What’s on in Great Yarmouth and the surrounding areas
Great Yarmouth has a great deal to offer with various attractions to suit all. The Golden Mile with it’s restaurants, nightclubs and amusements is just a short walk from the Shrewsbury or five minutes walk will find you in the town centre with plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants.
Firework displays have now become a regular event in Great Yarmouth on Wednesday nights, the fun starts at 8pm with a musical roadshow on the jetty at Marine Parade followed by fireworks at approximately 10 p.m. Displays will take place from 27th July to 24th August.
The area of Great Yarmouth includes Gorleston on Sea and twenty-one villages that are set in beautiful coastal and rural settings alongside the famous Norfolk Broads. The surrounding countryside beckons with historic houses, fine gardens, wildlife parks, castles, crafts and bygone days collections to visit.
Please find below a selection of popular attractions that we can either personally recommend or our guests have recommended:
Heritage Walks (01493-846345)
A choice of four great Heritage Walks all accompanied by an official town guide
Historic South Quay (www.great-yarmouth.co.uk)
Plenty to see and do along the Quayside which hosts a wealth of museums and period properties. The town has a rich maritime and fishing heritage and you can explore some of its oldest buildings and discover how the rich and poor people lived and worked on the vibrant quayside.
Time and Tide Museum (01493-743930)
Experience life in a typical row or on the quayside in heydays of the 1950’s. Follow Great Yarmouth’s transformation from a sandbank to the present day, celebrating the town’s rich and unique maritime and fishing heritage.
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens (www.thrigbyhall.co.uk)
A wonderful collection of Asian mammals, birds and reptiles which are housed in the landscaped grounds and gardens of Thrigby Hall. A very enjoyable day out for all the family.
Great Yarmouth Racecourse (www.greatyarmouth-racecourse.co.uk)
Superb racing at Great Yarmouth Racecourse during April, May, June, July, August, September & October. See website for exact dates and any additional meetings.
Greyhound Racing (01493-720343)
Race meetings held every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday evenings.
(See website for exact details)
Yarmouth Stadium (01473-254697)
Banger and stockcar racing most Sundays & Thursdays, Stunts on Tuesdays.(See website for exact details)
Hippodrome Circus (www.hippodromecircus.co.uk)
Britains only surviving total circus building, the historic 1903 Hippodrome hosts Peter Jays famous all new circus spectacular with the world’s greatest circus artistes and unique glittering Water Spectacle, one of only three in the world.
Sea Life Centre (www.sealifeeurope.com)
The Sea-Life Centre brings you closer than you could ever imagine to the spectacular underwater life. The centre is home to over 40 displays, including the Tropical Ocean Display where you can see the largest inhabitants - the sharks.
Pleasure Beach (www.pleasure-beach.co.uk)
A seafront amusement park that features over 70 rides and attractions. Fun for all the family that ranges from white knuckle thrillers to children’s roundabouts.
Britannia Pier (www.britannia-pier.co.uk)
A host of summer night shows for all the family featuring Joe Pasquale, Jimmy Carr, Chubby Brown, Joe Longthorne, Jethro, Meatloaf Tribute Show, Lee Memphis King – Elvis Tribute, and many others