I love Great Yarmouth in all its funfair, ice cream, stone sticks, road train, game rooms, water gardens, circus, crisps, glory at the end of the pier.
My family’s favorite Norfolk seaside town, Yarmouth, is where we head for if we want to have fun: Hippodrome Circus, Pleasure Beach, Imperial Hotel, donuts at the ball, horse rides and in carts. The city is an essential part of every summer.
My husband – who started his career as a chef in Yarmouth and loves him even more than I do – and I have become the greatest cheerleader in town and so it is with a big (big?) Pleasure that I present some must-sees to visitors with a little help from Visit Yarmouth.
1. Pretend you are a giant at Merrivale Model Village which, although small in size, is vast in terms of entertainment. And in truth, it’s not even particularly small: there’s a hectare of fun to explore, giving you the chance to stroll through small town centers, villages, farms, traveling fairs, sports stadiums. , zoos, holiday parks, country clubs, castles. and chalets. The arcade for a penny on leaving the village is also a treat. merrivalemodelvillage.co.uk/
2. The beach is awesome – From Winterton-on-Sea in the north to Hopton-on-Sea in the south, there are 15 miles of wide, clean, sandy beach to explore and Central Beach in Yarmouth between the two piers is a wonderful place to paddle.
3. You must have tokens – Our favorites are from the market: try the pickled onion vinegar.
4. Have you been to the historic hippodrome circus? The circus has been at the top of my list of things to do in Norfolk for decades. Based in my favorite building in the entire county, the Circus is one of Norfolk’s many wonders. We joined the Jay family for last minute rehearsals for Pirates Live which runs May 28 – June 13, a chance to see the show which was released in online form (reviewed here) during this year’s lockdown. . You will meet mermaids and an octopus, spend time on a 40ft pirate galleon, learn the Rhyme Rhyme and along the way witness some jaw-dropping circus acts including Cloudwing, Air Chains, Spitters of fire, acrobats, dancers, swimmers, acrobats and gymnasts hippodromecircus.co.uk
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5. Mini golf – There are plenty of opportunities to take a small scale green along the Golden Mile such as Pleasure Beach Gardens, Pirates’ Cove, Castaway Island and Lost World Adventure Golf and if it rains try The Windmill Adventure Golf for a – unique indoor experience through 11 themed areas.
6. Have afternoon tea by the sea – There are plenty of places to have afternoon tea (or a little brother, a cream tea) in Great Yarmouth. We headed for Hotel Marine Lodge on Euston Road where we had afternoon tea from the sister Palm Court Hotel in one of the Lodge’s new luxury suites with panoramic views of the sand. The Imperial Hotel on North Drive also serves afternoon tea, and there are plenty of cream teas at places like Sara’s tearooms on South Beach Parade. Fancy cats with your cream tea? Darling Darlings Cat Lounge on Marine Parade can help.
7. A visit to the historic Pleasure Beach on the Golden Mile is a real day out with all the fun of the fairground – don’t miss the haunted hotel, the historic wooden roller coaster or the newly renovated Snail and Fairy Tale Ride. pleasure-beach.co.uk
8. Museum of Time and Tides – A truly exciting museum located in one of the UK’s best-preserved Victorian herring processing factories. The museum has brilliant, ever-changing exhibits – at present there is a superb collection of over 300 Star Wars toys, original movie posters and memorabilia. Blackfriars Road, NR30 3BX, museums.norfolk.gov.uk/time-tide
9. Take a stroll along the historic South Quay – In 1913 so many boats were said to be operating from Yarmouth that one could cross the river from boat to boat and the beautiful buildings along the river are an echo of this seaport’s past. Just off South Quay you will find the Great Yarmouth Row Houses and Old Merchant’s House. The Rows were a network of winding alleys where harbor workers lived.
10. Rock to Docwras Rock Factory and shop where you can watch seaside rock making and see a range of rocks for sale that will blow your mind! 13 Regent Road, NR30 2AF
11. Get an overview of Great Yarmouth on the Great Yarmouth Giant Wheel which offers 360 degree views of the city and the east coast. At 50m high, the wheel is in town until September. Evan De-Koning, who operates the wheel with his brother Jake, said the view stretches up to 10 miles on a clear day, with runners able to see Breydon Water, the Lowestoft wind turbine, the water tower in Caister and the gentle curve of the coast. Tickets purchased in advance offer great deals greatyarmouthwheel.com
12. Where can you find Venice in Norfolk? At the waterways, where the Venetian waterways, ornamental gardens and boating lake, just north of Yarmouth’s Golden Mile, there are winding canals, miniature bridges, walkways and islands. An ideal place for a picnic and to rent a boat or a pedal boat for a walk on the lake. North Drive, NR30 4EW
13. Travel the Golden Mile in style – Travel on horse and pram or on the Lord Choo Choo road train which is small but perfectly formed (both depart from Landau station near Britannia Pier). And along the Golden Mile you’ll find a host of indoor and outdoor entertainment ranging from rides to game rooms and a plethora of food to choose from, though it’s hard to pass up the opportunity for donuts and ice cream.
14. Conspiracy and … squirrels – The Elizabethan House Museum is where it is said that the plot to execute Charles I was hatched in “the plot room”. There is also a jaw-dropping stuffed squirrel snack. 4, Quai Sud, NR30 2QH.
15. Great Yarmouth Sea Life Center has more than 2,000 marine animals, from sea turtles to stingrays, sharks and seahorses. Look for the Ocean Tunnel, a 250,000-liter Atlantis-themed tank.
16. Unparalleled Entertainment – The Piers – Yarmouth has two, the 210m Wellington which opened in 1853, and Britannia Pier which opened in 1858. The Wellington was the seventh wharf to be built in Britain and is now a fun family entertainment center with a ten pin bowling alley with dinner and arcade room while the Britannia has a traditional funfair, bar and theater, and a wooden slatted catwalk. Joyland Amusement Park, which opened in the city in 1949, is right next door with the famous Snails and Tyrolean Tubs.
17. Great Yarmouth Minster is the largest parish church in England and barely survived the bombing raids during WWII. The cemetery and the cemetery are also fascinating.
18. Dimascio Glacier near the outer harbor, opposite the power station – A very personal recommendation, but a trip to Yarmouth wouldn’t be the same without a visit to Richard in his van for a 99. There are better views in Yarmouth, but ice cream is a dream.