Large crowds enjoy Norfolk and Suffolk attractions over Easter break

Regent Road, Great Yarmouth, was busy through the four days.
Picture: Anthony Carroll

Regent Road, Great Yarmouth, was busy through the four days. Picture: Anthony Carroll - Credit: Archant

It is a time for children to enjoy Easter egg hunts, families to spend quality time together and an opportunity for prayers of reflection.

And for our region the Easter bank holiday also means one more thing - a chance to explore and visit the myriad of top attractions that draw thousands of people to Norfolk and Suffolk.

The break saw temperatures on Easter Sunday lower than Christmas Day said Dan Holley, a weather forecaster at Norwich-based Weatherquest with Cromer, Thetford and King's Lynn being only 10, 13 and 14 degrees respectively.

While the weather was mild, an army of fun-seeking families enjoyed the chace to visit resorts such as Great Yarmouth, Cromer and Southwold.

Albert Jones, who owns the Pleasure Beach in Great Yarmouth, was delighted to see large numbers of families out in force over the whole of the four day bank holiday.

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He said: 'We are really, really pleased with it (visitor numbers). It is one of the best starts to the season we have seen.

'We are really seeing more families coming here.'

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It was the first Easter since the devastating fire in Yarmouth's main thoroughfare to the seafront, Regent Road, and reassuringly for traders there were large throngs of people waking along it throughout the four days as busking regulars the Puppet Man and 'Charlie Chaplin' entertained visitors.

Across the county border Southwold Pier and the town's beach proved a popular destination.

Peter Websdale, general manager of Southwold Pier speaking this afternoon, said that visitor numbers were up with families enjoying the attractions on the pier.

He said: 'It has gone amazingly well, despite the weather. I am half way down the pier and can see a lot of people on the beach.'

On Easter Sunday Cromer Pier tweeted 'Great day' as people enjoyed the band Swervy World performing on the walkway and the Easter bunny collected funds for the charity Shelter.

The mild weather also brought benefits to indoor attractions, such as the Sealife centres at Great Yarmouth and Hunstanton, as it encouraged some families to warm up by enjoying the underwater spectacles, such as the Under the Ray-Dar display at the Yarmouth centre.

Nathan Barnett, operations manager at Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary, said: 'We've had a good weekend, it's predominantly been driven by the weather.

'For us the weather being a bit colder pushes people inside, being an indoor attraction.'

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