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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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

What's On this winter

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

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

01493 844172

Thu 29 Mar - Sun 29 Apr 2018

Join Jack Jay and Johnny Mac for a brand new pirate adventure. Pirates Live! is without a doubt the UK’s no.1 Live action Pirate show, featuring acrobats, fire breathers, daredevils and of course lots of rum too!

Afternoon Tea...Just for Grown Ups

Afternoon Tea...Just for Grown Ups

The Imperial Hotel, 13-15 North Drive, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 1EQ (1 miles, 1 km)

01493 842000

Sat 7 - Sun 29 Apr 2018

If you love having afternoon tea, why not try this one which is just for grown ups! Delicious treats include Salmon Vodka Gravadlax finger sandwiches, a gin & tonic cupcake and a chocolate orange & champagne mousse.

East Coast Triathlon

East Coast Triathlon

Marina Leisure & Fitness Centre, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2ER (1 miles, 1 km)

0333 456 0777

Sun 22 Apr 2018

SWIM, RIDE, RUN at the East Coast Triathlon. This Super Sprint annual triathlon event in Great Yarmouth consists of a 250m pool swim, a 16km cycling circuit and a 3km run along the promenade.

Monica's Mindfulness Walks

Monica's Mindfulness Walks

Wind Energy Museum-The Morse Collection, Marsh Road (Off Staithe Road), Repps With Bastwick, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR29 5JU (9 miles, 15 km)

07796407864

Sun 22 Apr 2018

We’re pleased to introduce our new Mindfulness walks starting in 2018. Join Mindfulness Walking Guide Monica Porter and discover a new way to take a break from the busy world.

Pirates Live!

Pirates Live!

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

01493 844172

Sun 22 Apr 2018

Join Jack Jay and Johnny Mac for a brand new pirate adventure. Pirates Live! is without a doubt the UK’s no.1 Live action Pirate show, featuring acrobats, fire breathers, daredevils and of course lots of rum too!

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 22 Apr 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 22 Apr 2018

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

Bluebell Weeks

Bluebell Weeks

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

01603 270449

Mon 23 Apr - Sun 13 May 2018

Exclusive access to our neighbouring nature reserve and its bluebell woods.

Yarmouth Stadium

Greyhound Racing

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

01493 720343

Mon 23 Apr 2018

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

Quiz & Great British Desserts Night

Quiz & Great British Desserts Night

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

01493 331484

Mon 23 Apr 2018

One round of the quiz to be based on ST GEORGE. Ticket includes a selection of traditional British desserts

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 24 Apr 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.

Great Yarmouth Racecourse

Horse Racing

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

01493 842527

Tue 24 Apr 2018

Great Yarmouth Racecourse invites you to join them for a day at the races.

The Fureys

The Fureys

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

01493 331484

Wed 25 Apr 2018

As part of their 40th Anniversary tour, Irish Legends, the Fureys perform a great night of music, songs and stories.

Yarmouth Stadium

Greyhound Racing

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

01493 720343

Thu 26 Apr 2018

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

Swinging My Way to Love

Swinging My Way to Love

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

01493 662832

Thu 26 - Fri 27 Apr 2018

a fun filled musical. Featuring the music of Frank Sinatra - to compliment the story. You'll be singing - laughing and smiling the whole night through. Swinging My Way To Love brought to you by Total Productions.

Broads Outdoors Festival

Broads Outdoors Festival

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

Sat 28 Apr - Sun 13 May 2018

The 2018 Outdoors Festival is here! Check out our events calendar for two weeks of amazing outdoor events including kayaking trips, guided walks, wildlife identification and more...

Broads Outdoors Festival

Try Canoeing for FREE

Martham Boat Building & Dev Co Ltd, Valley Works, Cess Road, Martham, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR29 4RF (8 miles, 13 km)

01493 740249

Sat 28 Apr 2018

Never canoed but always fancied having a go? Now you can with a free taster session of up to 1 hour at a Broads Canoe Hire Association Centre (weather permitting).

Broads Outdoors Festival

Try Canoeing for FREE

Herbert Woods, Broads Haven, Bridge Road, Potter Heigham, Norfolk, NR29 5JF (9 miles, 15 km)

01692 670711

Sat 28 Apr 2018

Never canoed but always fancied having a go? Now you can with a free taster session of up to 1 hour at a Broads Canoe Hire Association Centre (weather permitting).

Great Yarmouth Chess Congress

Great Yarmouth Chess Congress

Great Yarmouth Town Hall, Hall Quay, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2PX (0 miles, 0 km)

07808 876785

Sat 28 - Sun 29 Apr 2018

The 2018 Great Yarmouth Chess Congress returns to the Great Yarmouth Town Hall. Two days of intense strategic competition will take place with a number of big cash prizes to be won.

Wind Energy Museum - Morse Collection

Wind Energy Museum Open Day

Wind Energy Museum-The Morse Collection, Marsh Road (Off Staithe Road), Repps With Bastwick, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR29 5JU (9 miles, 15 km)

07796407864

Sat 28 - Sun 29 Apr 2018

Come and visit our unique museum and enjoy a guided tour around our exhibits showing the history of the drainage of the Broads. Light refreshments available, family friendly, access for disabled visitors

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