Transformed Yacht Station Opened

Great Yarmouth Yacht Station has been Transformed.

The building, on Tar Works Road, is at the gateway to Great Yarmouth for those coming in by boat and Broads Authority (BA) quay attendants work tirelessly to help visitors with anything from mooring to advice about the town’s attractions.

Dr John Packman, Broads Authority Chief Executive, said: “Great Yarmouth is pivotal to the Broads network, connecting northern and southern waterways, but until recently the station at this strategic point was cramped, dingy and uninviting.

“So we carried out a facelift which has transformed the station over recent months into a bright, inspiring visitor information centre where people can feel welcomed, informed and enlightened about the special qualities of the Broads and all that Great Yarmouth has to offer.”

An interactive touch screen has been installed for those wanting to find out more about local wildlife, heritage and the unique beauty of Britain’s magical waterland while a plasma screen provides important boat safety information.

Dr Packman said: “Engaging décor and interpretation work, including artwork kindly provided free by local printmaker Rob Barnes and a wonderful frieze relating memoirs of a wherry man, has completely changed the look of the building.”

The £25,000 project was all designed, illustrated and carried out in house by the BA with the support of Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s tourism department who have provided a map outside so if visitors arrive when it is closed they can find out local information.

Dr Packman said: “The makeover meant the building was pulled under more of a visitor information centre umbrella, with the space opened out to form an information point for visitors and completely changed to look far more enticing and to be a more meaningful part of the Broads experience.”

About Julian Claxton

My passion for photography is supported by experiences gained on exciting travel adventures and through working for fantastic photographers. In 2006, I made the exciting step of realising my dream of becoming a freelance photographer. Since this pivotal moment, I have held numerous exhibitions, been featured nationally & internationally in print and won numerous awards, including being a finalist in the National Geographic Photographic competition in 2013 with one of my documentary images from the Sudan. From an early age I began to enjoy taking pictures of my daily life, basking in the thrill of sending the film to the printers and eagerly awaiting the pocket sized prints. My first foray into the world developing and printing strangely began at school when I was asked to produce a descriptive photo for the school newspaper. A front page shot later and I was destined to start the long arduous journey of becoming a photographer. In between exciting travel adventures and working for fantastic photographers, I graduated from college and at a crossroads in my journey to becoming a pro photographer, I embarked on a career working as a medical photographer. Learning new skills and dabbling in video production as well as progressing design skills, I yearned for the challenge and freedom of becoming a freelance. I have been fortunate enough to work on some amazing assignments which have included shooting a documentary assignment with an air ambulance, gaining full access to a British Pro cycling team during an international UCI tour, cycling to Rwanda and creating a photographic documentary of my journey. The experiences continue to grow, meeting wonderful people to photograph and telling the story of their journey. The list of events and striking moments that have played out through my viewfinder continue to grow and provide me with ever increasing snapshots of life to capture. One of the highlights of my career thus far has been staying in rural Uganda, teaching photography to the kids from the region, in a project I set up in late 2014, entitled ‘Give a child a camera’. The basis of the project is to supply 35mm cameras and film to the rural schools in this region of East Africa, teaching the children how to shoot photographs. After a week of taking photos of their life, an exhibition is held at the school and the children leave with their very own album, camera and film. One of the images I shot at Eden school in rural Uganda, during morning chapel won the 2015 Travel Media Tourism and Photography award. A great honour and one that I wouldn’t have picked up had it not been for the wonderful children of East Africa. For further information please visit
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