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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

The Family Festival of Magic

Family Festival of Magic

Great Yarmouth

Tue 22 - Wed 23 Aug 2017

Featuring some acts as seen on Britain's Got Talent such as Steveie Pink - Master Illusionist and Jeffrey Drayton with his puppet Chantel. Entertainment can also be seen by Chris North - The Mentalist, Tricky Twisters & vocalist Tracey Dean

Hope in the Great War

Hope in the Great War

Cromer

Sat 5 Aug - Sun 10 Sep 2017

Discover six stories of courage from around the country of ordinary people risking their lives to save others from the sea during the First World War.

Titanic: Honour & Glory Exhibition

Titanic: Honour & Glory Exhibition

Great Yarmouth

Sat 1 Apr - Sun 24 Sep 2017

Titanic has become the most famous ocean liner in the world: from her conception to her premature demise, the Titanic legend continue. Titanic: Honour & Glory is a must for all ages fascinated by this endlessly compelling story.

Porterhouse

Mexican Madness

Gorleston-on-Sea

Wed 23 Aug 2017

Porterhouse is going Mexican with music from Pirate Joe Santana and the Foreign Locals we expect nothing more than a fantastic vibe.

Marlon Gator's Kids Club

Marlon Gator's Kids Club - Get Up, Get Dancing...

Great Yarmouth

Thu 24 Aug 2017

Get Up, Get Dancing with the Dragons Stage School Demonstrations and workshops to get your toes tapping!

Summer Holiday Activity Days

Summer Holiday Activity Days

Great Yarmouth

Thu 24 - Fri 25 Aug 2017

Brighten up your summer holidays with a trip to the Wind Energy Museum. Experiment with our model turbines, make and decorate a windmill to take home and have a go at building a parachute!

Mocha

Harry Potter Themed Afternoon Tea

Great Yarmouth

Sat 26 - Mon 28 Aug 2017

Join us for a magical meal inspired by the Harry Potter book series. There'll be butterbeer, pumpkin juice & a range of themed drinks and cocktails for you to enjoy.

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.

Mascot Mania

Mascot Mania

Great Yarmouth

Mon 28 Aug 2017

Enjoy a full day of Mascot Mania at New Road Playing Field in Belton. Come & Meet with the super heroes, princesses and cartoon favourites.

Splash Zone

Dippy's Summer Beach Party

Norwich

Tue 29 Aug - Sun 3 Sep 2017

Get into the party spirit and help our very own Dippy the Dinosaur celebrate in style! With lots of fun activities taking place, this start to the summer is not to be missed!

Marlon Gator's Kids Club

Marlon Gator's Kids Club - Back to School...

Great Yarmouth

Thu 31 Aug 2017

Back to School with The Creation Station Get ready for the new term by decorating your class book or making tops for your pencils.

Summer Holiday Activity Days

Summer Holiday Activity Days

Great Yarmouth

Thu 31 Aug - Fri 1 Sep 2017

Brighten up your summer holidays with a trip to the Wind Energy Museum. Experiment with our model turbines, make and decorate a windmill to take home and have a go at building a parachute!

Junior Swim Coaching

Junior Swim Coaching

Gorleston-on-Sea

Fri 1 Sep 2017

A great opportunity for children aged 8-12 to experience open water swimming and to build on skills specific to open water under the guidance of our qualified coaches.

Quayside Plaza

Fisherman's Night

Great Yarmouth

Sat 2 Sep 2017

Enjoy an evening with a fishy theme, but don't worry as meat and vegetarian options are available.

Götheborg

Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival

Great Yarmouth

Sat 9 Sep 2017

The 2017 Maritime Festival is scheduled to take place on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September 2017 on South Quay when a mix of traditional and modern maritime vessels will be moored on South Quay for visitors to admire and go aboard.

Götheborg

Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival

Great Yarmouth

Sun 10 Sep 2017

The 2017 Maritime Festival is scheduled to take place on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September 2017 on South Quay when a mix of traditional and modern maritime vessels will be moored on South Quay for visitors to admire and go aboard.

Dundu & Worldbeaters - Sense of Unity

Out There Festival

Great Yarmouth

Sat 16 - Sun 17 Sep 2017

The Out There Festival of International Street Arts & Circus Entertainment is one action-packed weekend, bursting with circus and street entertainment from daring acrobatics and daft comedy to dancing, juggling, theatre and circus.

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.

Cocktails & Canapes Ladies Night

Cocktails and Canapes Ladies Night

Gorleston-on-Sea

Tue 26 Sep 2017

Beat the typical 'Girls night in' come join us for Ladies night. Ticket price includes Canapes, a welcome drink and a free cocktail, all this free stuff is complimented by a fantastic Micheal Bublé tribute.

Quayside Plaza

Tunes of Jazz

Great Yarmouth

Sat 30 Sep 2017

Come and enjoy delicious 3 course meal with canapes on arrival with live background jazz music.

Race Night at Barnham Broom

Charity Race Night

Norwich

Sat 14 Oct 2017

Join us for a night of exhilarating fun and an entertaining experience where everybody has an equal chance to win; fun for the complete racing beginner or experts among us! Arrival & hot food served at 6.30pm, Racing start 7.30pm

Quayside Plaza

Klezmer Jazz Night

Great Yarmouth

Sat 14 Oct 2017

Enjoy a relaxed evening with a buffet service, tapas style three course dinner and live jazz music.

Murder Mystery Night

Murder Mystery Night

Norwich

Fri 20 Oct 2017

Drink on arrival 3 course evening dinner Murder Plot ‘Night at the Casino’

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