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Have a great summer holiday in Greater Yarmouth

There's so much more to Greater Yarmouth, Norfolk's premier beach resort, than meets the eye. In addition to the fun-tastic Golden Mile, within a stone's throw you can explore Roman ruins and 15 miles of beach, track tigers and primates, find sharks and seals, try water sports on the Broads and enjoy walks in stunning countryside. You'll have loads of fun in Great Yarmouth this summer holiday, it's happiness guaranteed.

Everyone knows Greater Yarmouth is home to miles of sandy beaches, bright lights and amusement arcrades and theme parks and adventure golf, but dig a little deeper and there's so much more to explore.  

Seals at Scroby Sands

Sharks, seals and summer fun in Greater Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth is the perfect destination for a beach holiday where wide, sandy Central Beach stretches as far as the eye can see along the Golden Mile. A wide esplanade runs the length of the seafront from North Beach all the way to South Beach and has plenty of friendly cafés, tea-rooms and ice-cream shops along the way. The esplanade overlooks the clean, wide bucket-and-spade beach, where you'll find RNLI lifeguards patrolling the shore, deck chairs to hire, donkey rides and fantastic bouncy castle fun. The beach is so big that it doesn't matter whether the tide is in or out in Great Yarmouth, there's always a huge expanse of beach for you to find your spot for the day.

Between Britannia Pier and the Pleasure Beach, the Golden Mile is packed with loads of fun activities for all the family to enjoy. Create great holiday memories indoors and out at theme parks and adventure golf courses. Marvel at the antics at the circus, see worlds in miniature in the model village or enjoy fantastic inflatable swimming sessions at the tropical swimming pool. It's just a short walk along Regent Road, which has a beautiful ceiling of light to get to the town centre and the heritage quarter.

Take a boat trip to see the seals bobbing in the sea around you or sunning themselves on the sandbank at Scroby Sands next to the elegant wind turbines or for marine enthusiasts, explore the Sea Life Centre where you’ll find penguins, jellyfish, seahorses and the east coast’s largest diverse species of sharks in a huge ocean tank.


Tiger at thrigby

Enjoy tiger walks and water sports in Greater Yarmouth

Just north-west of Great Yarmouth, near the beautiful village of Filby, explore Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens where, through their extensive conservation work, you can see a special collection of rare Asian animals including tigers, Amur leopards, reptiles and monkeys. The reptile house is home to some scary-looking alligators and the amazing tiger walk gets you right up into the trees and up close with the big cats who often sun themselves on the platform at the top.

Discover the beautiful land-locked Trinity Broads at Filby, Rollesby and Ormesby where there's lots of fun things to do. Go for a stroll, hire a rowing boat or climb aboard the Edwardian wooden launch, Gentleman Jim, for a genteel glide through the water at The Waterside, which is also a fabulous lunch stop with stunning views over the water. Alternative places to eat in the area, both with fantastic waterside views include Filby Bridge Restaurant and the newly refurbished Boathouse pub at Ormesby where there's also a great play area.

For proper messing about on the river, jump in a canoe, hire a paddleboard or day boat just up the road in the lovely village of Martham and enjoy spotting the birds and local wild life such as otters, swallowtails, kingfishers or bitterns as you sail along the Broads.


Gorleston-on-Sea beach

Explore the beach at Gorleston-on-Sea, Roman ruins and the Angles Way National Trail

Gorleston-on-Sea, just over the river from Great Yarmouth, has the biggest, sandiest beach for miles around, perfect for sandcastle building and kite flying. Float your model boat on the yachting pond, cool your toes in the paddling pool and explore the wide esplanade below the grassy cliffs where there are some great cafes and a lovely seaside pub. The beach is patrolled by RNLI life guards in summer and the curved bay is a great place for boogie boarding and paddle boarding too.

