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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

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.

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.

Christmas shopping

Late Night Shopping

Fakenham

Thu 13 Dec 2018

For those who prefer to do their Christmas shopping ‘after-hours’, our two late night shopping events on 15 November and 13 December 2018 provide an opportunity for evening browsing.

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.

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…

Christmas Celebration at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure

Christmas Celebration

Norwich

Sat 15 - Sun 16 Dec 2018

As the magical time of Christmas Day gets closer, the winter wonderland comes to Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure.

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!

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.

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!

Late Night Shopping in Great Yarmouth

Late Night Shopping

Great Yarmouth

Wed 19 - Fri 21 Dec 2018

With the last few shopping days before Christmas upon us, Great Yarmouth town centre is open for extended hours for three late night shopping evenings. Market Gates will be open until 9pm on all three nights, plus lots of other shops

Santa Cruise 2018

Santa Cruise

Wroxham

Wed 19 - Mon 24 Dec 2018

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

Wroxham Barns

The Santa Experience

Wroxham

Wed 19 Dec 2018

Possibly the best Santa Experience for little ones in Norfolk…

Christmas Celebration at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure

Christmas Celebration

Norwich

Wed 19 - Mon 24 Dec 2018

As the magical time of Christmas Day gets closer, the winter wonderland comes to Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure.

Roarr! Christmas Celebration

Roarr! Christmas Celebration

Norwich

Wed 19 - Mon 24 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!

A WInter's Tail

A Winter's Tail

Fakenham

Wed 19 Dec 2018 - Wed 2 Jan 2019

Discover an enchanting winters 'tail'...

Santa's Post Office

Santa's Post Office

Great Yarmouth

Wed 19 - Sun 23 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.

Wroxham Barns

The Santa Experience

Wroxham

Thu 20 Dec 2018

Possibly the best Santa Experience for little ones in Norfolk…

Santa

Trains to Santa

Aylsham

Thu 20 Dec 2018

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

Great Yarmouth Christmas Market

Great Yarmouth Christmas Market

Great Yarmouth

Fri 21 - Sun 23 Dec 2018

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

Wroxham Barns

The Santa Experience

Wroxham

Fri 21 Dec 2018

Possibly the best Santa Experience for little ones in Norfolk…

Santa

Trains to Santa

Aylsham

Fri 21 Dec 2018

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

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