For those who just can't go a whole holiday without a shopping spree, there are plenty of gift and specialty shops for you to explore. Whether you need to satisfy your retail therapy needs, enjoy window shopping, want to treat yourself while you are away or there is something particular you are in search of, Great Yarmouth has it all.
Retail therapy is a guilt-free and effective pick-me-up, which should be thoroughly enjoyed, especially while on your staycation in the UK. Why not treat yourself to some new clothes, pick up an unbeatable bargain, or find some quirky knick-knacks to remember your family holiday.
Great Yarmouth is known for its markets in the heart of the town, filled with lively, friendly locals and a wide variety of stalls and traders. Great Yarmouth markets are not only one of the largest markets in England, but also one of the oldest too. The markets have a permanent placement in the cobbled town, so regardless of when you visit on your staycation, there’ll be time for a trip. However, for shopping enthusiasts, the best days to hit the central markets are Wednesdays and Saturdays, when extra stalls are added to the selection. The markets can make for a quick trip or a day out, as they are surrounded by beautiful historic buildings from Victorian times, as well as a wide selection of eateries to enjoy lunch.
Head to Gorleston-on-Sea where you can peruse the high street and larger warehouses. From your standard high street finds like Boots, Peacocks, the Card Factory, and Iceland to homemade sweet treats, exotic jewellery, and specialty gift shops.
Smaller, quaint shops can be found in Caister-on-Sea village. These are ideal for small, quirky purchases that you wouldn’t usually find back home. You can also benefit from the local fishmongers, butchers, and bakers located there, which are perfect for families who are cooking for themselves in a self-catering staycation or planning some picnics with their day trips to the beach.
If you’re looking for something that makes you feel right at home, shop until you drop and explore the stores until late, Gapton Hall Retail Park is the ideal shopping spot for you. Find national favourites such as Next, Sports Direct, Outfit, TK Maxx, and many more. Make it a day or evening, grab some coffee at Costa and refuel at everyone’s favourite, McDonald's.
If you are enjoying your staycation in Great Yarmouth at the beach and don’t want to travel far, spending time walking up the Marine Parade can be a great way to spend the day and is perfect for window shopping. Walk through the streets and you’ll find something different in each. If you are not shopping for anything in particular, this is a great way to find something you weren’t expecting. Many of the shops close to the beach are independent boutique stores, like Martyns Walk Around, Mermaid Quay, Fancy Fair, Kit-N-Caboodle, and Dead Good. They are great for finding unique items for both adults and children.
Like to peruse the malls? The Market Gates Shopping Centre is located in the centre of the seaside of Great Yarmouth and has everything in one place. They host a wide range of stores and eateries with affordable prices, for example, Pandora, F. Hinds, New Look, Wilkos, and Warren James. Going to the mall means you can enjoy the fun of shopping with lunch, trying on clothes, and hanging out in the book store!
Victoria Arcade is another shopping centre located in the heart of Great Yarmouth historical town. Victoria Arcade is a unique blend of shops and offices, giving tourists a great feel for the local working life in the town! Victoria Arcade is a beautiful heritage site that is worth the visit.
Visiting a shopping centre while on staycation can be a fun and exciting way to spend the day and explore your favourite shops in a new town, find quirky new items that you wouldn’t get back home, or even buy new holiday attire to enjoy on your trip! Shopping can be a one-off stop or you can make a full day of it; most local shops are close to a range of food and drink options so you can stop off, refuel and then get back to it. In Great Yarmouth, there are plenty of options to explore.