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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

Elizabethan House

Elizabethan House Museum

4 South Quay, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2QH

01493 855746

Explore four centuries of history under one roof. Stroll around the period rooms in this Tudor merchants house with a free audio tour and try on Tudor costumes.

Caister Castle Car Collection

Caister Castle Car Collection

Caister, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 5SN

01664 567707

Caister Castle Car collection near Caister Great Yarmouth, probably the largest private collection of motor vehicles in Great Britain

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.

Dinosaur

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?

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.

Time & Tide Courtyard Demonstration

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 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!

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.

Mikki's Soft Play Area

Jolly Jacks

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

01493 851521

Within the Marina Leisure & Fitness Centre, Great Yarmouth is Jolly Jacks fun soft play area for young children to enjoy. Height restrictions apply. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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.

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!

Fritton Owl Sanctuary

Fritton Owl Sanctuary

Fritton Plant Centre, Beccles Road, Fritton, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 9EX

07951 786069

Fritton Owl Sanctuary, accessed via Fritton Plant Centre, is a small, free to visit sanctuary that provides shelter and care for unwanted and injured owls, where possible rehabilitating sick native owls to release them back into the wild.

Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Redwings Caldecott Visitor Centre

Caldecott Hall, Beccles Road, Fritton, Norfolk, NR31 9EY

0870 040 0033

For a FREE and fun family day out, visit Redwings Caledcott and meet friendly rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules nose-to-nose. Redwings Caldecott is the rescue charity's largest visitor centre with over 100 residents.

Adventure play

Pettitts Animal Adventure Park

Church Road, Reedham, Norfolk, NR13 3UA

01493 701403

Pettitts Animal Adventure Park near Great Yarmouth is best described as three fun parks in one. Pettitts has rides galore, family entertainment, exotic and domestic animals and birds to see, animals to feed & pet.

Nelson Museum

Nelson Museum

26 South Quay, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2RG

01493 850698

The Nelson Museum in Great Yarmouth offers you the chance to find out more about local hero, Admiral Lord Nelson, and the times in which he lived.

Thursford Collection

Thursford Collection

Thursford Green, Thursford, Norfolk, NR21 0AS

01328 878477

Thursford Collection is open during the summer as a working museum of mechanical organs, Wurlitzer shows, silent movies, old fashioned fairground carousels, static displays of fairground & road engines & all kinds of related memorabilia.

Burgh Castle

Burgh Castle

Burgh Castle, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 9QG

0870 333 1181

Burgh Castle Fort: Imposing stone walls, with added towers for catapults, of a Roman 3rd century 'Saxon Shore' fort. Panoramic views over Breydon Water, which the fourth wall collapsed into a long time ago.

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!

Horsey Windpump

Horsey Windpump

Horsey, Nr Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR29 4EE

01263 740241

Fully restored and once again standing proud over the broadland landscape, Horsey Windpump is complete with new cap and turning patent sails. Explore this historic mill and discover it’s fascinating story.

What's On this winter

Drawn to the Coast - Gallery Shot

Drawn to the Coast: Turner, Constable, Cotman

Time and Tide - Museum of Great Yarmouth, 16 Blackfriars Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 3BX (1 miles, 1 km)

01493 743930

Wed 30 May - Sun 9 Sep 2018

Explore Great Yarmouth and its coast through the lives and works of Turner, Constable and Cotman at Time & Tide Museum this summer

Burgh Castle Roman Fort

Free Guided Tours

Burgh Castle, Burgh Castle, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 9QG (4 miles, 6 km)

01263 587705

Sun 3 Jun - Sun 30 Sep 2018

Free guided tours at Burgh Castle every Sunday, June - September 2018

Yarmouth Stadium

Greyhound Racing

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

01493 720343

Mon 18 Jun 2018

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

The Finest Quay In Europe Heritage Guided Walk

The Finest Quay In Europe Heritage Guided Walk

Great Yarmouth Row Houses, South Quay, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2RQ (0 miles, 1 km)

01493 846346

Tue 19 Jun 2018

New for 2018! In the early 18th century Yarmouth was described several times by Daniel Defoe as 'The Finest Quay in England if not in Europe'. Hear about its fascinating history and see some of the fine examples of Georgian architecture.

Summer Season Show

Summer Season Show

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

01493 662832

Tue 19 Jun 2018

Gypsy Productions returns to bring you an another great night of entertainment with song, dance and comedy with Nigel 'Boy' Syer, Olly Day, Lisa Marie and Andy Pelos along with a full supporting cast of dancers plus Sue King.

