Project Wind Power – by Flipside

Project Wind Power aligned cultural education and place-making ambitions for Great Yarmouth, connecting the town’s young people to their local cultural and industrial heritage and to renewable energy that is increasingly globally important and locally significant, for sustainability, the built environment and for employment opportunities.   It worked with schools and Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust plus artists and practitioners for a project that mixed workshops, presentation, a live, youth-led animation in the public realm and created a lasting legacy in the Venetian Waterway and Gardens – connecting the project to the local landscape/seascape.

In November 2019 FlipSide invited local primary and secondary schools to take part in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) project exploring everything wind powered.  At the heart of the project was the design and creation of a new kinetic sculpture by artist David Watkinson to celebrate the restoration of Great Yarmouth’s historic Venetian Waterways.

Working alongside St George’s Theatre the project began with an artist workshop where young people from 3 primary schools, 1 secondary and 1 PRU met the artist and learnt about the background of making an artwork powered by wind, as well as the history and importance of wind to Great Yarmouth with experts from the Wind Energy Museum.

Flipside also coordinated schools workshops lead by Paul Gionis, award-winning D&T teacher and toy maker extraordinaire, using design and engineering principles to fuse science and art to construct and test out their very own land yacht.

Project Wind Power culminated in a dynamic art installation where the children were invited to explore wind power in action as they tested out their creations from the workshop in a land yacht race along the seafront and visited David’s sculpture as it was unveiled at the Venetian Waterways, creating a vibrant, visual response to the on and off-shore wind turbines that loom large in the local landscape.

In total 127 children joined us at the Waterways.

View the video filmed on the day of the unveiling



Join us for a scaretacular time this half term. On Saturday 26th October we will be holding various scary activities throughout the park and at The Island Cafe (which is fully accessible).

  • Pumpkin Carving between 10am and 3pm at The Island Cafe – supported by Asda in Great Yarmouth and Lidl in Norwich.
  • Tales from the Crypt between 11am and 2pm at the Boating Lake.
  • Face painting between 10.30am to 2pm at the Boating Lake.
  • Pumpkin competition at 3.15pm at The Island Cafe. The best carved display to be judged.
  • Pumpkin Parade at 3.30pm – watch the pumpkins come to life with a free LED candle.

Please note some activities may incur a small charge.

Grand Reopening Gala

Join us in celebrating the wonderful restoration of the Waterways and Boating Lake on Tuesday 20th August.

The Island Cafe and Boating Lake will be open from 2pm, where you will be able to enjoy a trip out onto the lake in one of the rowing boats or pedalos.

There will be a variety of fun activities available for you to enjoy including music, demonstrations, dance acts, Punch and Judy shows, arts and crafts and heritage walks.

Activities and entertainment are subject to change and availability.

Restoration of the Boat Figureheads

We are really excited that three of the original boat figureheads, dating back to the 1950s, have been moved to Skippings Gallery for vital restoration work.

The working being undertaken is of a delicate nature due to the condition and age of the wood. Once restored the figureheads will be placed throughout the Waterways for all to enjoy.

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Project Update Nov to Dec 2018

Works on site have really got underway. Our contractor Blakedown and subcontractor Concrete Renovations have started planting the themed gardens, thatched the café and installed glass, making the building watertight. Surveys have been taken of the Boating Lake walls and reparation of the cracks has started.

Several community volunteers and Green Gym volunteers joined Ian and Duncan, our gardeners, to help plant up to 6,000 flowers and shrubs in the waterways. The site is really starting to transform.