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Greater Yarmouth has great British holidays sorted, whatever the weather

"There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing," or so said Sir Rannulph Fiennes. But what do you do when you're away on holiday and the heavens open? If it really is chucking it down, never fear, there's still plenty to do in Greater Yarmouth, so your holiday categorically won't be a damp squib.


A bit of rain never hurt anyone, so get your mac on and get out there!. You will easily have a fantastic time whatever the weather in Great Yarmouth, there's loads for everyone to enjoy, come rain or shine.

 

Marina Centre inflatable

Action packed wet weather days

If the kids are desperate to let off some steam, don’t let the wet weather get you down, you can easily weather-proof your holiday in Greater Yarmouth with action-packed wet-weather days and no need to be cooped up indoors.

If you can't beat them, join them and if you're wet already, you might as well get wetter. The tropical pool inside the Marina Centre on Marine Parade is great for swimming at any time, but fun inflatable sessions are a real highlight, with a challenging themed inflatables stretching the length of the pool, made even more slippery by streams of water showering over you as you try to scramble from one side to the other.

At the other side of the Marina Centre you'll find retroskate, a huge indoor skating rink, perfect letting off some steam safely undercover where you can enjoy skating sessions and roller-discos. Over the road, quasar laser inside The Mint is another fun indoor activity, fast-paced and action packed. Nearby, the Jump Warehouse is another great location for indoor bouncing about. 

And you won't be disappointed if you'd planned a game of adventure golf, as there are 10 indoor holes to play at Hollywood Adventure Golf, housed inside a former theatre on the Golden Mile.

For smaller children you'll find indoor play centres in a number of locations, including the Marina Centre, Regent Bowl, Play Stax in Gorleston-on-Sea and MB's Funhouse in Hemsby.

Ten-pin bowling is always great fun, whether during the day or in the evening, and in Greater Yarmouth there are two huge bowling alleys; one on the seafront at the end of Wellington Pier and Regent Superbowl on Regent Road, perfect if you fancy dodging the rain drops on your way to Market Gates shopping mall for some indoor shopping.

 

Sea Life Centre

Calmer damp day activities

The huge seafront Sea Life Centre is another great inside retreat, where fish of all sorts, a giant turtle, penguins and seahorses swim calmly in their large aquariums. Handling sessions are a great way to see what the creatures feel like against your skin.

If you haven't had a go at dressing up in the Elizabethan House, then you've missed a real treat; step back in time in this National Trust property and see what life might have been like in this merchant's house on South Quay. Just along the quay, you'll find Row Houses and the Nelson Museum too. 

Another great museum to explore is the Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life, housed in a former smoke house. With internative exhibits and all sorts of fascinating information about Great Yarmouth, you'll forget it's raining outside.

Over the road at Great Yarmouth Potteries and Smoke House, you might find Ernie at the potter's wheel, or painting a new oil, or maybe there will be an arts and crafts class you can join and make something really special to remember your holiday.

Amusement arcades in Gorleston-on-Sea, Hemsby and Great Yarmouth are a fun place to shelter with 2p drop games a must once you've battled your way through the latest video games.

For an arcade with a diference, don't forget the Old Penny Arcade next door to Merrivale Model Village. This old-time amusement arcade which uses old fashioned pennies that you can buy from the counter shows you just why the games were referred to as amusements back in the Victorian times.

 

Inside the cinema

Sit back and relax when it's wet outside

If it's still raining cats and dogs, head to the cinema at the end of Marine Parade. open from lunchtime onwards, it shows a wide range of films including all the latest releases.

Talking of dogs, an evening under cover in the Raceview Restaurant at Yarmouth Stadium on Mondays, Wednesdays or Saturdays is the perfect way to round off a wet-weather day.

Many of our friendly local pubs have darts or snooker to play, or live entertainment in the evenings. 

Alternatively, have a look and see what's on at the theatre, with several to choose from, there may well be a performance or show that you might fancy.

And in the school holidays, the Hippodrome Circus is an obvious rainy day choice whatever your age, with performances most days at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

 

Indoor fun

Caister Castle Car Collection

Caister Castle Car Collection

Great Yarmouth

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

Old Penny Museum (image - Alan B Thompson)

Merrivale Old Penny Museum

Great Yarmouth

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!

