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      24.01.2014 13:27
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      A great holiday for all the family.

      So, you're thinking about where to take your holiday this summer. If you've not visited Great Yarmouth before, you could consider visiting here if you've not been here before. I know people have preconceptions about the town and the lifestyle/culture of the town etc. But there is much to to the town than what people think.

      Great Yarmouth is situated on the east coast of England in Norfolk, about 20 miles east of Norwich. As you drive along the A47, you will drive along what is commonly known as the 'Acle Straight'. It's a 5 mile stretch of road from Acle to Gt Yarmouth. Both sides of the road are vast areas of fields (the train track is on the right hand side on entering), with livestock in some of the fields, cows, bulls,sheep and horses. As you enter the town you will see the Vauxhall Holiday Camp on the left. I've personally never been in here, but know from seeing it from the outside it is a vast expanse of caravans.

      THE TOURIST BIT
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      As a family, the town has everything for the while family. The main stretch of the seafront is known as the Golden Mile. This stretches from the Pleasure Beach to the Brittania Pier. Within this Golden Mile are all the amusement arcades on 1 side of the road. On the other side of the road is the golden beach, seafront cafes, shops etc.

      There is also the large Marina Centre in the middle of the Golden Mile, where there is an indoor swimming pool with a wave machine, a slide, and a small pool for the tots to swim in. The Marina Centre is a review of its own so shall leave this for a seperate review perhaps. =)

      As I said, there is Britannia Pier which has summer shows each year. There are various famous acts each year, from comedy shows, singers, dancers. There is all sorts of shows for both adults and children. Further up from Britannia Pier is Wellington Pier. The Winter Gardens bit is currently shut, but next door is a big amusement arcade with a bowling alley and cafe in it. The pier has not long undrgone a big restoration.

      As you carry on walking down the seafront, the Pleasure Beach fun fair is at the far end of the Golden Mile. Again, this is another review job, but this is a great day out for the whole family with rides for the children and white knuckle rides for the adults. At the far end of the seafront (past the Golden Mile bit) Haven Holiday caravan park. There are also a number of hotels and B&B's to choose from. Next to Britannia Pier is a bowling green, well, more than 1. This is interesting to watch in the summer when there is tournaments on.

      At the other end of the seafront is Regent Road where all the kiss-me-quick hats, candy floss, donut and cafe shops are to buy any souvenirs and holiday nicnacs to take home. There are lots of shops here, clothes, bric-a-brac, ornaments, a big bowling alley etc.

      This will take you into town. There are plenty of take away restaurants like KFC, McDonalds, Spud-U-Like. Market Days are Wednesdays and Saturdays (and also Fridays in the summer). There is Victoria Arcade which has a selection of small businesses and a couple of cafes. There is also Market Gates shopping centre with big brand shops and stores in it like Debenhams, Wilkinsons, Carphone Warehouse, Starbucks etc.

      There is also the Gt Yarmouth races and greyhound track if you fancy a flutter.

      HISTORIC YARMOUTH
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      Gt Yarmouth has a wealth of history to it. Walk on down to the Historic South Quay (you can walk down many of the alleyways from town to the Quay). Each September there is a Maritime Festival which draws in many people to see it. There is Shanty singers, stalls and shows etc. The River Yare is from the sea and will take you to the famous Norfolk Broads. The Quay is a bustling place and attracts people throughout the year to view the ships and boats that are in dock. There is also the Nelson Museum, dedicated to the great Admiral Lord Nelson. (Yet another review!)

      Gt Yarmouth Row Houses Museum explores how people used to live years ago, the clothes they wore, the lifestyle of the time etc.

      The Tolhouse Museum is one of the oldest gaols, dating back to the 12th Century. You can visit the original cells and see what would happen to criminals of the time. This is a very fascinating and insightful visit.

      Apart from the Nelson Museum, there are other museums in the town too. On Blackfriars Road is the Time and Tide museum. This is an excellent museum dedicated to the history of Yarmouth and notably the fishing industry. The building the museum used to be a fish house. And there are rooms you can go in where you can still smell the herring in the walls. And they have made a replica alley how people used to live so closely and tight-knit together in small houses. It's fascinating. There is a small carpark opposite. It is well worth a visit if you are ever in the town.

