When: 6th & 7th September 2014 (10am – 6pm on Saturday and 10am – 5pm on Sunday)
Where: South Quay, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
£: Free (Suggested donation of £1 per person)
What is it?
The Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival takes place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th September along the length of South Quay. The popular festival will have street theatre, shanty music, stalls, exhibitions, children’s activities and ships.
This year’s festival will be opened by the Norwich Town Crier. Entertainment over the two days comes in the form of bands playing shanty music and maritime music from Wrentham Brass Band. The Inner State theatre company will be ‘sailing’ around the festival and Punch and Judy will be providing more traditional theatrics.
East Norfolk Militia will be re-enacting battle scenes and ‘Lord Nelson’ will be strolling around South Quay. There will be a variety of ships at the festival which visitors will be able to go aboard. These include the steel sailing cargo vessel, The Minerva, and Spanish schooner, Tres Hombres.
Visitors can learn all about maritime skills and crafts by watching demonstrations such as net mending, Gansey Knitting, wood carving, painting and pottery.
Visitors can also find out more about the local area and the sea from one of the many exhibitors. Norfolk Wildlife Trust, the RSPB, Winterton-on-Sea Lifeboat Restoration Group, Waveney Sailability and the BBC’s Summer of Wildlife will all be at the festival.
Stalls will include local sea-related charities and stalls selling jewellery, pottery and clothes. There will also be food stands selling herring, crab, local sausages, crepes and sweets.
The Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival is organised by the Greater Yarmouth Tourist Authority and is one of the biggest annual events in the area. The festival aims to promote the area’s proud maritime heritage.
More info: www.great-yarmouth.co.uk