December 23 2014 Latest news:
Sunday, April 20, 2014
From traditional Easter egg hunts to pirate fun, a wealth of events are taking place across the region on Easter Monday.
Steve Weston, forecaster at UEA-based Weatherquest, said: “Sunday doesn’t look a particularly good day, but Monday should be better – maybe a shower but nothing like as heavy as Sunday.”
• HIGHLIGHTS TO ENJOY THIS EASTER MONDAY
Mid-Norfolk Railway, Dereham-Wymondham, April 18-21, £8 (£7 cons), children free, £18 family, 01362 851723, mnr.org.uk Mid-Norfolk Railway has extra special Easter heritage diesel train service for a 22 mile round trip with every child getting to meet the Easter Bunny and receive a free chocolate surprise.
Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, until April 22, 10am-5pm, normal admission prices, 01328 851465, www.pensthorpe.com Hands-on nature games and a self-guided trail will enable visitors to get up close and personal with the natural world. With a focus on spring time, see the new arrivals in the brooder room or play a lambing activity.
Lambs and Chicks
Wroxham Barns, Hoveton, open daily 10am-5pm, junior farm entry £5.75 per person, under-2s free, 01603 783762, www.wroxhambarns.co.uk The popular lamb-feeding sessions also continue and see sheep, goats, donkeys and pigs including Trixie, a Gloucester Old Spot sow who has recently had 11 piglets.
NT Easter Egg Trails
Sheringham Park, until April 22, 10am-4.15pm, £2.20 per child, 01263 820550/Felbrigg Hall, April 18-21, 11am-3.30pm/Oxburgh Hall, April 19-21, 11am-4pm, £2/Blickling Hall, April 20-21, 10.30am-4pm, normal admission, plus £2 per trail, 01263 738030, www.eastereggtrail.co.uk The National Trust is having Cadbury Eggsplorers Easter Egg Trails at Sheringham Park, Felbrigg Hall, Blickling and Oxburgh Hall. Tread amongst the early flowering rhododendrons and camellias for the clues to complete your Easter trail at Sheringham Park. Follow the rhymes to discover more about the wildlife and plants to collect your Easter prize. There is also a special Easter Trail at Oxburgh Hall. Then there will be lots of eggs-static events to be enjoyed over the Easter weekend at Blickling. Discover the story of Blickling as you follow the trail around the garden. Come back and tell them your favourite character and win your Cadbury chocolate Egghead.
Catch The Easter Bunny
RSPB Titchwell Marsh, near King’s Lynn, until April 27, 9.30am-5pm, £1 per child, 01485 210779, www.rspb.org.uk The naughty Easter bunny has stolen all the Easter eggs, visit Titchwell Marsh, help find them and get an egg-cellent prize. This is a fun self-guided walk, to test your wildlife knowledge. Includes a chocolate prize.
Gooderstone Water Gardens, near Swaffham, April 18-21, £6.50, children free, 01603 712913, gooderstonewatergardens.co.uk Seek out a dozen bunnies in the magical gardens at Gooderstone Water Gardens and on the Saturday and Sunday there’s special Easter themed face painting and craft activities.
Easter Treasure Hunt
Hoveton Hall, near Wroxham, April 18-21, 10.30am-5pm, £7 (£6.50 cons), £3.50 children, under-4s free, £19 family, 01603 782558, hovetonhallgardens.co.uk Follow the clues, and the treasure hunt will take families on a journey around the gardens ending at the tearooms so they can collect their Easter prize.
Bure Valley Railway, April 18-21, 10am-4.40pm, £12.50 return, £6.50 children, under-5s free, £33 family, 01263 733858, www.bvrw.co.uk Enjoy a train ride on Norfolk’s longest Narrow Gauge Steam Railway from either Aylsham or Wroxham. Free Easter egg for every child when accompanied by a fare-paying adult (maximum two children per adult).
Easter River Trips
Broads Tours, The Bridge, Wroxham, April 18-21, 11.30am/2.30pm, £8, £5 children, under-5s free, 01603 782207, www.broadstours.co.uk Broads Tours’ Easter Special River Trips include an onboard nature quiz, Easter egg hunt and free to enter colouring or drawing competition. All trips include an entertaining commentary by the Skipper and children will receive an Easter Egg.
Easter Family Fun Day
Yarmouth Racecourse, April 21, from 12pm, £60-£13, under-18s free, 01493 842527, www.greatyarmouth-racecourse.co.uk This now traditional Easter fixture in the racing calendar is a fantastic family day out with seven races. There will be plenty of additional entertainment for the children including competitions, donkey rides and inflatables. First race is at 1.50pm. Fakenham Racecourse’s biggest meeting of the year also returns on April 21, with another packed and exciting afternoon of National Hunt racing.
Easter Egg Quiz
Holme-next-the-Sea, April 21, 10am-12pm, £2.50 per entry, 01485 525159 Holme again hosts its annual village quiz. Get the right answers to the clues and you could win an Easter Egg. There will also be a smaller quiz trail for young children.
Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve, until April 21, 9am-4pm, 01328 856788 Sculthorpe Moor has a children’s Easter trail around the reserve to learn more about springtime wildlife and solve the puzzle for a chance to win an Easter surprise. Quiz £2.
Easter Treasure Hunt
Plantation Garden Earlham Road, Norwich, April 21, 2.30pm-4.30pm, £3 per child, accompanying adults £2, www.plantationgarden.co.uk This Easter treasure hunt takes place in Plantation Garden, one of Norwich hidden gems, located just off Earlham Road (in the shadow of St John’s Cathedral). As well as the treasure trail, there will be face painting, crafts and Easter treats.
Holkham Hall, April 18-21, 12pm-4pm, £13 (hall, museum and garden), £6.50 children, £35 family, 01328 713111, www.holkham.co.uk
Holkham hosts four days packed full of ‘egg-citing’ things to do over Easter including captivating tales with storyteller Paul Jackson in his enchanting yurt, plus well-known children’s author Jackie Morris, famous for her best-selling picture books I am Cat and The Ice Bear. Budding artists can get creative and make an Easter rabbit. For our intrepid young Easter adventurers, there’s a chance to ‘egg-splore’ our mini mazes in the courtyard, whilst tasty Easter treats await in the old kitchen of the hall and decorate a delicious Easter biscuit.
Easter Egg Trail
Wymondham Heritage Museum, April 21, 10am-4pm, £4 (£3 cons), children free, 01953 600205, www.wymondhamheritagemuseum.co.uk
Search for clues around the museum to win an Easter prize. Fun for all the family and a chance to see this season’s new displays on Wymondham and the First World War. Children free, if accompanied by an adult. Easter prizes for all children who take part.
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, April 21, 10am-5pm, £9.90 (£8.60 cons), £6.50 (4-18), £20 family, 01362 860563, www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk
Spring family fun and games at Gressenhall. Conquer the inflatable obstacle course and see who can stay on the rodeo sheep the longest. Marvel at the talents of the Spirit of Carnival stilt walkers and practice your circus skills with Foolhardy Circus Arts. Have your fortune read by Fiona from Star Tarot. Get crafty and make a green man mask to show off in the Grand Gressenhall Parade. Wander down to the farm and watch the museum’s Suffolk Punches and other visiting teams of heavy horse carry out the seasonal tasks in the fields. Hear horseman’s tales, meet different breeds.