The Great Banksy Spraycation resulted in what we now know were originally 10 new street art pieces in East Anglia. Early last week I headed off in a fever of excitement to explore the locations, the resulting photos and insights can be seen HERE.
A couple of the artworks proved rather tricky to find, one we had the wrong street intersection and for another, the description “beach” didn’t quite narrow things down enough. For your ease and convenience, here is my guide to the locations of these Banksys. In some instances, the location would be more accurately described as “site of former Banksy”, at the time of writing 2 have already met the buff and can no longer be seen and one has been badly damaged, though possibly not beyond repair.
The order they are presented in here is intended to allow a Banksy hunter to hit a number that are within relatively easy reach of eachother quite quickly, the last thing you want is to spend too much time on the far off remote one and find you run out of time to spend enough time enjoying the remaining pieces.
We’re All In The Same Boat
Nicholas Everitt Park, on a bridge. Look for the path closest to the town side of the park that intersects the stream up the middle of the park.
Lowestoft, intersection of Denmark Road and Katwijk Road
Under The Paving Stones!
Intersection of London Road North and Regent Road
Lowestoft, Links Road. Look for North Beach Car Park
Arcade Grab Game
Gorleston Beach, not far from the pier end of the beach, at the end of Lower Esplanade
Go Big Or Go Home – The Merrivale Model Village Stable.
Placed by Banksy at Merrivale Model Village, from time to time the Merrivale management remove the model from public view to protect it and the rest of their property. They have now placed a padlocked plastic box over it, but it is not clear at the time of writing if it is on display throughout opening hours. Check their Facebook page for possible viewing updates.
Merrivale Model Village, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth NR30 3JG
Bus Stop Dancers
On the corner of Admiralty Road and Barracks Road, Great Yarmouth
Don’t get caught parking on the bus stop!
Luxury Rentals Only
Cromer Beach Huts
Level with the very last of the colourful beach huts is a sea wall running into the sea, “Luxury Rentals Only” is on the side of the wall that faces away from Cromer.
We walked from Cromer Esplanade along the beach front. Above the cliff are sea view private properties and there does not appear to be public access to the beach from Cliff Drive above the beach, report here if you find any! From the centre of Cromer it is about a 20 minute walk, as we approached the end of the huts we had convinced ourselves it must have gone. Despair not, you have to go past the sea wall and look back.
Since we put this guide together, we have received improved directions from an intrepid explorer who used our guide:
“We visited the Cromer Banksy using the grid reference you provided on the website. The sat nav took us to a road called The Warren where we parked. If you go to the end (it’s a dead end) there is an alleyway to the left. Follow that and you come to a small green. There is a signpost for “National Trail” which leads to steps down to the beach. Turn right and the Banksy is just after the last beach hut. It’s probably a five minute walk.” 26 Aug 2021
The two new Banksy artworks that have already completely gone at the time of writing are:
Kids in Rubber Dinghy Peril
Paddling pool, Gorleston Beach. This was right opposite the Arcade Grab game artwork, its absence was noted in a photo included in our collection of insights published a few days ago.
Ice cream Cone Statue
Junction of London Road and Guanock Place, Kings Lynn
The interesting news is that the council have the ice cream cone in their possession and have spoken to the press about the possibility that it might be reinstated.
This was one of the most exciting days I have ever had pursuing my love of and obsession with street art. I hope you find this guide useful, all in a day’s work for a specialist street art tour guide!
Banksy Street Art Staycation In East Anglia – our insights and lots of different photos
Merrivale Model Village Website
All photos: Dave Stuart except where stated