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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 & Craft

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

01493 850585

Great Yarmouth Painting & Crafts 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. New for 2016 - the Merrivale Eye!

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

Cinderella

Cinderella

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Mon 18 Dec 2017

Ohyesitiz Productions are pleased to return to present to you the family pantomime CINDERELLA. This year the Ugly Sisters are played by Des Barritt - Midsomer Murders and Thomas Howes - Downton Abbey plus full supporting cast and dancers

The Hippodrome Circus

Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show 2017

The Hippodrome Circus

Mon 18 Dec 2017

The Hippodrome Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show has become one of East Anglia’s most popular Christmas shows, with over 50 performers making a spectacular alternative to traditional pantomimes.

Dick Whittington

Dick Whittington

St. George's Theatre

Mon 18 - Tue 19 Dec 2017

St.Georges is back with their critically acclaimed and hugely successful pantomime. Following the incredible success of Robin Hood last year the team are back with their unique take on the Iconic "Dick Whittington"

The Hippodrome Circus

Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show 2017

The Hippodrome Circus

Tue 19 Dec 2017

The Hippodrome Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show has become one of East Anglia’s most popular Christmas shows, with over 50 performers making a spectacular alternative to traditional pantomimes.

The Hippodrome Circus

Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show 2017

The Hippodrome Circus

Wed 20 Dec 2017

The Hippodrome Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show has become one of East Anglia’s most popular Christmas shows, with over 50 performers making a spectacular alternative to traditional pantomimes.

Cinderella

Cinderella

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Wed 20 Dec 2017

Ohyesitiz Productions are pleased to return to present to you the family pantomime CINDERELLA. This year the Ugly Sisters are played by Des Barritt - Midsomer Murders and Thomas Howes - Downton Abbey plus full supporting cast and dancers

Dick Whittington

Dick Whittington

St. George's Theatre

Wed 20 Dec 2017

St.Georges is back with their critically acclaimed and hugely successful pantomime. Following the incredible success of Robin Hood last year the team are back with their unique take on the Iconic "Dick Whittington"

The Hippodrome Circus

Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show 2017

The Hippodrome Circus

Thu 21 Dec 2017

The Hippodrome Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show has become one of East Anglia’s most popular Christmas shows, with over 50 performers making a spectacular alternative to traditional pantomimes.

Cinderella

Cinderella

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Thu 21 Dec 2017

Ohyesitiz Productions are pleased to return to present to you the family pantomime CINDERELLA. This year the Ugly Sisters are played by Des Barritt - Midsomer Murders and Thomas Howes - Downton Abbey plus full supporting cast and dancers

Dick Whittington

Dick Whittington

St. George's Theatre

Thu 21 - Sun 24 Dec 2017

St.Georges is back with their critically acclaimed and hugely successful pantomime. Following the incredible success of Robin Hood last year the team are back with their unique take on the Iconic "Dick Whittington"

The Hippodrome Circus

Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show 2017

The Hippodrome Circus

Fri 22 Dec 2017

The Hippodrome Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show has become one of East Anglia’s most popular Christmas shows, with over 50 performers making a spectacular alternative to traditional pantomimes.

Cinderella

Cinderella

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Fri 22 Dec 2017

Ohyesitiz Productions are pleased to return to present to you the family pantomime CINDERELLA. This year the Ugly Sisters are played by Des Barritt - Midsomer Murders and Thomas Howes - Downton Abbey plus full supporting cast and dancers

Great Gatsby Christmas Party

Great Gatsby Christmas Party

The Links Country Park Hotel

Fri 22 Dec 2017

Join us for our Great Gatsby theme Christmas Party - ladies come dressed in 1920's flapper style - gents dress to impress. 3 course Festive meal served with disco until 1.00am.

The Hippodrome Circus

Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show 2017

The Hippodrome Circus

Sat 23 Dec 2017

The Hippodrome Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show has become one of East Anglia’s most popular Christmas shows, with over 50 performers making a spectacular alternative to traditional pantomimes.

Cinderella

Cinderella

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Sat 23 Dec 2017

Ohyesitiz Productions are pleased to return to present to you the family pantomime CINDERELLA. This year the Ugly Sisters are played by Des Barritt - Midsomer Murders and Thomas Howes - Downton Abbey plus full supporting cast and dancers

The Hippodrome Circus

Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show 2017

The Hippodrome Circus

Sun 24 Dec 2017

The Hippodrome Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show has become one of East Anglia’s most popular Christmas shows, with over 50 performers making a spectacular alternative to traditional pantomimes.

Cinderella

Cinderella

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Sun 24 Dec 2017

Ohyesitiz Productions are pleased to return to present to you the family pantomime CINDERELLA. This year the Ugly Sisters are played by Des Barritt - Midsomer Murders and Thomas Howes - Downton Abbey plus full supporting cast and dancers

The Hippodrome Circus

Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show 2017

The Hippodrome Circus

Tue 26 Dec 2017

The Hippodrome Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show has become one of East Anglia’s most popular Christmas shows, with over 50 performers making a spectacular alternative to traditional pantomimes.

Cinderella

Cinderella

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Tue 26 Dec 2017

Ohyesitiz Productions are pleased to return to present to you the family pantomime CINDERELLA. This year the Ugly Sisters are played by Des Barritt - Midsomer Murders and Thomas Howes - Downton Abbey plus full supporting cast and dancers

Dick Whittington

Dick Whittington

St. George's Theatre

Tue 26 Dec 2017

St.Georges is back with their critically acclaimed and hugely successful pantomime. Following the incredible success of Robin Hood last year the team are back with their unique take on the Iconic "Dick Whittington"

The Hippodrome Circus

Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show 2017

The Hippodrome Circus

Wed 27 Dec 2017

The Hippodrome Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show has become one of East Anglia’s most popular Christmas shows, with over 50 performers making a spectacular alternative to traditional pantomimes.

Cinderella

Cinderella

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Wed 27 Dec 2017

Ohyesitiz Productions are pleased to return to present to you the family pantomime CINDERELLA. This year the Ugly Sisters are played by Des Barritt - Midsomer Murders and Thomas Howes - Downton Abbey plus full supporting cast and dancers

Dick Whittington

Dick Whittington

St. George's Theatre

Wed 27 Dec 2017

St.Georges is back with their critically acclaimed and hugely successful pantomime. Following the incredible success of Robin Hood last year the team are back with their unique take on the Iconic "Dick Whittington"

The Hippodrome Circus

Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show 2017

The Hippodrome Circus

Thu 28 Dec 2017

The Hippodrome Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show has become one of East Anglia’s most popular Christmas shows, with over 50 performers making a spectacular alternative to traditional pantomimes.

Docwra's Rock Shop

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