Great Yarmouth’s residents and visitors are set for a fun-filled weekend to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee from Saturday 2 June to Tuesday 5 June at the start of the Whitsun half term holiday.
On Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June, red, white and blue bunting and Union Jack flags will decorate St. George’s Park in the centre of Great Yarmouth where a quintessentially British village fête and food fair will take place, with lots of activities for everyone to enjoy. Donkey rides, traditional maypole dancing, Punch ‘n’ Judy, welly-wanging and a special sheep shearing show along with face painting and a pig race are all confirmed activities.
A number of other traditional stalls such as hoopla and ball in the bucket will also be run with the assistance of Great Yarmouth Lions. Time honoured tradition of seaside brass band performances will be marked with musical entertainment from Great Yarmouth Brass on Saturday and Wrentham Brass Band on Sunday. Children will be able to make kites in the colours of Commonwealth nations in a special children’s craft marquee hosted by SeaChange Arts.
Visitors will also be able to enjoy a mini-food festival featuring all sorts of local food producers from Borough and immediate area including Norfolk Sausage, Hemsby Herring, The Little Fudge Stall, Bradwell Butchery, Blackfriar’s Brewery, Norfolk Preserves, Mojo Sauce, Coast Café, Dabs ‘n’ crabs and Ronaldo’s ice cream. The village fête will be open from 10.30am until 4pm on Saturday and from 10.30am at 3.30pm on Sunday. The event is being run by Greater Yarmouth Tourism on behalf of Borough Council. Admission is free, but visitors are encouraged to give a donation of £1. Any surplus will go to the Mayor’s charities.
Anchor Gardens on the seafront will host Bank Holiday Monday’s Jubilee festivities with the lighting of the beacon and a special Jubilee Firework show courtesy of Greater Yarmouth Tourist Authority. The HEART road show will be on site at Anchor Plaza overlooking the gardens from 8pm with entertainment, bands and music. A parade led by Winterton TS Fearless Marine Cadets marching band will leave Maritime House Tourist Information Centre at 9.30pm and will process along the slow lane towards Anchor Gardens before Her Worship the Mayor Cllr Colleen Walker lights the beacon at 10.15pm.
On Tuesday 5 June, the official Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday, a special Civic service will take place in Great Yarmouth Minster to mark the occasion at 2pm to which everyone is invited. A parade led by Winterton TS Fearless Marine Cadets marching band will leave the Town Hall at 1.40pm and process to the church. Great Yarmouth Racecourse will host the special family fun Diamond Racing day so that residents and visitors can really make the most of the extra long Bank Holiday weekend.