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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 Cinema

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

01493 852600

Visit Hollywood 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

Annie

Annie

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Thu 23 - Fri 24 Nov 2017

Dusmagrik Young Peoples Theatre Company Proudly Presents by arrangement with Muisc Theatre International (Europe) The best-loved family musical ANNIE.

Sunny Hunny Soul Weekend

Sunny Hunny Soul Weekender

Searles Golf & Country Club

Fri 24 - Sun 26 Nov 2017

The Award Winning Sunny Hunny Soul Weekend returns to Searles!

Annie

Annie

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Sat 25 Nov 2017

Dusmagrik Young Peoples Theatre Company Proudly Presents by arrangement with Muisc Theatre International (Europe) The best-loved family musical ANNIE.

Charity Black Tie Ball

Charity Black Tie Ball

Barnham Broom Hotel, Golf & Spa

Sat 25 Nov 2017

Black-tie charity ball with Live Band Open to all members, guests and the general public Tickets to go on sale from 1st May Charity auction Celebrity After-Dinner speaker Special accommodation package to be offered

Lardal Kantori Choir

The Lardal Kantori Norwegian Choir

Great Yarmouth Minster

Sat 25 Nov 2017

A unique opportunity to enjoy a performance by the Norwegian choir, Lardal Kantori, who are visiting the town as part of the annual Christmas Fayre.

The Vicar of Dibley Christmas Show

The Vicar of Dibley Christmas Show

St. George's Theatre

Sat 25 Nov 2017

Following a sell-out production at Sheringham last year of The Vicar of Dibley, the story continues with Geraldine still desperately trying to bring order out of the chaos that is the Dibley Parish Council.

Solid Gold

Solid Gold Weekend 2017

Searles Golf & Country Club

Fri 1 - Mon 4 Dec 2017

Enjoy the sounds of the 60's in our Solid Gold Weekend, new to Searles for 2017

Christmas Festive Concert

St. Mary's Church - Christmas Festive Concert

St Mary's Roman Catholic Church

Fri 1 Dec 2017

Matthew Hardy and the Chorus of St. Cecilia return to St. Mary's Church to perform their festive concert for 2017.

Christmas Spectacular

Christmas Spectacular

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Sat 2 Dec 2017

The Tigerlilys Productions invite you to a magical evening of glitz and glamour as they present their brand new Christmas Spectacular. This years show is sure to dazzle audiences with its fast paced numbers and colourful costumes.

Chorus of St. Cecilia 2017

Chorus of St. Cecilia 2017

St. George's Theatre

Tue 5 - Wed 6 Dec 2017

The Chorus of St Cecilia. A Christmas feast of music and carols to celebrate the Festive season. This will be the 5th annual Christmas concert at St George's Theatre presented by this talented and very popular successful choir.

Cinderella

Cinderella

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Wed 6 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

Christmas with Frank, Dean & Judy

Christmas with Frank, Dean & Judy - The Hits of...

St. George's Theatre

Thu 7 Dec 2017

Following on from our sensational show "An Evening with Frank, Dean & Judy"", we present our Christmas offering - a festive tribute to Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack and their infamous residence at the Sands Casino in Las Vegas.

Cinderella

Cinderella

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Thu 7 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

Cinderella

Cinderella

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Fri 8 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

Sat 9 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 9 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

Michael Buble Christmas Tribute

Michael Buble Christmas Tribute

The Links Country Park Hotel

Sat 9 Dec 2017

Joining us again is Norfolk's own tribute to Michael Buble "Dale Bullimore" - with 3 course Festive meal being served and disco until 1am.

The Hippodrome Circus

Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show 2017

The Hippodrome Circus

Sun 10 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 10 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

Cinderella

Cinderella

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Mon 11 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

Cinderella

Cinderella

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Tue 12 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

Cinderella

Cinderella

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Wed 13 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

Cinderella

Cinderella

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Thu 14 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

Cinderella

Cinderella

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Fri 15 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

Docwra's Rock Shop

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