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Great Yarmouth - Hardly changed in 30 years
Great Yarmouth (England)
Member Name: maggiemay
Great Yarmouth (England)
Date: 09/08/00, updated on 09/08/00 (170 review reads)
Advantages: Good daytrip destination with Kids, lots to keep them amused
Disadvantages: may not be everyone's cup of tea
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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