The Arts Festival was conceived to raise money for St. Nicholas (Now called Great Yarmouth Minster) Preservation Trust and was first held in 2012. It quickly emerged that 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 and in 2014 we commenced the Carnival and linked up with the Library running the Community Fair.

Last year we worked more closely with SeaChange Arts and introduced Festa Fiesta to follow on from the Carnival Procession. Over the years we wish to encourage people from the many communities that now live within the Borough to participate in the many activities which make up the Festival. We hope that you will join us on this journey and encourage people from other parts of East Anglia and the United Kingdom to come and enjoy this 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.



A warm welcome to the sixth Great Yarmouth Arts Festival, featuring our fifth Carnival, which this year takes circus as its theme. The town celebrates being one of six circus cities commemorating 250 years of the art form in national celebrations, under the banner of Circus 250.

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Welcome to the fifth Great Yarmouth Arts Festival

We have something for everyone; to suit all tastes and all ages and we are pleased to welcome visitors from Rambouillet who will be exhibiting in the art exhibition in the Minster as well as taking part in the Carnival Procession. This year we are also extending to three events in Gorleston.

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The Arts Festival is a Community Interest Company run by volunteers and overseen by a board of trustees and anyone wishing to help may 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

Anne Edwards

Martyn Marshall


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


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