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Have a great summer holiday in Great Yarmouth

There's so much more to Great Yarmouth, Norfolk's premier beach resort, than meets the eye. In addition to the fun-tastic Golden Mile, within a stone's throw you can explore Roman ruins and 15 miles of beach, track tigers and primates, find sharks and seals, try water sports on the Broads and enjoy walks in stunning countryside.

Watch our video below for some ideas but make sure you have the sound on! You'll have loads of fun in Great Yarmouth this summer holiday, it's happiness guaranteed.

Everyone knows Great Yarmouth is home to miles of sandy beaches, bright lights and amusement arcrades, theme parks and adventure golf, but dig a little deeper and there's so much more to explore.  

Seals at Scroby Sands

Sharks, seals and summer fun in Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth is the perfect destination for a beach holiday where wide, sandy Central Beach stretches as far as the eye can see along the Golden Mile. A wide esplanade runs the length of the seafront from North Beach all the way to South Beach and has plenty of friendly cafés, tea-rooms and ice-cream shops along the way. The esplanade overlooks the clean, wide bucket-and-spade beach, where you'll find RNLI lifeguards patrolling the shore, deck chairs to hire, donkey rides and fantastic bouncy castle fun. The beach is so big that it doesn't matter whether the tide is in or out in Great Yarmouth, there's always a huge expanse of beach for you to find your spot for the day.

Between Britannia Pier and the Pleasure Beach, the Golden Mile is packed with loads of fun activities for all the family to enjoy. Create great holiday memories indoors and out at theme parks and adventure golf courses. Marvel at the antics at the circus or see worlds in miniature in the model village. It's just a short walk along Regent Road, which has a beautiful ceiling of light to get to the town centre and the heritage quarter.

Take a boat trip to see the seals bobbing in the sea around you or sunning themselves on the sandbank at Scroby Sands next to the elegant wind turbines or for marine enthusiasts, explore the Sea Life Centre where you’ll find penguins, jellyfish, seahorses and the east coast’s largest diverse species of sharks in a huge ocean tank.

 

Tiger at thrigby

Enjoy tiger walks and water sports in Great Yarmouth

Just north-west of Great Yarmouth, near the beautiful village of Filby, explore Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens where, through their extensive conservation work, you can see a special collection of rare Asian animals including tigers, Amur leopards, reptiles and monkeys. The reptile house is home to some scary-looking alligators and the amazing tiger walk gets you right up into the trees and up close with the big cats who often sun themselves on the platform at the top.

Discover the beautiful land-locked Trinity Broads at Filby, Rollesby and Ormesby where there's lots of fun things to do. Go for a stroll, hire a rowing boat or climb aboard the Edwardian wooden launch, Gentleman Jim, for a genteel glide through the water at The Waterside, which is also a fabulous lunch stop with stunning views over the water. Alternative places to eat in the area, both with fantastic waterside views include Filby Bridge Restaurant and the Boathouse pub at Ormesby where there's also a great play area.

For proper messing about on the river, jump in a canoe, hire a paddleboard or day boat just up the road in the lovely village of Martham and enjoy spotting the birds and local wild life such as otters, swallowtails, kingfishers or bitterns as you sail along the Broads.

 

Gorleston-on-Sea beach

Explore the beach at Gorleston-on-Sea, Roman ruins and the Angles Way National Trail

Gorleston-on-Sea, just over the river from Great Yarmouth, has the biggest, sandiest beach for miles around, perfect for sandcastle building and kite flying. Float your model boat on the yachting pond, let the kids cool off in the new Splash Pad and explore the wide esplanade below the grassy cliffs where there are some great cafes and a lovely seaside pub. The beach is patrolled by RNLI life guards in summer and the curved bay is a great place for boogie boarding and paddle boarding too.

Just inland, ramble around the majestic flint walls of the Saxon Shore fort at Burgh Castle, the ideal place for a picnic with loads of space for the family to play at re-enacting gladiator battles. On a clear day, you can see for miles with beautiful views across the river Yare to the marshes and Berney Arms windmill.

Climb down to the water’s edge and join the Angles Way National Trail to walk to Great Yarmouth along the river, arriving at Breydon Water where the sea meets the Broads and watch the sun dip below the horizon for a stunning sunset. Alternatively, for a much shorter walk, turn left along the Angle's Way instead and head for the Fisherman's Arms at Burgh Castle Marina. Keep your eyes peeled for local birds and wildlife like otters, kingfishers, waders and bitterns.

Longer and shorter circular walks are also available in the area, perfect to let off some steam before the evening.

 

Fun summer attractions

Elizabethan House Museum

Great Yarmouth (0 miles, 0 km)

No opening confirmed. Explore four centuries of history under one roof. Stroll around the period rooms in this Elizabethan merchants home, from the Victorian kitchen and scullery to the grand Elizabethan rooms upstairs.

Splashpad

Gorleston-on-Sea (3 miles, 4 km)

Splashpad at Gorleston-on-Sea near Great Yarmouth is a fun wet play area for children with fountain sprays, jet streams and buckets of tipping water.

Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens

Great Yarmouth (5 miles, 8 km)

Reopen 4 July! Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, near Great Yarmouth has a 250-year-old landscaped garden, a play area and a wide selection of Asian mammals, birds and reptiles including tigers, crocodiles and storks.

