Press Releases

Maritime Festival 2019

Last weekend the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival returned to Southquay for its 20th anniversary. This year featured some very special last minute guests with the Royal Navy’s HMS Bangor arriving on Friday Afternoon, and Turner Iceni wind farm vessels arriving Saturday morning to join the tall ship Minerva, the steam ship George Stephenson, Seafolk Arts Marie (complete with stage and performances), Broads beat, Norfolk lowland rescue and Great Yarmouth’s very own Lydia Eva with the Great Yarmouth & Gorleston RNLI arriving on Sunday morning. The Minerva made several sailing trips with HMS Bangor, George Stephenson, Lydia Eva and all the Turner Iceni boat allowing visitors on board. At its peak there were twelve vessels moored along the quayside for the event.

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Tall Ship Minerva

We are delighted to confirm that the tall ship Minerva will be at the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival.  She will be available for 2 hour sails so if you would like to book tickets and for further information on sail times please click on the following link.
Please note when you book online you must fill in the names of all passengers as it is a requirement for maritime law unfortunately any changes from the original booking are subject to a £5 admin fee 
Book Here

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Formal appointment of Chairman and Company Secretary

The board met Wednesday August 7th 2019 and unanimously agreed the formal appointment of the new Chairman – Lyndon Bevan of MB’s Hemsby and the new Company Secretary – Matt Smith of Sara’s Tearooms.  The board expressed their appreciation for all the hard work carried out by the outgoing Chairman Gareth Brown – Bourne Leisure and Company Secretary David Marsh.

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Notice of Result of BID Ballot

The notice of result of ballot for the business improvement district for Greater Yarmouth tourism and business improvement area has just been published by Great Yarmouth Borough Council .
The vote was in favour of another 5 year BID term both in total number of votes cast in favour of proposal and of the aggregate value of hereditaments of votes cast in favour of proposal.
Please find below the notice for you to download
On behalf of the board of Greater Yarmouth Tourism & Business Improvement Area Ltd

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Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival, on Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7

For immediate release
Friday, May 24
Special cars and big commercial vehicles to star at Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival on seafront
VISITORS to Great Yarmouth seafront will enjoy the spectacle of scores of prestige, classic and bespoke cars, as well as big commercial vehicles, as part of the Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival, on Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7.
The two-day free-to-attend festival is organised by Great Yarmouth Borough Council with sponsorship from individual seafront businesses, and the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area company.
This year’s expanded festival is set to draw families and vehicle enthusiasts alike for an action-packed weekend, featuring prestige, classic and bespoke cars,

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2019 Tourism & Business Awards

2019 Tourism & Business Awards
The Tourism & Business Awards celebrations were held on Wednesday 27th March 2019 in the fabulous Assembly Room at the Town Hall Great Yarmouth. Awards were given to businesses who went that extra mile by recognising and celebrating their achievements.  Certificates were also given to guest accommodation, hotels  and self catering holiday parks in recognition of their  grading achievements.
The grading achievements and category winners for this year were :

Investment Award – Bromley Apartments
Business Website Award – Yarmouth Stadium
New Business Award – The Feathers
Customer Service Award – Fusion
Marketing Campaign Award – The Hippodrome
Community Contribution Award – Caister Village Experience
Family-owned Business Award – 

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2nd Term BID Timeline and Workshops

BID Timeline

Proposed Declaration of ballot date is early August.
BID Workshops


Hemsby Businesses
27 February 2019
Lacon Arms, Hemsby

Accommodation Providers & Holiday Parks
27 February 2019
Maritime House, Great Yarmouth

Attractions & Other Tourism Businesses
27 February 2019
Maritime House, Great Yarmouth

Gorleston, Winterton, Caister & Martham Businesses
28 February 2019
Maritime House, Great Yarmouth

Service Suppliers & Others
28 February 2019
Maritime House, Great Yarmouth

If you have any queries about the workshops please do not hesitate to contact Karen Youngs on (01493) 331532 or via email

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BID 2nd Term

Campaign starts to continue boroughwide events and marketing funding
Tourism body’s bid for a second term 
The tourism & business group promoting Greater Yarmouth is set to launch a campaign to win a second five-year term of funding investing half a million pounds a year.
Hundreds of local businesses will vote this summer on whether to keep the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area going.
The Greater Yarmouth BID stages events such as the annual Maritime Festival, Summer Fireworks in Great Yarmouth, Hemsby & Gorleston, and last year’s new air show. It supports initiatives like the award-winning Filby In Bloom and promotes the area through radio & television advertising.
In its first five years the BID has supported more than 40 events – including the Wheels Festival and Arts Festival –

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GYTABIA Annual Tourism Awards 27th March 2019

2019 Tourism & Business Awards
The Tourism & Business Awards celebrations will be held on Wednesday 27th March 2019 in the fabulous Assembly Room at the Town Hall Great Yarmouth. We award those businesses who have gone that extra mile by recognising and celebrating their achievements.  We ask you to nominate outstanding GYTABIA businesses and individuals/groups within the listed categories and invite you to join us by clicking on the following 2 links  Download Download  or by using the downloads below.

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