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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

Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre

Become an Octonaut Octo-Glow Explorer

Great Yarmouth

Sat 29 Apr - Sun 7 May 2017

Become an Octo-Glow explorer in Shellington’s Octo-Glow lab and take part in a range of inter-active activities to discover how creatures of the deep use light to hide from predators, attract their prey and even talk to each other.

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.

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We Love Reptiles!

Norwich

Sat 29 Apr - Mon 1 May 2017

We love reptiles at Dinosaur Adventure – especially dinosaurs! Join us for a special bank holiday weekend of activities including the chance to meet our Reptile of the Day!

Bazzart Festival

Bazaart Festival

Great Yarmouth

Sun 30 Apr 2017

The Festival aims to showcase established urban and dance music acts in the same stage as upcoming Local artists combined with circus performing arts in a brand new concept and custom made decor you don't want to miss!

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).

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The Wire and the Clown Workshop

Great Yarmouth

Wed 10 May 2017

The Wire & the Clown offers 12-18 year olds the chance to take their first steps on the tightwire and explore the theatrical world of the clown.

An Evening of Mediumship

An Evening of Mediumship

Great Yarmouth

Sat 13 May 2017

Roger has been aware of the Spirit World from an early age. Once he acknowledged that there really was no death, the spirit within became activated in a very special way.

Great Yarmouth Beer & Cider Festival

Great Yarmouth Beer & Cider Festival

Great Yarmouth

Thu 18 May 2017

The Great Yarmouth Beer and Cider Festival returns to St. Georges with around 30 different real ales and 15 different ciders from a wide selection of brewers and cider makers, large and small.

Great Yarmouth Beer & Cider Festival

Great Yarmouth Beer & Cider Festival

Great Yarmouth

Fri 19 May 2017

The Great Yarmouth Beer and Cider Festival returns to St. Georges with around 30 different real ales and 15 different ciders from a wide selection of brewers and cider makers, large and small.

Elizabethan House Museum

Museums at Night

Great Yarmouth

Fri 19 May 2017

Come to our annual celebration of everything great about our museums! See and experience these places in a different light and come away with fun memories of a night well spent. FREE entry 6-10pm

Time & Tide Museum

Museums at Night

Great Yarmouth

Fri 19 May 2017

Come to our annual celebration of everything great about our museums! See and experience these places in a different light and come away with fun memories of a night well spent. FREE entry 6-10pm

Beginner's Photography

Beginner's Photography

Norwich

Sat 20 May 2017

Practical workshop in our woodland garden for beginners using SLR or DSLR cameras led by professional photographer Peter Mallett.

Great Yarmouth Beer & Cider Festival

Great Yarmouth Beer & Cider Festival

Great Yarmouth

Sat 20 May 2017

The Great Yarmouth Beer and Cider Festival returns to St. Georges with around 30 different real ales and 15 different ciders from a wide selection of brewers and cider makers, large and small.

Great Yarmouth Beer & Cider Festival

Great Yarmouth Beer & Cider Festival

Great Yarmouth

Sun 21 May 2017

The Great Yarmouth Beer and Cider Festival returns to St. Georges with around 30 different real ales and 15 different ciders from a wide selection of brewers and cider makers, large and small.

Portugal Day Workshop

Portugal Day Workshop

Great Yarmouth

Sun 21 May 2017

As part of the build-up to the Portuguese Festival of Popular Marches, we’ll be hosting a workshop to create colourful arches themed on fishing and Fado to be used as part of the procession.

Italia in Piazza Italian Market

Italia in Piazza Italian Market

Great Yarmouth

Fri 26 - Sat 27 May 2017

As part of the Great Yarmouth Food Festival week, come and enjoy the tastes and smells of the Italian Market in the market square.

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I want to be a Dino Explorer!

Norwich

Sat 27 May - Sun 4 Jun 2017

Are you brave enough to be a Dino Explorer? Let your imagination run wild as you explore the park, discovering fossils, tracks and who knows what else!

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.

Portugal Day Workshop

Portugal Day Workshop

Great Yarmouth

Sun 4 Jun 2017

As part of the build-up to the Portuguese Festival of Popular Marches, we’ll be hosting a workshop to create colourful arches themed on fishing and Fado to be used as part of the procession.

Art Exhibition by Ernie Childs

Art Exhibition by Ernie Childs

Great Yarmouth

Mon 5 - Sat 17 Jun 2017

Exhibition of paintings and sculptures - most of them for sale - by Ernie Childs and his students.

Intermediate Photography

Intermediate Photography

Norwich

Sat 17 Jun 2017

Practical workshop in our woodland garden for the more experienced using DSLR cameras led by professional photographer Peter Mallett.

Quiz & Music Night

Quiz & Music Night

Gorleston-on-Sea

Sat 17 Jun 2017

A fund raiser for the Pavilion Theatre Restoration Fund these nights prove to be very popular. Come along for a fun quiz with live music throughout the evening. Entertainment will be brought to you by Miss Laura Frosdick.

Portuguese Popular Marches Festival

Portuguese Popular Marches Festival

Great Yarmouth

Sun 18 Jun 2017

A special celebration of the Portuguese Festival of the Popular Marches. This traditional Portuguese event brings together communities to celebrate through parade, music, dance food and drink.

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