      Just opposite the Time and Tide is The Potteries museum. This is on a smaller scale, but equally attractive and well worth a visit. This is a fascinating little museum again, dedicated to the history of Yarmouth and the fishing industry. The man who runs it makes tankards too in the shape of heads and stuff which is really good.

      And, not forgetting the town wall. Where the Time and Tide and The Potteries is you will see a large part of the town wall and a tower each end of the wall. There are parts of the town wall scattered all over town, and well worth taking a guided walk with 1 of the town guides to gain a full history of the wall and the town. It really is very interesting.

      IN SUMMARY
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      I have just touched on what the town has to offer. I could go on and on, but this is just glossing over what is to offer for all the family. As you can see, there is fun for the family, and for people who prefer the historical side of things, then there is plenty on offer too. I would highly recommend a visit to Great Yarmouth. If you've never visited before, I would suggest visiting for a day, weekend or a week long holiday.

      Thanks for reading.
      Louise

      NOTE: This review is also written on Ciao under the same username

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        16.10.2008 22:08
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        well worth a trip

        Great yarmouth is on the east coast in norfolk and has special memories for me, i spent every year there as a child on holiday, we used to stay at a caravan park near the fair ground, but the caravan park is no longer there now.

        I found there was so much to do there, the beach seemed endless and i had days full of fun, theres the swimming pool on the beech front for when its a rainy day, which i used quite a lot, the fun fair, and loads of amusement arcades but i couldnt go in them too much as i would spend all my pocket money!!!

        A few years passed when i hadnt been to great yarmouth, then when i met my husband we went for a trip there and i found it was still the same, apart from the caravan park i used to visited on holiday, it was just as i had remembered, we even found places id never been to.

        We visited an old pottery which had smoke houses for fish, we were able to explore all round it, it was a lovely little place and the owners were really friendly, then onto the sealife centre on the front, and we even had our fortune told by lena petrolengo (hope i spelt that right) if your into all that fortune telling its worth seeing her, she was spot on with mine!!!

        There is a long street full of seaside shops and markets where you can pick up your bargains and postcards.

        Funnily enough my husband loved it as much as me and we ended up having our honeymoon there, we stayed at green farm caravan park and went into great yarmouth daily on the bus, we even had a tipple on the horses at great yarmouth stadium.

        Theres a big cinema near the front, a bowling green, wax works, pitch and putt, loads of tea rooms on the front where you can get a tasty fried breakfast, and great entertainers on both piers me and my husband saw an abba tribute band and it was a really good night, also loads of bars where you can get a nice holiday refreshment!!!!

        Accomodation consists of a wide range of hotels , large or small, all over great yarmouth, you're spoilt for choice, there is also a haven caravan park a few minutes walk along the front.

        Great yarmouth is full of history and i never tire of going there, and i hope i have many more trips there in the future.

        Anyone thinking of visiting i highly recommend it

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          30.08.2007 15:54
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          Left kicking and screaming for more.

          Shopping has without a doubt turned over the ages, with it being one of those things you would associate with a woman doing on a Saturday and/or Sunday afternoon, to now being an experience that men and women alike can enjoy. Part of this is probably down to the growth of men having to look as good as the women, in our changing society. That is why going to Great Yarmouth, along with getting drunk and soaking in the sun, I knew that one of the other enjoyable past times would be to go shopping, and surely in a place like Yarmouth it would be better than our old boring Cambridge shopping.

          We had parked up quite far away from the whole shopping area, this was so we could have free parking and also have great access to the beach and Pleasure Beach. A long walk along the seafront showed no real signs of shopping life, but after crossing the road there was a discovery - but it was like a market town discovery, and this was just independant shop after independant shop. Now call me a yuppy, but I was looking for some big brand shops and was thinking that Yarmouth must have some big indoor shopping complex similar to that of where I am from. Combine this with beginning to see people with big brand bags, I felt like I was getting warmed, unless these independant shops had ran out of blue and stripey bags and were having to give out whatever they could find in the cupboard. It was on my desperate search for food that I found Market Gates shopping, which looked rather impressive from the outside with quite a few people around and a busy bus station nearby.