Just inland, ramble around the majestic flint walls of the Saxon Shore fort at Burgh Castle, the ideal place for a picnic with loads of space for the family to play at re-enacting gladiator battles. On a clear day, you can see for miles with beautiful views across the river Yare to the marshes and Berney Arms windmill.

Climb down to the water’s edge and join the Angles Way National Trail to walk to Great Yarmouth along the river, arriving at Breydon Water where the sea meets the Broads and watch the sun dip below the horizon for a stunning sunset. Alternatively, for a much shorter walk, turn left along the Angle's Way instead and head for the Fisherman's Arms at Burgh Castle Marina. Keep your eyes peeled for local birds and wildlife like otters, kingfishers, waders and bitterns.

Longer and shorter circular walks are also available in the area, perfect to let off some steam before the evening.


Fun summer attractions

Caister Castle Car Collection

Caister Castle Car Collection

Great Yarmouth (3 miles, 5 km)

Caister Castle Car collection near Caister Great Yarmouth, probably the largest private collection of motor vehicles in Great Britain

Gentleman Jim Guided Tours

Boat Trip

Great Yarmouth (6 miles, 10 km)

The Waterside, Rollesby - a boating, wildlife, leisure & dining experience not to be missed! Enjoy a fun and informative guided tour of the Broad on the Edwardian launch 'Gentleman Jim' (approx 30 minutes).

'Stuart's Dream' MKIII Wheelyboat

MkIII Wheelyboat Trips

Great Yarmouth (6 miles, 10 km)

The Waterside's new boat 'Stuart's Dream' is a MkIII Wheelyboat, designed and developed by the Wheelyboat Trust, a small national charity dedicated to providing disabled people with access to waterborne activities.

The Waterside

Nature Reserve

Great Yarmouth (6 miles, 10 km)

The Waterside in Rollesby, Great Yarmouth is a great place to observe the wonderful wildlife that visits the Trinity Broads using the boats, the terrace or from the specially designed bird hide.

The Waterside

Rowing boats & dinghies

Great Yarmouth (6 miles, 10 km)

At The Waterside on the banks of Rollesby Broad, self-drive rowing or electric outboard dinghies seating three to five people are available to hire by the hour. Perfect for exploring this quiet stretch of water.

The Waterside Rollesby

The Waterside Rollesby

Great Yarmouth (6 miles, 10 km)

The Waterside Rollesby - a boating, wildlife, leisure and dining experience not to be missed! Enjoy a fun and informative guided tour of the Broad on the Edwardian launch, 'Gentleman Jim' (approx 30 minutes).

Merrivale Model Village

Merrivale Model Village

Great Yarmouth (1 miles, 1 km)

One of Great Yarmouth's best loved family attractions, is set in over an acre of award winning landscaped gardens with streams, waterfalls, lake with Koi Carp, garden railway & picnic area. New for 2016 - the Merrivale Eye!

Old Penny Museum (image - Alan B Thompson)

Merrivale Old Penny Museum

Great Yarmouth (1 miles, 1 km)

Merrivale Old Penny Amusement Arcade in Great Yarmouth. Come and try out some old-fashioned fun. Part museum, part good-old fashioned fun! Buy a bag of Old Pennies and try your skill and wits against these Victorian devices!

Enigma Pleasurewood HIlls Family Theme Park

Pleasurewood Hills Family Theme Park

Lowestoft (7 miles, 11 km)

Set within 50 acres of enclosed coastal parkland and just 10 mins from the seaside town of Great Yarmouth, Pleasurewood Hills Family Theme Park has so much to do and explore.

Pleasure Beach Adventure Golf

Adventure Golf

Great Yarmouth (1 miles, 2 km)

At Pleasure Beach Gardens visitors of all ages can enjoy a round of adventure golf on the 12 hole course.

Pleasure Beach Gardens

Pleasure Beach Gardens

Great Yarmouth (1 miles, 2 km)

Pleasure Beach Gardens, Great Yarmouth, has plenty to entertain youngsters and the young at heart including a variety of amusements, junior driving activities, 12 hole adventure golf and shoot out football and water fun games.

