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Things to do out of season and over winter in Greater Yarmouth

Winter itinerary ideas

When the nights draw in, the clocks go back and the crowds leave Greater Yarmouth, it's a great time for an out of season break, to explore the area as the locals know and love it. There's still plenty going on and great fun to be had, whatever time of year you visit. 

 

Red panda at Thrigby

Animals, afternoon tea, winter walks and pub sports 

The unusual collection of Asian animals at Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens is open all year round and well worth a visit at any time of year. You can see tigers, monkeys, leopards and alligators up close all round this lovely zoo.

In nearby Ormesby St. Margaret, The Boathouse overlooking The Trinity Broads has a warm welcome, delicious food and a roaring fire during winter. Next-door Rollesby, another pretty village also on the edge of the Trinity Broads, is home to The Waterside, a fabulous restaurant serving delicious afternoon teas.

If you're up for a winter beach walk, then a trip to the dunes at Winterton-on-Sea from November onwards and a walk along the beach towards Horsey will bring you face to face with grey and harbour seals who breed in the dunes and on the beach. Make sure you watch the wildlife from a safe distance though. There's a great beach café at Winterton serving amazing home made cake and hot chocolate on your return and a traditional fisherman's pub in the village.

If you'd rather stay inland, there are some great walks near Filby and from Fleggburgh up to Rollesby and back, which are also tranquil places for birdwatching and fishing. Norfolk is one of the driest counties in England, perfect to get wrapped up and stride out over rolling Norfolk countryside at any time of year, especially if you know there's Sunday lunch, a pub supper or a blazing fire waiting on your return.

Quiz nights and pub games such as darts or snooker, are great fun at pubs all over the borough, some also have live entertainment evenings, perfect to round off your day.

 

Fun on the seafront in midwinter

A winter's day on Great Yarmouth seafront is still a whole lot of fun. A quick walk along the beach or esplanade will blow any cobwebs away, then visit the Sea Life Centre,an amazing opportunity to learn more about the coast and the animals who live off shore both locally and further afield.

Several arcades remain open all winter, so you can have a play on the 2p slot machines or on a virtual reality video game.

If you walk through the amusement arcade at Wellington Pier, you'll find a fanastic ten-pin bowling alley with floor to ceiling views out over the beach and the sea.

A short stroll from the seafront towards the river brings you to Blackfriars Road, home to a large section of the medieval town wall. You'll also find Silver Darlings café just next to the award winning Time & Tide museum of Great Yarmouth life, well worth a visit to find out all about the herring industry and how this small fish impacted on Great Yarmouth life.

A trip to the cinema is a great way to round off your day on the seafront, the Hollywood cinema is right at the northern end, overlooking the whole of the Golden Mile and shows all the latest blockbusters.

 

Shopping on Regent Road

Shopping, pottery, rock and theatre

Start your day on historic South Quay where wealthy merchants built their houses creating a fine architectural display, a private heritage guided tour can be booked any time of year.

From here it's a short walk to the town centre with lots of shops, the market place, the Victoria arcade and a refurbished shopping mall. The town centre has a number of unusual independent shops and stores, well worth a visit if you're looking for something a bit different. You'll also find plenty of places to eat. 

There are more shops along pedestrianised Regent Road as you head towards the seafront. You can also see traditional seaside rock being made in the two rock factories.

To round off your day, St. George's Theatre has a varied programme of all sorts of entertaining performances, from musicals to comedy to plays and shows.

 

Attractions open out of season

Snow Leopard Cub born in 2015

Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens

Great Yarmouth

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.

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.

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.

Wellington Pier

Wellington Pier

Great Yarmouth

Built in 1854, the Wellington Pier was only the seventh pier to be constructed in Britain. Following significant reconstruction, the pier has a bright and airy ten-pin bowling alley and a family-friendly amusement arcade.

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.

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!

Hollywood Cinema

Hollywood Cinema

Great Yarmouth

Visit Hollywood Cinema in Great Yarmouth to catch the latest blockbuster movie releases on the big screen and indulge yourself in a classic cinema snack while you sit back and enjoy the action.

