A traditional seaside town full of family fun and a glorious golden beach stretching as far as the eye can see – A family weekend in Great Yarmouth was the perfect tonic after a year in Lockdown.
If you are looking for ideas for things to do in Yarmouth or where to stay, here’s the fun we found in Norfolk on a sunny weekend last summer:
I decided to go on a bit of whim. After too much time at home -I wanted to book a weekend away that was not too far from us in Suffolk, that we could also easily get to by train (I can drive, but hate it, so avoid long journeys where possible) and in a place full of things for the kids to do whatever the weather. Well Great Yarmouth certainly fitted the bill.
Things to do on a Family Weekend in Great Yarmouth with Kids
First up, obviously there’s the beach. We loved the wide sandy beach, it stretches out for miles with sand dunes and the busy promenade behind it. After so much time cooped up at home, It was also wonderful having the ocean as a backdrop to look out on, wherever we were in the town. With so much space for the kids to play, the beach is perfect to set up camp for the day. Unfortunately there was a really cold wind when we were there, so they only managed one quick dip in the sea, but in previous yeas we have spent hours there, with the kids playing in the sea, the sand dunes and little pools made by the tide.
Next up, my children’s favourite the seaside amusements – I always loved arcades as a child and still love playing on them with the kids, so we started with the piers. There are two in Yarmouth, both full of rides, amusements arcades and all the normal seaside snacks and sweets. The promenade is also cram packed with arcades too, so we had a fun afternoon playing on the different rides and games.
Family Friendly Hotels in Great Yarmouth
We stayed at The Imperial Hotel on the front. It was a traditional British Seaside hotel with friendly staff, comfortable clean bedrooms, lots of space for leisurely drinks in the bar and and a great restaurant for evening meals overlooking the beach. They also have terraces you can eat and drink on, so you can really make the most of the beach views. We had dinner and breakfast there and the food was great. Lots of dishes to choose from and meals my fuss pot kids liked.
One of the reasons I booked it, was the large family room option. My children are at that in-between stage where they are too big for travel cots or mini beds beside ours, but also not quite at the point where they would feel comfortable in a different bedroom even if it was adjoining. So the option at The Imperial was perfect. A double bedroom with a smaller room joined on with full size bunk beds. The room was great for what we needed, spacious with comfortable beds and even views out to sea from the kids room.
What age is the Yarmouth Pleasure Beach Suitable For?
The Pleasure beach was the thing that my children were really looking forward to visiting before our trip and it totally lived up to their expectations. Having said that they also take after me and are not all that daring with big rides, so I was a bit unsure whether there was enough to keep them entertained. I didnt need to worry, there was sooo much for them to do. All the rides you’d expect at a big funfair with lots of smaller options and fun games and stalls to keep them very happy.
With most of the accommodation the other end, its a bit of a hike to get there with little tired legs. That’s not to say its not nice, its alongside the beach and seafront, so a nice walk to take, but just worth knowing so you can do it in stages with time for an icecream or drink stop, to avoid kids moaning.
How Much Does The Yarmouth Pleasure Beach Cost?
I loved the fact you pay one price and that gets you unlimited rides for the whole duration. Makes it so much more relaxed. It wasn’t crowded at all when we went (even though it was the school holidays) and once the kids found a ride they liked they could go on it as many times as they liked without having to fuss about how much it was costing.
When we went, because of social distancing the sessions were for three hours and we booked on the Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach Website The prices for summer 2021 are £13 for unlimited rides and everyone needs to pay even if you are not going on. Under three’s are free but you do need to make sure you buy them a ticket.
What’s Great Yarmouth Sea Life Aquarium like?
An unexpected highlight of the trip was our visit to Sea Life Great Yarmouth. We booked tickets before we went and had such a lovely afternoon walking through all the different rooms. Its made up of three different zones and there’s so much to see and do.
Jelly Invaders is made up of beautiful jelly fish all lit up with multi coloured lights in giant curved tanks that the kids loved pressing themselves into the sides of to feel like they were inside. The next area has been transformed to look like you are visiting a research submarine, full of information about conservation projects and tanks of my favourite, the rays. There’s also a tropical ocean display, including coming face to face with sharks. Again this was something we booked beforehand and had a timed slot to arrive at.
Its a great attraction to visit and there’s so much to see and do with a nice little café at the end, perfect for refuelling before more fun along the promenade.
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