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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.

The Matt Monro Story

St. George's Theatre

Great Yarmouth

“The Singers Singer” Celebrating the life and music of the legendary Matt Monro. 30th Anniversary Tour The Matt Monro story is an inspired performance by Matt Monro Jr making this unforgettable show a unique evening.

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

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

80's Reunion Tribute Show

80's Reunion Tribute Show

St. George's Theatre

Sat 29 Apr 2017

From the same people who brought you the ABBA reunion tribute show. This 80’s reunion is not to be missed, with all the greatest hits from all the greatest artist from that special era in music.

A Night at the Movies

A Night at the Movies

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Thu 27 - Sat 29 Apr 2017

Dusmagrik Young Peoples Theatre Proudly Present A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES A compilation of Song and Dance inspired by the hits of the silver screen.

A Night at the Movies

A Night at the Movies

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Sat 29 Apr 2017

Dusmagrik Young Peoples Theatre Proudly Present A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES A compilation of Song and Dance inspired by the hits of the silver screen.

The South London Soul Train Goes East

The South London Soul Train Goes East

The Tower

Sat 29 Apr 2017

All Aboard The South London Soul Train Goes East - as we travel to Gt Yarmouth to drop soul, funk, groove, disco, brass, motown & conquer. Jazzheadchronic joined by Hackney Colliery Band Live + More.

Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands Launch Night

The Tower

Sun 30 Apr 2017

Battle of the Bands returns to Great Yarmouth! Looking for bands from all over Norfolk and Suffolk to register on our launch night.

Bazzart Festival

Bazaart Festival

The Drill House - SeaChange Arts

Sun 30 Apr 2017

The Festival aims to showcase established urban and dance music acts in the same stage as upcoming Local artists combined with circus performing arts in a brand new concept and custom made decor you don't want to miss!

Summer Season Show

Summer Season Show

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Tue 2 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.

Complete Madness

Complete Madness

The Cliff Hotel

Fri 5 May 2017

Enjoy a selection of Madness songs performed by Complete Madness - The UK's No 1 Tribute. Also includes DJ before and after Complete Madness.

Aladdin Sing-a-long Edition

Disney's 'Aladdin' Movie Sing-a-long edition

St. George's Theatre

Sat 6 May 2017

Recently voted one of the greatest Disney movies of all time, Aladdin sing-a-long will be live on our giant cinema screen. We have even booked Princess Jasmine to meet you when you get here!

Ministry of Sound 90's Anthems

Ministry of Sound 90's Anthems

The Tower

Sat 6 May 2017

The UK's best loved club brand Ministry of Sound meets the regions premier venue for the biggest 90's anthems night to have ever hit the East Coast. All the classics, from Insomnia, to Show Me Love, Born Slippy, Pump Up The Jam & more!

Summer Season Show

Summer Season Show

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Tue 9 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.

Cry Me A River

Cry Me A River

St. George's Theatre

Fri 12 May 2017

Miss Scarlet Black and her live band presents a concert of heart-warming Jazz hits from back in the day! With a special male guest singer too, this magical night of wonderful music is not to be missed.

Pizza & Tipples

Pizza & Tipples

The Drill House - SeaChange Arts

Fri 12 May 2017

Thank goodness it's Friday! Enjoy a drink and our regular DIY pizza making. Liberally mix that with a dash of creative fun and entertainment.

Dominic Kirwan

Dominic Kirwan

St. George's Theatre

Sat 13 May 2017

Firmly established as one of Ireland’s greatest ever entertainers, Dominic Kirwan hits the road again with a brand-new show.

Summer Season Show

Summer Season Show

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Tue 16 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.

A Night at the Movies for Finnbar's Force

A Night at the Movies for Finnbar's Force

Bawburgh Golf Club

Fri 19 May 2017

A night at the movies themed dinner, dance and more all in aid of Finnbar's Force. A night filled with movie themed entertainment and games, with every penny raised going towards an amazing cause.

Counterfeit Beatles

Counterfeit Beatles

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Sat 20 May 2017

Come along and take a step back in time for a fantastic trip with The Counterfeit Beatles. Including a Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of THE SGT PEPPER ALBUM

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.

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.

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!

The South London Soul Train Goes East

The South London Soul Train Goes East

The Tower

Sat 27 May 2017

The South London Soul Train continues its mission to funk up your mind and body + force feed yoh soul with the absolute best of times. Featuring JAZZHEADCHRONIC, The James Taylor Quartet (JQT) plus more in room 2.

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.

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