          Entering through the entrance facing McDonalds, it was very interesting to see that the first thing you come across is a set of escelators. It was even more confusing that they seemed to be the other way around to how they would be in Cambridge, I thought I'd just gone a couple of hours down the road, not to Australia. At the bottom of these escelators was a shop, but I didn't actually take any notice to what it was. I think it had bed linen or something to that affect. Due to the fact that it was getting quite late on in the day, it was getting quite empty. Market Gates is only open 8.30am-5.30pm Mon-Sat, which is a bit of a shocker really. There were a lot of big signs around bragging about how they're now open 10am-4pm on a Sunday, but if anything that is something you expect in this day and age. What struck me about the place was how unsually designed it was, and I must have been missing something or having everything upstairs is surely the biggest waste of space ever, and when I was walking around the first ever upstairs Iceland I had ever been in I was thinking to myself how annoying it must be lugging that stock around.

          You can't deny there is something appealing about how unusual it is to look out the window and see that you are upstairs when you are expecting to be downstairs. There is a big restaurant that allows you to appreciate this view further, and I expect this does get quite busy. The stores were all nothing special to me really, quite a few clothes but and this was more along the lines of the town I was expecting, the shop I was really looking forward to seeing was JD Sports, but unfortunately it was nearly as small as the one we have in Cambridge. Other big name stores include GAME, Gamestation and Wilkinsons. Of course this building can't just be accessible through the escelators, that would be illegal, which is why the building slopes down and there is another entrance that is just a big slope. The place was quite clean with seating and enough space for everyone to walk around, but it truly was a lot smaller than I was expecting.

          Looking at the website is does remind me that there was more shops than just in the way of computer games and clothes, as the site lists shops including the likes of Boots, Jessops and Shoe Zone. I suddenly do appreciate Cambridge more though, with the likes of HMV and oh yeah - a cinema, missing. Market Gates to me is just as casual of a shopping centre as any high street there is, and that's a shame.

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            28.09.2006 14:46
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            A great area to visit with plenty to do for the whole family.

            Great Yarmouth is a seaside town situated on the East coast of England, On the bit that looks like a Bum (My daughters word). Great Yarmouth is easy to reach, main routes into town are the A12 (Via Lowestoft) or A47 (Via Norwich).

            I have lived in the Great Yarmouth Borough all my life and feel i am just the person to give you a run down on what the town has to offer.

            Great Yarmouth Attractions:

            Pleasure Beach - This Place is a typical Fair ground which is situated at the South end of Great Yarmouth seafront. You will find a selection of rides to suit the whole family. Wristbands can be brought for £13

            Marina Centre - The Marina centre is a sports complex, they have a swimming pool, gym, squash, bowls, badminton and more. see boards for more details. During the school holidays marina centre holds special events.

            Time and Tide - This is a museum based on the local area. Get a taste of what the area was like in the past.

            Model Village - Typical model village for you to walk round, Family ticket costs around £14

            Sea life centre - The sea life centre is like many typical centres like this. With lost of different types of fish to sea. Tunnels to walk through etc.

            Joy Land - This is a children fair, with many little kiddies rides. My two are aged 8 and 11 and they have out grown this. Some rides have been there since i was little like the snails and tubs.

            Piers - Great Yarmouth has two main piers plus a jetty (Fishing). The main Pier is Britannia Pier which has a large theater hosting shows), Amusements, Bingo, Mini Fair at end of pier. Bars and nightclub.

            Circus - The Circus is none animal and is close to the local seafront, we go once a year and always have a great time.

            Observation Tower - This Attraction towers the local seafront, pop up and have a look you can see for miles.

            Amusements - Well you will not miss these. WHY? Because there is tons of them all the way along the seafront. Some are better than others.

            Cinema- The town has one cinema which has 5 screens, cost around £5 per adult.

            Crazy Golf -You will find many crazy golf courses along the seafront. There is also an indoor crazy golf course set in a windmill ( I am not joking you have to see it to believe it).

            Jungle Jims- This is located near to the model village and is for children 3-10 years. My son has just out grown it and would like to go in still but he's too big.




