Easter half term events in Norfolk 2017 — 28 indoor and outdoor activities, most involving chocolate treats!

Leah Wightman surrounded by eggs at the hunt in the grounds of Sandringham, one of many Easter event

Leah Wightman surrounded by eggs at the hunt in the grounds of Sandringham, one of many Easter events involving chocolate treats. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Archant

From Easter egg hunts to riding steam trains to new arrivals down on the farm, there is plenty to do through the Easter holidays for all the family. Here is out guide to some of the events to keep the kids entertained.


Easter on Junior Farm

Wroxham Barns, Tunstead Road, Hoveton, April 7-17, 10am-5pm, farm entry £6.50 per person, under-2s free, 01603 783762, wroxhambarns.co.uk

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Easter hunt to follow the clues, collecting letters to spell an Easter word. Face painting with bunny nose and whiskers, and make bunny ears. The star attraction through is helping bottle-feed the hungry orphan lambs daily at 11am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm.

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Easter Trail

Museum of the Broads, Stalham, April 7-19, 10am-4pm, £5.50 (£5 cons), £2.50 children, £14 family, 01692 581681, museumofthebroads.org.uk

A fun family trail around the museum with craft activities. Win an Easter themed prize. Falcon steam boat trips Tuesday to Thursday (extra charge, pre-book).

Gressenhall Goes Wild

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, until April 17, 10am-5pm, normal admission prices, 01362 869263, museums.norfolk.gov.uk/gressenhall

Easter holidays include a search for Gressenhall's wild side and to get closer to nature. Become a nature detective and see what bugs and beasties you can discover. See what's growing – and living – in the Gressenhall gardens. Get creative with lots of nature inspired things to see and do.

Easter Eggstravagansa

Pensthorpe Nature Park, near Fakenham, until April 17, 10am-5pm, normal admission prices, 01328 851465, www.pensthorpe.com

Easter egg hunts at Pensthorpe and on Easter weekend they will also be hiding a golden egg for an extra special prize. Also Easter craft activities daily at 3.30pm, or weave your way around Pensthorpe on the self-guided trail.

Easter Holiday Fun

Church Farm, Stow Bardolph, until April 17, 10.30am-4pm, £7.70 (£7.30 cons), £7.30 children, £5 aged-2, under-2s free, £28 family, 01366 382162, churchfarmstowbardolph.co.uk

Lambing season is well underway at at Church Farm. Have a go at bottle feeding the gorgeous orphan lambs and give them a cuddle. Hold a fluffy Easter chick. Tractor rides (£1 per person).

Battle of Waterloo

Ickworth House, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, April 8-9, 10.30am-4pm, normal admission prices, pre-book 0844 2491895, www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Huzzah, the reanacted battle comes to Ickworth. 95th Rifles and many other regiments battle it out with Napoleon over the weekend as they take over the grounds with authentic living, training and grand battles galore to a triumphant conclusion. Children's drill workshops, living history demos of camp surgery and more.

Epic Easter Egg Adventure

Whitlingham Country Park, Trowse, April 13, 10am-3pm, £1 per participant, car parking charges apply, pre-book 01603 756094

Complete the Easter trail around Whitlingham to win a mini egg prize. Then make an Easter gift box to take your prize home. Age 5+

Easter Funfair

Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich, April 13-17/Great Yarmouth, April 20-23

Norwich has long hosted an Easter fair and once again this year there is the chance to swing, slide and be whizzed around on the waltzer as the Showman's Guild take over Chapelfield Gardens. Plenty of thrills, plus Easter egg prizes. Great Yarmouth's annual Easter fair this year takes place from April 20-23. All sorts of rides and stalls will be set up on the Market Place, Fullers Hill Car Park and on Brewery Plain Car Park.

Easter Trails

NWT Hickling Broad/NWT Ranworth/NWT Cley Marshes/NWT Holme Dunes/NWT Weeting Heath, April 14-17, £1.50 per trail, full details at norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk

Norfolk Wildlife Trust will be celebrating Easter at all their reserves. Take part in wildlife Easter Egg-venture Trails, crafting activities and free use of our explorer bum bags.

