Family Days Out in Great Yarmouth

Whilst we have a great facilities and activities on-site to keep the kids entertained, from Ellie Club to our indoor swimming pool, the near-by seaside town Great Yarmouth is a fantastic place to visit with the family. With lots of bright attractions, a beautiful and lively seafront, and plenty to see and do, knowing where to go and what to see is always helpful when planning family days out in Great Yarmouth.

The Hippodrome Circus is one to consider when planning family days out in Great Yarmouth.

Hippodrome Circus

The Hippodrome Circus is one to consider when planning family days out in Great Yarmouth.

If you’re in Great Yarmouth at the right time, the Hippodrome Circus is a fantastic place to visit with the family for theatrical performances, thrilling stunts, and water spectacles. Famous for being Britain’s only surviving total Circus Building, the Hippodrome Circus in Great Yarmouth was built in 1903 by Circus showman George Gilbert. Historic in its own right, having been home to a variety of entertainment (and even as a military practice shooting range!), it’s somewhere where you can explore a piece of history and also enjoy the range of family entertainment shows put on throughout the year.

Pleasure Beach

A seaside favourite across the country, the Pleasure Beach in Great Yarmouth is a definite must for thrill-seekers and little ones alike. From seaside classics like Cups & Saucers and Dodgems, to a traditional and fully-functioning wooden rollercoaster, the Pleasure Beach on Great Yarmouth seafront has something for all the family. For the adrenaline junkies, there are rides like the Sky-Drop, which launches passengers into the sky for beautiful views of the seafront and town, or for the brave there is the Haunted Hotel ride. For those less interested in fast thrills, there’s the exciting Fun House, something straight out of ‘Grease’, or calmer still the Snails and Fairy Tales ride.

Sea Life Centre

When planning family days out in Great Yarmouth, why not consider the Sea Life Centre?

For those who love creatures of the sea, the Sea Life Centre on the seafront is a fantastic aquarium that lets you get close to those who live under the sea. Featuring a 250,000 litre Tropical Ocean Display and Tunnel themed like The Lost City of Atlantis, the centre is home to a Shark Nursery. Committed to battling decreasing shark populations, the Sea Life Centre in Great Yarmouth have an ongoing breeding program for the toothy creatures, some of which are classified as ‘near threatened’. With crocodiles, penguins, turtles, and more, this is a great way for you and the kids to get closer to sea life!

Time & Tide Museum

Based in a converted Victorian herring curing works, the Time & Tide museum transports you into the past of Great Yarmouth’s fascinating maritime and fishing heritage history. With a Victorian Row brought to life complete with a replica of a fisherman’s home, it’s a great way for children to experience the atmosphere of the quayside in the 50s, try their hand at the wheel of a coastal Drifter, and busy themselves with a variety of active displays, games, and puzzles to submerge the whole family in the Great Yarmouth of times past. The museum also features a beautiful courtyard, with a canopy of sails and historic fishing boats all around.

Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens

When planning family days out in Great Yarmouth and the surrounding area, why not consider Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens?

With 250-year-old landscaped gardens, a play area for the kids, and a collection of Asian mammals, birds, and reptiles, Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens are one to see. There are animals to interest all the family, including snow leopards, gibbons, a swamp house (featuring crocodiles!) and waterfowl. The gardens also feature tropical & forest houses to provide cover in bad weather conditions, so you can see the beautiful Sumatran Tigers without getting soggy! Whilst not in Great Yarmouth town centre, Thrigby Hall is a short 20-minute drive from our Hemsby Beach Holiday Park, or a 20-minute drive from the town centre!


Please check with attraction before travelling for correct information and prices. Last reviewed 27 March 2017.
Photo of Hippodrome Circus exterior by Nick Marshall.
Photo of Hippodrome Circus performance by David Street.
Photo of Sea Life Centre by David Street.
Photo of Leopard at Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens by Andrew Florides.
Photos all courtesy of Great Yarmouth Borough Council.
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