Despite being popular with locals and tourists alike, Pakefield’s Tramway Hotel is under threat as Tesco launch a bid for the lease.
Pub manager Terry Hunter told the Eastern Daily Press that despite rumours of closure, the pub is still trading, though its future is out of his hands.
The decision rests with Waveney District Council, who will consider Tesco’s planned conversion of the hotel into an Express store. Locals are unhappy, and many feel that Pakefield’s existing Spar and Co-op stores mean that a new Tesco Express is unnecessary.
A Tesco spokesman told the EDP: “This reduces the need for longer trips out of town, particularly for those without a car,” although this will do little to allay Pakefield residents’ fears that the new store will affect local businesses.
A campaign has begun to organise a lobbying effort to persuade Waveney Council to reject Tesco’s application. Over 1500 names have so far been collected, and organisers hope that public campaigning could help save the iconic Pakefield hotel.
There will be a public meeting held at 11am on Saturday 1 December at the Seagull Theatre to co-ordinate the campaign to save the Tramway. Labour MP Bob Blizzard will be present, as well as several councillors, so if you want to have your say, make sure you don’t miss your chance.
Back in the Victorian heyday of the Great British Beach Resort, the idea that the sea and the sea air could cure illness was widely accepted, and if you fell ill in London you might find yourself packed onto a steam train to the coast until you recovered. Now new research from the European Centre of Environment & Human Health at the University of Exeter shows that the Victorians may have been on to something.
Researchers discovered a correlation between good health and proximity to the sea, meaning that the closer to the seaside you live, the more likely you are to remain healthy and live a longer life. This is great news for those who already live in Pakefield, but what about the legions of landlocked people who want to enjoy the coastal health benefit?
Thankfully, Pakefield and the Lowestoft area is home to a thriving and professional estate and letting agency industry, and it’s never been easier to secure your dream seaside home. Many Lowestoft letting agents use sophisticated estate agency software to help househunters locate their perfect property.
From flats to house, apartments to mansions, CFP software helps you to track down the home you want, and thanks to its intuitive smartphone interface, you’ll always be connected so you won’t miss out!
So if you’ve been thinking of a move closer to the coast, make sure you get in touch with one of Pakefield’s expert estate or letting agents, and we’ll see you on the clifftop!
We’ve all heard the old wives’ tale that the sea air can cure everything from the common cold to the black death, but new research from the European Centre of Environment & Human Health at the University of Exeter reveals that the old wives may have been right after all.
Researchers found a correlation between good health and proximity to the sea, meaning that the closer to the seaside you live, the more likely you are to remain healthy and live a longer life. This is great news for those who already live in Lowestoft, but what about the legions of landlocked people who want to enjoy the coastal health benefit?
Luckily, Lowestoft is home to a thriving and professional estate and letting agency industry, and it’s never been easier to secure your dream seaside home. Many Lowestoft letting agents use sophisticated Property Management Software to help househunters locate their perfect property.
The software lets prospective tenants locate, view and secure their dream home more easily than ever before, and thanks to the handy smartphone app interface, you’ll never miss out on a great property.
So if you’ve been thinking of a move closer to the coast, make sure you get in touch with one of Lowestoft’s expert estate or letting agents, and we’ll see you on the beach!
Fans of shocks, twists and labyrinthine drama are in for a terrifying treat next Friday, as Norwich’s Baroque Theatre Company prepare to stage the sinister, unsettling play ‘Veronica’s Room’ at the Seagull Theatre in Pakefield.
This chilling mystery thriller by the author of Rosemary’s Baby takes you into an absorbing spider’s web, entwining fantasy and reality and revelling in uncertainty and terror.
The story begins in 1973 as Susan Kerner, a young Boston college student, and Larry Eastwood, a young lawyer, have been enticed to the Brabissant mansion by the Mackeys, a charming, elderly Irish couple who are struck by Susan’s strong resemblance to Veronica Brabissant, long-dead daughter of the family for whom they work.
Veronica’s room is untouched by time and has been left exactly as it was in 1935. The mystery deepens as twist after twist unravels the frail threads of reality. Is it 1973 or 1935? And will Susan ever leave Veronica’s Room? Following its critically acclaimed national tour of “Great Expectations” Baroque Theatre Company is proud to present the chilling ‘Veronica’s Room.’
So if you’re in the mood for suspense, book your ticket now. Seats are £12, with concessions at £10, and can be booked by calling the Seagull Theatre Box Office on 01502 589726.
Pakefield Real Ale & Seafood Festival at Green opposite Oddfellows Pub
The Oddfellows Arms presents the 2nd Annual Pakefield real ale and seafood festival on the green opposite the Oddfellows Arms, overlooking Pakefield beach. Real ale and seafood stalls from all over the world.
Live music, picnic area, childrens play park and a large marquee in case of bad weather!
