one of his final assigments. Prior to attending the University of Liverpool Ben had lived out in the countryside in Norfolk all of his life. Ben was aware of the popularity of All Things Norfolk and therefore thought it was the ideal platform to promote his video, promotion of which also formed part of his assignment.
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The Great Bear Hunt returns to Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, at South Walsham, on Saturday, March 21 and will run until the autumn. The 10 bears carved by Fairhaven volunteer Andy Usher have been in hibernation over the winter and are ready for another season in the garden. There are also two additional bonus bears, recently carved by Andy, for visitors to discover. Armed with a trail map, showing location clues, families can have fun hunting the bears, learn about the trees in the garden and make up names for the bears. Andy Usher explained: “I have volunteered in the garden for the last six years. I am chainsaw qualified, bought a carving saw and began experimenting with creating animals. This led to my idea to carve the bears…
Tuesday, 18 February 2020 00:00

New play area unveiled in Holt Country Park

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Councillors from the Town and District Councils together with the public and NNDC’s Countryside Rangers celebrated the opening of the exciting new facility, which includes a modern zip line, bug see-saw, and 3 different swings, one of which is an inclusive bucket swing and a ‘me & you’ swing where parents and toddlers can swing together. The new area replaces the old playground, which stood in place for 12 years and needed updating, and was funded by North Norfolk District Council to provide a modern children’s play area for the thousands of visitors to the Green Flag Award winning park. The ribbon was cut by Leader of NNDC, Cllr Sarah Bütikofer with help from youngsters and their families already enjoying the new attractions, and cakes were provided by the on-site…
Friday, 14 February 2020 00:00

Visitors Welcome!

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From pre-historic to present day – North Norfolk Visitor Centre celebrates official opening and introduction of fun new 'Discover Zone' The North Norfolk Visitor Centre was officially opened on Monday 10 February, with an exciting reveal of the brand new look for the tourist information hub. As well as the traditional visitor information service the centre now also includes a “Discovery Zone,” a fantastic new resource which forms part of North Norfolk District Council’s “Deep History Coast” initiative. Council members, project partners, staff and business Ambassadors gathered for the celebration, which included a screening of the new DHC film and representatives on-hand to discuss the key project elements from fossil hunting to the upcoming mammoth Marathon.
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Great Yarmouth’s recently-restored historic Venetian Waterways have gone on to win two more awards only months after opening to the public. The £2.7m renovation was led by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, in partnership with Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust and with key support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). The main works were completed between June 2018 and August 2019 by community groups, volunteers and the council’s main contractor Blakedown Landscapes. The restoration included refurbishing the Boating Lake and Island Café as well as the Venetian bridges and thatched weather shelters and faithfully restoring the planting scheme. After the successful opening of the Waterways site at Easter, the Boating Lake itself and the Café Island also…
Thursday, 14 November 2019 00:00

Wayfinding and Wifi make navigating the city easy

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A new pilot wayfinding scheme has launched in the city centre comprising of 12 newly designed and branded City of Stories totems. Delivered by Norwich Business Improvement District in partnership with Norwich City Council the pre-existing infrastructure has been redesigned to fit a new image for the city centre. The 12 newly designed directional totems are located across the city centre, from outside St Peter Mancroft and The Assembly House, to Dragon Hall on King street. Each totem is colour co-ordinated to match city centre districts and features directional content, immediate location information, 3D buildings and icons, accessible fonts and designs, as well as heritage information on the surrounding district.
Tuesday, 12 November 2019 00:00

Explore the latest urban art gems

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Norwich is already home to eight eye catching large-scale street murals and now the Norwich Business Improvement District (BID) has unveiled its latest urban artworks. Working in partnership with Norwich Market, 12 market stalls have been transformed into vibrant street art for residents, visitors and market vendors to enjoy. This collaborative project engaged with five community groups including Notre Dame School, Free School Norwich, The Norwich School, Open Youth Trust and Norwich Theatre Royal to help transform the market. Ideas were brought to life by seven artists (Kieran Harper, Amy Fellows, Lucie Knight, Emma Hulett, Katie Nice & Maisie Moffat, Ralph McCarthy and Joey LaMeche) who ran workshops with each of the groups to understand their artistic briefs.
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