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Why not give maypole dancing at Hoveton Hall a try (Picture: iStockphoto)

Why not give maypole dancing at Hoveton Hall a try (Picture: iStockphoto) - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

If you're lost for ideas on what to do with your children this half-term break then look no further as we've collated over 40 events taking place across the region for you and your family to enjoy.

March 29 – all summer

Museum of the Broads

Stalham Staithe

This waterside museum of Broadland life opens for the season with trails and activities for children and masses of Broadland stories and artefacts. The story of the Museum of the Broads takes you from Roman times through medieval peat digging to the holiday makers, sailors and environmentalists of today. Discover the boats of the Broads and see how people's working lives shaped the landscape. Bring a picnic to enjoy by the river and make a day of it. www.museumofthebroads.org.ukApril 1

Legends Family Workshop

Norwich Puppet Theatre


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For families with children aged three and up, a chance to create working puppet characters from myth or legend, such as George and the Dragon and Robin Hood - or make up a legendary beast of your own.

See the full programme online for further fun workshops for a variety of ages over the holidays, including making fantasy beasts, easter bunnies and spring chicks, enchanted objects and a two-day stop-motion animation workshop.

www.puppettheatre.co.ukApril 1 onwards

Feed the lambs,

Snettisham Park, Snettisham, King's Lynn

Don't miss lambing time at this working arable and livestock farm where all of the 400-plus ewes lamb indoors, so visitors can see 'lambing live', as well as ewes with newborn lambs at foot taking their first steps. There's the chance to bottle feed lambs, and if you can tear the children away from the sheep, take a deer safari (calving months are May, June and July), explore the adventure playground, collect eggs, groom ponies, try the activities, trails, tearoom and visitor centre.

www.snettishampark.co.ukApril 1 to July 1

Lamb bottle-feeding

Wroxham Barns

Lend the team a hand to feed the lambs and learn more about them too. It's one of the attractions at the Junior Farm, which includes the chance to hold chicks and guinea pigs, and meet pigs, goats and more.

www.wroxhambarns.co.ukApril 1

The 3rd Halesworth Day of Dance, Halesworth

Oxblood Molly day of dance, a celebration of all things Morris with hundreds of dancers taking to the streets.

www.goldenstarmorris.org.ukApril 1 - April 17Cedric's Chocolate Bunny Burrow, Bewilderwood!HovetonCedric, the bouncing Bewilderwood bunny, will be busy in his burrow preparing chocolaty treats for Boggles and Twiggles. Skip on down to meet him and explore his hoppy-home! Spot the eggs stolen by the Pesky Bunnies and get into the bunny spirit at the crafty Big Hat. www.bewilderwood.co.ukApril 1 – all seasonPettitts Animal Adventure Park, Reedham The summer season of rides, family entertainment, playground and lots of chances to meet the animals begins.www.pettittsadventurepark.co.ukApril 1-17

Easter Treasure Trail

Great Yarmouth Market Place

A town centre Easter treasure hunt throughout the Easter school holidays. Look out for the posters. Free entry.

April 1-17

Egg-cellent Easter

Dinosaur Adventure, LENWADE

Have a cracking time this Easter, with some egg-citing activities and egg-stra special events! Park open all year.

www.dinosauradventure.co.ukApril 1-17

Trail and dip, Hundred Foot Bank, Welney, Wisbech,

Follow the giant duck trail and have a go at pond dipping while discovering the many birds spending time at this large expanse of water.

www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welneyApril 1-23

Easter Pirates

Hippodrome Circus

Great Yarmouth

Watch out as Captain Hawskeye, Pirate Johnny and a herd of Swashbuckling Pirates bring chaos - and laughter - with a show centred around a massive 40ft galleon.

www.hippodromecircus.co.ukApril 1

Easter Treasure Hunt

Bircham Windmill

Follow the trail and enjoy the fun at this attraction which runs various events during the season and also has cycle hire, garden, play area and animals to meet.

www.birchamwindmill.co.uk16 April 2017

Easter Eggstravagansa Trail, Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum, Flixton, 10am-4pm

Lots of Easter activities including crafts, entertainment, trade stalls and refreshments in a special day raising funds for East Anglian Air Ambulance, which may make an appearance *(mission and weather permitting).

