With the Great Yarmouth summer season winding down, it's time for the September festival season

Two big weekends coming up in Great Yarmouth this September as the Maritime Festival and the Out There Festival bring the town to life...

Tall ships come to Great Yarmouth for the 2018 Maritime Festival

Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival

It's been a fabulous summer season here in Great Yarmouth - what with the soaring success of the first Great Yarmouth Air Show and the ever popular Wednesday night free Fireworks Displays. And the fun shows no signs of slowing down as we head into what will be a very busy September, in which two of the town's most popular annual events will be taking place. First up, on Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th, there will be the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival. This entertaining and informative gala takes place on the quayside and is a chance for locals and holidaymakers to get an insight into Yarmouth's rich maritime heritage. There are shanties being sung, fresh herring being cooked and numerous stalls and maritime-themed displays, as well as a chance to climb aboard and look around some truly remarkable sea-going vessels, including the Lydia Eva, a World War Two minesweeper and the world's largest motor-powered trimaran, the Triton.

A view of the pier at Great Yarmouth beach

Great Yarmouth Out There Festival

And following hot on the heels of the Maritime Festival comes the riot of colour and life that is the circus-themed Out There Festival. As home to the legendary Hippodrome Circus, Great Yarmouth is clearly the perfect location for a fun, vibrant three-day event that mixes jugglers, edge-of-your-seat acrobatics, exploding kitchens, rambling explorers and time travelling disco divas. Most of the action takes place at the normally quiet St. George's Park, but from 14th to the 16th of September please don't go to the park looking for anything approaching peace and quiet. There'll be music, colour, weird things hanging from the trees - and a feast for the eyes wherever you look.

And don't forget to pop down to the seafront while these events are on! Great Yarmouth is still very much open for holiday business during the busy month of September, so you can still get your fix of amusement arcades, ice creams, fish and chips, fairground rides and crazy golf. And this year, it's looking like it might even still be warm enough for a dip in the sea this September. So, don't forget to pack your bikini and a bucket and spade for the kids...