Easter Egg Hunts

Blickling Hall, April 14-17, 10am–5.30pm, £6 adult garden entry, £2.59 per trail, 01263 738030/Oxburgh Hall, Oxborough, near Swaffham, April 15-17, 10.30am-3.30pm, £2.50 per trail, 01366 328258/Felbrigg Hall, April 14-17, 11am-3.30pm, £2.50 per trail, 01263 837444 nationaltrust.org.uk

National Trust again teams uop with Cadburys for its Easter hunts. Blickling Hall's 55-acre gardens are a natural playground for adventure and exploration. Set off on an adventure around the grounds of Oxburgh Hall. At Felbrigg, Bunny has hidden clues around the West garden for you to find and solve.

Easter Egg Hunt

Somerleyton Hall, April 14-17, 10am-5pm, garden only £6.95 (£5.90 cons), £4.90 children, under-5s free, pre-book 0871 222 4244, visit.somerleyton.co.uk

Follow the Easter trail around the gardens, find the colourful egg pictures, and find the Easter Bunny to stamp your map and claim your Easter egg. Have fun in the maze or willow play area.

Easter Treasure Hunt

Hoveton Hall Gardens, April 14-17, 10.30am-5pm, gardens £7.50 (£6.50 cons), £4 children, under-4s free, 01603 784297, hovetonhallestate.co.uk

Explore the gardens with this special Easter Treasure Hunt, all entries receive an Easter prize. There is also an Easter Egg Hunt in the walled gardens especially for the little ones who are helped find eggs by Easter Bunnies.

Easter Weekend Fun

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham, April 14, 11am-4pm, garden entry £6.75 (£6.15 cons), £3.85 children, under-5s free, 01603 270449, www.fairhavengarden.co.uk

Popular annual Easter Egg Hunt for the colourful eggs that lead to a chocolate egg prize; also face painting and Easter crafts for children. There's a £2 charge per child for the hunt. Also scavenger hunting in the woods all Easter weekend; fit as many tiny objects as you can into a small container.

Easter Egg Hunt

Sandringham Visitors Centre, April 15, 10am-3pm, £3 per entrant, sandringhamestate.co.uk

The Priory Rotary Club of King's Lynn host Easter Egg Trail in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance Trust. Find 17 clues hidden around the beautiful grounds with a chocolate egg for all participants.

Hare's Most Egg-cellent Adventure

RSPB Titchwell Marsh, until April 17, 10am, £1 per child (nature trails) £2 per child (egg hunt), 01485 210779, titchwell@rspb.org.uk

Fun for all the family over Easter following hare on his travels around the reserve. Self-led nature trails throughout the Easter holidays with hands-on activities. Egg hunts on Easter Sunday and Monday.

Easter Egg Hunt

Dereham Windmill, April 17, £1.50 per child, derehamwindmill.co.uk

Dereham Windmill is the last of several windmills in the Dereham area and each year it hoasts the annual Easter egg hunt. Hunts from 12.45pm-1.30pm and 2.15pm-3pm, £1.50 per child including an egg and a drink.

Easter Fun and Egg Hunt

Sheringham Park, until April 17, 10am-5.15pm, £2.50 per egg trail, 01263 820550, nationaltrust.org.uk

Bunny's been hopping through the wild garden at Sheringham Park, enjoying the Easter flowers.

Can you find the clues he's left among the pink and purple rhododendrons? They'll lead you to a tasty Cadbury chocolate prize. You might just spot the UK's smallest bird among the blooms - the tiny Firecrest.


Small Stories at Easter

Norwich Castle, April 7/11/12, 10.30am-3.30pm, free with museum admission, 01603 495897, museums@norfolk.gov.uk

Visit the fascinating Small Stories dolls house exhibition then try your hand at activities and crafts to furnish your own dream room. Join Norfolk Record Office to explore the city's historic buildings and junk-model a collaborative construction (April 7) or create miniature print wallpaper (April 11). On April 12 it is Victorian crime and punishment day, take part in a courtroom drama.

