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Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Visitors flock to enjoy its magnificent golden beaches which are surrounded by a wealth of family amusements
Where is Hemsby?
Hemsby is around seven miles north of Yarmouth. If travelling by road take the A149 towards Caister and then follow the B1159 coast road to Hemsby.
Hemsby is split into two main areas the village and the beach. Many of the holiday camps, shops and cafs are located along Beach Road.
Visitors will also find a wide range of eateries and amusements, including a fun fair and bingo. Several clubs providing family entertainment, including dancing and nightly discos, also form part of the resort.
The village itself is a gem with a host of attractive buildings including the 12th century church, St Mary the Virgin.
Hemsby offers a wide variety of restaurants, pubs and cafes, catering for all tastes.
History of Hemsby
Hemsby was mentioned in the Doomsday book as a hamlet.
The name Hemsby is of Norse origin meaning village of. Up until this century, occupations were mainly based around fishing or agriculture with a bit of smuggling thrown in.
The village also once had its own railway station. The Midland and Gt Northern, which was locally known as the Muddle and Go Nowhere, opened in 1887 and closed in 1959.
The railway line brought happy campers from London and the Midlands during the summer months, when special excursions were laid on.
During the year there are plenty of opportunities for days out in Hemsby.
These include the annual Longshore Herring Festival, which every September sees the village celebrate its proud history.