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Great Yarmouth Venetian Waterways are a public water garden on the seafront with winding water courses originally designed for boating. They were opened in two stages, in 1926 & 1928, and originally included rock gardens which have since been put down to grass.


In the 1920’s, Great Yarmouth Borough Council began work to construct a major new sea wall along the length of   the town.

Councillor Docwra proposed the idea of Venetian-style water gardens which was taken up by the Council as part of the  Winter relief work for the unemployed between 1927 & 1928. Construction was completed, and the waterways opened to the public on 2nd August 1928.

During the 1950s a series of Nursery Rhyme tableaux were placed round the sides, these were illuminated at night. Originally there were 5 electric boats which offered trips around the Waterways, they were launched from the slipway we now use. Unfortunately nothing of these remain.

Great Yarmouth Model Boat Club is fortunate to have use of this amazing location.