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|About||The Venetian Waterways and Boating Lake is a Grade II listed historic park built between 1926 - 1928 on Great Yarmouth's northern seafront.|
The Venetian Waterways and Boating Lake were built between 1926 - 1928 as a relief programme for the unemployed following the First World War. This endeavour demonstrated the philanthropic ambitions of the town council to provide work for those most in need following the devastating effects of war. They further illustrated the creativity of the municipality in their desire to construct an entirely unique leisure attraction, full of excitement, eclecticism and frivolity.
The Waterways and Boating Lake enjoyed their heyday well into the 1960s, but as interest in the British seaside resort began to decline the park also saw reduced visitor numbers. This contributed to the gradual neglect of the park which meant that much of its special character and significance were eroded.
Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust have recently been awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery to restore and rejuvenate both the Venetian Waterways and Boating Lake. The project seeks to restore this eccentric attraction to the Great Yarmouth seafront and in a cyclical process improve the wellbeing of the local community through both skills-based opportunities as well as creative activities which enhance engagement with the local heritage.
The project is well underway and work on site is due to begin at the end of the year. Regularly check our updates to find out about progress, events and opportunities!