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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.

Great Yarmouth's Golden Mile

Wellington Pier

Great Yarmouth

Our new seafront walk is set between Great Yarmouth’s two piers and tells the story of over 250 years as a famous and favoured seaside resort.

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.

Simply The Best - The Tina Turner Experience

St. George's Theatre

Great Yarmouth

Starring Julie Nevada, one of the world's best Tina Turner Impersonators with her nine piece band The Vintage Corporation and her dance troupe The Ultimate Dance Co.

Hollywood Cinema

Great Yarmouth

Are you looking for something to do with family and friends or seeking a fun day out with the kids in Great Yarmouth? Then why not explore Great Yarmouth on this self-guided Treasure Hunt themed Treasure Trail.

Ernie's Arts & Crafts

Ernie's Arts & Crafts

Great Yarmouth

Ernie's Arts & Crafts is the perfect place to learn something new from renowned local artist Ernie Childs. Painting classes available, 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

Westend Broadway

Westend Broadway - By DPA Academy of Dance & ...

St. George's Theatre

Sun 26 Mar 2017

For one night only our Performers Company take you on a magical journey through time performing some of the West End and Broadway biggest hits from shows that include Les Miserables, Fame, Chicago, Mary Poppins, Wicked and much, much more!

Ann Breen

Ann Breen

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Fri 31 Mar 2017

Spend a very special evening with the lovely Irish Colleen - Ann Breen. Come and share this happy experience with Ann Breen one of Ireland's finest entertainers.

Gerry Cross the Mersey

Gerry Cross the Mersey

St. George's Theatre

Fri 31 Mar 2017

Join one of our greatest 60's icons - Gerry & The Pacemakers, who topped the UK and US charts for much of the 60's. They were the first band to have their first three records go to number one.

80's Experience

The 80's Experience

The Cliff Hotel

Fri 31 Mar 2017

Here it is, a cheese overload! All the 80's hits - so dig out your rah rah skirts - put on your choose life t-shirt , polish off the glow in the dark necklace and have some fun!

FOOLHARDY CIRCUS AT WROXHAM BARNS

FOOLHARDY CIRCUS AT WROXHAM BARNS

Wroxham Barns

Sat 1 - Mon 17 Apr 2017

This Easter, those merry pranksters from Norfolk’s own Foolhardy Circus are returning with their big top and a brand new adventure for everyone from 4 to 104!

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus

Sat 1 Apr 2017

Pirates Live! will center around the ferocious swashbuckling battle between pirates from all corners of the world to become Pirate of the Year and claim the prize treasure. Audience members can also have the chance to be Pirate of the Year.

Simply The Best - The Tina Turner Experience

Simply The Best - The Tina Turner Experience

St. George's Theatre

Sat 1 Apr 2017

Starring Julie Nevada, one of the world's best Tina Turner Impersonators with her nine piece band The Vintage Corporation and her dance troupe The Ultimate Dance Co.

Madam Butterfly

Madam Butterfly - Cinema screening

St. George's Theatre

Sun 2 Apr 2017

Cinema screening from the Royal Opera House. Puccini's story of loving geisha Cio-Cio San's tragic relationship with callous American naval officer B.F. Pinkerton is one of the world's most popular operas.

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus

Sun 2 Apr 2017

Pirates Live! will center around the ferocious swashbuckling battle between pirates from all corners of the world to become Pirate of the Year and claim the prize treasure. Audience members can also have the chance to be Pirate of the Year.

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus

Mon 3 Apr 2017

Pirates Live! will center around the ferocious swashbuckling battle between pirates from all corners of the world to become Pirate of the Year and claim the prize treasure. Audience members can also have the chance to be Pirate of the Year.

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus

Tue 4 Apr 2017

Pirates Live! will center around the ferocious swashbuckling battle between pirates from all corners of the world to become Pirate of the Year and claim the prize treasure. Audience members can also have the chance to be Pirate of the Year.

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus

Wed 5 Apr 2017

Pirates Live! will center around the ferocious swashbuckling battle between pirates from all corners of the world to become Pirate of the Year and claim the prize treasure. Audience members can also have the chance to be Pirate of the Year.

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus

Thu 6 Apr 2017

Pirates Live! will center around the ferocious swashbuckling battle between pirates from all corners of the world to become Pirate of the Year and claim the prize treasure. Audience members can also have the chance to be Pirate of the Year.

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus

Fri 7 Apr 2017

Pirates Live! will center around the ferocious swashbuckling battle between pirates from all corners of the world to become Pirate of the Year and claim the prize treasure. Audience members can also have the chance to be Pirate of the Year.

The Blues Brothers Experience

The Blues Brothers Experience

St. George's Theatre

Fri 7 Apr 2017

Born from the Official Tribute to the Blues Brothers Band, THE BLUES BROTHERS EXPERIENCE is the leading and most authentic tribute to the exceptionally popular cult duo.

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus

Sat 8 Apr 2017

Pirates Live! will center around the ferocious swashbuckling battle between pirates from all corners of the world to become Pirate of the Year and claim the prize treasure. Audience members can also have the chance to be Pirate of the Year.

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus

Sun 9 Apr 2017

Pirates Live! will center around the ferocious swashbuckling battle between pirates from all corners of the world to become Pirate of the Year and claim the prize treasure. Audience members can also have the chance to be Pirate of the Year.

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus

Mon 10 Apr 2017

Pirates Live! will center around the ferocious swashbuckling battle between pirates from all corners of the world to become Pirate of the Year and claim the prize treasure. Audience members can also have the chance to be Pirate of the Year.

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus

Tue 11 Apr 2017

Pirates Live! will center around the ferocious swashbuckling battle between pirates from all corners of the world to become Pirate of the Year and claim the prize treasure. Audience members can also have the chance to be Pirate of the Year.

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

St. George's Theatre

Tue 11 Apr 2017

The classic tale of the little mermaid is brought to the stage in a brand new production by the internationally acclaimed „Panto Company?.

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus

Wed 12 Apr 2017

Pirates Live! will center around the ferocious swashbuckling battle between pirates from all corners of the world to become Pirate of the Year and claim the prize treasure. Audience members can also have the chance to be Pirate of the Year.

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus

Thu 13 Apr 2017

Pirates Live! will center around the ferocious swashbuckling battle between pirates from all corners of the world to become Pirate of the Year and claim the prize treasure. Audience members can also have the chance to be Pirate of the Year.

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus

Fri 14 Apr 2017

Pirates Live! will center around the ferocious swashbuckling battle between pirates from all corners of the world to become Pirate of the Year and claim the prize treasure. Audience members can also have the chance to be Pirate of the Year.

Some Enchanted Evening - A Musical Revue

Some Enchanted Evening - A Musical Revue

Pavilion Theatre at Cromer Pier

Fri 14 Apr 2017

Don't miss out on this spectacular show, as a cast of the industries most talented professionals perform favourites from Broadway and West-End musicals.

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