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Things to do out of season and over winter in Greater Yarmouth

Winter itinerary ideas

When the nights draw in, the clocks go back and the crowds leave Greater Yarmouth, it's a great time for an out of season break, to explore the area as the locals know and love it. There's still plenty going on and great fun to be had, whatever time of year you visit. 

 

Red panda at Thrigby

Animals, afternoon tea, winter walks and pub sports 

The unusual collection of Asian animals at Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens is open all year round and well worth a visit at any time of year. You can see tigers, monkeys, leopards and alligators up close all round this lovely zoo.

In nearby Ormesby St. Margaret, The Boathouse overlooking The Trinity Broads has a warm welcome, delicious food and a roaring fire during winter. Next-door Rollesby, another pretty village also on the edge of the Trinity Broads, is home to The Waterside, a fabulous restaurant serving delicious afternoon teas.

If you're up for a winter beach walk, then a trip to the dunes at Winterton-on-Sea from November onwards and a walk along the beach towards Horsey will bring you face to face with grey and harbour seals who breed in the dunes and on the beach. Make sure you watch the wildlife from a safe distance though. There's a great beach café at Winterton serving amazing home made cake and hot chocolate on your return and a traditional fisherman's pub in the village.

If you'd rather stay inland, there are some great walks near Filby and from Fleggburgh up to Rollesby and back, which are also tranquil places for birdwatching and fishing. Norfolk is one of the driest counties in England, perfect to get wrapped up and stride out over rolling Norfolk countryside at any time of year, especially if you know there's Sunday lunch, a pub supper or a blazing fire waiting on your return.

Quiz nights and pub games such as darts or snooker, are great fun at pubs all over the borough, some also have live entertainment evenings, perfect to round off your day.

 

Fun on the seafront in midwinter

A winter's day on Great Yarmouth seafront is still a whole lot of fun. A quick walk along the beach or esplanade will blow any cobwebs away, then visit the Sea Life Centre,an amazing opportunity to learn more about the coast and the animals who live off shore both locally and further afield.

Several arcades remain open all winter, so you can have a play on the 2p slot machines or on a virtual reality video game.

If you walk through the amusement arcade at Wellington Pier, you'll find a fanastic ten-pin bowling alley with floor to ceiling views out over the beach and the sea.

A short stroll from the seafront towards the river brings you to Blackfriars Road, home to a large section of the medieval town wall. You'll also find Silver Darlings café just next to the award winning Time & Tide museum of Great Yarmouth life, well worth a visit to find out all about the herring industry and how this small fish impacted on Great Yarmouth life.

A trip to the cinema is a great way to round off your day on the seafront, the Hollywood cinema is right at the northern end, overlooking the whole of the Golden Mile and shows all the latest blockbusters.

 

Shopping on Regent Road

Shopping, pottery, rock and theatre

Start your day on historic South Quay where wealthy merchants built their houses creating a fine architectural display, a private heritage guided tour can be booked any time of year.

From here it's a short walk to the town centre with lots of shops, the market place, the Victoria arcade and a refurbished shopping mall. The town centre has a number of unusual independent shops and stores, well worth a visit if you're looking for something a bit different. You'll also find plenty of places to eat. 

There are more shops along pedestrianised Regent Road as you head towards the seafront. You can also see traditional seaside rock being made in the two rock factories.

To round off your day, St. George's Theatre has a varied programme of all sorts of entertaining performances, from musicals to comedy to plays and shows.

 

Attractions open out of season

Snow Leopard Cub born in 2015

Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens

Thrigby Hall, Filby, Norfolk, NR29 3DR

01493 369477

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.

Time and Tide - Museum of Great Yarmouth

Time and Tide - Museum of Great Yarmouth

16 Blackfriars Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 3BX

01493 743930

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 of a 1950's fish wharf.

Wellington Pier

Wellington Pier

Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, NR30 3JF

01493 845947

Built in 1854, the Wellington Pier was only the seventh pier to be constructed in Britain. Following significant reconstruction, the pier has a bright and airy ten-pin bowling alley and a family-friendly amusement arcade.

Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre

Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre

Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 3AH

01493 330631

Dive into the underwater world of SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth and be wowed by the many strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep. Prepare for astonishing close views of everything from humble starfish to tropical sharks.

St Georges Theatre

St. George's Theatre

King Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2PG

01493 331484

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!

