The Arts Festival grew out of an idea of trying to raise money for the St. Nicholas Preservation Trust (Now the Great Yarmouth Minister 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.


The Arts Festival is a Community Interest Company and is run by a group of trustees:

Hugh Sturzaker, Chair

Rachel Moore

Dr. Paul Davies

Joanna Jones

Ian Dracup

Martyn Marshall

Anne Edwards

John Bultitude

There are two main committees:  One overseeing the whole Festival and another managing the Carnival.   In addition there are subgroups dealing with:  music programme, art in the Minster, Art on the Railings, theatre productions, fund raising, promotion, the Friends scheme and overseeing the volunteers.


If you are interested in helping out please get in touch at info@greatyarmouthartsfestival.co.uk