Free things to do in Caister and Great Yarmouth

Free things to do in Caister and Great Yarmouth

A day out at the seaside makes for a great family activity. However, even if you go with the intention of spending little to no money, it is easy to get sucked into the trap of ice creams, rides and amusement arcades and end up spending a small fortune- especially if you have a large family and haven’t planned the day’s activities in advance. But with so many free things to do in Caister and Great Yarmouth for all ages, you needn’t spend a penny to enjoy a fantastic day. Here are some of our top picks!

Caister Lifeboat Station

Open every Wednesday and Sunday between 10am and 3pm in the school holidays, as well as Bank Holidays, Caister Lifeboat station is one of only two of the UK’s offshore lifeboat stations that is independent of the RNLI. As well as getting the chance to learn some history about the station, which was first in use in 1791, you will be able to see the station’s two lifeboats and can even participate in some of the station’s fun days and events that they put on throughout the year, advertised on their website. This is great for a family trip, but booking for group trips can also be made!

Redwings Horse Sanctuary

This horse sanctuary makes a great day out for animal lovers of all ages as it is fully accessible for wheelchairs and prams. It is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as 10am until 4pm on Mondays, which means you can visit over your long weekend in the area. The sanctuary is home to almost 120 ponies, donkeys and mules, so there is plenty to see.

See The Seals at Horsey

This is more of a winter activity, as the seal pups are usually present between October and February, but is well worth a visit if you are in the area. Not only do you get to see some of Norfolk’s wildlife, you also get to see some more of the beautiful coast. Enjoy the walk along the path that runs along the beach, and use viewing platforms to get even closer to the adorable seal pups. Just be sure to dress up warm; it can get cold, but the seals are worth it!

Caister Roman Fort

This Roman Saxon fort makes for an educational, yet fascinating free day out- kids and adults are bound to be intrigued by the site that dates to around 200 AD. Explore the remains of the old town, as you can walk between remnants of houses, walls and other buildings. What’s more, you are able to visit at any ‘reasonable’ time during daylight hours, which means you can either spend the day here, pausing for a picnic in the historical surroundings, or add it onto the end of your other activities!

There are plenty more free activities in and around Caister and Great Yarmouth, but the trick is to pre-plan your activities for the day. If you have planned your trip to be packed with plenty of free activities, you won’t even be tempted to spend money!

What’s On In Caister & Great Yarmouth This Weekend | June 2017

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Summer is in full swing in Caister and Great Yarmouth, and there’s plenty to do for all the family in June.

On Board the Titanic Trail

Part of the ongoing Titanic: Honour & Glory exhibition, On Board the Titanic Trail allows you to step into the shoes of a passenger on the ‘ship of dreams’. Discover what life was life on board the ‘unsinkable’ HMS Titanic and meet some of the famous passengers. Just remember to pack a lifejacket!

The exhibition is open from Sat 1 Apr – Sun 24 Sep 2017, 10:00 to 16:30.

Date: Sat 1 Apr – Sun 24 Sep 2017

Time: 10:00 to 16:30.

Tickets: Adult £5.70, Conc. £5.40, Young Person (4-18) £4.55

Barbara Streisand at Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Barbra Streisand comes to the Gorleston Pavilion Theatre in the form of Tina Law. Tina has graced the stage of many top theatres and nightclubs, including The Café de Paris, The Stork Rooms, The Talk of London and Drury Lane.

Tina Law has a long relationship with Barbra Streisand, having taken on the role on stage previously in Streisand and Sinatra Through the Years, and when she recorded a number of Streisand hits for BBC Radio Two, accompanied by a 46 piece orchestra.

Date: Fri 16 Jun 2017

Time: 20:00

Tickets £17.50

Take That – Live Screening at St. George’s Theatre

Can’t make the Take That concert in Norwich? Come along St. George’s Theatre for a live screening of the eagerly anticipated Wonderland Tour, streamed live from the O2 Arena.

