7 Best Things to Do in Great Yarmouth with Kids

Are you heading to Norfolk for a getaway or day out and are looking for the best things to do in Great Yarmouth with kids? Then this list of the top 7 is sure to have something on it to entertain the kids.

Great Yarmouth is a great seaside town located in Norfolk. As a seaside town it has all the fun things, you’d come to expect from a great British seaside town. But if you’ve never been, you are probably wondering which attractions in Great Yarmouth are the best for families with kids. This list of the top 7 things to do with kids in Great Yarmouth will help you plan your time there, whether you are simply having a day out in Great Yarmouth or spending a week in the area.

Best things to do in Great Yarmouth with kids

Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach

One of the best attractions Great Yarmouth has to offer is Pleasure Beach. Sitting at the top of Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile, this leisure park, regularly voted in the top 10 of all leisure parks in the UK, welcomes more than 1.4 million visitors each year and it’s not hard to see why.

A picture of the exterior of the Fun Factory at Pleasure Beach, Great Yarmouth
Picture Source: Pleasure Beach Great Yarmouth

You will find all the rides and amusements you expect to find in a seaside town. Rides and amusements are payable with tokens or wristbands, making it easy to enjoy your favourites.

Some of the rides, amusements and attractions include

  • 4-D Cinema
  • Rollercoaster
  • Dodgems
  • Freefall
  • Fun Factory
  • Sky Drop
  • Waltzers

Some have height restrictions, but there are still plenty on offer for the youngest members of the family.

There are several food outlets at Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach where you can enjoy rock and candy floss, ice creams, and larger meals such as hot dogs, burgers and of course, fish and chips.

A short walk from Pleasure Beach are the Pleasure Beach Gardens where you will find an upside-down house, adventure golf, grand prix, and more amusements, and more food outlets. 

If you are looking for days out in Great Yarmouth for the whole family to enjoy, then head to Pleasure Beach. Click here for more information.

Address: South Beach Parade, Great Yarmouth, NR30 3EH.

Joyland Children’s Fun Park

Joyland is a historic, family-owned amusement fun park which opened in 1949 and has been providing family fun and entertainment ever since.

A picture of the snail ride of Joyful Children's Fun Park, Great Yarmouth
Picture Source: Joyful

There are lots of rides to enjoy which are payable by tokens including the world-famous Snails and the Tyrolean Tub Twist. There is also a pirate ship, balloon wheel, and lots more. There are also lots of rides and attractions suited to younger kids including a Junior Ferris Wheel. Reviews have said this is more suited to families with young children.

If you are spending a few hours at Joyland, then enjoy a meal at the America Diner on site. You can have breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks at this food outlet.

If you are looking for fun things to do in Great Yarmouth with kids, then put Joyland on your itinerary. Check out the Joyland website for more details.

Address: Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2DL.

Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens

Located in the ground of Thrigby Hall, the Wildlife Gardens were opened in 1979 by Ken Sims after being inspired by the work of David Attenborough and Gerald Durrell.

A picture of a red panda in Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, Great Yarmouth
Picture Source: Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens

The gardens are home to a variety of animals including rare species, and there are animal encounters, treetop and tunnel walks. Animals you can see include

  • Sumatran Tigers
  • Red Panda
  • Snow Leopard
  • Gibbon Monkeys
  • Meerkats

There is a will pattern garden, tropical and forest houses with crocodiles and reptiles, and there are play areas for kids to enjoy, including a 3-D Adventure Maze and tree ropes play area.

The Cockatoo Café has food and drink to fill hungry bellies and you are welcome to bring a picnic.

If you are looking for family-friendly things to do around Great Yarmouth and the kids love animals, then head to Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens. Click here to find out more.

Address: Filby Road, Thrigby, Great Yarmouth, NR29 3DR.

Jurassic Journey

If you are looking for activities in Great Yarmouth and you have a dinosaur fan in your family, then head to Jurassic Journey.

A picture of the exterior sign with dinosaur head of Jurassic Journey, Great Yarmouth
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As this attraction is indoors, it is one of the best things to do in Great Yarmouth in the rain. Take an adventure back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the earth and enjoy fossils, dino exhibits and over 10 impressive animatronic dinosaurs. There are interactive displays, and you can even complete a scavenger hunt and dig for fossils as a trainee Palaeontologist.

There is a play and activity room but no on-site food outlets. If the weather is not great and you are looking for things for kids to do in Great Yarmouth, then head to Jurassic Journey. For more information, click here.

Address: Tower Complex, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2EW.

Sea Life Great Yarmouth

If you are looking for fun things to do for kids in Great Yarmouth and have fans of Nemo and Dory, then a trip to Sea Life Great Yarmouth will go down a treat.

A picture of some clownfish in Sea Life Great Yarmouth
Picture Source: Sea Life Great Yarmouth

As with all Sea Life locations, Great Yarmouth Sea Life is filled with lots of fish and marine species to see. The ocean tunnel will have you walking under sharks and ray. There are some resident penguins to delight kids, a cool jellyfish exhibition, and more.

Fans of Nemo and Dory can hunt for them in the tanks including the pirate reef, and if they want to get close to marine life, head to the rock pool where they can stroke a starfish. 

There are over 1500 marine creatures to see and there is an on-site food outlet if you have hungry little ones. Sea Life Great Yarmouth is wheelchair and buggy-friendly, and as an indoor attraction, is ideal for visiting if the weather is not great. Click here for more information.

Address: Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, NR30 3AH.

Pirates Cove Golf

If you are looking for family-fun attractions near Great Yarmouth, then Pirates Cove Golf might be right up your street.

A picture of part of Pirate's Cove Golf, Great Yarmouth
Picture Source: Pirate’s Cove Golf

This outdoor, swashbuckling 18-hole adventure golf course can provide lots of family entertainment for the whole family. The miniature golf course features bridges, caves, waterfalls, and more. Will you be able to beat your family around the course?

The attraction is wheelchair and buggy-friendly, and you can buy food and drinks on-site. For more information, click here.

Address: Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, NR30v 2ER.

Great Yarmouth Beaches

One of the best free things to do in Great Yarmouth is to visit one of the many beaches. There are several that stretch 15 miles in total, all with miles of lovely sand and dunes to enjoy. Along the beaches you’ll find plenty of boardwalk attractions, shops, cafes and souvenirs shops for that all-important stick of rock. I’ve found a great post about the best beaches in Great Yarmouth to help you choose which ones to visit. Nut no matter, which one you visit, the kids are sure to have a great time.

This post about things to do in Great Yarmouth has more ideas of things to do and where to stay in the Great Yarmouth area.

So, if you have been wondering what to do in Great Yarmouth with kid,s I hope this post with 7 great attractions and things to do have given you an idea of how to entertain them on your next visit to this great British seaside town.

Cath x

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