Hollywood Cinema

Hollywood Royalty Cinema

83 Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2DL

01493 852600

Visit Hollywood Royalty Cinema in Great Yarmouth to catch the latest blockbuster movie releases on the big screen and indulge yourself in a classic cinema snack while you sit back and enjoy the action.

Ernie's Arts & Crafts

Great Yarmouth Painting & Arts

19 Trinity Place, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 3HA

01493 850585

Great Yarmouth Painting & Arts is the perfect place to learn something new from renowned local artist Ernie Childs. Painting classes available in various mediums Tuesday & Wednesday mornings, please telephone for more details.

Merlins

Merlins Sports Bar

38 Apsley Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2HB

01493 856150

Merlins Sports Bar, Great Yarmouth, has a lot to offer the keen indoor sportsman. With a range of pool and snooker tables, dartboards, large screen tv's and a bar serving food all day, Merlins is the perfect place to unwind with friends.

Docwras Rock Factory & Shop

Docwras Rock Factory & Shop

13 Regent Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2AF

01493 844676

Docwras Rock Factory & Shop, Great Yarmouth, has a long history in the town going back over a century. Come and watch seaside rock being made and see the fabulous range of rock and confectionery on display in the shop. Sweet heaven!

Potters Rock Factory

Potters Rock Factory

38-39 Regent Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2AJ

Potters Rock Factory, Great Yarmouth, sells an impressive variety of sweet items including seaside rock, pick and mix confectionery and soft drinks. Perfect for gifts or as a personal treat.

The Tower

The Tower

32 Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2EW

01493 851530

The Tower Complex, Great Yarmouth, is an all-in-one leisure & entertainment complex. Fun family activities, Jurassic Journey, a viewing tower, eateries, clubs & bars and live entertainment are all under one roof.

Palace Cinema

The Palace Cinema

159 High Street, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 6RG

01493 440506

The Palace Cinema in Gorleston-on-Sea near Great Yarmouth is a recently renovated 4 screen cinema with some 3D screens, showing the latest blockbuster movies.

Merrivale Model Village

Merrivale Model Village

Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 3JG

01493 842097

One of Great Yarmouth's best loved family attractions, is set in over an acre of award winning landscaped gardens with streams, waterfalls, lake with Koi Carp, garden railway & picnic area.

Angles Way walk by Steve Wright

Greater Yarmouth walks

Celebrate the relative flatness of Norfolk with stunning scenery as you stride out on a walk.

 

Browse walks

Shows and plays

Edith Piaf - Dreamcast Productions

The Story of Edith Piaf

St. George's Theatre

Sun 25 Feb 2018

Dreamcast Productions is delighted to visit the beautiful St. George's Theatre with an intimate evening of the spellbinding songs and heartrending journey through the life and loves of ‘The Little Sparrow', Edith Piaf.

Oliver! By Stage Door Youth Theatre

Oliver!

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Fri 2 Mar 2018

Stage Door Youth Theatre are proud to present the much loved - award winning - Lionel Bart Musical ?OLIVER? in Association with Musicscope.

Oliver! By Stage Door Youth Theatre

Oliver!

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Sat 3 Mar 2018

Stage Door Youth Theatre are proud to present the much loved - award winning - Lionel Bart Musical ?OLIVER? in Association with Musicscope.

Abba Queens

Abba Queens

St. George's Theatre

Sat 3 Mar 2018

Don't miss our glam-rocking extravaganza when Aba Queens visit us for an evening of hits from the legendary super-group Abba.

Oliver! By Stage Door Youth Theatre

Oliver!

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Sun 4 Mar 2018

Stage Door Youth Theatre are proud to present the much loved - award winning - Lionel Bart Musical ?OLIVER? in Association with Musicscope.

Farndale - Macbeth

Farndale - Macbeth

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Thu 8 - Sat 10 Mar 2018

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society ladies mount yet another assault on the classics with a startlingly original production of Macbeth staged to get them to the Welwyn Garden City Finals.

Circus of Horrors - Voodoo

Circus of Horrors - Voodoo

The Hippodrome Circus

Thu 8 - Fri 9 Mar 2018

The spectacular features an amazing amalgamation of bizarre & fantastic circus acts all woven into a sensational shock/horror story and the darkest of magic – taking the show to a whole new level, it’s driven by a mainly original soundscape

Les McKeown's Bay City Rollers

Les McKeown's Bay City Rollers

St. George's Theatre

Sat 10 Mar 2018

Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers promises to be a unique voyage back to the 1970s, when Les and his Legendary band ruled the world’s pop charts and The Bay City Rollers’ music became the soundtrack for a generation of teenagers.

