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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

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.

The Hippodrome Circus

Halloween Spooktacular 2017

The Hippodrome Circus

Sat 21 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.

Hayley Moss & Benjamin Lake - The Classical Duet

Hayley Moss & Benjamin Lake - The Classical Duet

St. George's Theatre

Sat 21 Oct 2017

Hayley & Ben bring you an evening of stunning music including big Musical numbers and spine chilling classical favourites.

Rise (Picture by Joe Clarke Photography)

Rise

The Drill House - SeaChange Arts

Sat 21 Oct 2017

Rise, a new show from our resident company, Dizzy O'Dare wanders into a twilight world of show business where lovers meet against a dream-like backdrop of song, circus, cabaret and the silver screen.

The Lion King

The Lion King Cinema Screening

St. George's Theatre

Sat 21 Oct 2017

Cinema screening of popular Disney film The Lion King, originally released in 1994.

The Nutcracker

Ballet Theatre UK presents The Nutcracker

St. George's Theatre

Sun 22 Oct 2017

One of Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions and a popular Christmas ballet presentation, The Nutcracker, will be brought to life by Ballet Theatre UK, Christmas 2017.

The Hippodrome Circus

Halloween Spooktacular 2017

The Hippodrome Circus

Sun 22 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.

The Hippodrome Circus

Halloween Spooktacular 2017

The Hippodrome Circus

Mon 23 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.

The Hippodrome Circus

Halloween Spooktacular 2017

The Hippodrome Circus

Tue 24 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.

The Hippodrome Circus

Halloween Spooktacular 2017

The Hippodrome Circus

Wed 25 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.

The Hippodrome Circus

Halloween Spooktacular 2017

The Hippodrome Circus

Thu 26 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.

90's Explosion

90's Explosion

The Cliff Hotel

Fri 27 Oct 2017

One Night - One Stage - 3 Superb acts and 90's DJ Rozalla, Urban Cookie Collective and Cappella Expect all the Classic Dance tracks with 3 great PA's

The Hippodrome Circus

Halloween Spooktacular 2017

The Hippodrome Circus

Fri 27 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.

Sing-A-Long Rocky Horror Show

Sing-A-Long Rocky Horror Show

St. George's Theatre

Fri 27 Oct 2017

The Campest Cult Classic of all time gets the Sing-a-long treatment it’s been SCREAMING for!

Bye Bye Baby

Bye Bye Baby

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Sat 28 Oct 2017

BYE BYE BABY present their JERSEY BOYS Tribute which tells the remarkable rise to stardom of one of the most successful bands in pop music history.

Ghostbusters (1984)

Ghostbusters (1984) Cinema Screening

St. George's Theatre

Sat 28 Oct 2017

The film stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd and Ramis as three eccentric parapsychologists who start a ghost-catching business in New York City. Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis co-star as a client and her neighbor, and Ernie Hudson.

Ghostbusters (2016)

Ghostbusters (2016) Cinema Screening

St. George's Theatre

Sat 28 Oct 2017

Ghostbusters focuses on four women who begin a ghost catching business in New York City.

The Hippodrome Circus

Halloween Spooktacular 2017

The Hippodrome Circus

Sat 28 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.

The Hippodrome Circus

Halloween Spooktacular 2017

The Hippodrome Circus

Sun 29 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.

The Hippodrome Circus

Halloween Spooktacular 2017

The Hippodrome Circus

Tue 31 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.

The Ladykillers

The Ladykillers Cinema Screening

St. George's Theatre

Sun 5 Nov 2017

Mrs. Wilberforce (Katie Johnson) likes to report suspicious behavior to the police. Unaware of her reputation, the dapper thief Professor Marcus (Alec Guinness) rents rooms in the elderly widow's home for himself and his band of cohorts.

Me and My Girl

Me and My Girl

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Wed 8 - Fri 10 Nov 2017

The show revolves around an unapologetically unrefined cockney gentleman named Bill who learns that he is the 14th heir to the Earl of Hareford. However - he will only receive his inheritance if Sir John and the Duchess approve of him.

A Night of Dirty Dancing

A Night of Dirty Dancing

St. George's Theatre

Fri 10 Nov 2017

Be part of the magic as A Night of Dirty Dancing, heads out on its BIGGEST Tour yet – This Autumn 2017. No film has captured the hearts of a generation like Dirty Dancing. Relive the Passion, the Romance & Joy of the Cult Classic.

Docwra's Rock Shop

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