Events Projects 2014-2019

Great Yarmouth’s natural seaside environment, particularly its wide sandy beaches, safe seas and fresh air provided the fundamental reason for thousands of holiday-makers heading to the resort.

Over the last decade Great Yarmouth, like many tourist destinations, have begun to recognise the strategic importance of staging a sustainable events programme to provide an important reason for visitors to head for a particular destination.

The mix of attractions in Great Yarmouth still remain and still provide a wide choice of activities to amuse, entertain and educate its visitors. In establishing a new emerging events programme it must be recognised that a fine balance of well timed, well-staged and well publicised events must complement and enhance to current offer rather than compete.

Events Strategy

GYTABIA are keen to involve the whole borough in it’s events funding application process.  Do you or your community have an event that GYTABIA could financially support.  Please find funding application forms below for you to fill in and return to us – if your event increases footfall within the borough then it has a good chance of being accepted.  The applications are reviewed by the board in November and they vote on which event projects they are able to support taking into account whether the project follows the aims of the business plan.  If you have a project and you would like to talk to someone about filling in the application form to best advantage please do not hesitate to call Karen Youngs on Great Yarmouth (01493) 331532 or contact via email at karen@gyta.com

Events Projects 2018/2019

The GYTABIA Board met late in 2018 to strategically score projects which have been submitted for funding support from all areas of the borough.  Details of projects and agreed funding are :

Annual Maritime Festival – 7th & 8th September – one of the most successful events in our calendar with visitors travelling for miles to enjoy the wonderful maritime heritage that Great Yarmouth has to offer whilst also taking the opportunity to visit and explore all that is on offer in our wonderful borough.  For further details visit the website https://www.great-yarmouth.co.uk/maritime-festival/

Great Yarmouth Summer Fireworks – commences on Wednesday 24 July 2019 and runs for six weeks. seafront attractions will be open late and fireworks displays start at 10pm for further details visit https://www.great-yarmouth.co.uk/whats-on/fireworks.aspx

Hemsby Summer Fireworks – a fantastic free aerial firework display on Tuesday nights during the school holidays from Tuesday 23rd July 2019 to Tuesday 27th August 2019 plus an extra firework spectacular on Sunday 26th May 2019

Hopton ‘Picnic in the Park’ – Sunday 14th June 2019 12 midday to 5pm. Brass band playing from 3-5pm on the Recreation Ground, Lowestoft Road, Hopton-on-sea NR31 9AH.  Sponsored in conjunction with Cozens UK

Caister ‘Village Experience’ – Sunday 30th June 2019 11am to 4pm.  Local businesses having stalls, inflatables, poultry show, pet show, arena entertainment, food & drink and fancy dress competition to be held on the King George V playing field in Caister

Burgh Castle Village Fun Day – Sunday 23rd June 2019.  Burgh Castle is home to 5 major holiday parks so the event is directed to both locals and holidaymakers alike with a varied afternoon of entertainment. Sponsored in conjunction with Great Yarmouth Caravans

Custom Cars Fun Run – 1st September – Hundreds of Hot Rod cars starting at Great Yarmouth racecourse then travelled round and visited different areas of the borough – and stopped at each of the locations finally arriving on Great Yarmouth seafront in the afternoon until the evening.

Wheels Festival – 6th & 7th July – A ‘wheels’ based festival showcasing a wide variety of motorised and pedal driven vehicles located along the length of Great Yarmouth seafront. https://www.great-yarmouth.co.uk/whats-on/wheels-festival.aspx

Gorleston Clifftop Festival & Fireworks – 27th & 28th July – The fireworks funded by GYTABIA is a fitting end for the Gorleston festival which is a family orientated event of live music, childrens activities, comedy & fun fairs located all along Gorleston clifftop. For further details please visit their website https://www.clifftopfestival.info/

Events Projects 2017/2018

The GYTABIA Board met on Thursday 30th November to strategically score projects which have been submitted for funding support from all areas of the borough.  Details of projects and agreed funding are :

Haven Great Yarmouth Airshow – 16th & 17th June 2018 This was one of the biggest events to be staged by the Greater Yarmouth Tourism & Business Improvement Area Ltd.  It brought in many thousands of extra visitors who will filled the bed spaces within a 20 mile radius of Great Yarmouth to encompass the whole borough. For further details please visit the official website https://www.great-yarmouth.co.uk/air-show/ 

Official Launch of the Great Yarmouth Air Show 2017 PHOTO: TMS MEDIA

 

Annual Maritime Festival – 8th & 9th September – one of the most successful events in our calendar with visitors travelling for miles to enjoy the wonderful maritime heritage that Great Yarmouth has to offer whilst also taking the opportunity to visit and explore all that is on offer in our wonderful borough.  For further details visit the website https://www.great-yarmouth.co.uk/maritime-festival/

Swedish Ship Gotheborg

 

Wheels Festival – 7th & 8th July – A ‘wheels’ based festival showcasing a wide variety of motorised and pedal driven vehicles located along the length of Great Yarmouth seafront. https://www.great-yarmouth.co.uk/whats-on/wheels-festival.aspx

