Out & About

During your break, you may choose to spend some of your time exploring the local area. We’re lucky to have many popular attractions within a short drive of Potters Resort, with a variety of interests in mind. We have highlighted some of these for you below, and each attraction has taken their own steps and measures to ensure your safety. Many attractions, but not all, are asking visitors to pre-book tickets, therefore, to avoid disappointment please check the attraction’s own website before you visit for information about tickets, pricing, opening hours etc.

Africa Alive!

(20 minute drive)

Set in 100 acres of stunning Suffolk countryside, Africa Alive! offers the chance to spot a wide range of British wildlife. The spectacular centrepiece of this beautiful park is our ‘Plains of Africa’, the perfect place to spot five species of African savannah animals, including giraffes and rhinos.

Hire a Bike and Explore

(7 minute drive)

Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or just looking for a cruise in the sunshine, Ron at Somerleyton Cycles will advise you on local routes to suit your desires starting from their base in Somerleyton. Each route will ensure you get the most from your cycle ride in Suffolk. A great selection of bikes to hire including electric bikes, plus child seats, tag-alongs, and helmets to keep you safe.

Somerleyton Gardens

(7 minute drive)

Considered one of the finest gardens in East Anglia since the mid-17th century, the gardens at Somerleyton continue to delight. Set over 12 acres, the garden is slowly being re-imagined as a series of interconnected ‘rooms’.

Waveney River Tours

(14 minute drive)

See beautiful Suffolk and Norfolk from the famous Broads on your very own day boat. Self Drive day boats for hire. 4, 6 or 8 Seaters for 3+hrs. Hire Includes Tuition, Buoyancy Aids, Fuel & Third Party Insurance.

Burgh Castle

(20 minute drive)

The late 3rd century 'Saxon Shore' fort at Burgh Castle was built as part of the Roman network of coastal defences, and probably abandoned just over a hundred years later. Three of its imposing stone walls survive, almost to their original height, making this one of the best preserved Roman monuments in Britain. The land around the fort is a wildlife haven and offers panoramic views over the famous Norfolk Broads at Breydon Water.


(45 minute drive)

Southwold is a charming north Suffolk seaside town on the Suffolk Heritage Coast. Almost an island, Southwold is bounded by the North Sea to the East, by the River Blyth and Southwold harbour to the South–West and by Buss Creek to the North. The town offers much of interest, but it is the sea and Southwold’s links with it that make this a wonderful destination at any time of the year. All the attractions of the working lighthouse, beach huts, award-winning pier, busy harbour, cliff top cannon and of course the beach, combine to make Southwold a quintessentially English resort town.

Pleasure Beach

(20 minute drive)

Situated on Great Yarmouth’s famous seaside strip, the Pleasure Beach is an exciting mix of white-knuckle and child-friendly rides, including the UK’s oldest wooden roller coaster. This makes Great Yarmouth’s Pleasure Beach an excellent choice for a family day out.



While you can enjoy a 9-hole pitch and putt facility on Resort, we are lucky to have the country's most Easterly golf course on our doorstep. Gorleston Golf Club, just a 5 minute drive away, offers a more challenging 18-hole course.

SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth

(20 minute drive)

Dive into an underwater adventure at this popular attraction for all the family. Which sea creatures do you love the most? Magnificent sharks, colourful Clownfish, comical penguins or perhaps inquisitive Sea Turtle? Do the magical seahorses grab your attention or do you prefer playful Penguins? At SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth you can and get closer to them than ever before.

Pleasurewood Hills

(5 minute drive)

Discover over 35 rides and attractions at East Anglia’s premier theme park. With thrill rides, family rides and kids’ zones, and shows and events, a day at Pleasurewood Hills is packed full of fun.

Close to Potters Resort

Within the village of Hopton, and just a short walk away from Potters Resort, you will find the now restored, Grade II listed, ruins and garden of St Margaret’s Church http://www.greatyarmouthpreservationtrust.org

If you would like to stretch your legs a little more, Potters Resort is situated on the Norfolk Coastal Path and within easy walking distance we have the wonderfully sandy Gorleston Beach, which featured in the Richard Curtis 2019 movie “Yesterday”. You can walk to Gorleston either along the beach and/or via the clifftops - please ask for directions at Reception.

Tide times can be checked by visiting https://www.willyweather.co.uk/ee/norfolk/hopton.html