Follow the trail map to find clues amongst a collection of aircraft and aviation-related artefacts. Book tickets in advance by calling 01603 489408

www.eaaa.org.uk www.aviationmuseum.netApril 1-17

Top Trumps - Size Matters!

Banham Zoo

Join the Activities and Education team on the hunt for the record breakers in the zoo. Don't miss the special Top Trumps trail.

www.banhamzoo.co.ukApril 1

Big Dog Ferry reopens Beccles

The Big Dog Ferry runs between Beccles and Geldeston Locks with passengers welcome to ride one way and walk back, take a round trip or disembark at the Locks and sail back later.

www.bigdogferry.co.ukApril 3

Den Building, Fritton Lake Outdoor Centre

Work together to build a den in an instructor led session with equipment provided. Various other dates available until October 29. This is one of several workshop sessions at the centre, including stand up paddle boarding, den building, tree climbing and field archery

www.frittonlake.infoApril 3

Ruffs, Cuffs & Crowns!

Elizabethan House Museum



Make your own crowning jewels and accessories fit for a queen.

www.events.museums.norfolk.gov.ukApril 5

Dyke Dipping

NWT Ranworth Broad,

NR13 6HY, 1.30-3pm

Learn about the wonderful wildlife that can be found in the dykes with experts to help you tell your boatman from your beetle larvae. Also running May 31, July 28, August 14 and September 1. One of several NWT events this season.

www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk April 5

Canoe trek and tree climbing, Fritton Lake

Enjoy a canoe trek with an instructor on the 180-acre lake, the chance to explore areas

not normally open to the public. Climb the 9.4m Scot's Pine or 12.5m Turkey Oak, both fitted with climbing and fall arrest equipment and with superb views from the top. The activities run on various days until October 29.

April 6

Crafty Creations

Cley marshes

10.30am - 12.30pm

One of several NWT Easter activities at various NWT reserves, join the experts to look out for wildlife, collect materials and create nature inspired masterpieces

Booking essential: 01263 740008

www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.ukApril 7

Easter workshop

Whitlingham Country Park

A hands-on craft workshop to make a mini-Easter basket (including mini eggs) from willow, bramble and dog-wood. Suitable from age six. £5 per adult, £3 for under 16s

April 8

Swimathon 2017, Victory Swim and Fitness Centre, North Walsham, 9am-5pm

Dive in to the 30th anniversary of Swimathon, the world's biggest fundraising swim. There are two time slots, 9am till 1pm, 1pm till 5pm. Take on an individual 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k challenge or enter a team 1.5k and 5k.

www.swimathon.org/participants/register/venue_searchApril 8Slow Food Anglia Festival Holkham Hall, 10am-5pmA free market with up to 26 producers and street food traders, talks and cookery demonstrations. It's followed by an evening Sagra Feast with the menu prepared by Slow Food Chef Alliance's Mark Matless from Bite The Bullit Catering in Norwich. www.slowfoodanglia.orgApril 9

Dastardly Deeds and Ghostly Goings On! Great Yarmouth Minster, 7pm

A light-hearted but factual guided 90 minute walk to meet some of Great Yarmouth's more famous and infamous historical characters as their ghostly apparitions take you on a very special tour. Learn about an Egyptian Princess, body snatchers, smugglers and pirates, witches, the Witchfinder General and unexpected visitations. Also June 1, August 24, September 17. Booking essential via the Tourist Information Centre on 01493 846346.

