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Gorleston-on-Sea (England)

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Gorleston-on-Sea lies between Lowestoft and Gt Yarmouth on the east coast in Norfolk.

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      06.06.2010 22:52
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      A great pace to live and visit.

      Gorleston is where I live and I would like to tell you all about where it is and what we have in the area as when i mention Gorleston to some of my online friends they haven't heard of it or have a clue where it is in the UK.

      Gorleston is apart of the Great Yarmouth Borough and is situated on the East coast of Norfolk, Uk. Gorleston is 4 miles South of Great Yarmouth. Gorleston has the best of both worlds being close to Noisy Great Yarmouth (Summer Months) and the Quiet countryside surrounding the area, Great Beaches. I have been brought up in the Great Yarmouth borough all my life and prefer living in the Gorleston part of it as its a lot quieter.

      Population is approx 23,000, this is rising all the time as the population is in most of the country. New housing developments are being built in many areas of gorleston at the moment. I wish they would think about this as our schools already are full and so are doctors surgerys. If your going to build more house's build more schools, shops, doctors etc.
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      The high street also offers a variety of shops, some a small business's and others well known companies. With the high street being quit small you really do get to know the staff in shops and you always find them very welcoming, helpful and happy to chat. There is quit a few empty shops on the high street but i think this is something that is happening throughout the uk, small business's find it really hard to keep going. Some of the local store you will find are:
      Morrisons - Major supermarket for the area, located just behind the high street.
      Boots - Major high street Pharmacy
      Super drug - Pharmacy
      Iceland - Frozen food store
      New look - Clothes shop
      Martins newsagents and post office - Sells Papers and also Major Post office of Gorleston.
      Peacocks - Clothes
      Wilkinsons - Sells many different items
      KFC - Food
      Clinton cards - Care shop
      QD - Discount store
      Music lovers - Music Store
      Hughes - Electrical goods
      Shake Rattle and roll - Music shop selling Guitars etc.
      Plus you will find many Travel agents and Estate agents, Several Banks including Lloyds/TSB, Barclays, Nat west and Halifax.
      The High Street also has many Hair and beauty shops to care for your needs.
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      FOOD: Well what can I say, Gorleston has many different types of restaurants to cater for all tastes, I have several favourites who we use on a regular basis as we enjoy there food and service. Here are a few of my favourite in the area.
      Good Luck (Chinese) Baker street
      Gorleston Kebab shop Bells rd
      KFC gorleston High Street
      Tony's fish Bar Bells road.
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      SCHOOLS- Gorleston has a wide selection of Schools to choose from including:

      Cliff Park First, middle and High
      Peterhouse First and Middle
      Stradbroke Primary
      St marys Primary
      Wroughton first and Middle
      Oriel High School
      Lynn Grove high school
      Herman first and middle

      My own children attend one of the local high schools and the standards and quality fof education they have received has been excellent. I have always felt valued as a parent and have always had any problems resolved and my children are always happy with attending school.

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      HOSPITAL- Gorleston is home to the Great Yarmouth Boroughs main hospital the JPH ideal in an emergency situation. I have been in the hospital approx 4 times and with my children on several occasions. Each time we have always been treated quickly an found staff very friendly. The Hospital is easy to navigate as its an easy square design to follow. Signs are everywhere and as you enter the building you can ask for directions.
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      What's Gorleston Famous for?
      I don't think Gorleston has been famous for anything yet but we never know what the future may hold. The area is known mostly as a fishing town. A few well known people who have come from the Gorleston area are:

      Hannah Spearritt who was in S CLUB 7, was brought up here.

      Myleene Klass was also brought up in the town. Ex Hear'say member.
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      Other Useful Info:

      Gorleston has a large golf course to the south of the town.
      Regularly holds the Blue Flag.

      The Pavilion theatre holds many shows throughout the year. http://www.gorlestonpavilion.co.uk/
      Ocean rooms is the towns main nightclub for all you nighclubers out their :) Gets very busy. They do a great Sunday carvery here.

      There is a few cafes located near to the beach area and these sell amazing ice creams, even though we live here we have to pop down every so often and get an ice cream :)

      I hope you have enjoyed reading a little about Gorleston and maybe some day you will come and visit.


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        23.10.2009 17:53
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        Lovely and peaceful, with golden sands!

        I discovered Gorleston-on-Sea some years ago when I was stopping in Belton at the Wild Duck Caravan and Camping Park. We needed to get some supplies, but didn't want to drive right into Great Yarmouth so we asked about on site and was told about Gorleston-on-Sea which is not that far down the road from us.

        Well as we drove towards Gorleston you can't help but notice the College there with all the young students lazing on the grass verges outside the College buldings.It seemed to have a very friendly atmosphere to the whole area as we approached Gorleston town you will see a High Street with all the well known shops like, New Look, Iceland, Superdrug, Peacocks ect as well as some local little shops like the butchers, bakers.

        We were looking for Somerfields (I think it was Somerfield it could have been Safeway I can't remember now!) it has now been turned into a Morrisons now. You drove round the back into a large car park, you could see all the large docking cranes which didn't look to great so we thought it was just a large docking area and took no notice and went shopping.

        On coming out we saw a sign for the beach and thought twice before going to have a look, as with most docking areas they are not the most particuarly great looking sights.

        We were in for a very big surprise, because as we weaved our way down to the front past an old theatre and a couple of amusement arcades, we drove into a tiny little area that came to an end where you could park up, which had a great little pie & chip shop for eating in or takeaway, a lovely crammed little gift shop, a tiny amusement shop ( it certaintly wasn't what you would call an arcade!) and of course an Ice Cream Shop.

        This certainly took us by surprise then we spotted the beautiful stetching for miles golden sandy beach, it was lovely. is seemed to be a place where people parked up in there cars and sat if it was cold with a coffee or chips bought from the shops behind them.

        There is also a large raised area that was being painted up when we went that would get filled with water and children could sail their boats on it, which is a great idea for kids. We also saw a group of young people in their wetsuits running into the sea getting ready to do some windsurfing.

        Gorleston-on-sea is set between Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, this is a lovely little town with it's beautiful gardens, Great Yarmouth is only about 3 miles down the road if you are looking for a bigger place to visit with it's Sea Life Centre, large seafront arcades, rides and crazy golf then you have this right here in Yarmouth, but there is something just so relaxing about Gorleston it seems so quiet and peaceful with just the sound of the waves crashing onto the sandy beach.

        We have often gone back here even if it is quite cold, as just sitting in the car watching for a bit is very relaxing. I love this place as it still seems unspoilt.

        I'll give Gorleston 5 stars for it's beach alone!


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