Take That are one of the best loved and most spectacular live acts in the country, and for night only, fans can watch them live in Great Yarmouth.

Don’t miss out!

Date: Fri 16 Jun 2017

Time: 19:30

Tickets: £15

Guided Tours at St Benets Abbey

Take a guided tour of one of the region’s historical treasures: St Benets Abbey. This ruined abbey, once the home of Benedictine monks, dates back to the ninth century and fell into disuse following Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries in the sixteenth Century.

Free guided tours of the Abbey can be enjoyed every Wednesday at 14:00, and every Saturday at 15:00 until the end of September.

Top 5 Restaurants for Families in Yarmouth

top 5 restaurants for families in yarmouth One of the best things about Great Yarmouth is that there are restaurants to suit all kind of taste, budget and age range. This means that families aren’t limited when it comes to finding somewhere suitable to eat- in fact, you will be spoiled for choice! Whether you are looking for a relaxed lunch or a more formal evening meal, there is somewhere for your family to eat in Great Yarmouth. Here are five of the best family restaurants in the town!

Sara’s Tearooms, Pleasure Beach Gardens

This traditional tearoom makes the perfect restaurant for an English family lunch. Not only is it children-friendly, they also welcome well-behaved dogs on leads, which means that the whole family can enjoy this dining experience. The tearoom serve fresh, homemade food, so you can rest assured that your family is eating well, and the choice of sandwiches, cakes and changing daily specials means there is something for everyone.

The Grange Freehouse, Ormesby St Margaret

The Grange serves food 7 days a week at both lunch and dinner, with both indoor and outdoor seating- making it the perfect location for any type of weather! The pub also has a children’s play area, which means your children will be kept entertained while you wait for food to arrive, or while you enjoy a relaxing drink after your meal.

Roger’s Fish & Chips, St Peter’s Road

A trip to the seaside wouldn’t be complete without some traditional fish and chips. Roger’s fish & chip restaurant is the perfect option for this if you are looking for a relaxed meal. With high quality food served at very reasonable prices, as well as vegetarian options and children’s meals to choose from, there will be something for everyone on the menu. Close to the beach, Roger’s makes the perfect location for a relaxed evening meal after a day on the sand.

Castle Carvery, Caister-On-Sea

A carvery is a fail-safe option when it comes to eating out with a family as everyone can eat as much or as little as they like. Castle Carvery is great value for money and has more than just the carvery on the menu, meaning there is something that everyone in the family will like- whatever their age or taste. The restaurant serves food continuously from 12-10pm, making it great for families with busy schedules.

Bar Bistro Chicken BBQ, Nelson Road

This Portuguese restaurant is perfect for families wanting to enjoy a taste of the Algarve on the Norfolk Coast. Children can be kept entertained as they see their food cooked on the open grill inside the restaurant, and everyone will be kept sweet with the impressive range of delicious desserts the restaurant has to offer.

3 Reasons To Take A Family Holiday To Caister-On-Sea

3 Reasons To Take A Family Holiday To Caister-On-Sea

More and more of us are choosing to stay in the U.K. over going abroad for our summer holidays, and with the vast array of beautiful landscapes that our country has to offer, it’s no wonder why! The only setback could be that it is difficult to decide where you want to go first because we truly are spoilt for choice. To help you decide the destination of your staycation this year, read our three reasons you should take a family holiday to Caister-On- Sea.

The Beaches

You will find beaches in whichever coastal town you pick as your staycation destination but, unlike Caister- On- Sea, these beaches will not be on the “Golden Mile”- famous for its sandy “Georgian Beach”. Even if didn’t just want to visit beaches on this Golden Mile, you could spend every day of your holiday on a different beach just along the east norfolk coast, with beautiful beaches in nearby Scratby and Gorleston; or, if you wanted to explore more of the Norfolk  coast, Wells-Next-The-Sea makes for a wonderful summer family day out.

