Norfolk day and night
PUBLISHED: 06:49 13 October 2014
Kirsty Burn celebrates the many surprising elements of the town
I’d start my day with a walk around the Trinity Broads at Filby and Rollesby where the scenery is beautiful as the sun rises, then drive to The Terrace at The Imperial Hotel for poached eggs and toast overlooking the dunes on beautiful North Beach. There’s nothing like clean fresh air, the Broads or the seaside to sweep those early morning cobwebs away, and we’re incredibly fortunate to have both options on our doorstep.
Once on the seafront, my friends and I would enjoy a game of adventure golf at Pirates Cove, or we might give the 18 holes at Castaway Island a go, then it’s time for a bite to eat and a coffee at St George’s Pavilion, next to the recently refurbished theatre and across the road from the newly opened King Street Gallery.
After lunch, we’d potter into town. Great Yarmouth has a surprising number of independent shops, including Bubblegum for beautiful dresses and Pat-a-Cakes for cake-baking inspiration in Victoria Arcade, Palmers on the Market Place and of course Bizarre Bizarre, home to the perfect present or gadget. On Regent Road we’d find a café with al fresco seating and colourful hanging baskets for a cup of tea.
I would start my evening out by challenging some friends to a game of 10-pin bowling on Wellington Pier. Bowling alleys are usually rather dark, but this one has floor to ceiling windows overlooking the beach, with views towards Scroby Sands Wind Farm, as well as some stunning stained glass from the original theatre.
From here we would wander along the seafront and turn left into Camperdown, a tree-lined seaside street that is home to Andover House, a lovely hotel and restaurant, where we would enjoy a delicious three-course seasonal meal, packed with local Norfolk ingredients.