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

Winter itinerary ideas

When the nights draw in, the clocks go back and the crowds leave Great 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.

 

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 & Tide Courtyard Demonstration

Time and Tide - Museum of Great Yarmouth

Time and Tide Museum, Blackfriars Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 3BX

01493 743933

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

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 ready to be amazed

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!

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.

Jurassic Journey

The Tower

32 Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2EW

01493 852239

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?

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.

Jump Warehouse

Jump Warehouse

Main Cross Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 3NZ

01493 853 389

Jump Warehouse in Great Yarmouth, our first indoor trampoline park and a great place to have fun and burn off some energy!

Angles Way walk by Steve Wright

Great Yarmouth walks

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

 

Browse walks

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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.

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 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, watch a show at the theatre with a varied programme of all sorts of entertaining performances, from musicals to comedy to plays and shows.

Shows and Plays

Circus of Horrors

Circus of Horrors 25th Anniversary Tour

The Hippodrome Circus, St Georges Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2EU

01493 844172

Fri 6 Mar 2020

The New Circus of Horrors show will be a celebration of the 25 years and will include an amazing amalgamation of acts, driven by a rock n roll sound scape, a show that will have you sat on the edge of your seat...

Circus of Horrors

Circus of Horrors 25th Anniversary Tour

The Hippodrome Circus, St Georges Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2EU

01493 844172

Sat 7 Mar 2020

The New Circus of Horrors show will be a celebration of the 25 years and will include an amazing amalgamation of acts, driven by a rock n roll sound scape, a show that will have you sat on the edge of your seat...

Rock For Heroes

Rock For Heroes

Cromer Pier, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9HE

01263 512495

Sat 14 Mar 2020

Rock for Heroes" is back on the road for 2020; bringing the perfect combination of your favourite Rock & Pop artists, fundraising in support of the fantastic Help for Heroes.

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus, St Georges Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2EU

01493 844172

Thu 2 - Sat 4 Apr 2020

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, aerialists and of course lots of rum too!

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus, St Georges Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2EU

01493 844172

Sun 5 Apr 2020

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, aerialists and of course lots of rum too!

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus, St Georges Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2EU

01493 844172

Mon 6 - Tue 7 Apr 2020

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, aerialists and of course lots of rum too!

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus, St Georges Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2EU

01493 844172

Wed 8 Apr 2020

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, aerialists and of course lots of rum too!

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus, St Georges Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2EU

01493 844172

Thu 9 - Fri 10 Apr 2020

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, aerialists and of course lots of rum too!

Gorleston Theatre Company

My Fair Lady - The Musical

Hopton-on-Sea Beach, Hopton-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, NR31 9SE

Thu 9 - Sat 11 Apr 2020

Gorleston Theatre Company present Lerner & Loewe's 'My Fair Lady'. Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Pier Gardens, Gorleston, Norfolk NR31 6PP 9th - 11th April 2020 - 7.30pm (Sat.Matinee 2.00pm)

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus, St Georges Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2EU

01493 844172

Sat 11 - Sun 12 Apr 2020

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, aerialists and of course lots of rum too!

Gorleston Theatre Company

My Fair Lady - The Musical

Hopton-on-Sea Beach, Hopton-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, NR31 9SE

Sat 11 Apr 2020

Gorleston Theatre Company present Lerner & Loewe's 'My Fair Lady'. Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Pier Gardens, Gorleston, Norfolk NR31 6PP 9th - 11th April 2020 - 7.30pm (Sat.Matinee 2.00pm)

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus, St Georges Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2EU

01493 844172

Mon 13 - Tue 14 Apr 2020

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, aerialists and of course lots of rum too!

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus, St Georges Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2EU

01493 844172

Wed 15 Apr 2020

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, aerialists and of course lots of rum too!

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus, St Georges Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2EU

01493 844172

Thu 16 - Fri 17 Apr 2020

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, aerialists and of course lots of rum too!

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus, St Georges Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2EU

01493 844172

Sat 18 - Sun 19 Apr 2020

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, aerialists and of course lots of rum too!

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus, St Georges Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2EU

01493 844172

Wed 22 Apr 2020

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, aerialists and of course lots of rum too!

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus, St Georges Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2EU

01493 844172

Fri 24 Apr 2020

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, aerialists and of course lots of rum too!

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus, St Georges Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2EU

01493 844172

Sat 25 Apr 2020

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, aerialists and of course lots of rum too!

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus, St Georges Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2EU

01493 844172

Sun 26 Apr 2020

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, aerialists and of course lots of rum too!

Folk on the Pier

Folk on the Pier

Cromer Pier, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9HE

01263 512495

Fri 8 - Sun 10 May 2020

Folk on the Pier is a folk festival held annually on the pier at Cromer in Norfolk

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