The Doors Alive

The Doors Alive

Ocean Room

Sat 17 Mar 2018

The sound, the vibe. So authentic! Bringing us to a time we will never get again.

Pure Floyd

Pure Floyd

St. George's Theatre

Sat 17 Mar 2018

Following a string of sell-out gigs, The Pure Floyd Show return to Gt Yarmouth with an evening of colourful prog-rock, enhanced by a stunning light show and breathtaking laser display.

Trickster Tour 2018

Trickster Tour 2018

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Sat 17 Mar 2018

James Phelan presents his unique magical prank show that is both jaw-dropping and laugh out loud funny. A night of light entertainment described as extraordinary in The Mirror and legendary by The Sun.

The Tom Harris Trio - Live Jazz

The Tom Harris Trio - Live Jazz

St. George's Theatre

Sun 18 Mar 2018

The trio takes pride in playing jazz that makes its audience feel at home with new takes on old favourites. It intersperses these numbers with less well-known material to go on a miniature journey of discovery.

A Musical World

A Musical World

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Thu 22 - Sat 24 Mar 2018

The Chorus of St Cecilia are pleased to return for another Concert of Favourite Songs From The Musicals Of Broadway! For Choir - Junior Choir & Soloists.

An Evening with Hayley Moyses' Britgrass Three

An Evening with Hayley Moyses' Britgrass Three

St. George's Theatre

Fri 23 Mar 2018

A mix of Bluegrass, Americana and Appalachian music plus their interpretations of contemporary songs played on the traditional instruments of bluegrass music, banjo, guitar, dobro and fiddle.

The Drill House Tea Dance

The Drill House Tea Dance

The Drill House - SeaChange Arts

Sat 24 Mar 2018

The Ragroof DJs will be playing authentic music from the 20s to the 50s and bring their trademark instant dance classes. Polish up your dancing shoes and join us!

Julius Caesar - National Theatre Live

Julius Caesar - National Theatre Live

St. George's Theatre

Tue 27 Mar 2018

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down.

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus

Thu 29 Mar - Sun 29 Apr 2018

Join Jack Jay and Johnny Mac for a brand new pirate adventure. Pirates Live! is without a doubt the UK’s no.1 Live action Pirate show, featuring acrobats, fire breathers, daredevils and of course lots of rum too!

The Foolhardy Circus

Foolhardy Circus this Easter at Wroxham Barns

Wroxham Barns

Fri 30 Mar - Sun 15 Apr 2018

The Foolhardy Circus brings the Big Top back to Wroxham Barns this Easter

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus

Fri 30 Mar 2018

Join Jack Jay and Johnny Mac for a brand new pirate adventure. Pirates Live! is without a doubt the UK’s no.1 Live action Pirate show, featuring acrobats, fire breathers, daredevils and of course lots of rum too!

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus

Sat 31 Mar 2018

Join Jack Jay and Johnny Mac for a brand new pirate adventure. Pirates Live! is without a doubt the UK’s no.1 Live action Pirate show, featuring acrobats, fire breathers, daredevils and of course lots of rum too!

Jasper Carrott's Stand Up & Rock

Jasper Carrott's Stand Up & Rock

Britannia Pier

Sat 31 Mar 2018

Stand Up & Rock is back...The 2018 tour will see the legendary Jasper Carrott back with a new stand up show before introducing his musical compatriots that have been 'rockin' audiences all over the world.

Searchers & Hollies Experience

Searchers & Hollies Experience

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Sat 31 Mar 2018

The Searchers and Hollies Experience........The best of both worlds brings to the stage the magical hits of these two legendary harmony bands. Bringing back memories of the most high energy decade in pop music history.

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus

Sun 1 Apr 2018

Join Jack Jay and Johnny Mac for a brand new pirate adventure. Pirates Live! is without a doubt the UK’s no.1 Live action Pirate show, featuring acrobats, fire breathers, daredevils and of course lots of rum too!

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus

Mon 2 Apr 2018

Join Jack Jay and Johnny Mac for a brand new pirate adventure. Pirates Live! is without a doubt the UK’s no.1 Live action Pirate show, featuring acrobats, fire breathers, daredevils and of course lots of rum too!

Docwra's Rock Shop

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