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Norwich, Norfolk and Suffolk - nearby destinations to explore

Norfolk is the driest, sunniest county in England and boasts coast, countryside, market towns, seaside towns, the Broads and the city of Norwich. From exciting attractions such as theme parks and zoos to traditional windmills and historic houses there are more tourist attractions here than in many other counties.

Remarkably similar to Norfolk but further south and helping to form the 'East Anglia bump' seen on the map of England is Suffolk, a beautiful county of rolling countryside, market towns and lovely coast to explore. 

Greater Yarmouth makes an ideal base for exploring both Norfolk and Suffolk whether by car, train, foot, boat or on your bicycle. 

Just 30 minutes drive from Great Yarmouth, Norwich is the most complete Medieval city in Britain and the county capital of Norfolk. This compact city makes for a great day out and is easy to get to by road or train. A Norman Castle, two cathedrals, beautiful architecture and heritage, lovely restaurants and cafés as well as the largest permanent outdoor market in the country and some great shopping makes a visit to Norwich well worth while. 

If you're driving, the colour coded park and ride system is ideal - the nearest one to Great Yarmouth is at Postwick, just off the A47. It's really easy to use and drops you off right in the city centre.

If you'd rather relax and let someone else drive, Norwich city centre is a short 15 minute walk from the railway station, with direct trains back to Great Yarmouth. The Wherry Line passes through some of the most beautiful Norfolk countryside on the trip between the two towns. There is also a direct bus service leaving regularly from Market Gates, see the X1 timetable for more information. 

What's On in Norfolk and Suffolk

Christmas Tree and Crib Festval

Christmas Tree and Crib Festival

Great Yarmouth

Fri 9 - Sun 18 Dec 2016

A spectacular display of Christmas tree and cribs created by local community groups, schools and businesses, includes ‘Hunt the Snowman’ competition for children.

Christmas at Wroxham Barns

Children's Santa Parties on Junior Farm

Wroxham

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

He has a very busy schedule but Santa has agreed to visit Wroxham Barns once again to see his friends on Junior Farm and invites you to join him for a special SANTA PARTY.

Santa's Post Office

Santa's Post Office

Great Yarmouth

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

A specially built wooden lodge which accommodates Santa's Post Office will arrive in Great Yarmouth Market Square in December. Children will be able to write and post their letters to Father Christmas with the help of friendly elves.

Bure Valley Railway Steam Trains to Santa

Steam Trains to Santa

Aylsham

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

A three hour magical experience, including personalised present for each child (advanced booking required)

Winter Windmill Wonderland

Winter Windmill Wonderland

Great Yarmouth

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

Join us on a magical journey to Santa's Grotto. On arrival at the Wind Energy Museum, you will make your way down our winter trail, through our unique historic wind engines.

Great Yarmouth’s Annual Civic Carol Service

Great Yarmouth’s Annual Civic Carol Service

Great Yarmouth

Mon 12 Dec 2016

Carols in the Minster This wonderful gathering has become one of the area’s most popular large Carol Services and we would be delighted if you would support this year’s event by joining us on Monday 12th December 2016 at 7.00pm.

Santa's Post Office

Santa's Post Office

Great Yarmouth

Wed 14 Dec 2016

A specially built wooden lodge which accommodates Santa's Post Office will arrive in Great Yarmouth Market Square in December. Children will be able to write and post their letters to Father Christmas with the help of friendly elves.

Christmas at Wroxham Barns

Children's Santa Parties on Junior Farm

Wroxham

Sat 17 - Sun 18 Dec 2016

He has a very busy schedule but Santa has agreed to visit Wroxham Barns once again to see his friends on Junior Farm and invites you to join him for a special SANTA PARTY.

Santa's Post Office

Santa's Post Office

Great Yarmouth

Sat 17 - Sat 24 Dec 2016

A specially built wooden lodge which accommodates Santa's Post Office will arrive in Great Yarmouth Market Square in December. Children will be able to write and post their letters to Father Christmas with the help of friendly elves.

Bure Valley Railway Steam Trains to Santa

Steam Trains to Santa

Aylsham

Sat 17 - Sat 24 Dec 2016

A three hour magical experience, including personalised present for each child (advanced booking required)

Christmas at Wroxham Barns

Children's Santa Parties on Junior Farm

Wroxham

Sat 24 - Sun 25 Dec 2016

He has a very busy schedule but Santa has agreed to visit Wroxham Barns once again to see his friends on Junior Farm and invites you to join him for a special SANTA PARTY.

Bure Valley Railway Mince Pie Specials

Mince Pie Specials

Aylsham

Tue 27 Dec 2016 - Wed 4 Jan 2017

FREE Mince Pie for every fare-paying passenger!

Pancake Races

Pancake Races & World Record Attempt

Great Yarmouth

Tue 28 Feb 2017

Join us in the Market Place for pancake races and join our attempt to break a world record!

Tony Stockwell

Tony Stockwell - An Evening of Mediumship

Great Yarmouth

Thu 16 Mar 2017

It’s NOT creepy or kooky, mysterious or spooky. It’s Psychic Medium Tony Stockwell demonstrating his belief that those who have passed can communicate with their loved ones.

Great Yarmouth Chess Congress

Great Yarmouth Chess Congress

Great Yarmouth

Sat 22 - Sun 23 Apr 2017

The 2017 Great Yarmouth Chess Congress returns to the Great Yarmouth Town Hall. Two days of intense strategic competition will take place with a number of big cash prizes to be won.

Martham Scarecrow Festival & Mayfair

Martham Scarecrow Festival

Great Yarmouth

Sun 30 Apr - Mon 1 May 2017

Come and enjoy Martham's popular annual scarecrow festival and Mayfair with activities centred around the village green.

St George's Wedding Fayre

St George's Wedding Fayre

Great Yarmouth

Sun 7 May 2017

Join us for our third annual wedding fayre, with loads of exhibitors lined up for the day, come and see us if you are planning on getting married (or even if you are just thinking about it).

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival Exhibition

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival

Great Yarmouth

Fri 2 - Sun 11 Jun 2017

The hugely successful Great Yarmouth Arts Festival returns in 2017, with cultural activities, shows and events in a range of locations around the town for everyone to enjoy.

Fun Fair at Gorleston Clifftop Festival

Gorleston Clifftop Festival

Gorleston-on-Sea

Sat 29 - Sun 30 Jul 2017

The 2017 Gorleston Clifftop Festival will take place on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July 2017 on Gorleston Clifftop.

Festival of Bowls

Festival of Bowls

Great Yarmouth

Sun 27 Aug - Fri 22 Sep 2017

The Britannia Bowling Greens on the Great Yarmouth seafront are the venue for four weeks of competition as mens, ladies, and mixed teams battle it out for singles, pairs and triples titles.

Hemsby Herring Festival

Hemsby Herring Festival

Hemsby

Sun 27 Aug 2017

The Longshore Herring Festival returns to Hemsby beach in late August 2017 in celebration of the area's important fishing traditions and heritage.

Eastern Festival of Racing

Eastern Festival of Racing

Great Yarmouth

Tue 19 - Thu 21 Sep 2017

Great Yarmouth Racecourse invites you to join them at their annual three day Eastern Festival of Racing.

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