Snow Leopard Cub born in 2015

Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens

Great Yarmouth (5 miles, 8 km)

Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, near Great Yarmouth has a 250-year-old landscaped garden, a play area and a wide selection of Asian mammals, birds and reptiles including tigers, crocodiles and storks.

Pleasure Beach

Pleasure Beach

Great Yarmouth (1 miles, 2 km)

The Pleasure Beach Great Yarmouth situated on the seafront, is a 9-acre leisure park featuring many rides and attractions. Check out our new attractions for 2016!

Hippodrome Circus

The Hippodrome Circus

Great Yarmouth (3 miles, 4 km)

The Hippodrome in Great Yarmouth, built in 1903, Britain's last stand alone circus building hosting spectacular productions during Easter, Summer, Halloween & Christmas seasons. Featuring international circus artistes.

Phoenix Indoor Pool & Gym

The Phoenix Indoor Pool & Gym

Great Yarmouth (2 miles, 3 km)

The Phoenix Pool & Gym is now open after a full refurbishment and addition of a state of the art gym, dance studio, sauna & steam room.

Somerleyton Hall & Gardens

Somerleyton Hall and Gardens

Lowestoft (6 miles, 10 km)

Come and explore 12 acres of fabulous landscaped gardens, get lost for a while in our famous 1864 yew hedge maze and let our tour guides take you on a grand tour of Somerleyton Hall's sumptuous state rooms.

Time and Tide - Museum of Great Yarmouth

Time and Tide - Museum of Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth (1 miles, 1 km)

Time & Tide in Great Yarmouth is set in one of the UK's best preserved Victorian Herring curing works, and tells the story of the area from its ice age origins to the present day. Experience the heady atmosphere of a 1950's fish wharf.

Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre

Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre

Great Yarmouth (1 miles, 1 km)

Dive into the underwater world of SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth and be wowed by the many strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep. Prepare for astonishing close views of everything from humble starfish to tropical sharks.

Adventure play

Pettitts Animal Adventure Park

Great Yarmouth (7 miles, 11 km)

Pettitts Animal Adventure Park near Great Yarmouth is best described as three fun parks in one. Pettitts has rides galore, family entertainment, exotic and domestic animals and birds to see, animals to feed & pet.

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Gorleston-on-Sea (3 miles, 4 km)

The Gorleston Pavilion is an original Edwardian seaside theatre situated on the East coast of Norfolk and offers unique seating at cabaret style candle-lit tables.

Yarmouth Stadium

Greyhound Racing

Great Yarmouth (2 miles, 3 km)

When it comes to sport which is fast & furious, Yarmouth Stadium in Great Yarmouth is the place to be. Greyhound racing action takes place every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday evenings.

Yarmouth Stadium Stock Car Racing

Stock Car Racing

Great Yarmouth (2 miles, 3 km)

When it comes to sport which is fast & furious, Yarmouth Stadium in Great Yarmouth is the place to be. Join in the fun of stock car or banger racing on most Sunday evenings from mid-April to mid-September and mid-week in the summer.

Great Yarmouth Racecourse

Great Yarmouth Racecourse

Great Yarmouth (1 miles, 2 km)

Great Yarmouth Racecourse venue plays host to up to 24 flat racing fixtures per year usually from Easter to October (18 fixtures in 2016). Facilities available for weddings, conferences, Christmas parties, balls , banquets and concerts.

Hirsty's Family Fun Park

Hirsty's Family Fun Park

Hemsby (6 miles, 9 km)

Hirsty's Fun Park near Great Yarmouth is fun for all the family. Activities include go-karts, haybale mountains, swings, football game, crazy croquet and Maizeys snack shack. During summer get lost and found in our unique maze of maize!

Happiness guaranteed

Angles Way walk by Steve Wright

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What's on 2016

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