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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

Hirsty's Family Fun Park

Hirsty's Family Fun Park

Hirst Farm, Yarmouth Road, Hemsby, Great Yarmouth, NR29 4NL

07771 605797

Hirsty's Fun Park near Great Yarmouth is fun for all the family. Activities include go-karts, haybale mountains, swings, football game, crazy croquet and Maizeys snack shack. During summer get lost and found in our unique maze of maize!

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.

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?

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.

Merrivale Model Village Illuminations

Merrivale Model Village Illuminations

Merrivale Model Village, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 3JG

01493 842097

One of Great Yarmouth's best loved family attractions illuminated by night, set in over an acre of award-winning landscaped gardens with streams, waterfalls and lake with Koi Carp.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Wroxham Miniature Worlds

Wroxham Miniature Worlds

Unit 2 Station Business Park, Horning Road, Hoveton, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 8QJ

01603 781728

Wroxham Miniature Worlds is the largest indoor modelling attraction in the UK. Great fun for all the family.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Grow Your Own Oak Tree Week

Grow Your Own Oak Tree Week

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

01603 270449

Thu 18 - Sun 28 Oct 2018

Family event: Forage for an acorn in our woodland garden then squirrel it away in a recycled pot using Fairhaven leaf soil to grow your very own oak tree.

Ascarium

Ascarium

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

01493 330631

Sat 20 Oct - Sun 4 Nov 2018

Take a step into the creepy deep at SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth this Halloween and navigate the Ascarium; an immersive trail which takes you past some of the scariest sea creatures.

Pleasurewood Chills

Pleasurewood Chills

Pleasurewood Hills Family Theme Park, Leisure Way, Corton, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 5DZ (7 miles, 11 km)

01502 586000

Sat 20 - Sun 28 Oct 2018

Halloween makes its return to Pleasurewood Hills this October half term. Visit the park from 20 to 28 October for some family fun with a spooky twist and enjoy all the usual rides, shows and attractions.

Hedgehog Day

Hedgehog Day

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

01603 270449

Sat 20 Oct 2018

Family event: Come along and learn how you can help hedgehogs this winter. Donations of cat and dog food always welcome and needed thank you.

Charlie Caper

Charlie Caper Street Show

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

01493 745458

Sat 20 Oct 2018

Charlie Caper became a household name in Sweden when he won TV show U Got Talent in 2009.

Ladies in Lavender

Ladies in Lavender

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

01493 662832

Sat 20 Oct 2018

One morning following a violent storm, sisters spot from their garden a nearly-drowned man lying on the beach. They nurse him back to health, and discover that he is Polish. Communicating in broken German while they teach him English...

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 20 Oct 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!

The Hippodrome Circus

Halloween Spooktacular 2018

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

01493 844172

Sat 20 Oct 2018

A truly amazing and hilarious show full of all manner of ghosts, ghouls and crazy goings on! The Halloween Spooktacular is perfect for all the family and undoubtedly the best way to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year.

1940's Big Band Dance

1940's Big Band Dance

Royal Assembly Rooms, Royal Assembly Rooms, Albert Square, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 3JH (1 miles, 1 km)

07563651989

Sat 20 Oct 2018

Prepare to take a trip back in time to the swinging 1940’s when we will be recreating the exciting atmosphere of the war time dance halls right here at the Royal Assembly Rooms in Great Yarmouth.

Yarmouth Stadium

Greyhound Racing

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

01493 720343

Sat 20 Oct 2018

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

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 Oct 2018

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.

Hemsby Village Hall

Antiques & Collectors Fair

Hemsby Village Hall, Waters Lane, Hemsby, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR29 4LE (6 miles, 10 km)

07919 022352

Sun 21 Oct 2018

This Fair offers a wide array of items, everyone will find that the atmosphere is casual and relaxed and one will get the feeling that, it represents a fun outing, spent browsing the stalls and picking up something appealing to take home.

The Hippodrome Circus

Halloween Spooktacular 2018

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

01493 844172

Sun 21 Oct 2018

A truly amazing and hilarious show full of all manner of ghosts, ghouls and crazy goings on! The Halloween Spooktacular is perfect for all the family and undoubtedly the best way to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year.

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 Oct 2018

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 Oct 2018

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

North Norfolk Beach

Great Yarmouth & the Norfolk Coast Coach Tour

Great Yarmouth Central Beach, Seafront, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2EN (1 miles, 1 km)

01603 886767

Mon 22 - Fri 26 Oct 2018

Grand UK Holidays are based in Norfolk and handpick the perfect holiday for those over 55. Ranging from couples to groups to solo travellers - the perfect holiday for everyone!

Mystic Medicine

Mystic Medicine

Elizabethan House Museum, 4 South Quay, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2QH (0 miles, 0 km)

01493 855746

Mon 22 Oct 2018

Learn about tried and tested (and terrifying) historical remedies from the past. This is the go-to guide for how NOT to seek medical relief!

The Magic of Circus

The Magic of Circus

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

01493 743930

Mon 22 Oct 2018

Want to run away to the circus? Find out your true circus skill through this day of juggling, dressing up, design and more!

The Hippodrome Circus

Halloween Spooktacular 2018

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

01493 844172

Mon 22 Oct 2018

A truly amazing and hilarious show full of all manner of ghosts, ghouls and crazy goings on! The Halloween Spooktacular is perfect for all the family and undoubtedly the best way to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year.

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