There Is So Much To Do

Though Caister-On- Sea is a small town, there is plenty to do in the surrounding areas. Whether you are an active family with older children who enjoy walking along the coast, or a family that prefer a slow-paced relaxing summer break, there is something for you in the area. Caister Castle is one of the main attractions in the town, and allows all ages to sample a piece of the area’s local history. Thrigby Hall, home to a wide range of exotic animals and birds, offers great entertainment for children of all ages and their conservation work makes it different to other zoos. Families with older children may enjoy Great Yarmouth’s Pleasure Beach, where the 85 year old ‘Roller Coaster’ is the second tallest and second fastest rollercoaster in the UK. There is also a wide choice of mini golf courses in the area, suitable for differing abilities and ages (and many are wheelchair and pushchair friendly!) meaning that everyone in the family can join in.

Eastern Beach Caravan Park

Of course, your accommodation is an important part of choosing your holiday destination, but this needn’t be a worry with Eastern Beach caravan park in Caister-On-Sea. Just two minutes’ walk from the beach, it makes the perfect hassle-free family holiday destination. Caravans are finished to a high-quality, and are available with either two or three bedrooms, and there is something to suit all families and all budgets. The club-house offers free wifi to everyone, as well as a play area for under 10s, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner (including a delicious Sunday carvery!), which means you will want for nothing during your stay here.

These are just a handful of the reasons that Caister-On-Sea makes the perfect family holiday destination, whatever your interests. The only thing left to do is to come and enjoy it for yourself!

Awesome Activities in Great Yarmouth and Caister for Kids

Awesome Activities in Great Yarmouth and Caister for Kids

The great thing about choosing Caister-On-Sea as your holiday destination is that there is so much to do for everyone, regardless of age and interest. This means that you don’t need to worry about finding suitable activities for the kids as you will be spoilt for choice! Here are some of our favourite activities for kids of all ages around Great Yarmouth and Caister-On-Sea.

Pleasure Beach, Great Yarmouth

Rated as one of the countries top 10 leisure parks, Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach is great for both thrill seekers and those that enjoy calmer, more traditional rides, making it a crowd pleaser. Entry to Pleasure Beach is free, and rides can be paid for either with tokens or wristbands (priced according to rides that your children wish to use), which means that you don’t spend money on people who don’t wish to use the rides. 

Willow Farm Riding School, Ormesby St. Margaret

This is a great activities for kids that love to be outdoors. Suitable for children aged 6 and over and complete beginners, the riding school offers both open and private lessons, meaning you can tailor the experience to exactly what you wish to get out of it. You should book your riding experience in advance to avoid any disappointment.

Pirate’s Cove Golf, Great Yarmouth

Situated in the middle of Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile (the perfect location!), this pirate themed miniature golf course is a winner for all the family. The course features holes of varying difficulty levels, meaning it is not so easy that the older children (and parents) aren’t interesting, but isn’t so challenging that younger children don’t stand a chance. The course is also wheelchair and pushchair friendly, so everyone can get involved!

RetroSkate, Great Yarmouth

This indoor roller skating centre is the perfect activity for when the weather isn’t quite perfect and, given that it’s situated just off the seafront, it is easy to dash to if the weather takes a turn for the worst. As well as the main rink that offers a roller disco with UV lights, the venue has a separate rink for young beginners to learn in safety and an under 5s soft play area, making it suitable for all ages and skating abilities. You can also rent any necessary equipment, so there’s no need for preplanning!

Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, Thrigby

More than just a typical zoo, Thrigby Hall has a serious attitude towards conservation. Unique viewing platforms and raised walkways mean that you can get breathtakingly close to view the wide range of animals and birds at Thrigby Hall. The park is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, meaning everyone can enjoy the brilliant work this zoo does to protect some of the most endangered animals in the world.

These are just a few of the great activities for kids around Great Yarmouth and Caister-On-Sea, discover more for yourself as you holiday in this perfect location!