April 10

Rock pool rummaging

West Runton Beach, 12 – 1.30pm

Investigate the secrets of the seashore with experts who will help identify your finds. Arrive 15 minutes early to sign up, meet outside the beach cafe.

www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.ukApril 10

Eggstraordinary Birds!

Elizabethan House Museum

Great Yarmouth, 11am-4pm

Create your own miniature birds with this egg-cellent craft activity.

events.museums.norfolk.gov.ukApril 11

Roman Revelations at a Fascinating Fort

Burgh Castle, 2pm

A 90 minute family walk around East Anglia's best preserved Roman ruin, the history of the site over two millennia, with interactive games and sketches bringing history to life. Find out why and how the fort was built using Roman construction methods, what the fort was used for and what the criteria was for being allowed inside. Also August 17.

Booking essential via the Tourist Information Centre on 01493 846346

www.heritage-walks.co.ukApril 11-16

Chinese State Circus

Royal Norfolk Showground

Tuesday-Friday 2.30pm and 7pm, Saturday 2pm, 4.45pm and 7.30pm, Sunday noon and 3pm

The return of the circus team and the Dynasty show, turning low-tech everyday objects into hi-tech acrobatic equipment. Watch out for hurtling porcelain jars, dynamically spinning plates, balancing upon gigantic pyramids of tables and chairs and a framework of delicate strands of silk supporting cascading aerialists. Tickets from £10, call 0844 4155228

April 12

Morgan and West's Utterly Spiffing Spec. Magic Show

Gaywood Library

King's Lynn, 11am

Time travelling Victorian magic duo Morgan and West unload another boxful of bafflement and impossibility with mysterious magic hyper-reality, and a truck full of tricks and tea. Booking essential, call into the library or call 01553 768498.

April 12-15

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Gorleston Theatre Company present Honk, the musical tale of The Ugly Duckling.

www.gorlestonpavilion.co.ukApril 12-13

Startrack Athletics

UEA Sportspark

A two day course for eight to 15 year olds to experience a mixture of athletics events, with plenty of running, jumping and throwing.

All coaches are qualified through UK Athletics. £30 per child.

www.sportspark.co.ukApril 12

Searching for sharks

NWT Holme Dunes

Join a very different type of Easter egg hunt, searching for sharks' egg cases, more commonly known as mermaid purses.

Booking essential: call 01603 625540.

www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.ukApril 13-15

Burnham Market International Horse Trials, Sussex Farm

Burnham Market

An exciting three days of top class eventing with riders who regularly compete here including Team GB Olympians Zara Phillips, William Fox-Pitt, Pippa Funnell and Mary King, and local girl and past European Silver Medallist, Piggy French. There will also be shops, bungee trampolines, bouncy castles, a climbing wall, circus workshops and Cyril the Squirrel and his Racing Terriers.

www.musketeer.co.ukApril 14-17

Easter at Holkham Hall

Lots of Easter themed events and activities for all the family and Holkham Hall will be open each day.

www.holkham.co.ukApril 15

Rowing taster event

Norwich Rowing Club

Whitlingham Lane


Fancy learning to row? Ideal for youngsters and above, join a free two hour taster session with Norwich Rowing Club. Sessions all day from 10am. Book at learnnrc@gmail.com. Those who enjoy it can apply to join a Learn2Row course.

www.norwichrowingclub.co.ukApril 15

What comes out of an egg?

Norwich Puppet Theatre


A family work shop suitable for age three upwards to create puppet creatures that could have come from an egg.

www.puppettheatre.co.ukApril 27-29

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

A Night At The Movies

A compilation of Song and Dance inspired by the hits of the silver screen

www.gorlestonpavilion.co.ukApril 29

Various churches, Norwich

Watch out around all of the city's medieval churches, along with other local Morris sides the Golden Star Morris are aiming to dance at each one.

www.goldenstarmorris.org.ukApril 30-May21Broads Outdoors FestivalVarious Norfolk Broads locationsAll manner of fun, action and activities from theatre and art to walks and watersports throughout the Broads National Parkas part of the seventh Broads Outdoors Festival. With more than a quarter of the rarest wildlife in the UK, 300 kilometres of footpaths and 122 miles of rivers, this playground is for everyone who loves to get out and about, on land or water.www.outdoorsfestival.co.ukMay 2-30

What time is it? It's Showtime.