            Eating Out In Great Yarmouth:

            Chips on the Market - These are famous throughout the land, people travel for miles to try them out. We just love are local chips, they are the best. Also don't forget the pea stall, just super.

            Fast food places - Great Yarmouth has a selection of fast food outlets including: Mcdonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut.

            Yankee traveller - Is an American diner on King street, this is our favourite eating place. On average a family meal costs us £40, you get plenty to eat and great service here.

            Regent road - Regent road has lots of little restaurants along the route, you can get typical English foods, Greek, Italian plus many more to choose from. You have your cheap cafes to your more expensive restaurants.

            Seafront Restaurants: The seafront has many restaurants to choose from include Harry Ramsdens, American diner, sea life restaurant, Many Cafes, Stalls which sell chips, seafood, donuts and more.




            Shopping In Great Yarmouth:

            Markets Gates - Is a shopping centre (See my review on this). You will find several shops here including game, mother care, wilkinsons and more.

            Regent road - This is the main tourist shops area selling mostly souvenir items as well as a few other interesting shops like the chinese one, film one and joke shop.

            Victoria Arcade - Another smaller arcade which does get missed out but has a few interesting shops here. at the bottom is a sweet shop which sell those sweets that we liked as children.

            Market Place shops - You have plenty to choose from here including Woolworth's, boots, Argos, sports shops, phone shops, Dixons and many more to hunt out. Some shops come and go so we always have a new mix.

            Market Day - Great Yarmouth has a typical market which runs on wed and Sat. Also on Friday in the summer months. At the beginning on Dec we have a great Christmas market.




            Tips and Information:

            Great Yarmouth has a wonderful history which is waiting to be discovered by the tourists out there. Great Yarmouth was once surrounded by a town wall, some of it can be found about town still today.

            Bus's run around town and if you fancy a trip to local Gorleston or caster hope on one, most do a complete circle. so to see the area its a great ride. A all day round around is £3.60 pp and you can hope on and off as you please. Ask the bus drivers if your unsure but the number 8 is the best bus for a circular trip.

            Great Yarmouth has wonderful beaches for you to run around on or just have a laze about, deck chairs can be hired out at central seafront locations.

            A Road train runs up and down the local seafront and has several stops.

            Buy the local Yarmouth mercury on a Friday and as many tourist mags as possible as you can get plenty of money off vouchers to use about town.

            If you don't have a car on the seafront is a stall where you can book trips to local attractions like Pleasurewood hills, Thrigy Hall, Norwich and plenty more trips.

            Well if you decide to come and visit us in Great Yarmouth maybe we may pass each other in the streets so don't forget to give everyone a smile, it could be me.

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              08.06.2001 06:12
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              Great Yarmouth is situated on the east coast of England. It is the main seaside town in Norfolk, and is great for the whole family. Yep, and great for gamblers too! Along the seafront there are amusement arcades galore! Stretching from one end of Marine Parade, or the Golden Mile - whichever you prefer to call it - you can enter any one of the many arcades to play the slot machines and play bingo to win crap prizes! Now I'm on the subject of the seafront, I'll stick here for a while and tell you a bit about it! There are numerous restaurants to choose from which do meals and cheap prices from good old English roasts to Greek food and curries. There are 2 main piers. These are Britannia Pier and Wellington Pier. The latter one is owned by the one and only Jim Davidson. Both of these piers hold a host of shows in the summer months with celebrities making guest appearances throughout the months of July and August mainly. In the middle of these 2 piers is the Jetty. There's nothing on here. But people come here to fish, and just to take in the scenery of our brown (not blue!) sea water!. There is also the Hollywood Cinema, crazy-golf courses, icecream stalls, cafe's, candyfloss and shellfish stores and all the usual things you can find in any British seaside town. At the far end of Marine Parade is the Pleasure Beach. (See separate opinion about that!). Regent Road is opposite Britannia Pier. This is where all the tacky little cheap shops and greasy spoon cafe's can be found. You know the sort. Where you can buy 'Kiss Me Quick' hats and postcards. In the town itself, there is the Market Gates shopping centre, where there is a host of shops like Wilko's, Iceland and a big cafe, which is kept reasonably clean, and if you're lucky, will be served with a smile! Opposite the shopping centre is Macdonalds, Spud U Like and Kentucky. There is a market on Wednesday's and Saturday's. On
              Friday's as well in the summer time. There is a small 6 day a week market where there are chip stalls, a pet stall and such like. This is all under cover, which is handy. All in all, it's a pretty good town to visit if you are coming here on holiday. It's one big downfall is that unemployment is very high here! With most of employment being seasonal, there is little opportunity for people to get a good career here. But, for a holiday, it's great!