What’s On This Week In Caister and Great Yarmouth | May 2017

With the weather beginning to heat up and summer on the horizon, there’s plenty to do in and around Caister and Great Yarmouth this week.

Pirate Week at Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre

It’s Pirate Week at Great Yarmouth’s Sea Life Centre, and pirates young and old are invited to embark on a swashbuckling, seafaring adventure. Follow a map and obey the pirate rules in pirate cove and you could find the secret hidden treasure!

All visitors who are brave enough to join the treasure hunt will become an official Sea Life Pirate, and collect a handsome reward!

Dates: Sat 13th – Sun 21st, May 2017

Times: 10:00 to 16:00

Tickets: https://www.visitsealife.com/great-yarmouth/tickets/

Summer Season Show at Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Come along to the Gorleston Pavilion Theatre this week for a traditional cabaret style theatre experience. Gypsy Productions return with the Summer Season Show, a fabulous feel good factor show featuring a song, dance, comedy and much, much more.

Performances

Tue 16th May 7:45pm

Tue 23rd May 7:45pm

Tue 30th May 7:45pm

Tickets

Adult £16.00

Child £6.00

Student £12.00

Great Yarmouth Beer & Cider Festival at St. George’s Theatre

Starting Thursday, the popular Great Yarmouth Beer and Cider Festival is returning to St George’s Theatre in Yarmouth.

The festival, which runs from Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st May, will include around 50 real ales, craft beers and ciders, many of which come from local microbreweries.

Attendees will also be able to enjoy some great music to go along with their pints, with music from Mammal not Fish, Tiny Giants, Ella Bruce, and The Misfit Collective.

Dates

Thu 18 May 2017 17:00

Fri 19 May 2017 11:00 17:00

Sat 20 May 2017 11:00 17:00

Sun 21 May 2017 11:00

Tickets

Thursday £3

Friday am session £3 pm session £5

Sat am session £3 pm session £5

Sun £2

Jazz Night at Eastern Beach Caravan Park

This Friday night our very own Eastern Beach will be hosting a jazz night, with Cool Blue, a 5 piece jazz band with Janice Oliver on vocals.

Doors open at 19:30, and tickets cost just £5!

3 Awesome Things to do in Great Yarmouth and Caister in 2017

Things to do in Great Yarmouth
Great Yarmouth and Caister are two wonderful seaside towns, full of fun things to do, and great sights to see. Yarmouth is the leading beach resort in Norfolk, famous for its popular Pleasure Beach. Caister, on the other hand, while smaller and quieter, nevertheless boasts some unique pleasures of its own.

Between the two towns, there is so much to see and do, but in this week’s blog we’ve narrowed that list down to just 3 of the top things to do in Caister and Great Yarmouth in 2017.

The SeaLife Centre, Yarmouth

The Great Yarmouth Sealife Centre is one of the best sea life attractions in the country. Boasting over 40 displays, and 50 species of fish, it makes for a great family day out, particularly on a rainy day!

A wide variety of sea life is on display here, including a green sea turtle and a juvenile blacktip reef shark, but perhaps the most popular is Nobby the Nurse Shark, one of the largest basking tropical sharks in the country.

Another popular feature SeaLife Centre is the underwater walkthrough tunnel which houses a World War II aircraft wreck!

Admissions Prices

  • Standard Ticket (adult or child over 3 years old) – £16.60 (£10.92 online)
  • Child (under 3) – free

Caister Castle Motor Museum

Housed in the stunning fifteenth century Caister Castle, the Caister Castle Motor Museum exhibits one of the largest and most spectacular collection of famous and vintage motor vehicles in Great Britain.

The museum features a collection of 170 classic cars, including the ‘first ever car’ the 1893 Panhard et Levassor, a Bugatti and a Bentley Speed 6 and two custom built Rolls Royces made for the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Admission Prices

  • Adults – £14.00
  • Children (aged 5-15) – £7.00
  • Children (under 5) – FREE
  • Senior Citizens – £13.00
  • Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) – £38.00

Merrivale Model Village

One of Yarmouth’s most famous and best loved family attractions, the Merrivale Model Village is set in an acre of landscaped gardens, including waterfalls and a stunning lake.

