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Things to do in Great Yarmouth over winter

Just because it's cold outside, doesn't mean that there's nothing to do and nowhere to go from November to March. There's lots of attractions open over winter and in early spring, so you can still get out and about and have a great short break or day out at the coast in Great Yarmouth.

Indoor Fun

Jump Warehouse

From trampolining to huge ball pools, ten-pin bowling, quasar laser games and swimming pools, musuems, skating and racing, there's loads of fun to be had indoors over winter in Great Yarmouth.

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Outdoor attractions

Snow leopard cub at Thrigby

Wrap up warm and get out and about - visiting Great Yarmouth's attractions during winter is still great fun with outdoor heritage sites to explore, animal attractions to visit and greyhound and stock car racing to enjoy.

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Walking in winter

Winter walking

On a crisp dry day, take in the beautiful scenery around Great Yarmouth, along the coastline and in the surrounding villages. A winter walk is a great way to let of some energy and build up an appetite for tea and cake or a pub meal out.

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Winter - a great time for a short break

“There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” said Alfred Wainwright. 

Inappropriate clothing doesn't really matter if you're enjoying yourself indoors at one of the many attractions still open over winter in Great Yarmouth, but if you're planning a trip to the zoo at Thrigby, Fritton Owl Sanctuary or Redwings, then you'd best have a look at the forecast or one of our webcams before you step out, just in case. 

If you're looking for somewhere for the kids to let off steam indoors over the school holidays or on a winter weekend, there are loads of options from indoor play centres to ten-pin bowling, quasar games and Jump Warehouse.

Indoor fun also includes Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre, the award winning Time & Tide Museum and Jurassic Journey, the all-new dinosaur attraction on Great Yarmouth seafront.

If it's cold but dry, we heartily recommend wrapping up warm and going for a walk - there are loads of options to choose from including short walks, long walks, walks with a friendly pub or cosy tea room at the end, walks in the countryside or walks along the beach. 

If you haven't got any kids to think about, then please yourselves. Perhaps a trip to the golf course or the driving range, a relaxing day out at the spa, some retail therapy, a trip to the races or the casino might be more in order. 

Please note that some attractions are open daily over winter (most are not usually open on Christmas Day) and some are only open at weekends and in the school holidays, so do check their opening information carefully before you set out. 

Why not make a weekend of it and book somewhere to stay? Or perhaps you could plan a Twixmas break - going away for a few days after Christmas and before the New Year celebrations is becoming a really popular thing to do. 

Get your coat on and head out the door - there's so much to do, events to enjoy and attractions to visit in Great Yarmouth this winter.

Attractions open today

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.

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.

Pleasure Beach

Pleasure Beach

South Beach Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 3EH

01493 844585

The Pleasure Beach Great Yarmouth situated on the seafront, is a 9-acre amusement park featuring many rides and attractions.

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.

Pleasurewood Hills Family Theme Park

Pleasurewood Hills Family Theme Park

Leisure Way, Corton, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 5DZ

01502 586000 

Pleasurewood Hills Family Theme Park has so much to explore. With over 35 rides, shows and attractions you’ll have plenty to see and do when you visit the park.

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.

Marina Centre Tropical Pool (Indoor Swimming)

Marina Centre Tropical Pool

Marina Leisure & Fitness Centre, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2ER

01493 851521

Come & visit the Marina Leisure Centre in Great Yarmouth with their beach style leisure pool with wave machine, slide and fun sessions with the giant wipeout inflatable weekdays during school holidays and every weekend throughout the year.

Prison Cells - The Tolhouse

The Tolhouse Gaol

Tolhouse Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2SH

01493 858900

Visit one of the UK's oldest gaols, dating back to the 12th century. See the original cells and discover the fate of the thieves, smugglers, witches, pirates and murderers who were confined here.

Wind Energy Museum

Wind Energy Museum - The Morse Collection

Wind Energy Museum-The Morse Collection, Marsh Road (Off Staithe Road), Repps With Bastwick, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR29 5JU

01692 670204

The Wind Energy Museum - Morse Collection at Repps with Bastwick near Great Yarmouth is the only historical collection of wind engines in Britain, demonstrating the history of Norfolk drainage, with an example of a working scoop wheel.

Wellington Bowl lanes

Wellington Bowl Ten Pin Bowling Centre

Wellington Pier, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, NR30 3JF

01493 845947

Wellington Pier Ten Pin Bowling Centre in Great Yarmouth is undoubtedly the most modern ten pin bowling and entertainment centre in the region, built in a unique position on the pier overlooking the beach with amazing sea views!

Sea Life Centre Gardens

Sea Life Centre Gardens

Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, NR30 3AH

The Sea Life Centre Gardens on Great Yarmouth seafront lead directly from Marine Parade to the esplanade and are a lively venue for a range of events.

What's On this winter

Jawsome Sharks

Jawsome Sharks

Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 3AH (1 miles, 1 km)

01493 330631

Tue 26 Mar - Mon 6 May 2019

Take a dive into the deep at SEA LIFE GREAT YARMOUTH this spring and become the newest recruits of the Jawsome Rangers and fulfill the mission of finding the missing shark teeth.

Scavenger Hunt Bonanza

Scavenger Hunt Bonanza

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, School Road, South Walsham, Norfolk, NR13 6DZ (10 miles, 17 km)

01603 270449

Sat 6 - Mon 22 Apr 2019

Family event: A whole bumper fortnight of scavenger hunting in the woods! Fit as many tiny objects as you can into a small container.

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus, St Georges Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2EU (1 miles, 1 km)

01493 844172

Thu 18 - Fri 19 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, aerialists and of course lots of rum too!

