Norfolk: Olympic Torch Route

19 March 2012, 07:30

Residents, schools and businesses in the county are being encouraged to make plans to come out and line the streets, as the route that the Olympic Flame will be carried through Norfolk is unveiled.

The full route is today set to be made available by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) on their website:

On Wednesday July 4, the Olympic Flame will first arrive in Norfolk in King's Lynn, then moving through South Wootton, West Rudham, Fakenham and Holt on that day as well.

Between stages where the Olympic Flame is carried on foot by a Torchbearer, the flame will be travelling in 'convoy mode' - where the Flame travels within a vehicle.

The Olympic Flame begins to be carried through Cromer at around 4.15pm on the Holt Road, close to Middlebrook Way.

The route will follow Holt Road, West Street, Hamilton Road, Church Street, Garden Street, Pier Esplanade, Jetty Street, High Street, Church Street, Norwich Road, before leaving Cromer close to Cromer Academy at around 4.50pm.

The Torch Relay heads on to Aylsham, starting on the A140, close to Dunkirk, at around 5.20pm.

The route will follow Millgate, Gashouse Hill, White Hart Street, Red Lion Street, Norwich Road, before leaving Aylsham close to Copeman Road at around 5.35pm.

The Olympic Flame reaches Norwich at around 5.50pm, with Torchbearing starting on Cromer Road, close to Waldemar Avenue.

The route will then follow Aylsham Road, Waterloo Road, Magpie Road, Edward Street, Pitt Street, Duke Street, St Andrew's Street, Exchange Street, Gaol Hill, St Peters Street, Millennium Plain, Theatre Street, Malthouse Lane, past the Big Screen at Chapelfield Plain, before arriving in Chapelfield Gardens close to 6.50pm.

There will be a special evening celebration event in Chapelfield Gardens that evening.

On Thursday July 5 the Olympic Flame will head to Hethersett High School for a photo opportunity at 6.20am.

The Flame will be driven back to Norwich, where the Torch Relay will begin at 6.45am at Norwich Castle.

The Flame will be carried down Castle Meadow not long after 6.55, with the route then following Upper King Street, Queen Street, The Close, Ferry Lane, via a rowing boat into Riverside Road, Kett's Hill, Plumstead Road, St Williams Way, before departing Norwich at around 7.45am close to Margaret Crescent.

Travelling in convoy mode to Acle, the Relay will begin again at around 8am on Norwich Road.

The route will follow The Street and New Road, before leaving Acle close to 8.10am near to Springfield.

The next stop for the relay is Filby, where Torchbearing will begin near Filby Bridge on Main Road not long after 8.15am.
Travelling along Main Road, the Relay will finish in Filby at about 8.30am, close to Filby Close.

The last Norfolk destination that the Torch Relay passes through is Great Yarmouth, beginning on Yarmouth Road close to Yarmouth Stadium, at around 8.55amThe route will follow Caister Road, Lawn Avenue, North Quay, then left at the roundabout at Fuller's Hill.
The Torchbearer will then bear right - heading across the Marketplace, down Regent Street, Hall Quay, Bridge Road, finishing on Pasteur Road close to Homebase at around 9.40am.

The Flame is then driven on to Lowestoft. Barry Stone, Norfolk County Council's Cabinet member for Cultural Services, said:"This announcement will allow residents in the communities that the Olympic Torch Relay will pass through to start to plan how they want to get involved with this once in a lifetime event coming to their area.

Details of the roads and streets that the Olympic Flame will be run down will also allow residents from outside these communities to plan where the nearest point is that they can head to in order to enjoy the Relay.

Norfolk County Council has lobbied hard to ensure that the Torch Relay heads through our county and I'm delighted that the excitement of London 2012 will be coming directly to Norfolk, along with the media exposure that the Relay will bring to our county.

As with the Tour of Britain cycle race, this presents a great opportunity for people to come together in their local area, support those taking part, whilst also presenting opportunities for local businesses to raise some revenue."

Councillor Stone added:"The County Council has announced a fund where community groups or organisations and town and parish councils can bid for up to £500 from to help stage an event to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic Flame.

I'm sure we will see a number of applications for events that will help communities to make July 4 and 5 even more memorable.

For those that are planning on staging an event, but are not bidding for funding, we would be keen for them to let us know, so that we can share the details with others on our Torch Relay website."

Both the application form for funding from 'Norfolk's Year of Celebrations 2012 Fund' and a useful Event Planner can be downloaded by visiting

The deadline for the next round of funding for 'Norfolk's Year of Celebrations 2012 Fund' is Friday April 27.

Events taking place to celebrate the Torch Relay will be listed on the site.

The County Council is aware that many residents may not apply for funding but may still be planning their own celebrations.

The Council is keen to list as many events as possible on the site and residents can let the council know of their event by emailing details to