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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. 

Greater 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

80s night at Barnham Broom

80s night at Barnham Broom

Norwich

Sat 18 Nov 2017

Come to a fun filled 80’s night at Barnham Broom!

Christmas Wonderland

Christmas Wonderland

Great Yarmouth

Mon 6 Nov - Sat 23 Dec 2017

Our famous award winning Model Village & Gardens lit for Christmas with thousands of twinkling lights.

Blues Brothers

Legends Music Weekend

Hunstanton

Fri 17 - Mon 20 Nov 2017

Our Legends Music Weekend this year is focussed specifically to a 70's and 80's theme, bringing you some fantastic live tributes to some of the music legends of these two great eras. Prepare to Party!

Only in England

Only in England

Great Yarmouth

Sat 21 Oct 2017 - Sun 15 Apr 2018

See an exhibition of photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr. Fascinated by the eccentricities of English social customs, Tony Ray-Jones spent the latter half of the 1960s travelling across England, photographing what he saw.

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

Stephen Mole, Photographic Exhibition

Norwich

Sat 18 - Sun 26 Nov 2017

Photographic images of Norfolk, stretching from the Norfolk Broads to the Norfolk Coast, by local 'born and bred' photographer, Stephen Mole.

Thursford Christmas Spectacular

Thursford Christmas Spectacular

Fakenham

Thu 16 Nov - Sat 23 Dec 2017

An extravaganza of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety. It's a fast moving celebration of the festive season featuring an electric mix of both seasonal and year round favourites.

Duleep Singh

Duleep Singh

Great Yarmouth

Fri 24 Nov 2017

This talk will explore the extraordinary story of the last Maharajah of the Punjab, Duleep Singh, and his surprising links with Norfolk. A talk by Sam Bellotti, Curatorial Trainee with Norfolk Museums Service.

Bauble wreath

Great Yarmouth Christmas Fayre

Great Yarmouth

Fri 24 Nov 2017

Come and enjoy the 2017 Great Yarmouth Christmas Fayre: a weekend of festive activities and entertainment.

Sunny Hunny Soul Weekend

Sunny Hunny Soul Weekender

Hunstanton

Fri 24 - Sun 26 Nov 2017

The Award Winning Sunny Hunny Soul Weekend returns to Searles!

Quayside Plaza

Food of the Forest

Great Yarmouth

Sat 25 Nov 2017

Enjoy a three course A La Carte dinner themed around foods to be found in the forest.

Bauble wreath

Great Yarmouth Christmas Fayre

Great Yarmouth

Sat 25 Nov 2017

Come and enjoy the 2017 Great Yarmouth Christmas Fayre: a weekend of festive activities and entertainment.

Harry Potter - The History of Magic Exhibition

Harry Potter - The History of Magic Exhibition

Great Yarmouth

Sat 25 Nov - Fri 8 Dec 2017

Help to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone with an exhibition created in a partnership with the British Library.

Santa's Magical Journey

Santa’s magical journey at Thursford

Fakenham

Sat 25 - Sun 26 Nov 2017

Remember the excitement of your first visit to see Father Christmas? Give your children, grandchildren or your class a day they’ll never forget. Come and visit Father Christmas in the magical setting of Thursford this Christmas.

Bauble wreath

Great Yarmouth Christmas Fayre

Great Yarmouth

Sun 26 Nov 2017

Come and enjoy the 2017 Great Yarmouth Christmas Fayre: a weekend of festive activities and entertainment.

Late Night Shopping in Great Yarmouth

Late Night Shopping

Great Yarmouth

Wed 29 Nov 2017

Get in the festive spirit in the run up to Christmas while the shops are open late.

Great Yarmouth Beer & Cider Festival

Great Yarmouth Winter Beer & Cider Festival

Great Yarmouth

Fri 1 Dec 2017

The Great Yarmouth Winter Beer and Cider Festival returns to St. Georges with a selection of over 40 real ales, craft beers and ciders from a wide selection of brewers and cider makers, large and small.

Photography: Past, Present & Future

Photography: Past, Present & Future

Great Yarmouth

Fri 1 Dec 2017

Keen photographer and camera enthusiast Joe Baker takes us through a potted history of photography; where it started, how it developed, contemporay developments and where it might take us in the future.

Solid Gold

Solid Gold Weekend 2017

Hunstanton

Fri 1 - Mon 4 Dec 2017

Enjoy the sounds of the 60's in our Solid Gold Weekend, new to Searles for 2017

Christmas Dippy

Christmas at Dinosaur Adventure

Norwich

Sat 2 - Sun 3 Dec 2017

Santa is coming to Dinosaur Adventure!

Santa looks forward to meeting you for festive fun

Christmas Fun with Santa on Junior Farm

Wroxham

Sat 2 - Sun 3 Dec 2017

Christmas Fun with Santa on Junior Farm - 1½ hours of festive fun, games, singing, crafts, magic and a gift from Santa too.

Great Yarmouth Beer & Cider Festival

Great Yarmouth Winter Beer & Cider Festival

Great Yarmouth

Sat 2 Dec 2017

The Great Yarmouth Winter Beer and Cider Festival returns to St. Georges with a selection of over 40 real ales, craft beers and ciders from a wide selection of brewers and cider makers, large and small.

Mocha

Harry Potter Christmas Meal

Great Yarmouth

Sat 2 - Sun 3 Dec 2017

Join us for a very special Festive Treat this December as Mocha is delighted to be hosting a Harry Potter Themed Christmas Dinner.

Santa Train

Santa Visits

Aylsham

Sat 2 - Sun 24 Dec 2017

Our ever popular Santa Trains return this Christmas for the 27th year, starting 2nd December - 24th December. The Santa Train departs from Wroxham travelling to Santa's Grotto, where Santa and his railway sleigh are there to welcome you all

Santa's Magical Journey

Santa’s magical journey at Thursford

Fakenham

Sat 2 - Sun 3 Dec 2017

Remember the excitement of your first visit to see Father Christmas? Give your children, grandchildren or your class a day they’ll never forget. Come and visit Father Christmas in the magical setting of Thursford this Christmas.

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