As our current house sit is so near to Great Yarmouth it seemed rude not to have a tootle on the bikes there to have a look at what it had to offer. Now, this Great Yarmouth website would have us believe that we were in for a real treat on our trip to the seaside. We had actually been to Great Yarmouth many years ago whilst on a cycle tour of Norfolk. As I recall we didn’t stop for very long as it really wasn’t our kind of place. So we were interested to see if our perceptions had changed at all after 25 years.
Mmmm, well, erm, I think the answer to that question has to be a resounding ‘NO’! Try as we might we just couldn’t see through the ‘tat’ to find any redeeming features. The beach huts were, erm, less than colourful.
I don’t think they were still in use though, but you never know!
To be fair there were some attractive old buildings if you gazed upwards ignoring what was housed underneath (night clubs/ strip clubs/amusement arcades/beach shops) and The Winter Gardens would be a fantastic building once restored and has an interesting history having been built in Torquay and sold to Great Yarmouth in the early 20th century for £1300.
The beach itself is very loooong and seems very clean and well kept so we had our picnic lunch having a sit in the sun whilst people watching. It really is a great place for people watching. At one point I did catch Tim, with his jaw on the floor, ogling a woman in a thong bikini so I decided it was probably better for his blood pressure and facial features if we moved on before her partner caught him!
So we had a quick tour of the rest of what Great Yarmouth had to offer and made a speedy getaway back to our temporary home.