Wheels Festival 2017, Great Yarmouth.  Rolls Royce Merlin aero display. Picture: James Bass Photography No unauthorised use wthout agreed terms. Mobile: 07553766562

 

National Street Rod Association Fun Run – 1st to the 3rd June – Hundreds of Hot Rod cars starting at Great Yarmouth racecourse then travelled round and visited different areas of the borough – and stopped at each of the locations finally arriving on Great Yarmouth seafront late afternoon until the evening. http://www.nsra.org.uk/events/

The National Street Rod Association Fun Run on Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth. Nostalgic Hot Rods, Street Rods & American Custom Cars.    Picture: James Bass Photography

 

Burgh Castle Village Fun Day – Sunday 24th June 12pm to 5pm.  Local businesses to participate by having stalls and games for both locals and visitors alike

Caister ‘Village Experience’ – Sunday 24th June 2018 11am to 4pm.  Local businesses having stalls, inflatables, poultry show, pet show, arena entertainment, food & drink and fancy dress competition to be held on the King George V playing field in Caister

Filby in Bloom from Spring through to Autumn.  Filby is know nationally for it’s flower display and receives many visitors who come to see the magnificient array of flowers throughout the village.  Gardens are also open for for a weekend in July  for further details please visit their website http://www.filbyinbloom.org.uk/

‎Filby In Bloom

 

Gorleston Clifftop Festival & Fireworks – 28th & 29th July – The fireworks funded by GYTABIA is a fitting end for the Gorleston festival which is a family orientated event of live music, childrens activities, comedy & fun fairs located all along Gorleston clifftop. For further details please visit their website https://clifftopfestival.info/

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Gorleston High Street Christmas Switch On – Sunday 25th November 11am until 7pm An enormously successful event for locals, visitors and traders alike is the Christmas switch on and finale fireworks.

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Great Yarmouth Summer Fireworks – continued in 2018, and commenced on Wednesday 25 July 2018 and ran for six weeks with live entertainment on Sealife Centre Gardens. seafront attractions were open late and fireworks displays started at 10pm for further details visit https://www.great-yarmouth.co.uk/whats-on/fireworks.aspx

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Hemsby Summer Fireworks – a fantastic free aerial firework display on Tuesday nights during the school summer holidays on Beach Road Hemsby

Hemsby beach road.  Picture: James Bass Photography

Events Projects 2016/2017

GYTABIA funding applications for events which were approved for 2016/2017 by the Board were :

Hemsby Firework Displays – 1 display Sunday May 28th and a further 6 displays on a Tuesday evening from July 25th through to August 29th. Hemsby reports a massive increase in footfall during the firework displays – James Gray – Lost World

Martham Scarecrow Festival 30th April & 1st May 2017 –  A community village activity providing the chance for residents and visitors to join in with the various activities centred around the scarecrow theme. Julie from Martham Scarecrow group said “Support for a Martham Scarecrow Festival has received BID funding for the past 2 years.  the funding has enabled us to advertise the event both within the village and in the borough”

Caister Village Experience 25th June 2017 Caister Playing Field – A hoped to be annual festival featuring a procession, carnival queen, poultry & pet show and lots more.

Great Yarmouth Fireworks 2017 – 6 displays on a Wednesday evening 19th July – 30th August and 1 on 26th October plus accompanying roadshow and publicity.

Wheels Festival 8th & 9th July 2017 – A ‘wheels’ based festival showcasing a wide variety of motorised and pedal driven vehicles located along the length of Great Yarmouth seafront.

Gorleston Clifftop Festival – 29th – 30th July 2017 – Free family orientated festival with live music, stalls and activities on Gorleston Clifftop. GYTABIA to fund the fireworks at the close of the festival. The festival brings everyone in the community together and attracts people from further afield and raises the profile of Gorleston year on year.

Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival 9th & 10th September 2017 – A celebration of the rich maritime heritage of the Borough incorporating visiting vessels, maritime music, food and crafts.

Out There Festival 16th & 17th September 2017 – A fabulous off the wall festival with a circus flavour.

New ideas are the lifeblood of the events calendar. However the ‘ideas’ phase is often the easy bit! All events have to go through a rigorous scrutiny process based on the following criteria:-

1. How will this event impact on existing and new visitors? Ie will in bring new visitors to the Borough or merely move visitors from one area of the Borough to another?
2. Are we getting visitors to come the event or are we taking an event to the visitors? Ie where is the best site for a particular event?
3. Does the event stack up financially? Does the event generate any income to offset the cost?
4. Is the event a ‘one-off’ or does it have the potential to become a self-sustaining annual event.
5. Who will ‘champion’ the development of the event and what support is the ‘champion’ going to need?
6. Who will actually stage the event – ie translate the ideas into an actual event?