Sat 1 Sep 2012 12:00 to 20:00
Sun 2 Sep 2012 12:00 to 20:00
01502 538415 Green opposite Oddfellows Pub
Off Nightingale Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 7AU
This Bank Holiday, why not enjoy the natural wonders of Pakefield? With its stunning beaches and picturesque church, it’s a wonderful place to walk in the sun. If you fancy joining in the Bank Holiday celebrations, we’ve got a handy guide to what to fo in Pakefield this August Bank Holiday.
Sunday’s Pirate Promenade kicks off the festivities, as legions of volunteers don pirate gear to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. Kids will love the spectacle of hundreds of fearsome pirates. If you want to join in, participants’ tickets are £10, and come with a free pirate hat.
If you love the roar of enormous engines, make sure you don’t miss out on the East Coast Truckers Convoy, which passes through Gorleston on Sunday at around 5pm. On the return leg of their journey to Norwich, the trucks will be joined by The Beach Radio’s Beach Bunny vehicle.
Nearby, Oulton Broad’s August Bank Holiday firework display has become an annual institution, and this year is set to be the biggest yet. As usual, the Lowestoft Lions Club will be holding their Gala Day at Nicholas Everitt Park, and as usual the gala will offer fabulous food, entertainment and fun for all. The firework display kicks off at 9pm.
Now that the weather’s finally started to heat up, the timne is right to enjoy some of the fantastic summer activities that Pakefield has to offer. To help you get the most out of the summer, we’ve come up with a handy guide to the best summer days out in Pakefield.
Pakefield’s best-loved summer attraction is its picturesque beaches. Perfect for families or dog-walking, the beach and clifftop path offers you the chance to see some of Britain’s most unspoilt coastlines and really get the most out of the summer sun.
Pakefield Church of All Saints and St Margarets offers a great opportunity to explore a traditional English church in a picturesque clifftop setting. Make sure you say hello to Norman the sheep, who is responsible for keeping the graveyard grass trimmed.
If you’ve got kids, why not spend a day out on horseback at the Pakefield Riding School? Situated on Carlton Road, the school offers everything from one-hour supervised rides to longer rides for more experienced riders.
With its fishing boats and beautiful cliffs, Pakefield beach is one of the most picturesque spots on the whole British coast. The reason it stays that way is thanks to the dedicated volunteers who patrol the beach and clear it of rubbish.
Last Sunday, the Marine Conservation Society organised a volunteer Beach Clean to help clear the dunes of rubbish and keep the beach looking at its best.
If you want to join the volunteers and help to keep Pakefield beach tidy, check out the Marine Conservation Society’s beach clean calendar and see if you’re free to help out.
The volunteers, as always, have done a great job, and the beach is looking incredible, as you can see from our photo. So maybe we’ll see you at the next Pakefield beach litter pick: after all, everyone loves Pakefield Beach.
Lowestoft took to the streets today to catch a glimpse of the Olympic Torch as it made its way through the town from the Yarmouth Road to Ness Point to Belvedere Road.
The crowds were biggest at the Orbis Energy centre at Ness Point, where local businessman and amateur photographer Paul Reynolds took this inspiring picture.
The torch will travel from Lowestoft to Wrentham, and on to Southwold, continuing its epic journey around Great Britain. Lowestoft’s torchbearers carried the symbolic flame as the crowds lining the streets cheered them on, creating an incredible atmosphere.
Pakefield residents got their own chance to see the torch as it travelled along London Road South, before heading off up the A12. This once-in-a-lifetime event has really brought the people of Lowestoft, Pakefield and Oulton Broad together, with people waving Union Jacks and souvenir torches to cheer the torchbearers along.
As the Olympic opening ceremony draws closer, the Olympic Torch is steadily making its way around the country. Hundreds of Britons will be taking part in the torch relay, with twelve local heroes set to carry it through Lowestoft on the 5th July.Sadly, the Olympic torch will not be passing through Pakefield, but it’s only a short walk to Lowestoft High Street.
Abbie Thorrington, a 24 year old athlete originally from Ipswich, will take the first leg before passing the flame to Constantine Louloudis, the London-born Olympic rowing hopeful.
Up next is another Olympic hopeful, 18-year-old Eddie Graver, who is hoping for a spot on the GB shooting team. Next is Gill Smith, a former county runner and current Guides volunteer, who will then hand the torch to charity campaigner Graham Lindsay, then to special school PE teacher Jackie Milton, one of whose students has been long listed for the “012 Paralympics.
For the second half of the torch’s journey through Lowestoft, it will be carried by Jdedicated local sports organiser John Pawsey, dedicated charity fundraiser Karen Murray, youth worker Karen Booth, rower Kieren Emery, educational psychologist Lisa Marshall, and last (but by no means least), Deputy Head Rachael Rudge.
If you want to get into the Olympic spirit, why not grab yourself an Olympic souvenir torch to wave on the sidelines and show your support?