There is a wide array of displays for all the family to enjoy in the model village, including Merrivale Zoo, Merrivale Fire Brigade and replica Crown Jewels. 350 metres of miniature railways track also runs throughout the village, with a variety of different locomotive models to be seen.

Elsewhere in Merrivale there is a 9 hole crazy golf course (included in admission price) as well as The Old Penny Arcade which houses a number of vintage slot machines such as ‘The Laughing Sailor’. For tired legs young and old, the Merrivale Tea Room is the perfect place to rest and replenish your energies.

Admission Prices

  • Adults – £7.99
  • Senior Citizens – £6.99
  • Child – £6.49
  • Under 3 – Free

If you’re planning a holiday to the Great Yarmouth and Caister area, then Eastern Beach has everything you need. Book your holiday with Eastern Beach today, from just £155 per week.

A Short Guide to Caister Point Beach

A Short Guide to Caister Point Beach3

Name of Beach: Caister Point

Type of Beach: Sandy

Dog Friendly: Yes

Lifeguard Service: No

Parking Available: Yes

Water Quality: Excellent

Awards: Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Postcode: NR30 5DJ

A short walk from the busier Great Yarmouth Beach, Caister Point is a small, dog friendly, family beach resort.

Caister Point is a beautiful and extremely long beach, with stunning stretches of golden sand (mixed with pebbles) backed by sand dunes.

A Peaceful Beach

Because it is less popular than some of the more commercialised beaches nearby, Caister Point remains relatively quiet all year round, making it the perfect spot for a lazy walk with the dog, or a fun day out with the family.

The Lifeboat Station

If you head south along the beach you will find Caister Lifeboat Station, which has been here since 1791. Today, the station is manned entirely by volunteers, but the lifeboat men of Caister once held the record for the number of lives they saved. You can learn more about the fascinating history of the Caister Lifeboat Station in the Visitor Centre, located just opposite the Lifeboat Station.

Dog Friendly

The beach is a great place to walk your dog, with no restrictions all year round. It is a particularly long beach, so there’s plenty of space them (and you!) to really stretch their legs.

Elsewhere at Caister Point, keep your eyes peeled for visiting seals from the nearby colony in Horsey.

If you’re planning a holiday to the Caister area then Eastern Beach has everything you need. Book your holiday with Eastern Beach today, from just £155 per week.

Dog Friendly Beaches in Norfolk

Dog Friendly Beaches in Norfolk

What could make enjoying the beautiful Norfolk coast even better? Bringing your dogs along with you, of course! The great thing about Norfolk is that, whatever the time of year, you will find a beach that welcomes responsible dog owners. However, it is advisable to check for any seasonal rules for the specific beach you wish to visit before you bring your dog along, just to avoid any disappointment!

Winterton-On-Sea

Even though Winterton is under half an hour from the bustling Norfolk coastal town of Great Yarmouth, it is never as busy, which makes it the perfect place to let your dog run free and enjoy the sandy beach that has no dog restrictions for the entirety of the year. It is worth knowing, however, that Winterton-On-Sea beach is part of the Winterton Dunes National Nature Reserves, which means you need to be mindful and keep your dogs under control during nesting season.

Caister Point

Situated just North of Great Yarmouth, Caister Point beach boasts stretches of golden sand that make the perfect play area for dogs and has no restrictions throughout the year. If you are lucky, you may also get to spot seals (from the colony in nearby Horsey) in the water as your dog plays in the sand.

Happisburgh

Perhaps best known for the extent of its coastal erosion, Happisburgh is home to one of the classic candy-striped red and white lighthouse (to the south of which there are seasonal restrictions for dogs). This small coastal village is filled with history. In 2010 flint tools were found and in 2013 early human footprints were found, showing the oldest evidence of human existence in the United Kingdom.

