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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

Bure Valley Railway Model Rail Express

Model Rail Express


Sat 1 Oct 2016

Travel on the Bure Valley Railway today and receive free entry to the Aylsham Model Railway Exhibition.

The Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade

The Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade


Sat 15 - Sun 30 Oct 2016

Our most famously fabulous event of the year is an illuminated treat for everyone. What you need to really join in is to make your own lantern. One that really, truly glows in the spooky dark.

Blessing of the Nets Service

Blessing of the Nets Service & Herring Supper

Great Yarmouth

Sun 16 Oct 2016

Come along to the annual blessing of the nets service with The Masquers and herring/fish fingers supper.

Bure Valley Railway Spooky Express

Spooky Express


Sat 22 - Sun 30 Oct 2016

Join our mascot bear for a week of spooky fun! FREE travel for every child when accompanied by a fare-paying adult (max 2 per adult)

Wedding Fayre

Wedding Fayre


Sun 23 Oct 2016

Bursting with creative ideas to make your special day perfect, it’ll give you a great opportunity to meet and speak with the specialist wedding exhibitors who attend to showcase everything from cakes, rings and wedding dresses

Halloween Family party

Halloween Family Party


Fri 28 Oct 2016

Come down to the Lacon Arms in Hemsby for some Halloween family fun!

Murder Mystery Night

Murder Mystery Night


Fri 28 Oct 2016

Come and enjoy a fun filled murder mystery evening at Barnham Broom this Autumn. Not to be missed! Look what’s included: Drink on arrival 3 course evening dinner Murder Plot Special Event

Halloween on the Pier

Halloween Open Day


Sat 29 Oct 2016

The Pier will be holding a Halloween Open Day during the daytime on Saturday 29th October, 11am – 4pm. This will be suitable for people of all ages (i.e. it won't be scary!).

St.Georges Charity Show

St.Georges Charity Show

Great Yarmouth

Sun 20 Nov 2016

Join us for a Wonderful evening of entertainement here at St.Georges Theatre as Great Yarmouths best performers share their talents for your viewing pleasure.

Great Yarmouth Beer & Cider Festival

Great Yarmouth Winter Beer & Cider Festival

Great Yarmouth

Thu 24 - Sun 27 Nov 2016

The Great Yarmouth Beer and Cider Festival returns to St. Georges with over 50 different ales and ciders from a wide selection of brewers and cider makers, large and small.

Bure Valley Railway Steam Trains to Santa

Steam Trains to Santa


Sat 3 - Sat 24 Dec 2016

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

Christmas Tree and Crib Festval

Christmas Tree and Crib Festival

Great Yarmouth

Fri 9 - Sun 18 Dec 2016

Nearly 100 Christmas trees and cribs on display at Great Yarmouth Minster. The perfect opportunity to celebrate Christmas.

Bure Valley Railway Mince Pie Specials

Mince Pie Specials


Tue 27 Dec 2016 - Wed 4 Jan 2017

FREE Mince Pie for every fare-paying passenger!

Festival of Bowls (Image by Kieron Tovill)

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.

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