Building tour: Great Yarmouth Winter Gardens

With Faye Davies, Stacy Cosham and Rachel Daniel

Faye Davies, RIBA Registered Specialist Conservation Architect and Managing Director of Burrell Foley Fischer, is leading the restoration of the Grade II* Listed Winter Gardens in Great Yarmouth. Designed by architects John Watson and William Harvey, the Winter Gardens were first built in Torquay between 1878 and 1881, but were not a commercial success in the town and were sold for £1,300 to Great Yarmouth.

The building was dismantled in sections, transported by barge to Norfolk, and re-erected by the entrance to Wellington Pier in 1904. The practice has been appointed by Great Yarmouth Borough Council to lead the design team to reimagine the last survivor of a British seaside tradition, as a colourful and animated People’s Palace at the heart of the town’s life, economy, and heritage. The project, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, will return the magnificent cast-iron structure to a year-round attraction, brimming with plants, restaurant and cafe areas, galleries, viewing areas and education space. Faye, together with Stacy Cosham, Project Coordinator at GYBC’s Capital Projects Office and Rachel Daniel, the council’s Winter Gardens partnership and engagement co-ordinator, will lead a hard hat tour of the building. The tour provides a unique opportunity to view the historic structure before restoration begins and find out more about the redevelopment plans.

Due to the current condition of the building, numbers for each tour are strictly limited so early booking is advised.

Event information:

Date / time: Tuesday 31 October 2023; 10am and 12pm
Venue: Winter Gardens, Great Yarmouth
Tickets: Free, but booking required via 10am tour booking / 12pm tour booking