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, School Road, South Walsham, Norfolk, NR13 6DZ (10 miles, 17 km)

01603 270449

Fri 19 Apr 2019

Family event: Hunt for the colourful eggs that will lead you to a chocolatey eggy prize! Face painting and Easter crafts for children.

Bongo's Bingo

Bongo's Bingo

Ocean Room, Pier Gardens, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, NR31 6PP (3 miles, 4 km)

01493 667890

Fri 19 - Sat 20 Apr 2019

Bongo's Bingo hosts the most outrageous bingo known to man. Expect impromptu raves, dance offs and prizes so bad they’re good. Bongo’s Bingo turns a predisposed evening of bingo on its head and we promise you that you’ll love every second.'

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus, St Georges Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2EU (1 miles, 1 km)

01493 844172

Sat 20 - Mon 22 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, aerialists and of course lots of rum too!

Yarmouth Stadium

Greyhound Racing

Yarmouth Stadium, Yarmouth Road, Caister-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 5TE (2 miles, 3 km)

01493 720343

Sat 20 Apr 2019

Greyhound Racing is an action packed evening every Monday, Thursday and Saturday evening.

Seriously Collins

Seriously Collins

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Pier Gardens, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 6PP (3 miles, 4 km)

01493 662832

Sat 20 Apr 2019

Featuring highly experienced professional musicians, Seriously Phil Collins is the ultimate tribute. This lively none stop show guarantees you a truly amazing experience both musically and visually.

American & Classic Car Display

American & Classic Car Display

Anchor Plaza, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2EN (0 miles, 1 km)

01493 440539

Sun 21 Apr 2019

Join the East Coast Pirates Car Club throughout the year at the Anchor Plaza to enjoy some of the finest classic vehicles ever to be produced by Uncle Sam and from the UK.

Easter Bunny Ramble

Easter Bunny Ramble

Wind Energy Museum-The Morse Collection, Marsh Road (Off Staithe Road), Repps With Bastwick, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR29 5JU (9 miles, 15 km)

07796407864

Sun 21 Apr 2019

Our popular Easter event is back. Our Easter Bunny Trail begins at the Wind Energy Museum where you buy your bunny pack and head off to Thurne Mill along the riverbank (a mini trail is available at the museum).

Easter Eggtravaganza

Easter Eggtravaganza

The Waterways, North Drive, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 4EW (1 miles, 1 km)

Sun 21 Apr 2019

Join us this Easter Sunday, 21st April between 11am and 2pm, for a whole host of FUN and FREE activities to mark the opening of the Waterways end of the park.

Annual Charity Duck Races (Image - Adrian Buck)

Great Yarmouth Annual Charity Duck Races

The Waterways, North Drive, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 4EW (1 miles, 1 km)

Sun 21 Apr 2019

The Annual Charity Duck Race, organised by the Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club is a fun event which raises money for many worthy causes taking place in the recently restored Venetian Waterways.

Medieval Town Wall - Guided Walk

Medieval Town Wall - Guided Walk

Great Yarmouth Minster, Church Plain, Great Yarmouth, NR30 1NE (0 miles, 0 km)

01493 846346

Sun 21 Apr 2019

Isolated on the east coast, fear of pirates and invasion gave the people of Great Yarmouth a distinct last frontier mentality. Once King John granted the town its Charter, a wall was the answer.

Motor Racing (Image courtesy of Rob Coleman)

Stock Car Racing

Yarmouth Stadium, Yarmouth Road, Caister-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 5TE (2 miles, 3 km)

01493 720343

Sun 21 Apr 2019

Come and enjoy the thrill of motor racing at Great Yarmouth Stadium, in conjunction with Spedeworth International Motor Racing.

Bluebell Weeks

Bluebell Weeks

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, School Road, South Walsham, Norfolk, NR13 6DZ (10 miles, 17 km)

01603 270449

Mon 22 Apr - Sun 12 May 2019

Exclusive access to our neighbouring nature reserve and its bluebell woods. An additional 2 miles of walkways set within 60 acres of mature and coppiced woodland.

Yarmouth Stadium

Greyhound Racing

Yarmouth Stadium, Yarmouth Road, Caister-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 5TE (2 miles, 3 km)

01493 720343

Mon 22 Apr 2019

Greyhound Racing is an action packed evening every Monday, Thursday and Saturday evening.

Gory Stories on a Wicked Walk Heritage Guided Walk

Gory Stories on a Wicked Walk Heritage Guided Walk

Great Yarmouth Minster, Church Plain, Great Yarmouth, NR30 1NE (0 miles, 0 km)

01493 846346

Tue 23 Apr 2019

From the strange and curious to the dark and murderous, Great Yarmouth is home to many gruesome and macabre tales. Join a trained guide on this wicked walk to hear all the gory details.

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

The Hippodrome Circus, St Georges Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2EU (1 miles, 1 km)

01493 844172

Wed 24 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, aerialists and of course lots of rum too!

Easter Fair

Easter Fair

Great Yarmouth Market Place, Market Gates Shopping Centre, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2AX (0 miles, 0 km)

01493 846346

Thu 25 - Sun 28 Apr 2019

Great Yarmouth's annual Easter fair returns for four days from 25 April to 28 April 2019.

Yarmouth Stadium

Greyhound Racing

Yarmouth Stadium, Yarmouth Road, Caister-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 5TE (2 miles, 3 km)

01493 720343

Thu 25 Apr 2019

Greyhound Racing is an action packed evening every Monday, Thursday and Saturday evening.

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