Great Yarmouth is a resort town on the east coast of England. It’s known for it’s long sandy beach, many local museums and a seaside camping location. This town was somewhere I visited a lot as a child when we used to have our trailer caravan, so holds many fond memories. Many years down the line, I booked our camping holiday here for this year. After returning from our week camping in Burgh Castle, near Great Yarmouth, I thought I’d compile a list of 10 things to do in (and around) the area.
1. The Hippodrome Circus –
This evening was truly the highlight of our week in Great Yarmouth. This is MORE than a circus and it left us speechless. There is a variety of acts from across the world, including the Wheel of Death, Comedy Acts, Globe of Death Bikers, Aerial Artists, Dancers and SO much more! What left me the most amazed was the circus floor/stage drops into a ‘pool’ with magical special effects, for a captivating water show. I have never seen anything like it, and the transition from the main stage to this water spectacular was so clean and left me in awe. You HAVE to go to the Hippodrome Circus, I wish I lived near enough to go to all their shows!
2. Thrigby Hall and Wildlife Gardens
This is a small wildlife gardens (or zoo), which homes a variety of animals, including some from other continents like Asia. They also have raised walkways and platforms for you to get up close with these beautiful creatures. The Thrigby Hall Conservation Fund, supports a range of conservation projects nationally and worldwide, to help protect these precious and vulnerable animals.
3. Eat Ice-Cream, Ice-Cream and more ICE-CREAM!
There’s nothing more to this, but I just LOVE the variety of different ice-creams you get by the seaside. We made numerous visits to HJ’s on the seafront, especially for their waffles and biscoff flavoured ice-cream!
4. Hollywood Indoor Adventure Mini-Golf
This place was very unique, the layout, sculptures and different themes throughout the course were amazing, from a Christmas course, to New York, to a beach theme. It’s so cheap at only £4.50 per adult. Plus, there is an opportunity to win a free game on the last hole, and guess who got it on their first shot, yes that was me!
5. Pleasure Beach
Although there’s not a large amount of rides, we still spent a fair few hours here going on the different rides and rollercoasters. Also, Adam managed to win TWICE on the Horse Racing game, you can imagine how smug he was!
6. Arcades and Bowling
Obviously the seafront is lined with arcades, with 2p machines, ticket winning games, and other games like air-hockey (of course, I won!). We managed to collect enough tickets to win some cute little prizes to bring home with us, oh and some sweets!
7. Weekly Night-Time Firework Display
Every Wednesday during the Summer at 10pm, Great Yarmouth puts on a FREE firework display on the seafront, and music is played throughout the evening. The fireworks were amazing, and we finished off the night with a bag of fresh doughnuts, what more could you want!?
8. Canoeing in the Norfolk Broads
Although this was on our list of things to do since arriving in Great Yarmouth, I kept putting it off due to the strong winds, unpredictable rain and the fact Adam is the clumsiest person you will meet and I was scared he’d throw us overboard! However, the weather on the Sunday was b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l so decided to book the afternoon canoeing. We booked through Herbert Woods, who’s staff are so friendly and helpful, and we paid £18 for around 3.5 hours. It was hard work, and we nearly got killed by multiple boats, but we had a lovely afternoon and rowed up to Ludham to stop and have some lunch and an ice-cream, before making the return journey.
9. Burgh Castle
This is a 3rd century ‘Saxon Shore’ Roman fort, which wasn’t far away from our camping site. It is a lovely peaceful place to walk around whilst in the area.
10. Walks along the Beach and the Pier
I mean, if you’re by the seaside, how can you not go for a walk by the sea. I find the sound of the crashing waves so tranquil and peaceful, so this was an ideal lunch spot.
As you can see, we had a wonderful, fun-filled week! Have you ever been to Great Yarmouth? Also, is there any places you recommend to go camping, we need a new destination for next year’s trip!?
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