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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.

 

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 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.

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.

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

Greater 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.

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, 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, 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

The Room

The Room

Ocean Room, Pier Gardens, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, NR31 6PP

01493 667890

Sat 2 Feb 2019

The Room returns to the Ocean Room for its annual Jools Holland based and inspired music extravaganza.

Let There Be Love

Let There Be Love

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Pier Gardens, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 6PP

014930662832

Sun 10 Feb 2019

Pavilion favourites The Jonathan Wyatt Big Band will be appearing for a love themed matinée concert for Valentines Day.

This is the Show

This is the Show

St. George's Theatre, King Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2PG

01493 331484

Fri 15 Feb 2019

Remembering the golden age we go down memory lane with Kenny Cantor.

Wrong Jovi

Wrong Jovi

St. George's Theatre, King Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2PG

01493 331484

Sat 16 Feb 2019

Described as "The best Bon Jovi tribute band in the world " Wrong Jovi deliver a concert experience like no other. Featuring greatest hits and live favourites such as 'Livin on a prayer', 'Wanted dead or alive' and more.

Magic and Mayhem

Magic and Mayhem

St. George's Theatre, King Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2PG

01493 331484

Fri 22 Feb 2019

A great show for the whole family featuring award winning TV magician Chris North and zany ventriloquist and magician Paul Henri with a jam packed traditional show. Your young ones will love it and the big kid in you will love it too!

Circus of Horrors

Circus of Horrors - Psycho Asylum

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

01493 844172

Fri 1 - Sat 2 Mar 2019

With some of the world’s most daring acts and history’s most Peculiar oddities- The Circus of Horrors is back with a brand new show. Blending Horror and Burlesque with Bizarre and unbelievable acts from an almighty cast.

Oliver!

Oliver!

St. George's Theatre, King Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2PG

01493 331484

Fri 8 Mar 2019

Bringing Charles Dickens’ beloved novel to life, Oliver! takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England, joining Oliver Twist as he navigates the London underworld.

Oliver!

Oliver!

St. George's Theatre, King Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2PG

01493 331484

Sat 9 Mar 2019

Bringing Charles Dickens’ beloved novel to life, Oliver! takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England, joining Oliver Twist as he navigates the London underworld.

West Zone

West Zone

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Pier Gardens, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 6PP

01493 662832

Sat 9 Mar 2019

WestZone is a tribute to the music of Ireland’s finest pop exports, Westlife & Boyzone. A musical evening that is tailor made to satisfy all of your Irish boy band cravings.

Oliver!

Oliver!

St. George's Theatre, King Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2PG

01493 331484

Sun 10 Mar 2019

Bringing Charles Dickens’ beloved novel to life, Oliver! takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England, joining Oliver Twist as he navigates the London underworld.

FABBA Dead or Alive

FABBA Dead or Alive

St. George's Theatre, King Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2PG

01493 331484

Thu 21 - Fri 22 Mar 2019

When a group of ruthless outlaws lay seige to a small town, it falls to a rag tag bunch of wannabe gunslingers to save the day.

Regards to Broadway

Regards to Broadway

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Pier Gardens, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 6PP

01493 662832

Thu 21 - Sat 23 Mar 2019

The Chorus of St Cecilia are pleased to return to The Pavilion for their 20th anniversary concert with many favourites from hit musicals of Broadway for Choir, Junior Choir & Soloists.

Variety Show

Variety Show

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Pier Gardens, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 6PP

01493 662832

Sun 24 Mar 2019

A Variety Show in aid of James Paget University Hospital Renal Unit. Hosted by Norfolk's Own Olly Day, starring Andy Eastwood and Abbababes.

Fine City Chorus

Fine City Chorus

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Pier Gardens, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 6PP

01493 662832

Fri 29 Mar 2019

The Fine City Chorus are a close harmony barbershop chorus based in Norwich and are performing at the Pavilion Theatre in aid of Home Start Norfolk.

Knotted

Knotted

St. George's Theatre, King Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2PG

01493 331484

Sat 30 Mar 2019

Celebrate 10 years of Great Yarmouth pop folk band Knotted with special guests Simon James Kippen, Emily and Eryn, and Kit Kane.

Dusty The Concert

Dusty The Concert

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Pier Gardens, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 6PP

01493 662832

Sat 30 Mar 2019

Dusty The Concert......Featuring Karen Noble Queen of Sound-Alikes and her three superb backing Vocalists.

NAT KING COLE SONG BOOK LIVE TOUR

Nat King Cole Song Book Live Tour

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Pier Gardens, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 6PP

01263 512495

Fri 5 Apr 2019

Join X factor's runner up Andy Abraham for a night of Jazz celebrating the music legend Nat King Cole as he celebrates his 100th birthday this year!

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

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

01493 844172

Sat 6 Apr 2019

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, St Georges Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2EU

01493 844172

Sun 7 - Mon 8 Apr 2019

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, St Georges Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2EU

01493 844172

Tue 9 - Fri 12 Apr 2019

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!

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