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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

Everything Goes

Everything Goes

Aylsham

Sat 25 - Mon 27 May 2019

Come and see all available BVR engines and coaches in action.

Unicorns & Wizards Festival at Wroxham Barns

Unicorns & Wizards Festival

Wroxham

Sat 25 May - Sun 2 Jun 2019

Isn’t it every child’s dream to meet a Unicorn or to be a Wizard (and maybe a few supposedly "grown-ups" too!)? Then don't miss the Unicorn & Wizards Festival on Junior Farm at Wroxham Barns

Great Yarmouth Comic Con

Great Yarmouth Comic Con

Great Yarmouth

Sat 1 - Sun 2 Jun 2019

Enjoy a day of superheroes, sci fi, wizards, anime and lots, lots more. Great Yarmouth Comic Con will have characters to meet, movie props to have your photo with, specialist trade stalls to browse, a gaming area and more.

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival

Great Yarmouth

Thu 6 - Sun 16 Jun 2019

The hugely successful Great Yarmouth Arts Festival returns in 2019 for the 6th year with cultural activities, shows and events in a range of locations around the town for everyone to enjoy.

Art in the Library

Art in the Library

Great Yarmouth

Thu 6 - Thu 13 Jun 2019

Exhibition of art by Foundation Diploma in Art & Design Students.

Art in the Minster

Art in the Minster

Great Yarmouth

Fri 7 - Sun 16 Jun 2019

A varied selection of paintings and photographs by members of local art and photographic societies. Most of the works will be for sale. There will be an exhibition of prose and poems by members of the Quill Writing Group.

Skippings Exhibition

Skippings Exhibition

Great Yarmouth

Fri 7 - Sat 15 Jun 2019

An exciting mixture of art by students of East Norfolk Sixth Form College and East Coast College which they have produced and curated.

Art on the Railings

Art on the Railings

Great Yarmouth

Sat 8 Jun 2019

This is an opportunity for local artists to show and sell their artwork or craft. Take time to network and share experiences and if you do not have many artworks to display then share a railing with a friend.

Great Yarmouth Author Fair

Great Yarmouth Author Fair

Great Yarmouth

Sat 8 Jun 2019

Meet independent authors, poets, and illustrators, browse and buy books, and enjoy lively discussion.

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival

Carnival Parade

Great Yarmouth

Sat 8 Jun 2019

This year the Carnival will start at the Venetian Waterways to celebrate their re-opening and wind its way through the town to finish at St George's Theatre where Festa Fiesta starts. Part of the parade will then head to the Community Fair.

Community Fair

Community Fair

Great Yarmouth

Sat 8 Jun 2019

The annual Community Fair brings all the communities together in and around the Library with singing, dancing, stalls, food and drink. Delicious BBQ and a cake making competition.

Links & Layers

Summer Exhibition

Fakenham

Mon 10 - Sun 23 Jun 2019

Mixed Media and Textile Exhibition

The Rows of Great Yarmouth

The Rows of Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth

Mon 10 - Fri 14 Jun 2019

The Rows of Great Yarmouth through Photography, Art and Film Exhibition. Featuring some commissioned photography work by Jaimie-Lea Taylor and filmwork by Joe Malcolm.

Fathers Day

Fathers VIP Day

Aylsham

Sun 16 Jun 2019

A special train package, including lunch at the Whistlestop (advanced booking required)

Day Boat 1

Its Father’s Day, Let Dad be Captain for the Day!

Wroxham

Sun 16 Jun 2019

What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than by letting your Dad or even your Grandad be the captain of his very own Broads Tours Standard Day Boat!

Fathers Day

Fathers Day

Fakenham

Sun 16 Jun 2019

Celebrate father’s Day this year by bringing your Granddad or dad to Pensthorpe for free. An ideal day out for families with multiple generations and a few treats for dads.

Burgh Castle Fun Day

Burgh Castle Fun Day

Great Yarmouth

Sun 23 Jun 2019

An afternoon of fun, games and entertainment with stalls, a beer tent, food and a Tea Room. Proceeds to Restoration of Parish Church and Upkeep of Village Hall.

Flamingo FIesta

Flamingo Fiesta

Fakenham

Sat 29 - Sun 30 Jun 2019

A weekend celebration for anyone who adores our much loved flamingos.

Caister Carnival (Village Experience)

Caister Carnival (Village Experience)

Caister-on-Sea

Sun 30 Jun 2019

The "Village Experience" is exactly that. Villagers come together to celebrate being part of our community, with arena entertainment from locals, traditional carnival games such as crockery smash, ball in bucket and tug of war.

Strawberries and Steam

Strawberries and Steam

Aylsham

Sat 6 - Sun 7 Jul 2019

Free local strawberries with cream for every full fare-paying passenger.

Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival

Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival

Great Yarmouth

Sat 6 Jul 2019

Head to Great Yarmouth's seafront on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July when an array of bikes, classic and contemporary cars will be lining up to star in a seafront wheels festival.

Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival

Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival

Great Yarmouth

Sun 7 Jul 2019

Head to Great Yarmouth's seafront on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July when an array of bikes, classic and contemporary cars will be lining up to star in a seafront wheels festival.

Strawberries and Steam

Strawberries and Steam

Aylsham

Sat 13 - Sun 14 Jul 2019

Free local strawberries with cream for every full fare-paying passenger.

Strawberries and Steam

Strawberries and Steam

Aylsham

Sat 20 - Sun 21 Jul 2019

Free local strawberries with cream for every full fare-paying passenger.

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