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                I live in Cheshire but I went to visit my friend who lives in Norwich last week, well I thought it was Norwich but its actually nearer to Great Yarmouth. Anyway we were a bit knackered from a night on the booze in Norwich the night before so we decided to go to Great Yarmouth, now maybe its because I don't live near the sea but I got AMAZINGLY excited about Great Yarmouth when we first went....and sadly all the way through our night....It was WICKED!!! As soon as you go on to the promenade there are lights that obviousley aren't as good as Blackpool's illuminations, but the queues are shorter and its still wicked all the same, and the gambling places look just like Las Vegas to a poor deprived Cheshire girl like me....who also happens to be addicted to those machines that just so happen to be in the places such as "The mint"... We parked up after I got REALLY excited about the lights and made them drive through them again.... then we went to the sea...but hang on....we have to just have a go on this machine first....oh, and this one...oh, and also this one....then we finally get to the sea, and its wicked....but time for more machines I think....so we go into the machine places....ALL of them...in one of them there are millionaire machines where you can win a jackpot of £1000...which isn't too bad...although I didn't win that I did win a QUALITY Noddy, a monkey and Preston from Wallace and Gromit (Wendolines dog) THEN we went for the Mandatory ice-cream that you HAVE to have at the sea side, no matter of the temperature....it was actually -699 in Great Yarmouth that night, but that didn't stop us from feasting upon Great Yarmouth's finiest ice creams in one of it's finest eateries...ok, a Mr Whippy in a little caff...which had olympic rings on the wall....why?? Then sadly we went home....if only we'd gone on a night when the Chuckle brothers were on! No, its true, they really are on there....book your tickets s
                oon...I know you're dying to. All in all Great Yarmouth is one of THE tackiest places EVER which is one of the things I love about it, because basically anything tacky and I love it...but Great Yarmouth is about something deeper than tack....oh, hang on, no it really isn't....but its loveable tack... the Norfolk folk may have laughed at me for loving Great Yarmouth so much, but they really don't appreciate how amazing it is, they really are lucky, my advice to you is take the kids, have an ice cream, play some bingo, win some toys for the kids....if you have the skill....this is a challenge...see if you can do better than me...if you can write it under the commentry.... and finish off your night with candy floss and hot doughnuts. lovely.

