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Hopton beach
Grid reference: TM5399
Location: 52°32’2"N, 1°44’17"E
Population: 2,970  (2011)
Post town: Great Yarmouth
Postcode: NR31
Dialling code: 01502
Local Government
Council: Great Yarmouth
Great Yarmouth

Hopton-on-Sea is a village, parish and seaside resort in the very north-east of Suffolk. It is located some five miles south of the town of Great Yarmouth in Norfolk and very close to the UK's most easterly point, Lowestoft Ness.[1]


St Margaret's church

The original church of St Mary burnt down in 1865 and a new church of the same name was built the following year in Early English style on a new site. Designed by Samuel Sanders Teulon. It contains stained glass by William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. The old church ruins are being restored to form a cultural centre for the village.


The village has a regular, if infrequent bus service to Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. It once had its own station, linking it to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, but this has now closed.

The village is also home to Potters Resort, the first permanent, mixed use holiday camp in the UK, founded in 1920. This employs approximately 560 permanent staff making it the largest private sector employer in the area.

Every January, Hopton-On-Sea hosts the World Indoor Bowls Championships at Potters Resort with players, spectators, the BBC and many others staying in the village for what is regarded as the biggest event in the bowls calendar.

Notable former residents include comedians Joe Pasquale and Eddie Large, children's presenter Dave Benson Phillips, footballers Mark Noble and Laurie Sivell.


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  1. Ordnance Survey (2005). OS Explorer Map OL40 - The Broads. ISBN 0-319-23769-9.