Explore Gorleston in Norfolk with the Love Gorleston Celebrity Tour!
Sandwiched between Hopton-on-Sea and Great Yarmouth, Gorleston-on-Sea was recorded as a port in the Domesday Book of 1086. It later found success during the herring fishing boom, and became known for its salt pans, where herrings would be preserved. During the Edwardian era the fishing industry declined, and Gorleston became known as a seaside resort and became hugely popular thanks to its proximity to the entertainments of Yarmouth. Despite its small size, Gorleston has had more than its fair share of famous residents, which is what inspired us to create the Gorleston Celebrity Walk, which will take you on a tour of the landmarks and homes associated with the town’s celebrated sons and daughters.
Gorleston Celebrity Walk Route
Our walk begins at the end of Pier Road (1), opposite the Key Largo, where parking is plentiful. The Pavilion theatre at the south end of the pier complex often plays host to shows featuring touring stars, so it’s worth checking out what’s on.
We’ll be heading south from here through the Pavilion Theatre Pier Gardens and onto the beach. Marine Parade (2), which runs parallel to the beach is where the childhood home of Myleene Klass is situated. The former Hear’say singer, solo artist, pianist and model grew up along this seafront, and frequently returns to visit her parents, who now live in a large property in the north of the town.
Once you’ve explored the beach, head north back towards the pier and follow the path down to the pier itself (3), where you’ll find entertainments and amusements for all ages. Next, take Quay Road to the north, stopping at the fabulous Belle Vue pub if you fancy sampling some local ales.
Take a left down Fiske’s Opening, and you’ll pass the former home of S Club 7 star Hannah Spearitt (4), who still lives in the town. Head north along Beach Road, turn right onto Pier Walk, and you’ll come to Peggoty’s bar (5), which, as the name suggests, was frequented by Charles Dickens, who used Gorleston and Yarmouth as inspiration for his semi-autobiographical masterpiece David Copperfield.
This is where our walk comes to an end, so why not join Charles Dickens in raising a glass to Gorleston and all its famous sons and daughters.