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Visit Hopton-on-Sea, home to two popular holiday villages

Hopton-on-Sea is a small, friendly village 8 miles south of Great Yarmouth and just south of Gorleston-on-Sea.

This seaside village is perhaps best known for hosting the World Indoor Bowls Championships every January, when the best indoor bowlers in the world converge at Potters Leisure Resort to compete in a series of tournaments.

The pretty village has amusement arcades, two large holiday villages, homely village pubs and convenience stores.

The ruins of St Margaret's Church in Hopton-on-Sea which are currently undergoing restoration by the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust are well worth a visit on a Sunday afternoon in summer when strawberries and cake are often on offer.

If you really love walking, you might like to find out about the St Mary Michael Pilgrims Way walk which runs from Cornwall to Norfolk, ending at Hopton-on-Sea. It's a fascinating project which is said to follow earth energy currents right across the country. 

What's On today

Circus

Circus! Show of Shows

Great Yarmouth

Sat 6 Oct 2018 - Sun 3 Mar 2019

Part of a nationwide museums partnership, this exhibition details the origins of Circus from the Ancient Greek ‘Hippodrome’ through to the last 250 years and beyond.

Thursford showgirl

Thursford Christmas Spectacular

Fakenham

Tue 6 Nov - Sun 23 Dec 2018

The Thursford Christmas Spectacular is the largest Christmas Show of its kind in Europe. 120,000 come to Thursford to see this three hour long performance that is a treat for the eyes and ears! Don't miss out!

Christmas Show

Cromer Pier Christmas Show

Cromer

Sat 1 - Sun 30 Dec 2018

The Cromer Pier Christmas Show returns after a hugely successful and record breaking year in 2017.

Christmas Tree & Crib Festival

Christmas Tree & Crib Festival

Great Yarmouth

Fri 7 - Sun 16 Dec 2018

Discover over 50 trees from local schools, businesses and societies in the 8th annual Christmas Tree & Crib Festival.

Great Yarmouth Christmas Market

Great Yarmouth Christmas Market

Great Yarmouth

Fri 14 - Sun 16 Dec 2018

A mixture of beautifully decorated wooden chalets and gazebos will take shape in the Market Square, creating a perfect festive atmosphere.

Dick Comes Again!

Dick Comes Again!

Gorleston-on-Sea

Fri 14 - Sun 16 Dec 2018

We are VERY excited to see the return of Dick in his new (Strictly Adult Only!) adventure, Dick Comes Again. This show contains a lot of adult themes and strong language, so please over 18's only!

Africa Alive!

Christmas at Africa Alive!

Lowestoft

Sat 15 - Sun 16 Dec 2018

Christmas at Africa Alive!

Banham Zoo

Christmas at Banham Zoo

Norwich

Sat 15 - Sun 16 Dec 2018

Christmas at Banham Zoo DATES: 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd – 24th December

Santa Cruise 2018

Santa Cruise

Wroxham

Sat 15 - Sun 16 Dec 2018

Join Santa and his Pixies for an hour of Family Festive Fun on the Vintage Broadsman

Wroxham Barns

The Santa Experience

Wroxham

Sat 15 Dec 2018

Possibly the best Santa Experience for little ones in Norfolk…

Roarr! Christmas Celebration

Roarr! Christmas Celebration

Norwich

Sat 15 - Sun 16 Dec 2018

Christmas is a magical time of year at the park. Come and see Santa in his grotto, join Dippy and the Christmas Elves on a magical adventure, explore and join in with activities and festive cheer across the entire park!

Father Christmas

Father Christmas

Norwich

Sat 15 - Sun 16 Dec 2018

Have yourself a woodland Christmas experience in our winter garden.

Santa's Post Office

Santa's Post Office

Great Yarmouth

Sat 15 - Sun 16 Dec 2018

Assisted by Santa’s Elves and taking some inspiration for their letter from the Magical Post Office the children will be able to write and decorate their letter and post it in Santa's Enchanted Post Box and watch it make its way to Lapland.

The Hippodrome Circus

Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show 2018

Great Yarmouth

Sat 15 Dec 2018

The Hippodrome Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show has become one of East Anglia’s most popular Christmas shows, with over 50 performers making a spectacular alternative to traditional pantomimes.

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Gorleston-on-Sea

Sat 15 - Sun 16 Dec 2018

Ohyesitiz Productions Ltd are pleased to return to present for you the traditional family pantomime Sleeping Beauty.

St George's Pantomime: The Wizard of Oz

St George's Pantomime: The Wizard of Oz

Great Yarmouth

Sat 15 Dec 2018

Follow us this Christmas down the Yellow Brick Road for a pantomime version of the classic story The Wizard of Oz. Packed full of modern songs, dances, hilarious characters, special effects and magic.

Yarmouth Stadium

Greyhound Racing

Great Yarmouth

Sat 15 Dec 2018

Greyhound Racing is an action packed evening every Monday, Thursday and Saturday evening.

American & Classic Car Display

American & Classic Car Display

Great Yarmouth

Sun 16 Dec 2018

Join the East Coast Pirates Car Club throughout the year at the Anchor Plaza to enjoy some of the finest classic vehicles ever to be produced by Uncle Sam and from the UK.

Festive Cruises on the Queen of the Broads

Festive Cruise on the Queen of the Broads

Wroxham

Sun 16 Dec 2018

Adults are not forgotten at Broads Tours this festive season, with 2 days of special mulled wine and mince pie trips.

Wroxham Barns

The Santa Experience

Wroxham

Sun 16 Dec 2018

Possibly the best Santa Experience for little ones in Norfolk…

Santa

Trains to Santa

Aylsham

Sun 16 Dec 2018

Board a Steam Train to Santa return this Christmas for the 28th year!

East Coast Santa Dash

East Coast Hospice Santa Dash

Great Yarmouth

Sun 16 Dec 2018

Choose the 2k Santa Fun Run (Dash, Jog, Walk or Skip, the choice is yours!) or the 5k route along the Gorleston cliff top and promenade area, with professional chip timing by Nice Work.

The Hippodrome Circus

Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show 2018

Great Yarmouth

Sun 16 Dec 2018

The Hippodrome Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show has become one of East Anglia’s most popular Christmas shows, with over 50 performers making a spectacular alternative to traditional pantomimes.

The Hippodrome Circus

Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show 2018

Great Yarmouth

Mon 17 - Sat 22 Dec 2018

The Hippodrome Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show has become one of East Anglia’s most popular Christmas shows, with over 50 performers making a spectacular alternative to traditional pantomimes.

Hopton-on-Sea

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