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Only a few miles north of Great Yarmouth you’ll find Hemsby and Newport which together form a lively village seaside resort and an ideal touring base for Great Yarmouth, the Norfolk Broads and surrounding area.
Hemsby is divided into two main areas: the village and the beach.
The village has a number of shops and attractive
buildings, including the 12th century church of St. Mary the Virgin.
Visitors love the beautiful sandy beach at Hemsby and Newport, sheltered by sand dunes. Scroby Sands is easily visible from the wide sloping beach which also features some World War II relics, a scattering of anti-tank blocks are a more unusual feature left over from coastal defences back in the 1940’s.
Hemsby is featured in the Domesday Book under the name of Haimesbei with a description of “a hamlet covering 43 meadow acres with 50 households, 3 slaves, 2 salt pans and 160 sheep.”
Nowadays, regulars flock to Hemsby for the Longshore ‘Herring Festival’ celebrating the village’s important fishing traditions.
Hemsby is also home to the Hemsby Inshore Rescue Service (better known as Hemsby Lifeboat), an independent and voluntary lifeboat service that operates within the nearby coastal areas and the Broads. The institution is independent of the RNLI, relying entirely upon public donations in order to operate. Hemsby Lifeboat Day, an annual fund-raiser, is held on the beach with a variety of stalls and booths.
There is a wide selection of holiday caravan and chalet parks with direct access to the beach to choose from as well as amusement arcades, bars, discos, cabaret venues, bingo, children’s play areas, gift shops, food outlets and a funfair. With so much to do in this popular village resort, regulars return year after year for easy holidays within strolling distance.
Great Yarmouth is a seaside resort town on the east coast of England. It’s known for its long sandy beach. The Time and Tide Museum traces local history. The Nelson Museum focuses on the life of Admiral Horatio Nelson. There are penguins and sharks at the SEA LIFE aquarium. Merrivale Model Village features miniature landscapes and buildings. The Pleasure Beach and Joyland amusement parks have family rides.