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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 Foolhardy Circus Custard Pie Summer Show 2017

Foolhardy Circus - The Custard Pie Summer Show

Wroxham Barns Restaurant

Mon 31 Jul - Sun 3 Sep 2017

The Big Top returns to Wroxham Barns with Norfolk's own Foolhardy Circus brand new Summer Show - Custard Pie

Steve Hewlett, 30 Years of Talking to Myself

Steve Hewlett, 30 Years of Talking to Myself

Britannia Pier

Tue 22 Aug 2017

TV Comedy Ventriloquist Steve Hewlett embarks on his 2nd UK Tour to celebrate 30 years as a ventriloquist. Steve will be bringing laughter to the whole family along with his friends, Arthur Lager, Pongo & Lola, ChiiChii, Rod-Vegas and more

Summer Season Show

Summer Season Show

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Tue 22 Aug 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.

The Hippodrome Circus

Summer Spectacular Circus & Water Show 2017

The Hippodrome Circus

Tue 22 Aug 2017

This summer THE HIPPODROME CIRCUS Great Yarmouth, recently selected as one of the ‘7 wonders of the British Seaside’ by the Telegraph, presents its Brand New 114th Summer Spectacular.

Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands

The Tower

Wed 23 Aug 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+.

Boogie on the Broads

Boogie on the Broads

Broads Tours

Wed 23 Aug 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 Hippodrome Circus

Summer Spectacular Circus & Water Show 2017

The Hippodrome Circus

Wed 23 Aug 2017

This summer THE HIPPODROME CIRCUS Great Yarmouth, recently selected as one of the ‘7 wonders of the British Seaside’ by the Telegraph, presents its Brand New 114th Summer Spectacular.

An evening on the Broads with SiMBiOSiS Jazz

An evening on the Broads with SiMBiOSiS Jazz

Broads Tours

Thu 24 Aug 2017

Join Broads Tours and SimBiOSiS Jazz for a fantastic evening of music on the magical Norfolk Broads.

And The Beat Goes On Music & Laughter Show

And The Beat Goes On Music & Laughter Show

The Tower

Thu 24 Aug 2017

Steve, Kev and Jo, 3 local entertainers bring variety back to Great Yarmouth with favourite hits from the golden era of Disco.

Showaddywaddy

Showaddywaddy

Britannia Pier

Thu 24 Aug 2017

'The Greatest Rock & Roll Band In The World' is a bold statement but Showaddywaddy has lived up to that title for the last 4 decades! Their live show is dynamic and uplifting featuring all of their biggest hits.

The Hippodrome Circus

Summer Spectacular Circus & Water Show 2017

The Hippodrome Circus

Thu 24 Aug 2017

This summer THE HIPPODROME CIRCUS Great Yarmouth, recently selected as one of the ‘7 wonders of the British Seaside’ by the Telegraph, presents its Brand New 114th Summer Spectacular.

Abba

Abba

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Fri 25 Aug 2017

The legend of ABBA lives on with an incredible legacy of timeless tunes and their undeniable place in music history. The Swedish supergroup is as popular and well-loved today as it was in its 70?'s heyday.

Music at The Mo - Sheringham Museum

Music at The Mo - Sheringham Museum

The Mo- Sheringham Museum

Fri 25 Aug 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 Hippodrome Circus

Summer Spectacular Circus & Water Show 2017

The Hippodrome Circus

Fri 25 Aug 2017

This summer THE HIPPODROME CIRCUS Great Yarmouth, recently selected as one of the ‘7 wonders of the British Seaside’ by the Telegraph, presents its Brand New 114th Summer Spectacular.

Get Ready Motown

Get Ready Motown

Britannia Pier

Sat 26 Aug 2017

Take a trip back to 1950's Detroit with the brand-new, celebrated stage show featuring the music of The Temptations, Four Tops, Supremes, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.

Mercury - A Queen Tribute

Mercury - A Queen Tribute

St. George's Theatre

Sat 26 Aug 2017

Over 15 years on tour, Mercury is now established as one of the world's most authentic tributes to Freddie Mercury and Queen.

The Hippodrome Circus

Summer Spectacular Circus & Water Show 2017

The Hippodrome Circus

Sat 26 Aug 2017

This summer THE HIPPODROME CIRCUS Great Yarmouth, recently selected as one of the ‘7 wonders of the British Seaside’ by the Telegraph, presents its Brand New 114th Summer Spectacular.

Joe Pasquale The Devil in Disguise

Joe Pasquale The Devil in Disguise

Britannia Pier

Sun 27 Aug 2017

We all have a good side and a dark side, and a backside, so come and witness Joe showing off all three, in a show that defies description...

Little Chix

Little Chix

St. George's Theatre

Sun 27 Aug 2017

Introducing Britains brightest new tribute act, Little Chix! This amazing new act brings together intricate four part harmonies and high-energy dance routines to create a real live concert atmosphere in any type of venue.

Rev'd Grant

Music from Rev'd Grant

Great Yarmouth Minster

Sun 27 Aug 2017

Rev'd Grant sings soul with musical interludes from Bill Kibby. Admission includes a cuppa and a piece of cake.

The Hippodrome Circus

Summer Spectacular Circus & Water Show 2017

The Hippodrome Circus

Sun 27 Aug 2017

This summer THE HIPPODROME CIRCUS Great Yarmouth, recently selected as one of the ‘7 wonders of the British Seaside’ by the Telegraph, presents its Brand New 114th Summer Spectacular.

A Night at the Musicals

A Night at the Musicals

St. George's Theatre

Mon 28 Aug 2017

Join Strictly Theatre Co. for its annual summer musical show. A professional cast of six singers and six dancers will take you on a journey through some of the greatest musicals to ever come to stage and screen.

The Hippodrome Circus

Summer Spectacular Circus & Water Show 2017

The Hippodrome Circus

Mon 28 Aug 2017

This summer THE HIPPODROME CIRCUS Great Yarmouth, recently selected as one of the ‘7 wonders of the British Seaside’ by the Telegraph, presents its Brand New 114th Summer Spectacular.

Jim Davidson 40 Years On

Jim Davidson 40 Years On

Britannia Pier

Tue 29 Aug 2017

The people's favourite and one of Britain's greatest ever comedians, JIM DAVIDSON OBE telling it 'like it is'.

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