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Norwich, Norfolk and Suffolk - nearby destinations to explore

Norfolk is the driest, sunniest county in England and boasts coast, countryside, market towns, seaside towns, the Broads and the city of Norwich. From exciting attractions such as theme parks and zoos to traditional windmills and historic houses there are more tourist attractions here than in many other counties.

Remarkably similar to Norfolk but further south and helping to form the 'East Anglia bump' seen on the map of England is Suffolk, a beautiful county of rolling countryside, market towns and lovely coast to explore. 

Great Yarmouth makes an ideal base for exploring both Norfolk and Suffolk whether by car, train, foot, boat or on your bicycle. 

Just 30 minutes drive from Great Yarmouth, Norwich is the most complete Medieval city in Britain and the county capital of Norfolk. This compact city makes for a great day out and is easy to get to by road or train. A Norman Castle, two cathedrals, beautiful architecture and heritage, lovely restaurants and cafés as well as the largest permanent outdoor market in the country and some great shopping makes a visit to Norwich well worth while. 

If you're driving, the colour coded park and ride system is ideal - the nearest one to Great Yarmouth is at Postwick, just off the A47. It's really easy to use and drops you off right in the city centre.

If you'd rather relax and let someone else drive, Norwich city centre is a short 15 minute walk from the railway station, with direct trains back to Great Yarmouth. The Wherry Line passes through some of the most beautiful Norfolk countryside on the trip between the two towns. There is also a direct bus service leaving regularly from Market Gates, see the X1 timetable for more information. 

What's On in Norfolk and Suffolk

BRICKLIVE BIG CATS Trail

Norwich

Sat 1 - Mon 31 Aug 2020

Made up from a total of almost 750,000 bricks; the BRICKLIVE BIG CATS exhibition includes 12 awe-inspiring toy brick models – and allows visitors to get up close to some of the world’s most magnificent felines!

Hemsby Herring Festival

Hemsby

Sun 30 Aug 2020

The Longshore Herring Festival returns to Hemsby beach in late August 2020 in celebration of the area's important fishing traditions and heritage.

Great Yarmouth Christmas Fayre

Great Yarmouth

Fri 27 Nov 2020

Come and enjoy the 2020 Great Yarmouth Christmas Fayre: a weekend of festive activities and entertainment in conjunction with The Christmas Market.

Great Yarmouth Christmas Fayre

Great Yarmouth

Sat 28 Nov 2020

Come and enjoy the 2020 Great Yarmouth Christmas Fayre: a weekend of festive activities and entertainment in conjunction with The Christmas Market.

Wreath Workshop

Norwich

Sat 28 Nov 2020

Create a fabulous Christmas wreath to hang on your door in our popular wreath workshop.

Great Yarmouth Christmas Fayre

Great Yarmouth

Sun 29 Nov 2020

Come and enjoy the 2020 Great Yarmouth Christmas Fayre: a weekend of festive activities and entertainment in conjunction with The Christmas Market.

Wreath Workshop

Norwich

Wed 2 Dec 2020

Create a fabulous Christmas wreath to hang on your door in our popular wreath workshop.

Steam Trains To Santa

Aylsham

Sat 5 - Sun 6 Dec 2020

A three hour magical experience, including a personalised present for each child (advance booking required)

Wreath Workshop

Norwich

Sat 5 Dec 2020

Create a fabulous Christmas wreath to hang on your door in our popular wreath workshop.

Wreath Workshop

Norwich

Wed 9 Dec 2020

Create a fabulous Christmas wreath to hang on your door in our popular wreath workshop.

Steam Trains To Santa

Aylsham

Sat 12 - Sun 13 Dec 2020

A three hour magical experience, including a personalised present for each child (advance booking required)

Father Christmas

Norwich

Sat 12 - Sun 13 Dec 2020

Have yourself a woodland Christmas experience in our winter garden.

Steam Trains To Santa

Aylsham

Sat 19 - Thu 24 Dec 2020

A three hour magical experience, including a personalised present for each child (advance booking required)

Mince Pie Specials

Aylsham

Sun 27 Dec 2020 - Sun 3 Jan 2021

Free mince pie for every full fare-paying passenger

Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival

Great Yarmouth

Sat 10 Jul 2021

Head to Great Yarmouth's seafront on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 July when an array of bikes, classic and contemporary cars will be lining up to star in a seafront wheels spectacular.

Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival

Great Yarmouth

Sun 11 Jul 2021

Head to Great Yarmouth's seafront on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 July when an array of bikes, classic and contemporary cars will be lining up to star in a seafront wheels spectacular.

Gorleston Clifftop Festival

Gorleston-on-Sea

Sat 24 - Sun 25 Jul 2021

The 2021 Gorleston Clifftop Festival will take place on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 July on Gorleston Clifftop. Over the two day event, you can expect a huge variety of entertainment, stalls, fun fair, live music, sports & much more!

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