Monday, 18 May 2015

Great Yarmouth Heritage Walks – Whitsun Holiday Special – Gorey Stories

Discover ‘Gorey Stories on a Wicked Walk’ on a special Whitsun Holiday Heritage Walk in Great Yarmouth on Wednesday, May 27. The walk starts at 2pm from the Fishermen’s Hospital Gates in the Market Place and lasts up to two hours.

Places must be booked in advance on 01493 846346, or at Great Yarmouth Tourist Information Centre, Marine Parade. Prices: £6.50 adults, £4 children (7-16), under 7’s free, price includes refreshments in the Star Hotel.  Twenty maximum on the walk, so book early (10 minimum for guided walk to take place).

Great Yarmouth has had its fair share of tall stories and unpleasant goings-on. Hear tales of body snatchers, disasters, murders in the Rows and the visit of the Witch Finder General. The walk finishes at the Star Hotel.

The full programme of guided Heritage Walks is also underway. This year there are three themes, the ‘Medieval Town Wall’, ‘On the Warpath: Piers and Bombs’ and ‘The Great and the Good Yarmouth’.

The next regular walk is on Sunday, May 31 at 2pm, with ‘The Great and the Good Yarmouth’. Join this walk and find out how Yarmouth became Great and grew over the centuries. The walk features fishing, railways, Rows, monks and much more.

Then on Tuesday, June 2, at 7pm, it is ‘On the Warpath: Pier and Bombs’. This walk covers the Victorian piers and the former jetty from which Nelson embarked for the Battle of Copenhagen, and also looks at the impact of the two World Wars with army billets, sea defences and digging for victory in the seafront flowerbeds.

Both walks start from the Fishermen’s Hospital Gates. Just turn up on the day and pay the guide: adults £3.75, children (7-16) £1.50 and under 7 free.  

For details of Great Yarmouth’s full programme of Heritage Walks see
www.heritage-walks.co.uk, or pick up a leaflet at Great Yarmouth Tourist Information Centre.