Queers - Part One

Queers - Part 2

St. George's Theatre, King Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2PG (0 miles, 0 km)

01493 331484

Tue 19 Jun 2018

A young soldier returning from the trenches of the First World War recollects a love that dare not speak its name. Almost one hundred years later, a groom-to-be prepares for his gay wedding.

Lee Nelson - Serious Joker

Lee Nelson - Serious Joker

Britannia Pier, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2EH (0 miles, 1 km)

01493 842209

Wed 20 Jun 2018

You've seen him sneaking into places he shouldn't be, now come and see him where he most definitely should be: live on stage with his sensational Serious Joker tour.

Great Yarmouth Beer & Cider Festival

Great Yarmouth Beer & Cider Festival

St. George's Theatre, King Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2PG (0 miles, 0 km)

01493 745828

Thu 21 Jun 2018

The Great Yarmouth Beer and Cider Festival returns to St Georges Theatre in June for a celebration of real ale, ciders and live music. With a choice of real ales and ciders the 12th annual Great Yarmouth Beer & Cider Festival promises somet

Yarmouth Stadium

Greyhound Racing

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

01493 720343

Thu 21 Jun 2018

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

Great Yarmouth Beer & Cider Festival

Great Yarmouth Beer & Cider Festival

St. George's Theatre, King Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2PG (0 miles, 0 km)

01493 745828

Fri 22 - Sat 23 Jun 2018

The Great Yarmouth Beer and Cider Festival returns to St Georges Theatre in June for a celebration of real ale, ciders and live music. With a choice of real ales and ciders the 12th annual Great Yarmouth Beer & Cider Festival promises somet

The Drill House Tea Dance

The Drill House Tea Dance

The Drill House - SeaChange Arts, York Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2LZ (0 miles, 1 km)

01493 745458

Sat 23 Jun 2018

The Ragroof DJs will be playing authentic music from the 20s to the 50s and bring their trademark instant dance classes. Polish up your dancing shoes and join us!

St Benet's Abbey Boat Trip & Tour

St Benet's Abbey Boat Trip & Tour

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

01603 270449

Sat 23 Jun 2018

Boat trip from Fairhaven Garden to St Benet's Abbey with a 45 minute guided tour of the abbey. (Please note this trip is not suitable for wheelchair users due to the uneven ground at the abbey.) Includes garden entry from 10am.

Family Night

Family Night

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

01493 667890

Sat 23 Jun 2018

Be prepared for a family fun filled night! With disco dancing, games and prizes with resident dancers Ellie and Charlie, and of course the Justin Bieber tribute show!

Cliff

Cliff

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

01493 662832

Sat 23 Jun 2018

Jimmy Jemain is now firmly established as the No. 1 Cliff Richard Look and Soundalike. He incorporates original material in his repertoire, which was written exclusively for him by top song writers whose credits include Cliff himself.

Yarmouth Stadium

Greyhound Racing

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

01493 720343

Sat 23 Jun 2018

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

Caister Carnival & Village Experience

Caister Carnival & Village Experience

King George V Playing Field, Allendale Road, Caister-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 5HT (3 miles, 5 km)

Sun 24 Jun 2018

Come along to Caister Carnival and Village Experience Day to see the Carnival Queen, a dog show by Mad Dogs, performances in the main ring by local groups and browse lots of stalls.

Burgh Castle Village Fun Day

Burgh Castle Village Fun Day

Burgh Castle Playing Field, Church Road, Burgh Castle, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 9QG (3 miles, 5 km)

Sun 24 Jun 2018

Join in with some fun activities for the Burgh Castle Village Fun Day including a fun dog shop & agility display, ring events, stalls, refreshments and Razz & Auntie Pearl will be running a clown workshop.

Great Yarmouth Beer & Cider Festival

Great Yarmouth Beer & Cider Festival

St. George's Theatre, King Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2PG (0 miles, 0 km)

01493 745828

Sun 24 Jun 2018

The Great Yarmouth Beer and Cider Festival returns to St Georges Theatre in June for a celebration of real ale, ciders and live music. With a choice of real ales and ciders the 12th annual Great Yarmouth Beer & Cider Festival promises somet

Sun, Sea, Stars & Circus Heritage Guided Walk

Sun, Sea, Stars & Circus Heritage Guided Walk

Britannia Pier, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2EH (0 miles, 1 km)

01493 846346

Sun 24 Jun 2018

New for 2018! Over the years, Great Yarmouth's seafront has played host to many famous names and faces. Take a trip down memory lane and learn how the holiday and entertainment industry has played its part in how the seafront looks today.

Yarmouth Stadium

Greyhound Racing

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

01493 720343

Mon 25 Jun 2018

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

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