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                  I moved to Norfolk from Derbyshire about 4 years ago, and now have the luxury of being able to visit the coastal resort of Great Yarmouth whenever I want. Having lived in Derbyshire for 20 years, the furthest away possible from any beach whatsoever. Now, with Hunstanton only about 30 minutes away and Great Yarmouth just over an hour away, I visit the seaside whenever I can, even in the winter. Now, Great Yarmouth is not great in the Winter months - we tried walking along the beach last January, just so we could say we have done it, and let me tell you, it was blooming cold!! Also, all the seaside-type shops were (predicatably) boarded up, so there was not a lot to do. However, on a Summer Sunday, Great Yarmouth is packed full of exciting things to do! To give you a good example, this is how I would spend a typical day in Yarmouth: I always aim to get there for about 9 a.m. Go to bed early the previous night, and this is not too much of a problem. I drive straight through the town and park in the car park near the cinema, opposite the toilets! (very useful!) Now, initially, I was very shocked at the rates charged for car parking. At last count, it was 70p an hour, so to stay for the majority of the day, this works out at over a fiver, just for car parking. However, on a glorious sunny Sunday, the car parks are completely full by 10 a.m., so this proves that they can jolly well charge what they like!! We then make the most of the beach, which is always very clean and tidy, going for the usual paddle and sandcastle-build, before the beach gets too packed. You are also able to hire deckchairs for around £1. When we have tired our daughter out, we make our way to what we call "The Snails". Now, this attraction has certainly been at Great Yarmouth for over 25 years as we have a cine-film of my wife on the snails when she was 5, and they weren't new then, certainly. The rides have very much worn the test of time, a
                  nd are great for children - there are rockets and cars to ride on, as well as a fast water rapids-type ride. You buy tickets, which can be exchanged for rides. We then make our way up the "seaside-shops" street. There are some superb shops here, we sometimes stop at the first one on the right for a great mug of tea or coffee, it's set out like an old fashioned diner, and the service is oustanding. There is a great "cheap" bookshop (you know the type of thing) and the ubiquitous "rock" shop, complete with "rude" rock-shapes to take home for your friends! There are some dodgy shops, too, which should be avoided, including the usual "£2.99 music tapes" shops, which seem to only sell Line Dancing or Daniel O'Donnel tapes. It's now about lunchtime, we stop at the chip shop at the top of the main street on the left (before Kentucky) and go and sit in the park to eat our fish and chips, which are always scrummy! We then let our daughter play on the park swings, slide, etc. By then, she has usually fell asleep in the pushchair, allowing Mummy and Daddy to zoom around the shops for an hour or two without interruption. All the major high street stores are here and are very well stocked. There is also a great indoor shopping centre, and an outdoor market, again with more fish and chip outlets than you can shake a stick at. One tip: make sure you have been to the bank before you arrive in Yarmouth, as the banks are all on one road, near the docks, ie. miles away from the shopping centre. The times we have forgotten and wasted valuable time walking around to the banks, it's really inconvenient. Depending on time, we now either make our way home, or take a long walk down to the Pleasure Beach. This is comparable to the one at Blackpool, though much cleaner and less "rough!", in my opinion. There are loads of great rides here, mainly for older children (and adul
                  ts!!), but there are some which are suitable for youngsters. Along the way there are plenty of side-stalls to keep the kids amused, my Lucy loves the trampolines. Finally, we often stop at the HUGE Asda store on the way home and pick something tasty for supper, and look at the clothes, too. There are lots of great Bed and Breakfast places in Yarmouth, or in nearby Gorleston, which is much quieter, great for watching the sun go down (with yet more fish and chips!). There are also plenty of caravan sites, many of my colleagues at work have their own static caravan, which sounds like a great idea to me - perhaps my dooyoo rewards will go some way to investing in one!

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                    I live about 100 miles from Great Yarmouth, but I do try and visit a couple of times a year for a day trip. Great Yarmouth is a fantastic seaside resort it's brash and bold. It has a huge fair, lots of sea front attractions, take away shops galore. The best part is the shops, Great Yarmouth has tons of souvenir shops, selling traditional seaside things like rock and Great Yarmouth memorabilia, to cheap CD's, clothes etc. Great Yarmouth's beach is beautiful mile upon mile of beautiful golden clean sands. There is even a little land train that takes you up and down the promenade. There are loads of attractions to keep you amused. Accommodation is plentiful there are loads of hotel, caravan parks, self-catering etc. Car parking isn't great; I'd get there early to ensure a good space. I love going, my dads in a wheelchair and I have 2 dogs tied to the chair plus a big bag with our supplies in. We have never had any problems getting around, even on the main Souvenir Street, the disabled facilities are excellent plenty of disabled parking, and even some of the pubs have disabled access. All in all a great day out for everybody and even if you go for longer I can guarantee you won't be bored.

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                    I have been to Great Yarmouth on several occasions, especially when the kids were smaller. There is so much to do, so many places to stay and something for everyone. We have stayed in a chalet, a caravan and a hotel. Best value for money was the all inclusive Haven resort where kids are catered for and entertainment goes on until well into the night. Not only does it have a great beach but also a pleasure beach for the kids and the not so little kids. For people without kids there are lots of great pubs and night clubs. Camping sites are also not to be left out, although we have never camped here. It is pretty central so most people in the UK would find it an easy place to get to.