Ernie's Arts & Crafts

Great Yarmouth Painting & Craft

Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth Painting & Crafts is the perfect place to learn something new from renowned local artist Ernie Childs. Painting classes available in various mediums Tuesday & Wednesday mornings, please telephone for more details.

Merlins

Merlins Sports Bar

Great Yarmouth

Merlins Sports Bar, Great Yarmouth, has a lot to offer the keen indoor sportsman. With a range of pool and snooker tables, dartboards, large screen tv's and a bar serving food all day, Merlins is the perfect place to unwind with friends.

Docwras Rock Factory & Shop

Docwras Rock Factory & Shop

Great Yarmouth

Docwras Rock Factory & Shop, Great Yarmouth, has a long history in the town going back over a century. Come and watch seaside rock being made and see the fabulous range of rock and confectionery on display in the shop. Sweet heaven!

Potters Rock Factory

Potters Rock Factory

Great Yarmouth

Potters Rock Factory, Great Yarmouth, sells an impressive variety of sweet items including seaside rock, pick and mix confectionery and soft drinks. Perfect for gifts or as a personal treat.

Angles Way walk by Steve Wright

Greater Yarmouth walks

Celebrate the relative flatness of Norfolk with stunning scenery as you stride out on a walk.

 

Browse walks

Shows and plays

FABBA presents Snow White

FABBA presents Snow White

St. George's Theatre

Thu 21 - Fri 22 Sep 2017

Fabba Theatre Company brings you their unique spin on the classic story of Snow White. When the Evil Queen’s truth telling mirror starts spouting nonsense about someone who is even fairer then her, she takes matters into her own hands.

Adele - Someone Like You

Adele - Someone Like You

St. George's Theatre

Sat 23 Sep 2017

Touring UK theatres for the very first time, Someone Like You (The Adele Songbook) is an immaculate celebration of one of our generation’s finest singer-songwriters.

The Stones

The Stones

Ocean Room

Sat 23 Sep 2017

The 'Stones' bring to the stage all the energy and excitement of a live Rolling Stones concert . This is not a 'Tongue in cheek' approach but a serious tribute to their music.

Summer Season Show

Summer Season Show

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Tue 26 Sep 2017

Gypsy Productions returns to bring you an all new show for the Summer of 2017. Song - Dance - Comedy and much much more. Full cast of comedians - singers - and dancers come along for a fabulous feel good factor show.

Music at The Mo - Sheringham Museum

Music at The Mo - Sheringham Museum

The Mo- Sheringham Museum

Fri 29 Sep 2017

A FREE series of acoustic music evenings in our new 2nd floor performance space with it's own terrace, offering stunning sea views. The museum is on the seafront in Sheringham, overlooking East Beach.

Soul Weekender

Soul Weekender

The Cliff Hotel

Fri 29 - Sat 30 Sep 2017

2 Nights of Soul Music with Leee John of Imagination and Kenny Thomas.

Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors

St. George's Theatre

Sat 30 Sep 2017

"On the twenty-first day of the month of September, in an early year of a decade not too long before our own, the human race suddenly encountered a deadly threat to its very existence."

Suffolk Singers

Songs of Serenity

Binham Priory Church & Monastic Precinct

Sat 30 Sep 2017

A concert by the Suffolk Singers under the direction of Claire Weston

Traveling Wilburys

Traveling Wilburys

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Sat 30 Sep 2017

Roy Orbison & The Traveling Wilburys tribute show. Featuring performances from tribute acts for Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, 5 Tributes and The Traveling Wilburys.

Summer Season Show

Summer Season Show

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Tue 3 Oct 2017

Gypsy Productions returns to bring you an all new show for the Summer of 2017. Song - Dance - Comedy and much much more. Full cast of comedians - singers - and dancers come along for a fabulous feel good factor show.