Hippodrome Circus

The Hippodrome Circus

Great Yarmouth

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

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

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

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

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.

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Gorleston-on-Sea

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

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.

Wroxham Barns

Wroxham Barns

Wroxham

Traditional and contemporary crafts studios. Gifts, clothes, country food and fudge. Roses Centre. Meet the farmyard animals on Junior Farm, supervised activities every day. Children’s Funfair and Mini Adventure Golf Course.

St Georges Theatre

St. George's Theatre

Great Yarmouth

St George's Theatre is one of only 10 Grade 1 listed theatres in the UK. With over 100 different productions a year, the theatre is the heritage jewel in the crown of entertainment venues in great yarmouth. Open 52 weeks a year!

Elizabethan House

Elizabethan House Museum

Great Yarmouth

Explore four centuries of history under one roof. Stroll around the period rooms in this Tudor merchants house with a free audio tour and try on Tudor costumes.

Thursford Collection

Thursford Collection

Fakenham

Thursford Collection is open during the summer as a working museum of mechanical organs, Wurlitzer shows, silent movies, old fashioned fairground carousels, static displays of fairground & road engines & all kinds of related memorabilia.

David Howkins Museum of Memories

The David Howkins Museum of Memories

Great Yarmouth

The David Howkins Museum of Memories, Great Yarmouth houses fascinating exhibits including toys and collectibles, the true history of the Elephant Man (Joseph Merrick) and needlework tapestries depicting Great Yarmouth's historic buildings.

Cromer Pier

Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre

Cromer

Home of summer and Christmas ""The Cromer Pier Show"", famously known as the 'Seaside Special' which is now the only ‘End of the Pier' show of its kind in Europe. The Theatre also hosts other concerts and shows throughout the season.

Norfolk & Nelson Museum

Nelson Museum

Great Yarmouth

The Nelson Museum in Great Yarmouth offers you the chance to find out more about local hero, Admiral Lord Nelson, and the times in which he lived.

Caister Lifeboat Information Centre

The Caister Lifeboat Experience

Caister-on-Sea

Caister Lifeboat Information Centre - tracing over 200 years of history of the country's only independently operated lifeboat.

Martins Bingo

Martins Bingo

Hemsby

Martins Bingo and Oasis Amusements, Hemsby near Great Yarmouth. Prize Bingo, fun for all the family. Excellent selection of prizes, which need to be seen to be believed. Only 20p a go. 'Probably the best bingo in the world'

Great Yarmouth Town Hall

Great Yarmouth Town Hall

Great Yarmouth

Arguably one of the most beautiful buildings in the town, Great Yarmouth Town Hall was built in the 1880s and is a classic example of fine Victorian Gothic architecture.

Tolhouse Museum & Gaol

The Tolhouse Gaol

Great Yarmouth

Visit one of the UK's oldest gaols, dating back to the 12th century. See the original cells and discover the fate of the thieves, smugglers, witches, pirates and murderers who were confined here.

Britannia Theatre

Britannia Theatre

Great Yarmouth

Britannia Theatre, Great Yarmouth, plays host to a fabulous range of shows over the summer season. There's something for everyone, from children's entertainment to comedians, singers and psychics.

Palace Bingo

Palace Bingo

Great Yarmouth

Palace Bingo in Great Yarmouth is a popular bingo venue in the town. For fun, first class service, superb dining and a responsible attitude towards gaming, the Palace is hard to beat!

Lydia Eva - The Last Steam Drifter

Lydia Eva - The Last Steam Drifter

Great Yarmouth

Lydia Eva YH89 built in 1930, last steam drifter returned to her home port of Great Yarmouth in spring 2009 after an extensive restoration facilitated by a heritage lottery grant & other grants as a floating museum of the fishing industry.

Indoor Bowls

Great Yarmouth

Indoor bowls at Great Yarmouth's Marina Leisure & Fitness Centre: a busy indoor bowls centre for members young and old alike. Whatever the weather you can enjoy or improve your game.

Experience - indoor attractions

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