Talks on restoring Great Yarmouth's Winter Gardens

The search is on to find a company prepared to help restore the Winter Gardens in Great Yarmouth.

Great Yarmouth's Winter Gardens Credit: ITV Anglia

Talks are underway with the Heritage Lottery Fund over the future of the Grade Two listed landmark.

It's the last surviving seaside Victorian cast iron and glass winter gardens in the country.

Lottery funding could be available if a commercial operator can be found to invest in the building.

The Winter Gardens building has dominated the Golden Mile in Great Yarmouth since 1904.

"The council is liaising closely with the HLF, which in addition to praising our positive leadership and commitment, has recognised the Winter Gardens as an iconic building at risk and indicated that funds for repair would be available with a suitable future operator on board. This is really welcome news, and reflects confidence in the proactive and valuable work undertaken by this council towards achieving our ambition - and the wider community's ambition - of bringing this national heritage gem back into use as a viable and unique year-round tourist attraction that supports our economy and cultural status. The Winter Gardens represents an exciting and rare opportunity to get involved in breathing new life into a rare-surviving historic icon of the British seaside, and we would love to hear from representatives of any organisations interested in visiting and investing in the building and discussing the possibilities."

– Great Yarmouth Borough Council