Pleasure Beach

Great Yarmouth (1 miles, 2 km)

The Pleasure Beach Great Yarmouth situated on the seafront, is a 9-acre amusement park featuring many rides and attractions.

Pool

Great Yarmouth (0 miles, 1 km)

An exciting place to eat, drink and socialise. Spacious bar & restaurant open all day serving breakfasts, quality food and traditional ales in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Children's menu available also daily and monthly specials.

The Hippodrome Circus

Great Yarmouth (1 miles, 1 km)

The Hippodrome in Great Yarmouth, built in 1903, Britain's last stand alone circus building hosting spectacular productions during Easter, Summer, Halloween & Christmas seasons. Featuring international circus artistes & water spectaculars.

Amusements

Great Yarmouth (1 miles, 2 km)

At Pleasure Beach Gardens you'll find a selection of games including water fun and football penalty shoot out, or you might want to try gemstone mining.

Junior Driving

Great Yarmouth (1 miles, 2 km)

Junior Driving and Segway Grand Prix at Pleasure Beach Gardens are great fun for kids and adults. Zip around the course and show off your skills.

Pleasure Beach Gardens

Great Yarmouth (1 miles, 2 km)

Pleasure Beach Gardens, Great Yarmouth, has plenty to entertain youngsters and the young at heart including a variety of amusements, junior driving activities, 12 hole adventure golf and shoot out football and water fun games.

Safari Adventure Golf

Great Yarmouth (1 miles, 2 km)

Was that a giraffe? No, it was an elephant! At Pleasure Beach Gardens visitors of all ages can enjoy a round of safari themed adventure golf on the 12 hole course.

Richardson's Family Entertainment Centre

Lowestoft (9 miles, 14 km)

We have 14 lanes all equipped with automatic bumpers for children or those who are new to bowling. Each lane has its own computer system to do the scoring for you.

Great Yarmouth Market

Great Yarmouth (0 miles, 0 km)

Great Yarmouth Market is open from Monday to Saturday. Market Days take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays (plus Fridays from Whitsun to October) with a huge variety of additional stalls and wares on offer from fashion to garden accessories.

Market Day

Great Yarmouth (0 miles, 0 km)

Market Days take place in Great Yarmouth on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the year, plus Fridays from Whitsun to the end of October, with a large number of different stalls springing up on the historic cobbled market place.

Great Yarmouth Racecourse

Great Yarmouth (1 miles, 2 km)

Great Yarmouth Racecourse hosts flat racing fixtures every month from April through to October. The excellent facilities are also available for weddings, conferences, Christmas parties, balls , banquets, concerts and other events.

Pleasurewood Hills Family Theme Park

Lowestoft (7 miles, 11 km)

Pleasurewood Hills Family Theme Park has so much to explore. With over 35 rides, shows and attractions you’ll have plenty to see and do when you visit the park.

Pettitts Animal Adventure Park

Great Yarmouth (7 miles, 11 km)

Open 4 July! Pettitts Animal Adventure Park near Great Yarmouth is best described as three fun parks in one. Pettitts has rides galore, family entertainment, exotic and domestic animals and birds to see, animals to feed & pet.

Hirsty's Family Fun Park

Hemsby (6 miles, 9 km)

Open 19 July! Hirsty's Fun Park near Great Yarmouth is fun for all the family. Activities include go-karts, haybale mountains, swings, football game, crazy croquet and Maizeys snack shack. During summer get lost and found in our unique...

Time and Tide - Museum of Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth (1 miles, 1 km)

No opening date confirmed.Time & Tide in Great Yarmouth is set in one of the UK's best preserved Victorian Herring curing works, and tells the story of the area from its ice age origins to the present day. Experience the heady atmosphere...

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Gorleston-on-Sea (3 miles, 4 km)

The Gorleston Pavilion is an original Edwardian seaside theatre situated on the East coast of Norfolk and offers unique seating at cabaret style candle-lit tables.

Jurassic Journey

Great Yarmouth (0 miles, 1 km)

Join an amazing adventure back in time on Great Yarmouth seafront. See dinosaurs like never before as they roar into life. Become a trainee paleontologist with Professor Possilfossil - what will you unearth in the scavenger zone?

Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre

Great Yarmouth (1 miles, 1 km)

Reopen 4 July! Explore an incredible underwater world at SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth & get closer than ever before to over 1500 creatures & features of the world's oceans! From the colourful to the curious, the majestic to the mystical, get...

Quasar

Great Yarmouth (0 miles, 1 km)

Quasar at The Mint, Great Yarmouth, is the UK's largest laser tag arena open all year! Suitable for players of all ages, 2 - 30 players. An amazing atmosphere for an unforgettable experience and perfect for birthday parties.

The Phoenix Indoor Pool & Gym

Great Yarmouth (2 miles, 3 km)

The Phoenix Pool & Gym is now open after a full refurbishment and addition of a state of the art gym, dance studio, sauna & steam room.

St. George's Theatre

Great Yarmouth (0 miles, 0 km)

St George's Theatre is one of only 10 Grade 1 listed theatres in the UK. With over 100 different productions a year, the theatre is the heritage jewel in the crown of entertainment venues in Great Yarmouth. Open 52 weeks a year!

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