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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

Summer Season Show

Summer Season Show

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Tue 23 May 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.

Russells International Circus

Russells International Circus

Burgh Castle

Wed 24 - Fri 26 May 2017

Roll up roll up, as Russells International Circus, voted Britain's Best Circus 3 years in succession makes a special return visit, with an all new show, amazing display of Artistes from around the world.

Murder Mystery Night

Murder Mystery Night

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Thu 25 May 2017

A fundraising event for the Pavilion Theatre Restoration Charity. Come along and support a good cause and hone your detective skills at the same time!

Music at The Mo - Sheringham Museum

Music at The Mo - Sheringham Museum

The Mo- Sheringham Museum

Fri 26 May 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.

The 60's Britpop Girls

The 60's Britpop Girls

St. George's Theatre

Fri 26 May 2017

A celebration of songs and stories of the big four British female pop stars of the swinging sixties. Supported by a brilliant live band, Helen Abbey sings the hits of Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, Lulu, and Sandie Shaw.

You Can't Stop the Beat!

You Can't Stop the Beat!

The Hippodrome Circus

Fri 26 - Sat 27 May 2017

A musical theatre party fuelled by songs from some of the best musicals from the West End and Broadway! From the irreverant 'Book of Mormon' to the glamour of 'Kinky Boots' , the fire of 'Carrie' through to the funk and soul of 'Sister Act'

High Tea with The Voice of Buble

High Tea with The Voice of Buble

The Cliff Hotel

Sat 27 May 2017

Enjoy an afternoon with high tea, a glass of bubbly and entertainment from our Buble tribute.

Purple Zeppelin

Purple Zeppelin

St. George's Theatre

Sat 27 May 2017

They blow the roof off every time we have them, so we couldn’t wait to invite them back again with their New Show! Come and experience the excitement of Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin in one mesmerising show!

Russells International Circus

Russells International Circus

Burgh Castle

Sat 27 May - Sat 3 Jun 2017

Roll up roll up, as Russells International Circus, voted Britain's Best Circus 3 years in succession makes a special return visit, with an all new show, amazing display of Artistes from around the world.

The Ultimate Old School Party Night

The Ultimate Old School Party Night

The Tower

Sun 28 May 2017

A rare opportunity to enjoy the ultimate collection of 80's, 90's and 00's old school classic club hits, hip hop, funk, soul, R 'n' B and rare grooves.

Summer Season Show

Summer Season Show

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Tue 30 May 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 31 May 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+.

Ballet Central UK

Ballet Central UK

St. George's Theatre

Fri 2 Jun 2017

This family-friendly show is ideal for dance enthusiasts as well as those new to ballet. Don’t miss this opportunity to see these highly talented dancers at the peak of their training as they launch their professional careers.

Jonathon Wyatts Tribute

Jonathon Wyatts Tribute To The Music Of The Rat...

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Sat 3 Jun 2017

Back by popular demand An Evening At The Rat Pack Tribute Show The Jonathan Wyatt Big Band returns once again for a fun filled evening with their Rat Pack tribute show.

A Celebration of John Denver

A Celebration of John Denver

St. George's Theatre

Sun 4 Jun 2017

‘A Celebration of John Denver’ will take you on a magical journey through the musical career of John Denver, featuring popular hits such as ‘Annie’s Song’, ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’ High’ and title track ‘Take Me Home Country Roads'.

Drill House Open Day

Drill House Open Day

The Drill House - SeaChange Arts

Sun 4 Jun 2017

Our annual Drill House Open Day is a wonderful way to discover all about SeaChange and all that goes on at The Drill House.

Russells International Circus

Russells International Circus

Burgh Castle

Sun 4 Jun 2017

Roll up roll up, as Russells International Circus, voted Britain's Best Circus 3 years in succession makes a special return visit, with an all new show, amazing display of Artistes from around the world.

As You Like It

As You Like It

St. George's Theatre

Mon 5 Jun 2017

Handlebards all-female, bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare's 'As You Like It'. Rosalind & Orlando have been forced into exile in the Forest of Arden. In usual HandleBards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, chaos and laughter.

Summer Season Show

Summer Season Show

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Tue 6 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.

LIVE The Dream/Symphonic Variations/Marguerite & A

LIVE The Dream/Symphonic Variations/Marguerite...

St. George's Theatre

Wed 7 Jun 2017

Cinema screening from the Royal Opera House. The Royal Ballet brings its celebrations of 70 years at the Royal Opera House to a close with a mixed programme of three of his works.

Stand Up @ St Georges - headline act Scott Capurro

Stand Up @ St Georges with Scott Capurro

St. George's Theatre

Fri 9 Jun 2017

Stand up at St George’s with Perrier Award Winning headliner Scott Capurro. Our MC for the evening sees the return of ‘Hate ‘n’ Live ringmaster genius Darius Davis. Other acts to be announced.

Comedy Shore

Comedy Shore

Ocean Room

Sat 10 Jun 2017

A comedy evening with 3 amazing acts - Jonny Cole, The Wigan Joker and comedy stage hypnotist Lenton Lee.

John Coglan's Quo

John Coglan's Quo

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Sat 10 Jun 2017

The prime aim is to recreate an authentic ''70's Quo Sound'' in keeping with John's time with Quo. Apart from the expected Quo standards the Set List will often include songs that have either not been performed by Quo for many years.

Mozart Orchestra concert feat. Bach’s Concerto

Mozart Orchestra concert feat. Bach’s Concerto...

Great Yarmouth Minster

Sat 10 Jun 2017

Join the Mozart Orchestra for a concert which lovers of the violin will particularly enjoy as it platforms the instrument as solo and duettist in Beethoven’s ‘Romance No 2 for Violin’ and Bach’s ‘Concerto for Two Violins’ respectively.

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