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                      AS a young child we went to Great Yarmouth for our holidays countless times, I can always remember it being very breezy and not usually hot. It was a long journey in those days of over 5 hours. Just recently we have moved house and find ourself within easy reach of Great Yarmouth for a day trip, so I thought it would be nice to go back and see how it had changed. These days a lot of the road there is dual carriage way,so it is quicker to reach, but it was still nice to look across the fields and see the Broads, although none of the boats seemed to have any sails anymore. On entering Great Yarmouth, I noticed that the Vauxhall Caravan and Camping park was still there,and it seemed quite popular judging by the numbers of people. There were still big queues going over the harbour bridge and towards the seafront. My Mother had been back there about 4-5 years ago and had commented on how run down it had got. Whether there has been some rejeneration since then, as it didn't look to bad to me, with the exception of the area past the Pleasure Beach which did. The Piers were still there, so were the Venetian Waterways, the Boating Lakes, Joyland,the Model Village, and the Hippodrome Circus. The horses and carriages still journeyed along Marine Parade, which was still lined with amusement arcades and chip shops. The Windmill Theatre is now a waxworks, and there now is a Sealife Centre, and Amazonia - which has an exotic display of reptiles, spiders etc...including a very lazy crocodile which refused to wake up. Gone are the beach huts though - still I go to Southwold when I feel in need of a bit of beach hut nostalgia. For children there are numerous Crazy Golf courses (we fancied the Pirate themed one - but it was too crowded), Trampolines,and Bouncy Castles. Parking was totally full up along Marine Parade (unless you have an Orange Badge), but there were plenty of car parks just off the front offering all day parking for £3-£4. There was st
                      ill masses of sand, which looked quite clean, a bit pebbly by the water's edge, but it wasn't litter and debris strewn. The only real disappointment was Pleasure Beach which personally I think is a bit run down and in need of a revamp. The toilets near the log flume were rather whiffy. For Pleasure Beach you have to buy tokens or a wristband which was about £8 - giving unlimited rides for the day. This was a bit of a pain having to keep changing money. One ride which looked really stomach churning and was just outside the Pleasure Beach was an ejector seat which was strung between cables and a bit like a bungy jump,and cost £16.50 per person, Maximum 2. It seemed like a lot of money for something lasting less than 5 minutes. Overall the Kids enjoyed themselves,it didn't break the bank too much, and it was nice to revisit and find not a lot had changed since my childhood. I wondered whether the Norwich Belle still made visits out to see the seals on Scroby Sands - but didn't go to the port area, so never found out.

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                        06.07.2000 16:38
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                        I had a brilliant holiday in Hopton-on-Sea this year, I went for 5 glorious days in May with my husband and 16 month old daughter and I think we all enjoyed it as much as one another! On the way up we stopped off at Lowerstoft, it had a nice clean place and loads of shops, but it wasn't the best place in Norfolk, we then carried on to the holiday park, we were staying with British Holidays and they were brilliant, they were well organised and even though we were early we were allowed to look around all the entertainment they had to offer, but we decided to take this opportunity to get some shopping for the week, we didn't ask where anywhere was , but we found a Tesco's 10 minutes later, which I thought was brilliant! When we came back to the park we were handed our key really quickly and they had also upgraded our holiday home. The holiday home was in excellent condition much like the rest of the park. We went to Yarmouth the next day and it was a beautiful day, we had to pay quite a lot for parking, but we had brilliant day, we spent all morning on the beach and it was so clean you couldn't see any rubbish for miles and felt safe letting my daughter walk on the sand in bare feet, then we had a walk around the resort and it was aimed at all kinds of ages and even though it was out of season most things were open, they even had a theme park for younger children, my daughter had a few goes at some of the toddler rides and she loved it, the added bonus was they were all reasonble priced too! we brought all our gifts from here and as long as you shopped around they were a decent price, they even had a really good market in the town centre. We went back to Yarmouth a few days later to visit the sea world they have there, which was well worth the money! We didn't spend much time actually in Hopton-On-Sea, but from what we saw it was a nice village which was very clean and pleasent. I had the best holiday and I would defin
                        ately go back again, hopefully for a little longer and I would even go back to the same holiday park.

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