Gorleston Pavillion

Gypsy Productions returns to bring you an all new show of dance, music, comedy and more for the Summer of 2017. Continues until the end of September.

www.gorlestonpavilion.co.uk***For the diary***

May 27

Beccles Lido opens for the summer

www.facebook.com/beccleslidoMay 27-29

Pedal Norfolk at Holkham Hall, a family friendly bicycle festival for all ages and abilities, plus exciting sportive rides and national level racing. www.pedalnorfolk.co.ukMay 28

Country Fair

Hoveton Hall Estate

10.30am to 5pm

Colourful displays from the East Norfolk Militia, a local Red Coat Napoleonic era re-enactment group, plus falconry displays from Blackwoods Falconry's Gary Baxter.

Lots of arts and crafts and old fashioned garden games, maypole dancing, clay pigeon shooting and take your dog to the fun dog show.

www.hovetonhall.co.uk May 30Country Day at Bircham WINDMILL Morris dancing, sheep shearing, horse dressage, sheep agility, dog show and craft tent. www.birchamwindmill.co.ukJune 4

The 5th Beccles Triathalon starts and finishes at Beccles Lido.

www.becclestri.comJune 1-7

National Volunteering Week. Find out how volunteering benefits everyone and is for all ages. Visit venues such as the Museum of the Broads to find out more.

www.museumofthebroads.org.ukJune 29-July 13

Outdoor cinema returns to Norfolk with Pop Up Pictures.

June 29-July 1 at Beccles, July 6-8 at Holt, July 13-15 at Norwich. Subscribe here.

July 1

Dino's at Night as Dinosaur Adventure comes to life at dusk!

There's a magical feel and an air of excitment as the sun sets at this exciting attraction.

www.dinosauradventure.co.uk/ July 15-16Medieval Life and Laughter Castle Acre Priory, Castle Acre, King's Lynn 11am-5pmJourney back in time and immerse yourself in the sights, smells and sounds of medieval England. Discover the lives of the prosperous and the poor as you meet a monk, as well as the craftsmen, cooks and comedians in the encampments. Swords will be wielded and helmets battered as medieval combat is displayed in front of your eyes. Sharpen your swords for a day out to remember.www.english-heritage.org.ukJuly 23

Picnic in the Park 2017

Whitlingham Country Park

A family event to begin National Parks Week.

Great music, food, family activities, displays, crafts, trails, boat trips, canoeing and more.

ring a picnic and enjoy a day in the park which is the 'Gateway to the Broads'.



It's a Fire Engine Rally and Fireman Sam will be making special appearances during the day. This follows visits from Peppa Pig on April 15 and 16.

www.bressingham.co.ukJULY 29-30

Old Buckenham Airshow

Old Buckenham Airfield

Movie legends, aviation icons and fabulous displays at one of Britain's best known airshows, plus food, stands and plenty for all the family to see throughout the weekend.

www.oldbuck.comAugust 5-6

Flint Festival, Grimes Graves, Lynford, Weeting, Thetford 11am-4pm

Sharpen your prehistoric tools for a day celebrating everything that is great about flint! Explore the undulating grounds of Grime's Graves, the only prehistoric flint mine open to the public in the UK, and head underground into the prehistoric flint mine (wearing your hard hat!). Flint knapper Will Lord will be wowing visitors with tales and demonstrations from prehistoric days, and youngsters can try a variety of activities.

www.english-heritage.org.ukSeptember in Great Yarmouth

9-10 is the Maritime Festival for music , ship and history fans, and 16-17 is the 10th Out There Festival for lovers of crazy art and antics!