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Travel | 5 top family attractions in Great Yarmouth

June 15, 2019

When it comes to seaside adventures on the northeast coast, there’s few to rival good ol’ Great Yarmouth. A little calmer, and slightly more collected, than other nearby seaside towns, such as Skegness and Scarborough, Great Yarmouth is a fab choice of ‘staycation’ for families with small children.

Expect all the usual Great British seaside resort goodness, from building sandcastles to promenade walks with fish and chips in hand. Chances are, if you hit the weather right, you will be able to fill plenty of days with free fun on Great Yarmouth’s many beaches. But that doesn’t mean you don’t want to sprinkle your sandy stay with some child-friendly local attractions too, right?

So, if you do manage to tear yourself away from Yarmouth’s shorelines, here are just five of Great Yarmouth’s best family-centred days out.

Great Yarmouth’s best family-centred days out

Sea and Great Yarmouth

SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth

Located right on the seafront of Great Yarmouth, SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth is an absolute lifesaver if the skies open and your day on the sands is a write-off. Available for you whatever the weather, young children will adore exploring the wonders of underwater marine life at SEA LIFE. New for 2018 is the centre’s CLAWS & JAWS exhibition, featuring a ginormous a Japanese Spider Crab and a jaw-dropping Anglerfish model. You can also get up close to one of the ocean’s most feared predators, the beautiful but deceiving Peacock Mantis Shrimp.

Merrivale Model Village

For a chilled day out in Great Yarmouth, head over to the Merrivale Model Village. The award-winning landscaped gardens, water displays and mini Merrivale model architecture has been enjoyed by families for over 50 years. The attraction also features a small Thomas railway line, suitable for tots, and a uniquely authentic, Old Penny Arcade.

Hippodrome Circus

Built-in 1903 by legendary Circus showman George Gilbert, the Hippodrome Circus is the UK’s only surviving total circus building. Whether your visit to watch a show in the afternoon or an evening, this is a more than just some seaside entertainment, it’s an authentic glimpse of northeast British culture.

With a unique circus ring that fills with water to produce outstanding aqua displays, this is certainly a circus feat with a fantastical difference. Look online for information regarding season-specific showings and to book your tickets in advance.

A large ship in the background

Pleasure Beach

The Pleasure Beach Great Yarmouth is a summer fun steal, ideal for all the family. Once you have bought your wristband, you gain unlimited rides on all the park’s attractions, with non-riders not paying a penny. Aside: that’s all the ingredients for a cost-efficient day out. Whether you have toddlers who love the caterpillar coaster or adrenaline-junkie teens who can’t get enough of intense thrills such as Disko or Skydrop, Pleasure Beach offers great value, traditional seaside fun for all ages.

Jurassic Journey

Adventure back in time with your youngsters to a time when dinosaurs walked the earth. Jurassic Journey is a seafront attraction that features 12 animated dinosaurs, and countless other interactive exhibits and hands-on displays. Meet Professor Possilfossil and become assistant palaeontologists for the day, taking part in the Jurassic Journey scavenger hunt.

When did you last visit Great Yarmouth?

  • Anosa June 15, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    We love Great Yarmouth and have made some amazing memories there as a family, it has been a while since we last checked out pleasure beach.

  • Jenni June 16, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Ooh I’d love to visit the model village and Jurassic journey!

  • Lisa June 16, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Jurassic Journey sounds like a lot of fun! There are clearly many family attractions in Great Yarmouth to do.

  • Hayley Warren June 16, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    I haven’t been to Great Yarmouth for years, it looks like there’s a lot of great things to do!

  • Heather Keet June 17, 2019 at 10:20 am

    The UK is on my very tip top travel wishlist. #MustSeePlaces

  • Cerys @ Travelled So Far June 18, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    I love Great Yarmouth. The sea life centre would be one of my favourites or the beach. It’s been so long since I went though and even though we’re just down the coast I’m yet to take the kids! #MustSeePlaces

  • Kara June 20, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    We visited a few years ago and had a wonderful time – would love to visit again one day

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