Explore Hemsby in Style with the Love Hemsby Celebrity Tour!
Everybody who knows Hemsby knows what a charming town is, and the local community is rightly proud of its long and varied heritage. Hemsby began as a Viking settlement after the rampaging Scandinavians destroyed the handful of homes clustered on the clifftop. By 1086 the town had grown and the Domesday Book records a population of 200 people. Hemsby is famed for its sandy beaches and amusement arcades, but in recent years it has also seen growing numbers of celebrities either holidaying or moving to the village as they try to escape the rat race. With this in mind, we’ve come up with the Hemsby Celebrity Walk, which will take you on a tour of the landmarks and homes associated with some of Hemsby’s most celebrated residents.
Hemsby Celebrity Walk Route
Our walk begins next to the car park on Beach Road, just outside the Belle Aire Holiday Park (1). This is a great spot to park up. Take Beach Road to the east, towards the sea front and enjoy all the amusement arcades, snack bars and other entertainments along the way (2). You may catch sight of some visiting entertainers, who are known to visit Hemsby during the summer season, with Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown being a particular fan of the town’s old-fashioned seaside atmosphere.
When you reach Sea View Road you’ll be able to walk down onto the beach, where you can enjoy wandering south past some stunning beachfront properties. One of Hemsby’s most illustrious citizens, Jack Cardiff OBE, who was the legendary cinematographer and director behind such films as Conan, War and Peace and Rambo II, lived until his death in 2009 in one of these beautiful homes. (3)
Our miniature tour of this miniature town comes to an end here, so the choice is yours: walk back up the beach and enjoy a plate of traditional fish and chips in one of Beach Road’s delightful cafes, or wander back to the Belle Vue through the town, hoping for a glimpse of Jimmy Carr, Jim Davidson or the Chuckle Brothers, all of whom stay in the village during the summer season when they perform to packed houses in Great Yarmouth.