Gorleston-On-Sea

In spite of the restrictions (with fines) on dog walking on certain parts of Gorleston beach during the summer months, the traditional seaside feel of the town makes it well worth visiting the restriction-free areas of the beach, or the main beach in the winter months. After a walk along the sand with your dog, the promenade that runs alongside it offers plenty of cafés and benches to relax on.

Brancaster

Much further in the North of Norfolk, Brancaster makes the perfect beach to visit with your dogs (just be aware of the small areas of restrictions during the summer months) and is definitely worth the drive. The beach boasts miles of sand, as well as very shallow water for your dog to splash around in. As your dog is busy enjoying and exploring the beach, if you visit at the right time, you may also get to see the impressive shipwreck of the SS Vina at low tide (though you should not attempt to walk out to the boat as the tide races back in very quickly, making it dangerous).

If you’re looking for dog friendly accommodation in Norfolk, with great access to dog friendly beaches, then come along to Eastern Beach in Caister-On-Sea. Book your holiday today, from just £155 per week.

Top 5 Restaurants in Great Yarmouth

Top 5 Restaurants in Great Yarmouth

You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants in Great Yarmouth, but sometimes having such a large choice can make deciding where to eat an impossible task. To save you the bother, we have selected five of the best restaurants in Great Yarmouth that you should try when you visit!

The Seafood

What would a trip to the Norfolk coast be without sampling some of the local food? The Seafood offers a wide range of fresh fish and seafood dishes that are made with locally sourced produce wherever possible. Though slightly more expensive than elsewhere in Yarmouth, the quality of the food at The Seafood, and the carefully chosen wine menu, definitely makes it worth a visit for a special occasion. The family-owned restaurant opens for lunch during the week, as well as until 10.30pm in the evening Monday to Saturday, meaning it is easy to fit it into your trip to Great Yarmouth.

Quayside Plaza

Situated on South Quay, this restaurant specialises in Portuguese and Mediterranean foods, using local Lowestoft fish in their dishes. The restaurant is open for breakfast everyday (except Sundays), and you can enjoy food until 10pm Thursday to Saturday, making it the solution to all your dining needs! Quayside Plaza is also incredibly reasonably priced, with all main dishes under £20, and welcomes children of all ages, making it the perfect place for families.

Champagne Charlie’s

This tapas restaurant is incredibly good value for money, with set menus and early bird deals available. As well as its specialty tapas, the restaurant also serves burgers and pasta dishes. Champagne Charlie’s is open from Wednesday until Saturday, serving food between 6 and 9 pm, as well as reasonably priced drinks and cocktails and, being situated on Regent Road,  it is easy to access from the main town after a busy day exploring Great Yarmouth.

Savoy Tandoori

Located just a one minute walk from the seafront, you needn’t look any further for Indian food in Great Yarmouth than here. Savoy Tandoor also offer a takeaway service if you would rather enjoy the food in the comfort of your holiday home, delivering to addresses within a 5 miles radius of the restaurant. The combination of excellent food and faultless service and the fact that they are open from 5 pm until late Monday to Sunday means that Savoy Tandoori is not to be missed on your trip to Great Yarmouth.

Pamela’s

Pamela’s offers incredibly high quality British and French foods, open from 6.30pm until midnight Wednesday until Saturday. Booking is highly recommended because of the popularity of the restaurant, and is definitely worth reserving if you will be celebrating a special occasion during your time in Great Yarmouth. The restaurant’s menu is ever-changing, which means that, even if you have visited before, you are bound to be impressed by a different dish when you return. Pamela’s also has its own car park, making your visit stress free and easy.

If you’re in the Caister and Yarmouth area this weekend then please come along to the grand opening of the newly renovated Eastern Beach Café and Clubhouse. Enjoy music, dancing, entertainment and fish and chips and a pint for just £7.95! The Eastern Beach Café and Clubhouse opens this Friday, 7th April.