It’s no secret that most people in the UK will be having staycations for the foreseeable future. Many individuals and family groups will head towards coastal resort locations across the country during the summer months. One such location is Great Yarmouth.
If you’re planning to spend some time in Great Yarmouth soon, you might be wondering what to see and do during your visit. The following are some inspirational ideas of what you can add to your itinerary in and around Great Yarmouth:
Some of the most significant selling points of Great Yarmouth include its golden sandy beaches, a couple of historic piers and a multitude of amusement rides, arcades, and excellent places to eat.
A visit to Great Yarmouth isn’t complete without visiting attractions like the Time and Tide Museum and the nine-acre Pleasure Beach located on the Golden Mile. You should also add the Merrivale Model Village to your itinerary, along with a trip to the North Beach.
When looking at things to do near Great Yarmouth, you might want to consider venturing out to Lowestoft. It’s a seaside resort like Great Yarmouth, and the town is just under a 30-minute drive away in the south, across the border in Suffolk.
Whether you’re travelling alone or with a family or group of friends in tow, there’s plenty to see and do in Lowestoft. For example, there’s the Africa Alive! safari park - home to all manner of animals from giraffes and lions to reptiles and even the East African Land Snail.
No trip to Lowestoft is complete without visiting other attractions and points of interest like the East Anglia Transport Museum, Pleasurewood Hills, and the Royal Naval Patrol Service Museum.
Approximately three miles north of Lowestoft or an 18-minute drive from Great Yarmouth is the village of Corton. It’s a location of historical importance and is even mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.
Another historical point of interest is how it features a medieval church that still boasts some 14th-century stonework remaining. The village is also home to the site of the former Yarmouth to Lowestoft Railway, which closed in 1970.
Located four miles in the south from Great Yarmouth is the village and seaside resort of Hopton or “Hopton-on-Sea” to give the village its official name. Hopton hosts a range of amusement arcades and other tourist amenities and has a holiday camp in the area.
Hopton dates back to Bronze Age and Roman times, and during World War II, played a strategic defence role, as you’ll note from the surviving pillboxes in the area.
The village is also of importance to bowls fans, as every January, it plays hosts to the World Indoor Bowls Championships at the Potters Resort holiday camp.
The Norfolk town of Gorleston-on-Sea is also another location mentioned in the Domesday Book. Located at the mouth of the River Yare, Gorleston-on-Sea was once an important centre for herring fishing but is now a seaside resort town.
While the sandy beaches are a huge draw for tourists, the town also boasts attractions like the Pavilion Theatre, Ocean Bay Amusements, and, of course, the Golf Club. Gorleston-on-Sea is only three miles away to the south of Great Yarmouth.
The large Norfolk village of Caister-on-Sea is a bustling seaside resort. It’s a ten-minute drive north of Great Yarmouth, making it convenient for a day trip from the town. Caister-on-Sea is of huge historical importance, as it was once a Roman fort.
In fact, the village’s name comes from the Anglo-Saxon word for a Roman fort - “ceaster.” Today, Caister-on-Sea features attractions like the Caister Castle Motor Museum, the Caister Lifeboat Station, and, of course, the remnants of a Roman fort built in AD 200.
Another Norfolk village that also features some Roman forts is Burgh Castle. Located some four miles away west of Great Yarmouth, Burgh Castle is rich with history and even features a church that still retains much of its original construction dating back to the 13th century.
Burgh Castle also forms part of The Broads National Park as it’s close to the River Yare. The castle walls and Roman fortification are an impressive sight to see, and there’s also a picnic area where you can enjoy a spot of lunch after some exploring.
In case you didn’t know, The Broads (sometimes known as the Norfolk Broads) is a network of waterways like rivers and lakes that snake around various villages and towns along East Anglia.
The Broads date back to medieval times as they are the product of flooded peat excavations; peat got used as fuel back in those days. There is plenty to explore along The Broads, as you can imagine, especially if you’ve got a narrowboat.
The sleepy villages of Ashby and Ashby Dell, situated in Suffolk, are approximately seven miles or 15 minutes drive southwest of Great Yarmouth. They are close to Fritton Lake or “Fritton Decoy”, which dates back to pre-medieval times.
Fritton Lake features a range of outdoor activities from boat and canoe hire to horseriding.
The village of California is approximately six miles north of Great Yarmouth. It owes its name to some gold coins found on the nearby beach during the Californian Gold Rush in America.
Today, California is a seaside resort and features attractions like the California Cliffs Adventure Playground and the Pink Palace Arcade.
Finally, a village located close to California in a northern direction is Scratby. It’s the perfect place to visit if you’d like to spend some time relaxing on a quiet sandy beach located just a few minutes drive away from Great Yarmouth.
Venture up the Scratby Road, and you’ll come across attractions like Hirstys Maze Fun Park, and in neighbouring Hemsby, there’s the Lost World Adventure Golf Park.
As if visiting the infamous Pleasure Beach in Great Yarmouth itself wasn't enough, the amenities in the surrounding towns and villages will give you almost endless options for things to do and places to see on your next visit to this great British holiday area.