In July 1840 an exciting array of public entertainments were put on at Great Yarmouth to coincide with the annual races. A regatta, gala, and recitals were among the events paid for by racing officials. Musicians, actors, singers and dancers from London’s foremost concert halls and salons were employed to entertain the crowds, including Raymond Hill, a famous child actor procured from the London stage at ‘extraordinary expense’. Hill, known as the ‘Infant Roscius’ after the Roman celebrity comic, was scheduled to perform a vaudeville act with his parents. The three-day celebrations concluded with an evening of fireworks, followed the next morning by a horticultural show and fete.