Great Yarmouth welcomes return of popular Easter Fair
The renowned Easter Fair, which is more than a century old, will be taking over Great Yarmouth Market Place, Fullers Hill, Brewery Plain and Church plain from Thursday, April 13, until Sunday, April 16.
Great Yarmouth Borough Council is once again working with the eastern counties branch of the Showmen's Guild to bring back the fair to the town to help extend the Easter celebrations.
Among the rides and attractions planned this year are dodgems, bungee trampolines, bumper boats, rodeo bulls, carousels, a haunted house, a fun house and hook-a-duck. There will also be fairground favourites such as candy floss, toffee-apples, and doughnuts.
Councillor Graham Plant, the mayor of Great Yarmouth, will officially open the fair in the Market Place on Thursday, April 13, when he hands over the ceremonial Charter Key for the duration of the event to representatives of the Showmen's Guild.
The gold-embossed ceramic Charter Key was made by Ernie Childs, of Great Yarmouth Potteries, in 2008 to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Royal Charter granted to Great Yarmouth by King John in 1208.
The fair will stay open until 11pm on its first day, then continue on Friday, April 14, and Saturday, April 15, between 11am and 11pm. On Sunday, April 16, the fair will be open between noon and 6pm.
The mayor said: "Having lived in Great Yarmouth since I was young, I know just how loved the Easter fair is by our residents and visitors.
"As mayor, I am proud to officially open this year's fair, which I know will be provide a fun-filled four days to be enjoyed by families and friends."
The car parks at Fullers Hill, Brewers Plain and the Market Place will be closed on Wednesday, April 12, to enable the event to set up. On Wednesday, April 12, until Sunday, April 16, there will be a temporary road closure on The Conge, from the Brewery Plain entrance down to Temple Road. As with previous years, the two-day market will be cancelled while the fair is in town.