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!