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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

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!

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.

The Waterside

The Waterside Rollesby

Main Road, Rollesby, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR29 5EF

01493 740531

The Waterside Rollesby - a boating, wildlife, leisure and dining experience not to be missed! Enjoy a fun and informative guided tour of the Broad on the Edwardian launch, 'Gentleman Jim' (approx 30 minutes).

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 and Tide - Museum of Great Yarmouth

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.

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.

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.

Caister Roman Site

Caister Roman Fort

Norwich Road, Caister On Sea, Norfolk, NR30 5JS

0870 333 1181

Caister Fort: Partial excavated remains of a Roman 'Saxon Shore' fort, including wall and ditch sections and building foundations. Built around AD 200 for a unit of the Roman army and navy and occupied until the end of the 4th century.

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.

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.

Retroskate

Retroskate

Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2ER

01493 854349

All year round indoor roller skating venue for all the family. Facilities include Main & Mini rink, under 3’s soft play area, large café, well stocked shop and skate hire. General skate sessions, Roller Discos, Parties & Tuition available.

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.

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

Only in England

Only in England

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

01493 743933

Sat 21 Oct 2017 - Sun 15 Apr 2018

See an exhibition of photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr. Fascinated by the eccentricities of English social customs, Tony Ray-Jones spent the latter half of the 1960s travelling across England, photographing what he saw.

World Indoor Bowls Championships

World Indoor Bowls Championships

Potters Resort, Coast Road, Hopton-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, NR31 9BX (5 miles, 8 km)

0333 3207 497

Fri 12 - Sun 28 Jan 2018

The countdown is on to the electrifying Just Retirement World Indoor Bowls Championships which returns to Potters Resort.

Hobland Arts Collective Exhibition

Hobland Arts Collective Exhibition

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

01603 270449

Tue 23 - Sun 28 Jan 2018

Exhibition by three artists inspired by nature and natural form - Ruth Straughan, Gillian Southgate and Vivienne Rainsbury.

Yarmouth Stadium

Greyhound Racing

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

01493 720343

Thu 25 Jan 2018

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

Sean Goodman's OMG Show

Sean Goodman's OMG Show

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

01493 331484

Fri 26 Jan 2018

OMG is an interactive show, suitable for all ages, like no other. Afterwards, you will believe in Magic.

80's Night

80's Night

The Cliff Hotel, Cliff Hotel, Gorleston on Sea, Norfolk, NR31 6DH (3 miles, 4 km)

01493 662179

Sat 27 Jan 2018

What a night! One Ticket = Duran Duran - Spandau Ballet - Prince - Madonna

Yarmouth Stadium

Greyhound Racing

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

01493 720343

Sat 27 Jan 2018

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

The Fit Fest 2018

The Fit Fest 2018

Lynn Grove Academy, Lynn Grove, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 8AR (2 miles, 3 km)

Sun 28 Jan 2018

15 Classes over 3 rooms featuring some of the most well-known and passionate instructors within the local area, we're incredibly excited to bring you this event. Classes will include Bootybarre, Yoga, Boxercise, Zumba and Pilates.

Yarmouth Stadium

Greyhound Racing

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

01493 720343

Mon 29 Jan 2018

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

Work by Sandra Derry

Janice Lacey and Sandra Derry Exhibition

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

01603 270449

Tue 30 Jan - Sun 4 Feb 2018

Janice Lacey gouache paintings of still life and Sandra Derry's paintings inspired by the countryside.

Quiz & Curry Night

Quiz & Curry Night

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

01493 331484

Wed 31 Jan 2018

One round of the quiz to be based around curry Ticket includes a choice of Beef madras or Sweet potato, chickpea and spinach curry. Served with boiled rice, mini naan bread, poppadoms and pickles.

Yarmouth Stadium

Greyhound Racing

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

01493 720343

Thu 1 Feb 2018

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

Cash on Delivery

Cash on Delivery

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

01493 662832

Thu 1 - Sat 3 Feb 2018

A Comedy/Farce by Michael Cooney - son of Ray Cooney. Eric Swan (aided by his Uncle George and unbeknown to his wfife - Linda) has pocketed thousands of pounds through fraudulent DSS claims.

Forbidden Nights

Forbidden Nights

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

01493 331484

Thu 1 Feb 2018

Circus just got sexy with Forbidden Nights giving you an evening to remember with thrills, fantasy and forbidden thoughts at every turn! Jam-packed with action from opener till finale, they will leave you on the edge of your seat!

Walk on the Wild Side with Wildlife Warden Trevor

Walk on the Wild Side with Wildlife Warden Trevor

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

01603 270449

Fri 2 Feb 2018

Take a walk on the wild side every first Friday of the month with Tabs, our Wildlife Warden and get inside knowledge of what makes our woodland garden such a unique environment of diverse habitats.

Ska Weekend

Ska Weekend

The Cliff Hotel, Cliff Hotel, Gorleston on Sea, Norfolk, NR31 6DH (3 miles, 4 km)

01493 662179

Fri 2 Feb 2018

Come to a Ska Weekend with 1 or 2 Ska nights to choose from or come to both and make a weekend of it with our special Ska Package.

Forbidden Nights

Forbidden Nights

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

01493 331484

Fri 2 Feb 2018

Circus just got sexy with Forbidden Nights giving you an evening to remember with thrills, fantasy and forbidden thoughts at every turn! Jam-packed with action from opener till finale, they will leave you on the edge of your seat!

Yarmouth Stadium

Greyhound Racing

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

01493 720343

Sat 3 Feb 2018

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

Ska Weekend

Ska Weekend

The Cliff Hotel, Cliff Hotel, Gorleston on Sea, Norfolk, NR31 6DH (3 miles, 4 km)

01493 662179

Sat 3 Feb 2018

Come to a Ska Weekend with 1 or 2 Ska nights to choose from or come to both and make a weekend of it with our special Ska Package.

The Room

The Room

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

01493 667890

Sat 3 Feb 2018

A music event based on Later with Jools Holland, featuring 5 acts on 5 stages.

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