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Beach Cleans


Sea Life Great Yarmouth cares deeply about the oceans and what can be done to protect the creatures that live above and beneath the surface. As an award winning centre for education Sea Life Great Yarmouth continues to raise awareness of plastic litter and how to reduce it.

With that in mind, the Sea Life Centre pledged to commit to at least one beach or river clean per month throughout 2019. Hundreds of members of the public gave up their time to volunteer for our beach cleans or river cleans, clearing hundreds of kilograms of rubbish from Breydon Water and the North beach of Great Yarmouth. They helped collect old fishing equipment, rope, and bottles as well as other items of debris on our beach, which prevented it from ending up in the sea where it can become a serious hazard for marine life!

So far: Beach cleans carried out: 10 & River Cleans: 2

Total number of volunteers over the 12 cleans: Over 400

Total weight of rubbish removed: 1016.12 kg (2240.16 lbs)

To give you some idea of how much that is, a fully grown black rhino weighs 1,100 kg (2425.085lbs) so that’s a lot of rubbish!

The next Beach clean is - TBA

Although we won’t be doing monthly beach cleans next year, we will continue to hold some. If you would like to join our beach clean email list or would like to ask a question, please contact us on 01493 330631 or email



Beach/river clean dates for 2020 –




Who can get involved?

Everyone of all ages are welcome! From individuals looking to make a difference; to families, youth groups, student groups and local community groups, everyone is welcome to join us in helping to protect our native wildlife!


What do I need to bring to an event?

We provide any equipment necessary so volunteers only need to dress for the weather and bring their enthusiasm, protective gloves if they have them and a packed lunch if attending a beach clean.


What are the benefits of helping at an event?

You will have directly helped to clear debris that could have been a serious problem for creatures and helped to protect our native aquatic creatures too.


How do I sign up?

Email or call 01493 330631 to sign up so we can arrange numbers and the equipment we'll need, or for any further questions about the events

Important Visitor Information

As part of the Government’s containment plan for the COVID-19 coronavirus, we have been advised to temporarily close Sea Life Great Yarmouth. The move is consistent with the closure of other leisure venues to prevent further outbreak. The closure is effective as of 20th March 2020.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely, please refer to our websites and social channels for further updates on a date when we will reopen.

Please check here for updates on re-opening, and if you have queries on an existing booking, please see further details using the link below.