Great Yarmouth at Night: Where to Go and What to Do

Wellington Pier at night by Mira66, CC BY 2.0

Great Yarmouth is an 18th-century resort town located on the east coast of the country, just east of the Norfolk Broads and about 10 miles north of Lowestoft. It is most famous for its long beach covered with soft golden sand and its host of seaside entertainment. The seafront Pleasure Beach is common among visitors, and the two piers offer plenty of classic amusements. However, the town also boasts a vibrant nightlife with spectacular shows, cosy pubs and lively nightclubs open year-round.

There are plenty of shows throughout the year in Great Yarmouth that characterise the traditional seaside entertainment style. The Hippodrome Circus is one of the town’s most recognisable landmarks and has been hosting productions since 1903.

It is now the only surviving circus building in the whole of Britain and is still going strong. Here you will find a varied programme, including slapstick comedy performances from the Cirque du Hilarious, a live-action pirate-themed water show called Pirates Live! and the annual Hippodrome Halloween Spooktacular, featuring a compelling combination of comedy and horror. There’s always something to see at this legendary and historical institution.

If you fancy a flutter one evening, Great Yarmouth has two casinos: the Grosvenor and the Palace. Regarding etiquette, you’ll find it a much more relaxed affair in these local institutions than on TV and film; it’s a great place to kick back and relax with some games or tasty food from the on-site restaurants. The Grosvenor casino is located right on the waterfront, making it both easily accessible and an integral part of the town’s bustling nightlife. The Palace, on the other hand, is situated further into town, but still, offers an unbeatable night out with plenty of games tables, friendly staff and a pleasant atmosphere.

If you’re looking for a good pub where you can sample some of the local brews, then try Tombstone Brewery & Saloon Bar. This quirky Old West-inspired bar stocks an excellent range of real ale that is brewed on-site, and has a warm, friendly atmosphere. Another place to try is the unusually-named The Barking Smack. Named after the famous fishing fleet, this public house combines the traditional and the modern to perfection. Here you can sit outside in the pub’s beer garden and watch the world pass by along the Golden Mile as you sip a beer from the local Grain Brewery.

To top off your visit, you can head to one of Great Yarmouth’s selection of fantastic nightclubs. Bar Mission gets first-rate reviews due to its location on the Golden Mile, selection of beers and spirits and late hours — it stays open until 4 a.m.

Playing a standard mix of house, garage and top 40 hits, this is a solid choice for dancing the night away. Alternatively, try the relatively new Quay Pride, a gay bar with decent but reasonably priced cocktails and entertainment, ranging from karaoke to drag queen cabaret. It’s the perfect place to let your hair down in a comfortable and welcoming environment.