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A Day out in Great Yarmouth

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November 4, 2016

Great Yarmouth is a coastal town in Norfolk, England and is located at the mouth of the River Yare, 20 miles east of Norwich and on the edge of the Norfolk Broads.
Over the half term holiday we stayed at Potters Resort which is just a 10 minute drive from the seaside town, so we made sure we paid a visit.
Great Yarmouth is Norfolk’s premier beach resort with a golden mile of sandy beach to explore with plenty of activities to keep the family amused, many of which close at the end of October until the season starts next March.
Our first port of call was Yarmouth Sealife Centre, which is open all year and not only offers fishy fun, but also a good-sized soft play area for the kids.
Yarmouth Sea Life
The Sea Life Centre looks quite small from the outside but it is definitely Tardis like on the inside with lots of displays to see. There is a wide range of native sea creatures, from shoaling species like bass and mullet to sharks and rays as well as creatures from farther afield including penguins, turtles and sharks.
Yarmouth Sea Life
The kids got to interact with creatures in the rock pool displays, search for lettered pumpkins in the #spookyseas game and collect stamps in their passports at each dive station.
Penguin
Once they had completed their #spookyseas puzzle they earned a token which they exchanged for a turn on the ‘yucky dip’ to win a prize.
Sealife Yarmouth
We spent around an hour and a half in the Sea Life Centre before heading outside to enjoy the sandy beach between Britannia and Wellington Piers.
Great Yarmouth
Great Yarmouth must be bustling in the summer months and full of activities for the kids but it was deadly quiet and we had the beach almost to ourselves. The promenade runs alongside the beach with a range of shops, cafe’s, arcades and ice-cream vendors. Some of the old buildings were stunning and others were very rundown which was quite sad to see.
Great Yarmouth
There were also horse and carriage and land train rides running along the promenade.
Great Yarmouth
We toyed with a carriage ride until we saw the donkey’s giving rides along the beach. It is a not a seaside tradition we have in Bournemouth so the kids were keen to give it a go. It was so memorable that the kids even remember the names of their donkey’s – Vinnie, Cracker and Willy.
 
Donkeys
There are attractions on both piers but after a look around we decided that it was just as much fun to play on the beach.
Great Yarmouth
We found a jetty that stretched into the sand and spent ages running along it and leaping off again.
Great Yarmouth
We did come away feeling like Great Yarmouth was the seaside town which time forgot. There was the Pleasure Beach and Joyland for younger children at opposite ends of the main beach but it all seemed very expensive for what it was. We did toy with the idea of going to the Hippodrome Circus but at £80 for the family and with a halloween theme we thought the younger ones would be scared.
Great Yarmouth
We had high hopes for a visit to Great Yarmouth, everyone who has visited always raves about what a fabulous location it is, however, it appears to close down this time of year and the buzz just wasn’t there for us.

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    Cathy Glynn

    November 4, 2016

    It was very quiet when we visited in February last year but I have fond memories of childhood holidays there. We are visiting again next Easter so I am hoping it will be a little more active 🙂 x

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    Cathy Glynn

    November 4, 2016

    It was very quiet when we visited in February last year but I have fond memories of childhood holidays there. We are visiting again next Easter so I am hoping it will be a little more active 🙂 x

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    Shirley

    November 4, 2016

    Sounds so good. Pics are so nice and it seems kids enjoyed a lot. Thanks for sharing. I will definitely consider it as I am planning holiday with my family shortly. I will share it with my friends as well.

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    Ness

    November 4, 2016

    We went to Great Yarmouth some years ago and I remember my daughter insisted on a donkey ride too!

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    Cerys

    November 4, 2016

    Great Yarmouth is one of our local beaches – I love it quieter like you experienced it as middle of the summer it’s heaving with people.

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    Fritha Strickland

    November 4, 2016

    wow I love the architecture on that building, have never thought about Great Yarmouth! x

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    Emma

    November 4, 2016

    This looks like such a lovely trip! I love touring the UK for little weekend or midweek getaways.

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    Otilia

    November 5, 2016

    Oh look at their little faces! They truly express how much fun they had!

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    Baby Isabella

    November 5, 2016

    Looks like you had an amazing time in Great Yarmouth! Love the donkey pictures! We’re big fans of SEALIFE too:)

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    Mandi

    November 5, 2016

    You will definitely have to come and visit during the summer season when the place is full, however for locals like us, this is our most preferred time of the year because we can actually get on the beach and park on the seafront! Glad you enjoyed the Sealife xx

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      Kara

      November 5, 2016

      It is a bit like that here in Bournemouth, I avoid the beach like the plague in summer and enjoy the winter more

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    Where To Next Kids?

    November 5, 2016

    It’s a shame that it wasn’t what you hoped for. I have some fond memories of this town when I was a kid

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    Lisa (Travel Loving Family)

    November 6, 2016

    Oh what a shame it didn’t live up to your expectations Kara. The donkey rides looked fun though:)

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    JuggleMum, Nadine Hill

    November 7, 2016

    I love the ‘leaping off the jetty’ shots! Looks like a fab day out

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      JuggleMum, Nadine Hill

      November 7, 2016

      That part I meant!!! x

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