An Evening of Big Band & Comedy

An Evening of Big Band & Comedy

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Sat 7 Oct 2017

An Evening Of Big band and Comedy featuring The Jonathan Wyatt Big Band with special guest Olly Day.

Ska & Reggae Night

Ska & Reggae Night

The Cliff Hotel

Sat 7 Oct 2017

Time to get your Ska on! All the way from.....South London ........ The main guys of the Dualers will be here at the Cliff for a night of Ska and Reggae - See Tyber and PeterLee play live plus two top Ska & Reggae DJ's.

The Joyce Grenfell Show

The Joyce Grenfell Show

St. George's Theatre

Sun 8 Oct 2017

Don’t Do That George - Joyce Grenfell’s witty monologues as a long-suffering nursery school teacher made her into an English comedy legend. Her brilliantly-observed, funny, bittersweet sketches and songs are performed by Loraine Metcalf.

Summer Season Show

Summer Season Show

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Tue 10 Oct 2017

Gypsy Productions returns to bring you an all new show for the Summer of 2017. Song - Dance - Comedy and much much more. Full cast of comedians - singers - and dancers come along for a fabulous feel good factor show.

Summer Season Show

Summer Season Show

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Wed 11 Oct 2017

Gypsy Productions returns to bring you an all new show for the Summer of 2017. Song - Dance - Comedy and much much more. Full cast of comedians - singers - and dancers come along for a fabulous feel good factor show.

Russel Kane & Friends

Russell Kane & Friends

St. George's Theatre

Thu 12 Oct 2017

Join the blisteringly-funny, multi-award winning comedian Russell Kane (BBC’s Live At The Apollo, BBC3’s Stupid man and BBC3’s Live at The Electric) as he presents an evening of sterling stand-up alongside some very special friends.

1940's Big Band Dance

1940's Big Band Dance

Royal Assembly Rooms

Sat 14 Oct 2017

Prepare to take a trip back in time to the swinging 1940’s, as we will be recreating the exciting atmosphere of the war time dance halls right here at the Royal Assembly Rooms in Great Yarmouth!

A Night at the Musicals

A Night at The Musicals

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Sat 14 Oct 2017

The Tigerlilys Productions are returning to the stage with their brand new show for 2017- A Night at the Musicals. A talented cast bring you a glamorous night of top entertainment full of all those West End classics. A show not to be missed

Alter Eagles

Alter Eagles

St. George's Theatre

Sat 14 Oct 2017

Be a part of an incredible evening, as we pay tribute to one of the greatest bands in History. Highly respected for their incredible accuracy, performed with sensational 7 piece all live band, complete with all those perfect harmonies.

Elijah poster

Elijah

Great Yarmouth Minster

Sat 14 Oct 2017

Performance of Mendelssohn’s great oratorio ‘Elijah’ with international soloists,orchestra and chorus.

The Fabulous Lounge Singers

The Fabulous Lounge Singers

The Cliff Hotel

Sat 14 Oct 2017

A retrofabulous style teamed with a knack for curveball covers, The Fabulous Lounge Swingers are guaranteed to raise your knees and your spirits in equal measure!

Wind Energy Museum & Thurne Mill

Wind Energy Museum & Thurne Mill's Dance Night

Hemsby Village Hall

Sat 14 Oct 2017

Dance the night away with Kevin Barry with a 50’s 60’s and 70’s mix at Hemsby Village Hall at our first dance night. Includes buffet and a licensed bar will be available.

The Hippodrome Circus

Halloween Spooktacular 2017

The Hippodrome Circus

Fri 20 Oct 2017

A truly amazing and hilarious show full of all manner of ghosts, ghouls and crazy goings on! The Halloween Spooktacular is perfect for all the family and undoubtedly the best way to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year.

Film Gala Music Evening

Film Gala Music Evening

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Sat 21 Oct 2017

Taverham Band presents their 'Film Music Gala Evening' - Don't miss this rousing film music celebration ? a spectacular concert for movie fans of all ages - promising a wide assortment of timeless film scores.

Docwra's Rock Shop

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