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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!

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.

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.

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.

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?

Splashpad

Splashpad

Gorleston Splashpad, Gorleston-on-Sea Beach, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK

01493 846346

Splashpad at Gorleston-on-Sea near Great Yarmouth is a fun wet play area for children with fountain sprays, jet streams and buckets of tipping water.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

Lego Ocean Explorers

Lego Ocean Explorers

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

01493 330631

Wed 25 Jul - Sun 9 Sep 2018

Dive into the deep with SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth’s new LEGO adventure, Ocean Explorers. Discover new depths of the ocean whilst helping the LEGO deep sea diver track down his missing equipment

The Hippodrome Circus

Summer Spectacular & Water Show 2018

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

01493 844172

Wed 25 Jul - Sat 25 Aug 2018

Summer Spectacular & Water Show features acts from around the world in Britain's only surviving complete circus building. The 2018 show will be themed around the 250 year celebration of the circus first being created.

Great Yarmouth and the First World War

Great Yarmouth and the First World War

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

01493 853263

Fri 3 - Fri 31 Aug 2018

An exhibition detailing Great Yarmouth’s role in the First World War both at home and abroad

The Hippodrome Circus

Summer Spectacular & Water Show 2018

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

01493 844172

Mon 20 Aug 2018

Summer Spectacular & Water Show features acts from around the world in Britain's only surviving complete circus building. The 2018 show will be themed around the 250 year celebration of the circus first being created.

Yarmouth Stadium

Greyhound Racing

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

01493 720343

Mon 20 Aug 2018

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

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

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

01603 270449

Tue 21 Aug 2018

Family event: Scavenger hunting in the woods! Fit as many tiny objects as you can into a small container.

The Family Festival of Magic

The Family Festival of Magic

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

01493 331484

Tue 21 Aug 2018

We have a great line up of magical talent including top Illusionists - Amethyst with Danny Hunt and Stephanie Clarke, the Victorian Magic of Chris North and Belinda, the Comedy Magic of Olly Day, the Award Winning Oliver Tabor and many more

Tree Climbing

Tree Climbing

Fritton Lake Outdoor Centre, Church Lane, Fritton, Norfolk, NR31 9HA (6 miles, 9 km)

0333 456 0777

Tue 21 Aug 2018

We have two very different trees set up for climbing. Our Scots Pine allows you to climb to 9.5m and is a great introduction to climbing, whilst our Turkey Oak at 12.5m offers a more difficult challenge with a variety of climbing routes.

Raft Building

Raft Building

Fritton Lake Outdoor Centre, Church Lane, Fritton, Norfolk, NR31 9HA (6 miles, 9 km)

0333 456 0777

Tue 21 Aug 2018

Raft Building allows groups to work together to use limited resources to build a raft and paddle a certain distance on it, on the lake. Materials are provided and working as a team you will learn new skills to build your raft.

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 21 Aug 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.

The Hippodrome Circus

Summer Spectacular & Water Show 2018

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

01493 844172

Tue 21 Aug 2018

Summer Spectacular & Water Show features acts from around the world in Britain's only surviving complete circus building. The 2018 show will be themed around the 250 year celebration of the circus first being created.

Horse Racing

Horse Racing (evening)

Great Yarmouth Racecourse, Jellicoe Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 4AU (1 miles, 2 km)

01493 842527

Tue 21 Aug 2018

Great Yarmouth Racecourse invites you to join them for an evening at the races.

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 21 Aug 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.

Hemsby Fireworks

Hemsby Fireworks Display

Hemsby, Hemsby Village, Nr Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR29 4HJ (6 miles, 10 km)

01493 846346

Tue 21 Aug 2018

Join us at Hemsby beach for a fantastic free aerial firework display on Tuesday nights during the school summer holidays and on Whitsun Sunday.

The Family Festival of Magic

The Family Festival of Magic

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

01493 331484

Wed 22 Aug 2018

We have a great line up of magical talent including top Illusionists - Amethyst with Danny Hunt and Stephanie Clarke, the Victorian Magic of Chris North and Belinda, the Comedy Magic of Olly Day, the Award Winning Oliver Tabor and many more

Wild Wednesday

Wild Wednesday

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

01603 270449

Wed 22 Aug 2018

Family event: Wild and crafty fun in the garden.

Archery

Archery

Fritton Lake Outdoor Centre, Church Lane, Fritton, Norfolk, NR31 9HA (6 miles, 9 km)

0333 456 0777

Wed 22 Aug 2018

Archery continues to be one of our most popular activities for families, friends, organisations and school groups due to the huge progress in skill level which can be made by all participants during a single session.

Fritton Lake Outdoor Centre

Bushcraft

Fritton Lake Outdoor Centre, Church Lane, Fritton, Norfolk, NR31 9HA (6 miles, 9 km)

0333 456 0777

Wed 22 Aug 2018

Bushcraft is about using the resources readily available to us in the wilds. Our ancestors called it day to day life. It’s strange to think that despite our apparent advances in modern society, we struggle to practice basic skills.

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