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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

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.

Stars of the Sea

Stars of the Sea

Great Yarmouth

Sat 10 - Sun 25 Feb 2018

Discover the ocean’s most amazing creatures this half-term at Sea Life Great Yarmouth’s all-new ‘Stars of the Sea’ event from 10th February.

Quiz & Chilli Night

Quiz & Chilli Night

Great Yarmouth

Wed 28 Feb 2018

One round of the quiz to be based around mexico Ticket includes a choice of beef Chilli con Carne or Vegetable chilli served topped with sour cream and served with basmati rice.

Drill House Talk

Drill House Talk

Great Yarmouth

Sat 10 Mar 2018

The Drill House is 150 years old! We’ve been celebrating with a number of events over the past few months and in March, local historian Roger Silver joins us to explore just some of the history of this fine old building.

Hemsby Village Hall

Antiques & Collectors Fair

Hemsby

Sun 11 Mar 2018

This Fair offers a wide array of items, everyone will find that the atmosphere is casual and relaxed and one will get the feeling that, it represents a fun outing, spent browsing the stalls and picking up something appealing to take home.

Mothering Sunday Walk

Mothering Sunday Walk

Norwich

Sun 11 Mar 2018

Explore our beautiful Spring woodland garden with its predominantly yellow-flowering plants of wild primrose, skunk cabbage and daffodils, as well as wood anemones and camellias on this guided tour with the Head Gardener.

Bird ID

Bird ID

Fakenham

Fri 23 Mar 2018

A perfect beginners guide on how to identify birds

Quiz & Burger Night

Quiz & Burger Night

Great Yarmouth

Wed 28 Mar 2018

One round of the quiz to be based around America. Ticket includes a Flame grilled Beef burger or Vegetable burger served with spicy wedges.

Easter Eggstravaganza

Easter Eggravaganza

Fakenham

Thu 29 Mar - Sun 15 Apr 2018

An eggciting trail plus many more Easter-themed activities...

Scavenger Hunt Bonanza

Scavenger Hunt Bonanza

Norwich

Thu 29 Mar - Sun 15 Apr 2018

Family event - A whole bumper fortnight of scavenger hunting in the woods! Fit as many tiny objects as you can into a small container.

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Norwich

Fri 30 Mar 2018

Family event: Hunt for the colourful eggs that will lead you to a chocolatey eggy prize! Face painting and Easter crafts for children.

Town Centre Easter Treasure Trail

Town Centre Easter Treasure Trail

Great Yarmouth

Tue 3 - Sun 15 Apr 2018

Take part in the Town Centre Easter Treasure trail for the chance to win a week's worth of family days out at some of the East Coast's best tourist attractions.

Easter Fair

Easter Fair

Great Yarmouth

Thu 5 - Sun 8 Apr 2018

Great Yarmouth's annual Easter fair returns for four days from 5 April to 8 April 2018.

Afternoon Tea...Just for Grown Ups

Afternoon Tea...Just for Grown Ups

Great Yarmouth

Sat 7 - Sun 29 Apr 2018

If you love having afternoon tea, why not try this one which is just for grown ups! Delicious treats include Salmon Vodka Gravadlax finger sandwiches, a gin & tonic cupcake and a chocolate orange & champagne mousse.

Hemsby Village Hall

Antiques & Collectors Fair

Hemsby

Sun 8 Apr 2018

This Fair offers a wide array of items, everyone will find that the atmosphere is casual and relaxed and one will get the feeling that, it represents a fun outing, spent browsing the stalls and picking up something appealing to take home.

Spring Wedding Fair

Spring Wedding Fair

Great Yarmouth

Sun 15 Apr 2018

From florists and photographers to wedding decorations, cake makers and limousines, plus a sprinkling of entertainers and many more, you’ll find them all under one roof at our stunning wedding venue!

Quiz & Great British Desserts Night

Quiz & Great British Desserts Night

Great Yarmouth

Mon 23 Apr 2018

One round of the quiz to be based on ST GEORGE. Ticket includes a selection of traditional British desserts

Martham Scarecrow Festival & Mayfair

Martham Scarecrow Festival

Great Yarmouth

Sun 6 - Mon 7 May 2018

Come and enjoy Martham's popular annual scarecrow festival and Mayfair with activities centred around the village green.

View from the top

National Mills Weekend

Great Yarmouth

Sat 12 - Sun 13 May 2018

As part of the National Mills Weekend, the National Trust team will be on hand to answer your questions about Horsey Windpump and the restoration project that has brought her back to life.

Wild About The Wensum

Wild About The Wensum

Fakenham

Sat 12 May 2018

Now in it's 12th year, Wild About The Wensum is set to be wilder than ever!

Hemsby Village Hall

Antiques & Collectors Fair

Hemsby

Sun 13 May 2018

This Fair offers a wide array of items, everyone will find that the atmosphere is casual and relaxed and one will get the feeling that, it represents a fun outing, spent browsing the stalls and picking up something appealing to take home.

A Sprinkle of Spring

A Sprinkle of Spring

Fakenham

Sat 26 May - Sun 3 Jun 2018

Explore the great outdoors and enjoy the fresh feel of Spring.

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival

Great Yarmouth

Fri 8 - Sat 16 Jun 2018

The hugely successful Great Yarmouth Arts Festival returns in 2018, with cultural activities, shows and events in a range of locations around the town for everyone to enjoy.

Haven Great Yarmouth Air Show

Haven Great Yarmouth Air Show

Great Yarmouth

Sat 16 - Sun 17 Jun 2018

Welcome to the very first Haven Great Yarmouth Air Show, organised by the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area Ltd, hosted by Norfolk’s premier seaside resort and set to be the biggest single event in East Anglia.

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