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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

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.

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.

Jurassic Journey

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?

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.

Pensthorpe Natural Park

Pensthorpe Natural Park

Pensthorpe Natural Park, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 0LN

01328 851465

Multiple WINNER of Norfolk's Best Large Attraction, Pensthorpe Natural Park is a naturally inspiring family day out, with 700 acres of wildlife, gardens, adventure and indoor play!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

Monkey Business (Children's Activity Centre)

Monkey Business

Burgh Hall Leisure, Lords Lane, Burgh Castle, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 9EP

01493 780333

Monkey Business in Burgh Castle near Great Yarmouth is just what parents and children have been looking for... A premium children's indoor activity centre, combining fantastic play facilities with food and drinks available all day.

Play Stax

Play Stax

42-44 Englands Lane, Longs Industrial Estate,Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 6NE

01493 653117

Play Stax in Gorleston-on-Sea near Great Yarmouth, is a popular indoor children's activity play centre with Quasar Elite laser tag and its own cafe serving healthy options.

Quasar

Quasar

31 Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2EN

01493 332656

Quasar at The Mint, Great Yarmouth, is the UK's largest laser tag arena open all year! Suitable for players of all ages, 2 - 30 players. An amazing atmosphere for an unforgettable experience and perfect for birthday parties.

What's On this winter

Circus

Circus! Show of Shows

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

01603 493625

Sat 6 Oct 2018 - Sun 3 Mar 2019

Part of a nationwide museums partnership, this exhibition details the origins of Circus from the Ancient Greek ‘Hippodrome’ through to the last 250 years and beyond.

The Hippodrome Circus

Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show 2018

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

01493 844172

Mon 17 - Sat 22 Dec 2018

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.

Late Night Shopping in Great Yarmouth

Late Night Shopping

Great Yarmouth, Town Centre, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2EN (0 miles, 1 km)

01493 745828

Wed 19 - Fri 21 Dec 2018

With the last few shopping days before Christmas upon us, Great Yarmouth town centre is open for extended hours for three late night shopping evenings. Market Gates will be open until 9pm on all three nights, plus lots of other shops

Santa's Post Office

Santa's Post Office

Great Yarmouth Market Square, Market Square, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2AX (0 miles, 0 km)

01493 745828

Wed 19 - Sun 23 Dec 2018

Assisted by Santa’s Elves and taking some inspiration for their letter from the Magical Post Office the children will be able to write and decorate their letter and post it in Santa's Enchanted Post Box and watch it make its way to Lapland.

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

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

01493 662832

Wed 19 - Thu 20 Dec 2018

Ohyesitiz Productions Ltd are pleased to return to present for you the traditional family pantomime Sleeping Beauty.

The Xmas Family Night

The Xmas Family Night

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

01493 667890

Wed 19 Dec 2018

We return with lots more dancing , games and competitions for all of the family .

St George's Pantomime: The Wizard of Oz

St George's Pantomime: The Wizard of Oz

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

01493 331484

Thu 20 - Sun 23 Dec 2018

Follow us this Christmas down the Yellow Brick Road for a pantomime version of the classic story The Wizard of Oz. Packed full of modern songs, dances, hilarious characters, special effects and magic.

Yarmouth Stadium

Greyhound Racing

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

01493 720343

Thu 20 Dec 2018

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

Great Yarmouth Christmas Market

Great Yarmouth Christmas Market

Great Yarmouth Market Square, Market Square, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2AX (0 miles, 0 km)

Fri 21 - Sun 23 Dec 2018

A mixture of beautifully decorated wooden chalets and gazebos will take shape in the Market Square, creating a perfect festive atmosphere.

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

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

01493 662832

Fri 21 - Sun 23 Dec 2018

Ohyesitiz Productions Ltd are pleased to return to present for you the traditional family pantomime Sleeping Beauty.

Dick Comes Again!

Dick Comes Again!

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

01493 662832

Fri 21 - Sun 23 Dec 2018

We are VERY excited to see the return of Dick in his new (Strictly Adult Only!) adventure, Dick Comes Again. This show contains a lot of adult themes and strong language, so please over 18's only!

Yarmouth Stadium

Greyhound Racing

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

01493 720343

Sat 22 Dec 2018

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

The Hippodrome Circus

Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show 2018

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

01493 844172

Sun 23 Dec 2018

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.

St George's Pantomime: The Wizard of Oz

St George's Pantomime: The Wizard of Oz

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

01493 331484

Mon 24 Dec 2018

Follow us this Christmas down the Yellow Brick Road for a pantomime version of the classic story The Wizard of Oz. Packed full of modern songs, dances, hilarious characters, special effects and magic.

The Hippodrome Circus

Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show 2018

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

01493 844172

Mon 24 Dec 2018

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.

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

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

01493 662832

Mon 24 Dec 2018

Ohyesitiz Productions Ltd are pleased to return to present for you the traditional family pantomime Sleeping Beauty.

Boxing Day Guided Walk

Boxing Day Guided Walk

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

01603 270449

Wed 26 Dec 2018

Tour of the woodland garden. Learn about the history of Fairhaven, the collection of plants introduced by the 2nd Lord Fairhaven and the organic working methods still used today by the gardening team.

Yarmouth Stadium

Greyhound Racing

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

01493 720343

Wed 26 Dec 2018

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

The Hippodrome Circus

Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show 2018

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

01493 844172

Wed 26 - Sat 29 Dec 2018

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.

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

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

01493 662832

Wed 26 Dec 2018

Ohyesitiz Productions Ltd are pleased to return to present for you the traditional family pantomime Sleeping Beauty.

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