Posts Tagged With: Great Yarmouth

California Dreaming

Pleasure beach Great Yarmouth
California, England. It’s not where you expect to find a California, but there it is, clinging to the Norfolk cliffs, next to Scratby. We would tell our schoolfriends we went to California every year on vacation, slightly forgetting to mention it was 6000 miles to the right of the one in the States. And marginally less glamorous. Or hot. This is the Pleasure Beach in Great Yarmouth, the highlight of every childhood summer holiday.


Mark Wallis Great Yarmouth Norfolk
Yours truly squinting in the sun. Some very lovely old beach huts here, next to the rackety old fun fair.

Robot Ride, Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach
A relic from the 70s, when the world was high on Star Wars and the fair was a riot of screaming colour and noise.

Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach

The Pink Panther says it all, really, doesn’t he? Still here.

Beach Rain

I’m saying goodbye to Scratby, driving off through the chocolate-box villages to Kent.

Episodes one, two and three are here ‘if you’re fond of sand dunes and salty air…’

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Summer Salt

Scratby CottageMy sunny memories of childhood holidays in Norfolk have blurred slightly, like the faded glamour of an English seaside village. I’m the Time Travel Tourist, powered by nostalgia, jaunting back to the sand dunes and salty air of 1970s Scratby. Days were spent on bright windy beaches, and at night we retired to our charming, creaky wooden cottages on the cliff top.

Beach Huts, Great YarmouthDerelict Cottage, ScratbyI found a derelict cottage with all the original features, and I’m dreaming of a day when I can renovate it…

Yarmouth and Scratby, norfolk
The sea is loud and feisty, with mournful fog horns and Bouy bells in the night, magical sounds to my childhood self, and just as hypnotizing to me now.

Scratby Beach

See the first episode The Time Travel Tourist, and also Beach Rain

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