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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.

Primevil

PrimEvil

Norwich

Wed 17 - Sun 21 Oct 2018

Norfolk's Premiere Halloween Scare Event

Roarr! Halloween Days

Roarr! Halloween Days

Norwich

Thu 18 - Sun 28 Oct 2018

Join us for some spooky fun this October half term with lots of activities including Dippy’s Spooky Fun Zone, Fancy Dress and Face your Phobia in the Secret Animal Garden!

Pumpkin Festival - half-term Halloween Fun

Pumpkin Festival half-term Halloween Fun

Wroxham

Thu 18 - Sun 28 Oct 2018

Half-Term Halloween Fun Pumpkin Festival at Wroxham Barns

Barny & Bella Show twice daily

PUMPKIN FESTIVAL ON JUNIOR FARM

Wroxham

Thu 18 - Sun 28 Oct 2018

Halloween half-term fun on Junior Farm. Pay once and play all day. Twice daily shows with Bella & Barny, Broomstick Trail and pumpkin carving too.

Trick or Tweet

Trick or Tweet

Fakenham

Thu 18 - Sun 28 Oct 2018

Join us for a 'spooktacular' day out!

Wells Maltings

Sea Fever

Wells-next-the-Sea

Sat 20 Oct 2018

Sea Fever is North Norfolk’s festival of poetry and prose.

Pleasurewood Chills

Pleasurewood Chills

Lowestoft

Sat 20 - Sun 28 Oct 2018

Halloween makes its return to Pleasurewood Hills this October half term. Visit the park from 20 to 28 October for some family fun with a spooky twist and enjoy all the usual rides, shows and attractions.

Banham Zoo Ball

Banham Zoo Anniversary Charity Ball

Norwich

Sat 20 Oct 2018

Join us for an unforgettable evening and help us raise funds for tiger conservation in the wild!

Charity Ball

Banham Zoo Charity Anniversary Ball

Lowestoft

Sat 20 Oct 2018

Join us for an unforgettable evening and help us raise funds for tiger conservation in the wild!

Hemsby Village Hall

Antiques & Collectors Fair

Hemsby

Sun 21 Oct 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.

Sainsbury Centre

Children’s Holiday Studio

Norwich

Tue 23 Oct 2018

Tues: For children aged 5–8 (parents or carers are welcome to stay) Weds: For children aged 8–12 Price: £18/£14 concessions, includes materials

Raft Building

Raft Building

Gorleston-on-Sea

Tue 23 Oct 2018

Raft Building allows groups to work together to use limited resources to build a raft and paddle a certain distance on it, on the lake. Materials are provided and working as a team you will learn new skills to build your raft.

Sainsbury Centre

Children’s Holiday Studio

Norwich

Wed 24 Oct 2018

Tues: For children aged 5–8 (parents or carers are welcome to stay) Weds: For children aged 8–12 Price: £18/£14 concessions, includes materials

#feastofstories

#feastofstories

Great Yarmouth

Wed 24 Oct 2018

What are you doing this half-term? What’s better than food and stories to bring us together and celebrate culture and place?

#feastofstories

#feastofstories - Reading event

Great Yarmouth

Wed 24 Oct 2018

Artists, writers and Great Yarmouth locals share stories of family crisis, home, love and the food that brings them together.

Young@Arts Festival

Young@Arts Festival

Great Yarmouth

Wed 24 Oct 2018

If you're aged between 11 and 19 come along to our workshops, experience something new and be inspired by the ever-growing world of arts and culture.

#feastofstories

#feastofstories - Storytelling with food workshop

Great Yarmouth

Wed 24 Oct 2018

What’s the story behind your favourite dish? Get a taste for the art of storytelling, other cultures and traditions with Iranian born performer and writer Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambahksh.

Primevil

PrimEvil

Norwich

Wed 24 - Wed 31 Oct 2018

Norfolk's Premiere Halloween Scare Event

The 'Spooky' Do

The 'Spooky' Do

Great Yarmouth

Fri 26 Oct 2018

Marvel at close-hand magic, get crafty and create your own day of the dead masks.

Potter Inspired Halloween Feast

Potter Inspired Halloween Feast

Great Yarmouth

Sat 27 - Sun 28 Oct 2018

Similar to previous wizard themed afternoon teas, but with a focus on the darker side of Harry Potter so likely to include things like dementors, death eaters, spiders and Knockturn Alley. Not for the faint hearted!

Halloween Party

Halloween Party

Gorleston-on-Sea

Tue 30 - Wed 31 Oct 2018

Halloween disco for children including entry, food box and a treat bag for each child.

Halloween

Halloween

Norwich

Wed 31 Oct 2018

Dare you take a walk in the woods at night and live to tell the tale? Electrifying live music; cheesily cheerful children's entertainers; a devilishly good hot dog stall and lots more. Dress code is diabolical.

Murder Mystery Weekend

Murder Mystery Weekend

Great Yarmouth

Fri 2 - Sun 4 Nov 2018

A fun halloween themed dinner experience here at the Imperial Hotel Great Yarmouth... can you find the killer?

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