Now in its sixth year, Great Yarmouth Arts Festival was originally conceived to raise money for the Minster Preservation Trust. It quickly emerged there was a tremendous enthusiasm amongst both artists and audiences to bring the various communities together in celebration of the rich arts and heritage offer of the town.

Firmly rooted in our location, we want to build the festival, over the coming years, by encouraging people from as many different communities to take part in as wide a range of activities as possible. We hope you will join us on this journey. You can support us by making a small donation via our Friends scheme, volunteering or sponsoring the festival.


The Arts Festival grew out of an idea of trying to raise money for the Great Yarmouth Minster Preservation Trust but, at the first meeting with a group of artists, one of them said “You will not make money out of art”.   Nevertheless, plans expanded to include not only visual art but music, theatre, films and heritage.   The aims were to encourage people to develop an interest in art in all its forms and to take an active part in them.   We want to show what remarkable talent exists in the Borough, to bring the various communities together, for the local population to develop a sense of pride in their town, to raise the aspirations of the young and to encourage more visitors to the town.


The first Festival was held in September 2012 and lasted 3 three weeks.  In 2014 we moved to the beginning of June and reduced the length to ten days.   We also started a Carnival procession which has grown in size and colour each year.


The Arts Festival belongs to the local people and we are very grateful to the many volunteers who work tirelessly to put it on.  We are also very grateful to the sponsors and Great Yarmouth Borough Council who help us financially, with gifts in kind and with advice.



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The Arts Festival is a Community Interest Company run by volunteers and overseen by a board of trustees. Anyone interested in becoming a trustee should contact us through info@greatyarmouthartsfestival.co.uk


Hugh Sturzaker, Chair

Julian Gibbons, Company Secretary

Ian Dracup, Treasurer


Dr. Paul Davies

Rachel Moore

Rev'd Cannon Simon Ward


The Great Yarmouth Arts Festival is a partner of Great Yarmouth Cultural Heritage


If you would like to find out more about Great Yarmouth's Heritage please visit the Great Yarmouth Cultural Heritage. Click Here

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