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Looking for an exciting day out on the Norfolk coast? Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach is a great choice if you’re looking for thrilling rides and family fun.
Where is Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach?
A much-loved norfolk attraction, you’ll find Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach towards the south end of Great Yarmouth, just past Pleasure Beach Gardens.
Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach
South Beach Parade
Is parking available?
Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach has its own car park, located at the south end of the Pleasure Beach by the Premier Inn. The car park costs £8.00 to park all day, with a £2.00 discount when you either purchase wristbands or fun cards from the Sales and Information Kiosk or if you have purchased online in advance of your visit.
Alternatively, there are plenty of car parks along the seafront, which you have to pay for.
Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach has varying opening hours depending on the day and time of year you want to visit. It’s best to visit the Pleasure Beach homepage to find current opening times and a full list of opening dates.
Visit at different times
Be sure to check what events are going on at the time of your visit. At different times of the year there is late-night opening on certain days and Halloween fun at Fairground Frights at the end of October. The Pleasure Beach experience is totally different and the perfect way do it a different way.
*Correct as of August 2023
Wristbands are the best choice if you’re looking for great value for money. By purchasing a wristband, you will get entry and unlimited rides on the day, from open to close.
If you buy your wristbands online, you can get a slight discount compared to buying on the day at the gate.
Age 7+ = £25/ £23 online (peak time)
Age 3-6 = £20 / £18 online (peak time)
Disabled/ carer = £18 (only on the gate)
Age 7+ evening wristband = £15 (from 6pm to close)
Age 3-6 evening wristband = £12
Fun Cards are another option are they’re available to buy in a few different amounts. Each ride in Pleasure Beach costs a certain amount of credits to ride, unless you have the unlimited wristband. These vary depending on the ride.
5 ride credits = £5
10 ride credits = £10
Non-rider card = £5 and valid all season. This card allows entry but no use of the rides.
After you have purchased your initial card, you can then top up at machines inside the Pleasure Beach. Also, once purchased, the Fun Card allows unlimited entry to the Pleasure Beach for the season.
Thrills and excitement at the Pleasure Beach
Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach, home to a traditional wooden rollercoaster, in the seaside resort town of Great Yarmouth. Get ready for a day of huge family fun, discover a new ride or maybe go on an old favourite again! There’s plenty to keep everyone happy!
Each of the rides at Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach has a height restriction. You can find a board at the entrance detailing each of these but you can also find out at the ride itself. There will be a board outside the ride, saying how tall someone must be. This might be to ride on their own or to be accompanied by a responsible person.
Staff working on the rides will check, especially with children to make sure the ride is safe.
Enjoy the rides
One of the things I love the most about Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach is that there is something for most people. Me, John and Erin all have varying levels of okay-ness when it comes to rides but we all find something to enjoy. There’s a mix of you child-friendly rides and mix of adrenaline-fuelled white knuckle rides for those who are more adventurous. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time during your visit as there are bound to be rides that you all want to go on more than once.
For thrill seekers
If you have thrill seekers in your group, there are plenty of great rides to choose from. There are only a few that go upside down, such as Pendulum and Lightning 360. However, there are plenty that can spin you around a lot with Disk’O, Reverse Time and The Twister. These are just a few of the most popular rides with taller children and adults. They’re really fun theme park favourites and definitely for the braver people!
Time to slow it down
When you want to slow down a little bit there are some slower options to choose from. The Fun House and Haunted Hotel (much like a haunted house) are different from all of the other rides but just as fun. Neither lasts a long time and with the unlimited wristband, you’re able to go on over and over again. We’ve never seen much of a queue for these so they’re great to pop on quickly as you walk past too.
On our last visit Erin was nearly tall enough for all of the rides, even if she didn’t want to go on all of them. She definitely had some favourite rides such as the Big Apple coaster, The Twister and Floaty Boaty.
Again, none of these rides had much of a queue and the most any of us waited was around 5 minutes while the ride was already in motion.
Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach’s traditional wooden roller coaster
The traditional wooden roller coaster is one of my personal favourites at the Pleasure Beach. This is definitely the star attraction here and it has been a part of the Pleasure Beach since 1932. It’s a lovely family ride and with a responsible person accompanying, can be used by those 0.9 meters and above (1.1m to ride unaccompanied). Me and Erin had loads of fun going on this one multiple times and it was a definite highlight for me.
This was the only ride where we had to really queue. However, we never waited more than 10 minutes to ride. This one fits quite a lot of people on in one go so although the queue might look long, it moves really fast.
Many people will know Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach for the Log Flume, which is sadly no longer there. This was removed before the 2023 season and nothing has yet to be put in its former location.
Keep an eye out for Leo the Lion
While you’re enjoying your day, be sure to keep an eye out for Pleasure Beach mascot, Leo the Lion! He’s super friendly and loves to have his picture taken with everyone! You might even catch him having a go on the horse Bonanza! Don’t make the mistake of calling him a tiger though… he won’t like it!
Food and drink
It can easily be a full day out at the Pleasure Beach and you’re bound to get peckish after going on all of those rides. The good news is, there are quite a few places where you can get something to eat including Leo’s Ice Cream Parlour, Carousel Candy, The Pleasure Beach Inn and the Food Court.
We’d already had lunch before we visited so sadly, we didn’t get to try anything that was on offer. However, you can see a picture below of some of the options and prices at the food court. I thought they were really reasonably priced for a theme park and on our next visit, we would definitely consider eating here instead.
You’ll find a real mix of food from a panini and sandwiches, to hot dogs, burgers and chips.
Other places to visit in Great Yarmouth:
- Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens
- Lunch at Sara’s Tearooms
- Time and Tide Museum
- Wellington Bowl
- Hippodrome Circus
- Merrivale Model Village
- Hirsty’s Family Fun Park
- Lost World Adventure Golf
For more day out ideas, go to the Visit Great Yarmouth website