White Rabbit Easter Trail

Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, until April 17, £9 adult return, £7 child return, under-4s free, 07939 683322, wellswalsinghamrailway.co.uk

Journey into Wonderland but can you help Alice find missing Easter eggs? It will feature lots of Alice in Wonderland characters. April 14-17 all completed trails will receive a boxed Easter egg.

Catapults and Castles!

The Tolhouse Gaol, Great Yarmouth, April 7, 11am-4pm, included in normal admission, 01493 745526, museums.norfolk.gov.uk

Battle plans at the ready! Make your own catapults and see if you can break the castle barricades to get to the treasure inside.

Easter Basket Craft and Willow Weaving

Whitlingham Country Park, Trowse, April 7, 10am-12pm/1.30pm-3.30pm, £5, £3 under-16s, £14 family, pre-book 01603 756094

Workshop to make your own mini Easter basket (including mini eggs) from willow, bramble and dogwood. Age 6+

Easter Fun for Children

Creake Abbey, North Creake, April 11-15, £3 per hunt/activity, 07801 418907, creakeabbey.co.uk

Follow the Easter trail to find hidden eggs and solve clues to receive a yummy Easter gift. Also enjoy decorative activities involcing a gingerbread Easter bunny biscuit in the Summer House (£1.50 per child).

Easter Fun

Holkham Hall, April 14-17, 10am-5pm, hall, garden and exhibition entry £15, £7.50 children, £41 family, 01328 710227, holkham.co.uk

Fun at Holkham includes meeting the Easter rabbit, who will have a chocolate egg for you and Easter decorations, fun with the Kiddy Cook team. Take the 'Easter Express' to the walled garden to make Easter crafts and visit the storyteller's magical yurt, plus games galore. Riddles to solve and eggs to find in the 'Field to Fork' farming exhibition. You'll also find some cute animals to pet.

Easter Eggspress

Bure Valley Railway, April 14-17, 9am-5pm, £13 adult return, £6.50 child return, under-5s free, £35 family return, 01263 733858, bvrw.co.uk

Hop on board the Easter Eggspress at the Bure Valley Railway over the Easter weekend for an 'eggciting' day out for all the family. Every child receives a free Easter egg. Trains will be running from both Aylsham and Wroxham Stations.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Peckover House, Wisbech, April 14-17, 11am-4pm, £2.50 per trail, normal admission prices, 01945 583463, nationaltrust.org.uk

Children can help a mother duck, who has strayed from the River Nene, to find her lost eggs which could be anywhere in the garden. When you have found them all, collect your Cadbury chocolate prize.

Easter Egg Hunt

East Anglian Transport Museum, Carlton Colville, Lowestoft, April 15-16, 12pm-5pm, £9 (£7 cons), £6 children, 01502 518459, eatransportmuseum.co.uk

All aboard as the East Anglian Transport Museum open for 2017 with Easter fun. Easter egg at the end of our free treasure hunt for every child.

Easter Fun Day

Strumpshaw Steam Museum, Low Road, Strumpshaw, April 16, 10am-3pm, £10 family (up to two children), each additional child £2, £6 adult, 01603 714535, strumpshawsteammuseum.co.uk

The Easter Bunny will be getting all steamed up at Strumpshaw this year where a trail of clues, chocolate treats and free train rides are on offer to visitors. An outdoor trail of clues, through two miles of beautiful parkland, will lead to an Easter egg prize and there'll be indoor quizzes round the museum exhibits.

Easter Egg Hunt

Ickworth House, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, until April 17, 11am-4pm, £2.50 per trail, normal admission prices, pre-book 0844 2491895, nationaltrust.org.uk

The 4th Earl of Bristol loved exploring. In fact, he loved it so much he built Ickworth to keep all his treasures safe. So what better place to join in a treasure hunt of your own this Easter? Eggsplore the secret hidey-holes, enchanting garden and magical park in search of Cadbury's chocolate.

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