Car fanatics rejoice as Visit Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival returns to Great Yarmouth seafront
Plans are in motion for Visit Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival 2022 after Covid-19 and strict social distancing measure put the brakes on the event for two years running.
The two-day event, which is free of charge to attend, will take place along Great Yarmouth Seafront on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3, July. The event celebrates all things on wheels and is an entertaining weekend for petrol heads and families alike.
This year, bikers and cars planning to park within the festival site are asked to make a donation of £5 per vehicle for one day, or £8.50 for the entire weekend, which will go towards the running of the festival and raising funds for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Donations are also welcomed from other festival-goers.
Attractions include the UK's oldest surviving Wall of Death, a motorbike show, will see a team of gravity-defying riders performing daring stunts as they circle a specially-built wall mere inches from the captivated audience.
Visitors can tour the Red Dragon Monster Truck, which promises the "ride of your life". Measuring in at 19ft long vehicle and weighing approximately 5 tonnes, the truck can carry up to ten passengers at once and is suitable for young and old alike - providing you are over three feet tall!
The festival is brought to you by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and main sponsor Visit Great Yarmouth. Other sponsors include Joyland, Pertwee and Back and both Britannia and Wellington Pier.
Businesses interested in sponsoring the event can download a pack from the Visit Great Yarmouth website, and there are pitch opportunities for non-catering trade stands.
The car parks at St Nicholas (limited spaces), North Drive, Euston Road and in the town centre will remain open for the public. However, the car parks at Anchor Gardens, Marina Centre North and South, and Jetty North and South, plus the closed roadway of Marine Parade, will be designated parking zones for the motorcyclists and Wheels exhibitors. Access along the whole length of Marine Parade will be maintained for pedestrians and emergency vehicles.
Cllr Graham Plant, chairman of the economic development committee said, "After having to cancel the event two years in row, we are excited to make this year's Wheels Festival the biggest and best it has ever been - so make sure you put the date in your dairies.
"We look forward to welcoming exhibitors, residents and visitors back for Visit Great Yarmouth Wheels 2022."
Lyndon Bevan, chairman of Visit Great Yarmouth said: "It's fantastic to welcome the Wheels Festival back to Great Yarmouth after two years of cancellations due to Covid restrictions. It's always been a popular event attracting thousands of visitors from all around. This year promises to be bigger and better than previous years and it will be a real boost to local businesses in the area."