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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.

Purple Jimi Tribute Act

St. George's Theatre

Great Yarmouth

Two great bands in one amazing show. Purple Jimi are a new and exciting power trio, paying tribute to Jimi Hendrix. Dust Bowl brings the supreme musicianship, driving rock and soulful blues of a true Bonamassa gig.

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.

Great Yarmouth Potteries and Smoke House

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

Pizza & Tipples

Pizza & Tipples

The Drill House - SeaChange Arts

Fri 24 Feb 2017

A fortnightly feast of fresh cooked wood-fired pizza, local ales and live entertainment. Join us for a family-friendly after school treat or for an alternative night on the town.

Richard's Parties 35th Anniversary-The Final Party

Richard's Parties 35th Anniversary-The Final Party

The Cliff Hotel

Fri 24 - Sat 25 Feb 2017

35 years of Happy People - Join Richard Routledge the heart of East Anglia's soul scene and friends- Help celebrate the anniversary of Richard's Parties. Two nights with lots of superb DJ's and THE man himself.

Margo's Lounge

Music Night with Knotted

Margo's Lounge

Sat 25 Feb 2017

Enjoy live music from Knotted.

Purple Jimi Tribute Act

Purple Jimi & Dust Bowl

St. George's Theatre

Sat 25 Feb 2017

Two great bands in one amazing show. Purple Jimi are a new and exciting power trio, paying tribute to Jimi Hendrix. Dust Bowl brings the supreme musicianship, driving rock and soulful blues of a true Bonamassa gig.

Annie - By Cliff Park High School

Annie - By Cliff Park High School

St. George's Theatre

Wed 1 - Thu 2 Mar 2017

Come along and support the incredibly talented students from Cliff Park as they tell the story of Annie, the poor young orphan girl who is given a chance to build a better life.

Circus of Horrors

Circus of Horrors - Neverending Nightmare

The Hippodrome Circus

Thu 2 - Fri 3 Mar 2017

The Circus of Horrors “The Never-ending Nightmare” spectacular features an amazing amalgamation of bizarre, brave & beautiful acts all woven into an Alice in Horrorland type story.

Fatback Band

Fatback Band

The Cliff Hotel

Fri 3 Mar 2017

The Fatback band are coming to Gorleston! The Band that gave us the hit anthems 'I Found Lovin'...... '(Are You Ready) Do The Bus Stop' .... .and not forgetting the top hit '(Do The) Spanish Hustle'

ABBA Reunion Tribute Show

ABBA Reunion Tribute Show

St. George's Theatre

Sat 4 Mar 2017

Starring the original 'Frida' from the London West End cast! Superbly accurate vocals, harmonies, guitar, keyboards plus back line musicians combined with stunning iconic replica costumes, choreography and set.

Electro 80's

Electro 80's

The Cliff Hotel

Sat 4 Mar 2017

The UK's Premier 1980's Electronica Tribute Band Featuring the music of The Human League, Kraftwerk, Visage, John Foxx, Devo, Numan, Ultravox, OMD, Depeche Mode and more!

Sleeping Beauty Ballet Cinema screening

Sleeping Beauty Ballet Cinema screening

St. George's Theatre

Sun 5 Mar 2017

Cinema screening from the Royal Opera House. The Sleeping Beauty is the pinnacle of classical ballet: a perfect marriage of Petipa's choreography, Tchaikovsky's music and a glorious challenge for every dancer onstage.

DPA Presents The Romeo & Juliet Showcase

DPA Presents The Romeo & Juliet Showcase

St. George's Theatre

Wed 8 Mar 2017

Join D16 Performing Arts College students at their ACTING SHOWCASE for a passionate and innovative recreation of the world’s greatest love story.

Pizza & Tipples

Pizza & Tipples

The Drill House - SeaChange Arts

Fri 10 Mar 2017

A fortnightly feast of fresh cooked wood-fired pizza, local ales and live entertainment. Join us for a family-friendly after school treat or for an alternative night on the town.

Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Sat 18 Mar 2017

Award winning singer Robert Habermann tells the 'whole' unexpurgated story - singing many of Sinatra's wonderful songs including : Come Fly With Me - Fly Me To The Moon - Witchcraft - My Way - New York New York and many more.

Soul of Santana

Soul of Santana

St. George's Theatre

Sat 18 Mar 2017

There are tribute acts and then there is 'Soul of Santana', top flight musicians who capture all the excitement and energy of this guitar legend and his band at their peak.

Glorious Broadway

Glorious Broadway

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Thu 23 - Sat 25 Mar 2017

GLORIOUS BROADWAY! The Chorus of St Cecilia Popular hit songs of Broadway and the West End!

Pizza & Tipples

Pizza & Tipples

The Drill House - SeaChange Arts

Fri 24 Mar 2017

A fortnightly feast of fresh cooked wood-fired pizza, local ales and live entertainment. Join us for a family-friendly after school treat or for an alternative night on the town.

Brendon Burns: Black Comedian

Brendon Burns: Black Comedian

Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens

Sat 25 Mar 2017

Edinburgh award winner, Brendon Burns has done it again: addressing black/white relations in his home country of Australia, Burns delivers an uncompromising, eye opening show that was the sleeper hit of this year's Edinburgh festival.

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.

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus

Sat 1 Apr 2017

Watch out as Captain Hawskeye played by Jack Jay, Pirate Johnny played by Johnny Mac and a herd of Swashbuckling Pirates visit the Hippodrome as part of the Brand New Easter Pirates all action water show which starts on Saturday 1st April.

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

Watch out as Captain Hawskeye played by Jack Jay, Pirate Johnny played by Johnny Mac and a herd of Swashbuckling Pirates visit the Hippodrome as part of the Brand New Easter Pirates all action water show which starts on Saturday 1st April.

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus

Mon 3 Apr 2017

Watch out as Captain Hawskeye played by Jack Jay, Pirate Johnny played by Johnny Mac and a herd of Swashbuckling Pirates visit the Hippodrome as part of the Brand New Easter Pirates all action water show which starts on Saturday 1st April.

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