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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

Jonathan Wyatt and the Big Band

Jonathan Wyatt and the Big Band

Great Yarmouth Minster

Sat 24 Jun 2017

Jonathan Wyatt and the Big Band playing 1940's music - Retiring collection.

Ministry of Sound Club Classics at Tower Arena

MoS Club Classics with Yomanda

The Tower

Sat 24 Jun 2017

The most renowned club brand on the international circuit, Ministry of Sound will be returning to the Tower Arena for their exclusive East of England residency with a special guest set from Yomanda.

Stage Door Youth Theatre

Stage Door Youth Theatre Summer Double Bill

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Sat 24 Jun 2017

Stage Door Youth Theatre will be bringing two hours of entertainment from our talented students this summer. Our Early Doors and Junior members will take over the first act with a rousing performance of The Jungle Book.

Stage Door Youth Theatre

Stage Door Youth Theatre Summer Double Bill

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Sun 25 Jun 2017

Stage Door Youth Theatre will be bringing two hours of entertainment from our talented students this summer. Our Early Doors and Junior members will take over the first act with a rousing performance of The Jungle Book.

Summer Season Show

Summer Season Show

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Tue 27 Jun 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.

Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands

The Tower

Wed 28 Jun 2017

Support bands as they compete to win the Battle of the Bands competition. 3 Bands will perform each night with 1 band going through to the next round. Original bands only. Ages 16+.

Rainbow of Music

A Rainbow of Music

Britannia Pier

Fri 30 Jun 2017

The seven Great Yarmouth town Schools (GY7) and two guest schools from the wider Borough have come together to provide an extravaganza of song and dance to celebrate Music with a colourful theme.

Jive Bunnies

Jive Bunnies

Great Yarmouth Minster

Fri 30 Jun 2017

Jive Bunnies will be performing Swing Jive, Lindy Hop and Balboa to the great sound of the 30's, 40's and 50's. So get your dancing shoes on and come along.

Music at The Mo - Sheringham Museum

Music at The Mo - Sheringham Museum

The Mo- Sheringham Museum

Fri 30 Jun 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.

Bootleg Shadows

Bootleg Shadows

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Sat 1 Jul 2017

This concert to raise funds for the East Anglian Air Ambulance charity 1083876. The Bootleg Shadows perform a tribute to The Shadows amazing career from 1960 to the early 80's.

Brian Poole & The Tremeloes

Brian Poole & The Tremeloes

St. George's Theatre

Sat 1 Jul 2017

Brian Poole, Len “Chip” Hawkes and Dave Munden, together again, performing hits, such as “Twist And Shout”, “Do You Love Me”, “Silence Is Golden”, “(Call Me) Number One”, “Suddenly You Love Me” and many many more.

Miss Kitty Collins

Miss Kitty Collins

Great Yarmouth Minster

Sat 1 Jul 2017

Miss Kitty Collins sings songs from the 1940's and a cuppa and cake as part of the 75th Anniversary of the bombing of St. Nicholas' Church event. Retiring collection.

Ska'rena

Ska'rena

The Tower

Sat 1 Jul 2017

A night of live Ska music and DJ's for non stop skanking! Featuring King Hammond & the Rude Boy Mafia, the amazing Big 10, Ya Freshness & the Big Boss Band and Millie Manders - a must see band!

July Concert

July Concert

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

Sun 2 Jul 2017

The Busketeers of Sheringham: A 6 piece band of retired musicians and singers who perform, not only for their own enjoyment and pleasure, but to raise money for the charity East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Otello Opera - Cinema Screening

Otello Opera - Cinema Screening

St. George's Theatre

Sun 2 Jul 2017

Otello is Verdi’s final tragedy with music that looks back to the traditional forms and structures of Italian opera, but which carries an unmistakably different dramatic thrust and fluidity, in response to Shakespeare’s text.

Summer Season Show

Summer Season Show

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Tue 4 Jul 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.

Boogie on the Broads

Boogie on the Broads

Broads Tours

Wed 5 Jul 2017

Join Broads Tours for the ultimate disco evening onboard our double-decker passenger trip boat. Get up and dance to your favourite popular music as you watch the sun setting over the magical Broads. Licensed bar available.

The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company Live

The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company Live

St. George's Theatre

Thu 6 Jul 2017

The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company proudly presents: Hip-hop Shakespeare Live! featuring an assortment of their new talent including rappers, singers and poets.

DPA Generation

DPA Generation

St. George's Theatre

Fri 7 Jul 2017

Featuring the DPA Competition Team "Class of 2017" in a diverse showcase of this seasons routines choreographed by our fabulous faculty, guest tutors and the wonderful students. Join us and prepare for a night to remember!

The Pantaloons' A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Pantaloons' A Midsummer Night's Dream

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

Fri 7 Jul 2017

Midsummer night. An enchanted forest. Puck and his musical fairy band tell a tale of lovers, mechanicals, and magical mayhem.

American Divas

American Divas

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Sat 8 Jul 2017

America Divas is a a tribute show to Cher - Madonna and Tina Turner. Don't miss this great night out to see three fabulous acts.

Once Upon a Fairytale

Once Upon a Fairytale

St. George's Theatre

Sat 8 Jul 2017

It’s an all singing, dancing, magical show featuring all your favourite princesses and other Fairytale characters. Join our cast as they perform some of the most well known classics. For all the family & meet the princesses after the show.

Norfolk Jazz Quartet

July Concert - Norfolk Jazz Quartet

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

Sun 9 Jul 2017

Norfolk Jazz Quartet: Swinging jazz standards and melodic music from the Great American Song Book played on a combination of clarinet/saxophones, guitar, bass and drums will take you back to the halcyon days of the jazz and swing era.

Summer Season Show

Summer Season Show

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Tue 11 Jul 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.

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