I love Great Yarmouth in all its funfair, ice cream, rock sticks, road train, game rooms, water gardens, circus, crisps, glory at the end of the pier.

My family’s favorite seaside town in Norfolk, Yarmouth is where we head to if we want to have fun: Hippodrome Circus, Pleasure Beach, Imperial Hotel, donuts at the ball, horse rides and rides. cart. The city is a must-see every summer.

My husband – who started his career as a chef in Yarmouth and loves it even more than me – and I have become the biggest cheerleaders in town and so it’s with a big (big?) Glad I present some must-sees for visitors with a little help from Visit Yarmouth.

Merrivale Model Village in Great Yarmouth
– Credit: Jaydn Johnson

1. Imagine 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, parks. holiday homes, country clubs, castles and chalets. The penny arcade on leaving the village is also a treat. merrivalemodelvillage.co.uk/

Graffiti of a rainbow over a bunker on Caister beach

There are 15 miles of sandy beaches stretching out on either side of Yarmouth – Caister is a short walk away
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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 crisps – Our favorites are from the market: try the pickled onion vinegar.

The Hippodrome Circus is home to Pirates Online!  this Easter.

The Hippodrome circus will be open for Pirates Live! this half term
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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 the last minute rehearsals of 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’ll meet mermaids and an octopus, spend time on a 12-meter pirate galleon, learn the rhyme of rum, and witness jaw-dropping circus acts along the way, including cloudswing, aerial chains, spiters. fire, acrobats, dancers, swimmers, acrobats and gymnasts hippodromecircus.co.uk

Windmill Adventure Golf on the Golden Mile at Great Yarmouth

The Windmill Adventure Golf on the Golden Mile in Great Yarmouth
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5. Mini golf – There are plenty of opportunities to experience 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 – a unique interior experience through 11 thematic zones.

A tea stand filled with sandwiches and cakes

Afternoon tea at the Palm Court Hotel on North Drive
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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 to Hotel Marine Lodge on Euston Road where we had afternoon tea at the sister Palm Court Hotel in one of the Lodge’s new luxurious 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 Snails and Fairytales merry-go-round. pleasure-beach.co.uk

The Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth which once again welcomes visitors.  Photo: Danielle

The Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth which once again welcomes visitors. Photo: Danielle Booden
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8. Museum of Time and Tides – A truly exciting museum housed in one of the UK’s best-preserved Victorian herring drying works. The museum has brilliant, ever-changing exhibits – at present there is an amazing 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, it is said that so many boats left 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 on Docwras Rock Factory and store 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

The giant wheel of Great Yarmouth against a blue sky

The giant wheel of Great Yarmouth
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11. Get a bird’s eye view of Great Yarmouth on the Great Yarmouth Giant Wheel which offers 360 degree views of the city and the east coast. At an imposing height of 50 m, the wheel is in town until September. Evan De-Koning, who operates the wheel with his brother Jake, said the views stretch for up to 10 miles on a clear day, with runners able to see Breydon Water, Lowestoft Wind Turbine, Castle of Caister water and the gentle curve of the coast. Tickets purchased in advance offer great deals Greatyarmouthwheel.com

The grand reopening of the Venetian Waterways and Boating Lake, Great Yarmouth.  Photo: Jamie Honey

The grand reopening of the Venetian waterways and boating lake, Great Yarmouth
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12. Where to find Venice in Norfolk? At The Waterways, home to the Venetian waterways, ornamental gardens and boating lake, just north of Yarmouth’s Golden Mile, 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 leisurely stroll on the lake. North Drive, NR30 4EW

A neon flamingo atop an amusement arcade in Great Yarmouth

Arcade attractions on the Golden Mile in Great Yarmouth
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13. Travel the Golden Mile in style – Travel by horse and pram or 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 plethora of indoor and outdoor entertainment, from rides to game rooms, and a plethora of food to choose from, though it’s hard to pass up the opportunity to eat donuts and snacks. 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 conspiracy room”. There’s also a jaw-dropping plush squirrel tea. 4, Quai Sud, NR30 2QH.

Terri Harris, Managing Director of the Great Yarmouth Sealife Center, which is once again open to visitors.  Photo

Terri Harris, Executive Director of the Great Yarmouth Sealife Center
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15. Great Yarmouth Marine Life Center has more than 2,000 marine animals, from sea turtles to rays, 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 center of family entertainment fun with a ten pin bowling alley with dinner and fun arcade while the Britannia has a traditional funfair at the end of the pier, a show bar and theater and a wooden slat walkway. The Joyland amusement park, which opened in the city in 1949, is right next door with the famous snails and zip lines.

Great Yarmouth Minster St. Nicholas Church

St. Nicholas Church in Great Yarmouth Minster
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17. Great Yarmouth Cathedral is the largest parish church in England and barely survived the bombings of WWII. The cemetery and the cemetery are also fascinating.

Ice cream in a tub with spoon with a beach backdrop

Ice Cream on Great Yarmouth Beach
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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 the ice cream is a dream.