Sunshine and blue skies make Good Friday a busy day at beaches and attractions - but damp weather is on the way

A Camel has been born at Banham Zoo taking keepers by surprise.

A Camel has been born at Banham Zoo taking keepers by surprise. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

It was the perfect start to the Easter bank holiday weekend.

A Camel has been born at Banham Zoo taking keepers by surprise.

A Camel has been born at Banham Zoo taking keepers by surprise. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

And, as hoped, yesterday's blue skies, spring temperatures and sunshine saw families hurry to make the most of the break.

Attractions reported a surge in visitors and coastal roads felt the weight of the mid-morning rush - but gusts and showers predicted over the next three days are expected to dampen the sunny outlook.

With the right conditions, the Easter weekend – hailed as the start of the tourism season – can often be the strongest weekend of the year for parks, attractions and coastal businesses.

They include Banham Zoo, who recently welcomed a new addition for visitors to enjoy – a baby camel.

Somerleyton Hall Easter Egg Hunt.Twins, Tessa and Emmie Knights PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Somerleyton Hall Easter Egg Hunt.Twins, Tessa and Emmie Knights PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

One of the zoo's three domestic Bactrian camels, Lucy, gave birth to the male calf, who does not yet have a name, last week.

Martin Dupee, operations director at the zoo and sister park Africa Alive, said yesterday had been 'a very strong start' to the year.

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'We welcomed more than double the amount of visitors than last year,' he said. 'When I compared with the previous three Easters where it was early and the first weekend in the holidays, we are massively up.

'The weather was great, people came out in force and had a great time. It puts us in a strong position for whatever weather may come over the next couple of days.'

Caister Lifeboat Easter Egg hunt. Lennon Farr (front) with Jayden and Chloe Francis taking part in t

Caister Lifeboat Easter Egg hunt. Lennon Farr (front) with Jayden and Chloe Francis taking part in the egg hunt.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Elsewhere across the region, Caister Lifeboat Experience welcomed families through its doors for its second annual Easter egg hunt. The bright weather brought people out in their droves to search for chocolate treats.

The hunt will continue from 11am to 4pm today, tomorrow and Monday.

Paul Garrod, chairman of Caister Lifeboat, said: 'We have had lots of children through the door looking for Easter eggs. It is going very well.'

Meanwhile, hundreds of families followed a map to find brightly-coloured eggs hidden around the grounds of Somerleyton Hall.

A busy Yarmouth seafront on Good Friday.PHOTO: Nick Butcher

A busy Yarmouth seafront on Good Friday.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Jude Pontais, Somerleyton Hall spokesman, said: 'We are overwhelmed with the turnout. Mother nature has been very kind to us with the weather and we are forutnate to have such beautiful gardens for people to explore.'

The fun continues throughout the bank holiday weekend between 10am and 5pm.

Do you have a tourism story? Let us know by emailing lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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