National Lottery-funded restoration of historic Venetian Waterways.

The ground has been broken to start an inspirational community-led restoration of Great Yarmouth’s historic Venetian Waterways, ahead of its 90th anniversary in August 2018.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council is working closely with volunteers on a flagship project, supported by the National Lottery, to restore the Grade II-listed Venetian Waterways, including the Boating Lake.

Which will see the Boating Lake and Island Café refurbished and brought back into use, the quirky Waterways bridges and shelters restored, and the original acclaimed planting scheme, dating from 1928, reinstated.

Work is funded through a £1.77m National Lottery grant awarded through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund, plus further support from the borough council, New Anglia LEP and the Department for Communities and Local Government (now MHCLG).

The project aims to involve the community in enhancing and interpreting a unique community facility, tourist attraction and heritage asset, supporting the local economy, boosting civic pride and providing people with meaningful opportunities to improve skills and access further training or employment.