Explore Hopton in Style with the Hopton Celebrity Walking Tour
Close to the south side of Great Yarmouth, Hopton-on-Sea has been part of the Great British Summer holiday for centuries, and its popular Potters Holiday Park draws thousands of holidaymakers every year. The resort hosts the annual World Indoor Bowls Championship, and thanks to its proximity to Yarmouth, is home to several entertainment industry personalities who have chosen to settle in houses along the stunning sandy beach.
With so many famous faces gracing this tiny village, we’ve come up with the Hopton-on-Sea Celebrity Walk, which will take you on a tour of some of the homes and landmarks associated with Hopton’s most notable residents.
Hopton Walking Tour Route
Our walk begins on Coast Road where it meets Longfulans Lane (1), near the Pontins Holiday Village. There is parking here if you wish to leave your car. Head north along Coast Road until you reach Sea View Rise on your right. Note the large house behind the hedge on your left. This was home to squeaky-voiced comedian Joe Pasquale (2), who still lives in Hopton, but now owns a seafront property.
Continue east along Sea View Rise until you reach Beach Road on your right. Head down Beach Road, and enjoy a stroll down this ancient thoroughfare and grab some country sea air (3), which was used by Victorian fishermen as the trudged home after long days and nights at sea. At the end of Beach Road, unsurprisingly, is the stunning Hopton beach, with its expanses of white sand and beautiful views of the North Sea.
Turn left and walk north up the beach and you may catch a glimpse of some of the comedy legends who have colonised the sea front. Eddie Large, one half of duo Little and Large (4), owns the large house with a swimming pool that sits next door to the static caravan park on your left, while kids’ entertainer Dave Benson Phillips lives next door to the left.
Other beachfront residents include footballers Mark Noble and Laurie Sivell, and oil magnate Simon Martin, so keep your eyes peeled as you walk north up the beach. Local athletes love Hopton Beach, which combines a gentle gradient, densely packed sand and ideal temperatures for runners, and visiting celebrities can be seen in training, if you are lucky.
Our walk comes to an end here, though if you are still feeling full of energy, why not cut through the static caravan park and stop for a pint at the The Turnstone (5)?