Events Projects 2015/2016

GYTABIA funding applications for events which were approved for 2015/2016 by the Board were :

Hemsby Firework Displays – 1 display Sunday May 29th and a further 6 displays on a Tuesday evening from July 26th through to August 30th. Hemsby reported a massive increase in footfall during the firework displays – James Gray – Lost World

Martham Scarecrow Festival 1st & 2nd May –  A community village activity providing the chance for residents and visitors to join in with the various activities centred around the scarecrow theme. Julie from Martham Scarecrow group said “Support for a Martham Scarecrow Festival has received BID funding for the past 2 years.  the funding has enabled us to advertise the event both within the village and in the borough”

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival 4th – 11th June – ten days of visual arts, music and theatre promoting our heritage. Hugh Sturzaker the organiser for the festival said that the funding enabled them to produce a bigger and better festival compared to previous years it also made it possible to advertise the festival to a much wider audience with a resultant increased footfall in the town centre throughout the day

Marcha Popular June 11th – Portugese Community & International day incorporating a parade with contemporary dance followed by a street party.

Beach Volleyball –  25th & 26th June 2016 – Part of the UK Beach Volleyball Tour which visits 5 resort venues each year as qualifying rounds leading up to the season final.

Great Yarmouth Fireworks – 6 displays on a Wednesday evening 27th July – 31st August and 1 on 26th October plus accompanying roadshow and publicity.

National Schools Sailing Regatta Gorleston 25th – 29th July – A sailing week bringing international competitors to Gorleston but also the utilising the whole Borough for further sailing activities. the event organiser said that the GYTABIA support was invaluable with the BID sponsorship helping to make this years national sailing event possible.

Gorleston Clifftop Festival – 30th-31st July – Free family orientated festival with live music, stalls and activities on Gorleston Clifftop. GYTABIA to fund the fireworks at the close of the festival. The festival brings everyone in the community together and attracts people from further afield and raises the profile of Gorleston year on year.

Hopton Summer Fete & carnival Procession Recreation Ground Hopton 21st August – Musical theatre, stalls, arena events, carnival procession, flower demonstrations and much more. For the first year the event was able to provide something different for the visitors to the area with funding spent on a flower marquee which gained interest from local residents and visitors from far away.

Wheels Festival 3rd & 4th September 2016 – A ‘wheels’ based festival showcasing a wide variety of motorised and pedal driven vehicles located along the length of Great Yarmouth seafront.

Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival 10th – 11th September – A celebration of the rich maritime heritage of the Borough incorporating visiting vessels, maritime music, food and crafts.

Out There Festival 17th & 18th September 2016 – A fabulous off the wall festival with a circus flavour. With the support of the GYTABIA Out There have been able to secure £70,000 from the Arts Council England which ensured the festival is of sufficient scale and scope to continue to drive visitors from across the country to Great Yarmouth.

Brush with the Broads 22nd – 26th September – A non profit making painting festival with workshops, demonstrations and prize exhibition based throughout the Broads and also in Great Yarmouth.  BID funding has enabled a Brush with the Broads to be promoted at Art Events nationally.

Great Yarmouth Film Festival – Development of an annual film and television festival celebrating the heritage and diversity of the Borough and the East of England.

Gorleston Christmas Switch On Event – A Christmas tree light switch on event with entertainment, stalls, attractions & food in Gorleston High Street culminating in a firework display.

Filby in Bloom – Funding contribution in funding towards the magnificient Filby in Bloom spectacular

Events Projects 2014/2015

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival – 5th – 14th June 2015

In 2014 a new Arts Festival was launched and staged around various venues in Great Yarmouth. The Board are keen to support groups with a passion to create and develop new initiatives and were therefore pleased to support the 2015 event.

Beach Volleyball – 27th & 28th June 2015

For over 5 years UK Beach Volleyball have held one of their qualifying heats on Central Beach in Great Yarmouth. In a break with tradition 2015 saw the event move to Gorleston Beach for their weekend tournament in June which attracted some of the top UK beach volleyball players from the UK and abroad.

Gorleston Cliff Top Festival – 25th/26th July 2015

For many years the Greater Yarmouth Tourist Authority sponsored the fireworks at the end of the annual Cliff Top Festival in Gorleston. The new GYTABIA Board unanimously agreed to continue this support for 2015.

Wheels Festival Marine Parade – 12th/13th September 2015

To lay the foundations for a growing annual 2-day ‘wheel-based’ event to capitalise on the existing reputation as a venue visited by numerous vehicle clubs and societies.  It is hoped in the future that venues throughout the Borough can be used as overnight bases prior to scheduled vehicle parades along the seafront.

Fireworks Great Yarmouth & Hemsby 2015

Weekly firework display for 6 weeks of the summer in both Hemsby & Great Yarmouth

Brush with the Broads 22nd – 26th September 2015 – A non profit making painting festival with workshops, demonstrations and prize exhibition based throughout the Broads and also in Great Yarmouth.  BID funding has enabled a Brush with the Broads to be promoted at Art Events nationally.

Gorleston Christmas Switch On Event – A Christmas tree light switch on event with entertainment, stalls, attractions & food in Gorleston High Street culminating in a firework display.

Filby in Bloom – Contribution in funding to the magnificient Filby in Bloom spectacular