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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

Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens

Thrigby Hall, Filby, Norfolk, NR29 3DR

01493 369477

Reopen 4 July! 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, Blackfriars Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 3BX

01493 743933

Reopen 3 August! Pre-booking essential. 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.

Wellington Pier

Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, NR30 3JF

01493 845947

Reopen 4 July! 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

Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 3AH

01493 330631

Reopen 4 July! 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...

St. George's Theatre

King Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2PG

01493 331484

Reopening TBC.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

The Arc Cinema

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

01493 923145

Open from 4 July! Visit The Arc Cinema in Great Yarmouth to catch the latest blockbuster movie releases on the big screen in state of the art luxurious auditoriums with all leather reclining seats and full Dolby digital 7.1 sound systems.

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

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

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

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?

The Palace Cinema

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

01493 440506

Reopen 4 July! 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

Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 3JG

01493 842097

Open 4 July! 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

Main Cross Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 3NZ

01493 853 389

Reopen 28 July! 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

Summer Spectacular & Water Show 2020

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

01493 844172

Sun 16 Aug 2020

We are planning a unique 2020 Summer Special, which will include all of your favourite elements from our award winning show. Amazing acrobats, aerialists, daring stunts, dancers, swimmers and of course the world famous Water Spectacular.

Summer Spectacular & Water Show 2020

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

01493 844172

Mon 17 Aug 2020

We are planning a unique 2020 Summer Special, which will include all of your favourite elements from our award winning show. Amazing acrobats, aerialists, daring stunts, dancers, swimmers and of course the world famous Water Spectacular.

Summer Spectacular & Water Show 2020

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

01493 844172

Tue 18 - Sat 22 Aug 2020

We are planning a unique 2020 Summer Special, which will include all of your favourite elements from our award winning show. Amazing acrobats, aerialists, daring stunts, dancers, swimmers and of course the world famous Water Spectacular.

Summer Spectacular & Water Show 2020

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

01493 844172

Sun 23 Aug 2020

We are planning a unique 2020 Summer Special, which will include all of your favourite elements from our award winning show. Amazing acrobats, aerialists, daring stunts, dancers, swimmers and of course the world famous Water Spectacular.

Summer Spectacular & Water Show 2020

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

01493 844172

Mon 24 Aug 2020

We are planning a unique 2020 Summer Special, which will include all of your favourite elements from our award winning show. Amazing acrobats, aerialists, daring stunts, dancers, swimmers and of course the world famous Water Spectacular.

Summer Spectacular & Water Show 2020

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

01493 844172

Tue 25 - Sat 29 Aug 2020

We are planning a unique 2020 Summer Special, which will include all of your favourite elements from our award winning show. Amazing acrobats, aerialists, daring stunts, dancers, swimmers and of course the world famous Water Spectacular.

The Pantaloons' Twelfth Night

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, School Road, South Walsham, Norfolk, NR13 6DZ

01603 270449

Sat 29 Aug 2020

Outdoor Theatre production of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night by the ever funny Pantaloons.

Summer Spectacular & Water Show 2020

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

01493 844172

Sun 30 Aug 2020

We are planning a unique 2020 Summer Special, which will include all of your favourite elements from our award winning show. Amazing acrobats, aerialists, daring stunts, dancers, swimmers and of course the world famous Water Spectacular.

Summer Spectacular & Water Show 2020

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

01493 844172

Mon 31 Aug 2020

We are planning a unique 2020 Summer Special, which will include all of your favourite elements from our award winning show. Amazing acrobats, aerialists, daring stunts, dancers, swimmers and of course the world famous Water Spectacular.

Summer Spectacular & Water Show 2020

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

01493 844172

Tue 1 - Sat 5 Sep 2020

We are planning a unique 2020 Summer Special, which will include all of your favourite elements from our award winning show. Amazing acrobats, aerialists, daring stunts, dancers, swimmers and of course the world famous Water Spectacular.

Summer Spectacular & Water Show 2020

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

01493 844172

Sun 6 Sep 2020

We are planning a unique 2020 Summer Special, which will include all of your favourite elements from our award winning show. Amazing acrobats, aerialists, daring stunts, dancers, swimmers and of course the world famous Water Spectacular.

Summer Spectacular & Water Show 2020

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

01493 844172

Wed 9 Sep 2020

We are planning a unique 2020 Summer Special, which will include all of your favourite elements from our award winning show. Amazing acrobats, aerialists, daring stunts, dancers, swimmers and of course the world famous Water Spectacular.

Summer Spectacular & Water Show 2020

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

01493 844172

Sat 12 Sep 2020

We are planning a unique 2020 Summer Special, which will include all of your favourite elements from our award winning show. Amazing acrobats, aerialists, daring stunts, dancers, swimmers and of course the world famous Water Spectacular.

Summer Spectacular & Water Show 2020

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

01493 844172

Sun 13 Sep 2020

We are planning a unique 2020 Summer Special, which will include all of your favourite elements from our award winning show. Amazing acrobats, aerialists, daring stunts, dancers, swimmers and of course the world famous Water Spectacular.

Summer Spectacular & Water Show 2020

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

01493 844172

Wed 16 Sep 2020

We are planning a unique 2020 Summer Special, which will include all of your favourite elements from our award winning show. Amazing acrobats, aerialists, daring stunts, dancers, swimmers and of course the world famous Water Spectacular.

Summer Spectacular & Water Show 2020

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

01493 844172

Sat 19 Sep 2020

We are planning a unique 2020 Summer Special, which will include all of your favourite elements from our award winning show. Amazing acrobats, aerialists, daring stunts, dancers, swimmers and of course the world famous Water Spectacular.

Summer Spectacular & Water Show 2020

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

01493 844172

Sun 20 Sep 2020

We are planning a unique 2020 Summer Special, which will include all of your favourite elements from our award winning show. Amazing acrobats, aerialists, daring stunts, dancers, swimmers and of course the world famous Water Spectacular.

Yarmonics

Market Gates Shopping Centre, Market Gates, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2BG

01493 858677

Sat 26 Sep 2020

Festival of sonic art and new music celebrating the sounds of the people and place of Great Yarmouth will be available online at www.yarmonics.com from Saturday 26 September. Screenings to take place in Market Gates Shopping Centre.

Yarmonics

Market Gates Shopping Centre, Market Gates, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2BG

01493 858677

Sat 3 Oct 2020

Festival of sonic art and new music celebrating the sounds of the people and place of Great Yarmouth will be available online at www.yarmonics.com from Saturday 26 September. Screenings to take place in Market Gates Shopping Centre.

Yarmonics

Market Gates Shopping Centre, Market Gates, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2BG

01493 858677

Sat 10 Oct 2020

Festival of sonic art and new music celebrating the sounds of the people and place of Great Yarmouth will be available online at www.yarmonics.com from Saturday 26 September. Screenings to take place in Market Gates Shopping Centre.

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