Family things to do indoors over the Easter holidays
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Easter comes very early this year and no-one can predict what the weather will do. SIMON PARKIN picks events and activities where you can be sure it won't rain on your parade.
White Rabbit Easter Trail
Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, March 25-28, £9 adult return, £7 child return, under-4s free, 07939 683322, wellswalsinghamrailway.co.uk
Wells and Walsingham Light Railway will be transformed into Wonderland but can you help Alice find missing Easter eggs? Trains depart Wells-next-the-Sea station at 10.30am, 12.00, 2.00 and 3.30pm. It will feature lots of Alice in Wonderland characters. All completed trails will receive a boxed Easter egg.
Bure Valley Railway, March 25-28, 9am-5pm, £13 adult return, £6.50 child return, under-5s free, £35 family return, 01263 733858, www.bvrw.co.uk
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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.
Bunny Blast Off!
Time and Tide Museum, Blackfriars Road, Great Yarmouth, March 25, 11am-4pm, included in museum admission £5.50 (£5.20 cons), £4.40 children, under-4s free, £18.70-£14 family, 01493 743930
Have some Easter holiday fun! Make some carrot rockets which would make the Easter Bunny proud and see how high you can make them go!
IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire, March 25-April 10, £18, £14.50 children, under-5s free, £47.25 family, 01223 835000, iwm.org.uk
Easter holiday at Duxford centres on legendary Second World War aircraft, the Lancaster bomber, to see what it was really like for the young men who fought and flew as part of a bomber crew.Find out about the famous Dambusters Raids and the development of the bouncing bomb.
Norwich Castle Museum, March 25-April 9, 10.30am-3.30pm, included in normal admission £8.35 (£7.50 cons), £6.25 children, £23.50-£17.50 family, 01603 495897, www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk
Learn about 'nalebinging' knitting and other weaving ways. Crack the runic code and make a long boat for our flotilla of invading Viking vessels.
Easter River Trips
The Bridge, Wroxham, March 25-28, 11.30am/2pm, £8.50, £5.50 children, under-5s free, 01603 782207, www.broadstours.co.uk
Broads Tours Easter river cruises. Children can take part in an on-board nature quiz, Easter egg hunt and free to enter colouring or drawing competitions. All trips include an entertaining commentary by the skipper. Children get an Easter egg.
Punch & Judy Family Fun Day
Norwich Puppet Theatre, March 26, 10am-1pm, £10, 01603 629921, www.puppettheatre.co.uk
Norwich Puppet Theatre hosts a special celebration of Punch and Judy. The family workshop will have a host of different making activity stations inspired by our traditional Punch and Judy glove puppets. Meanwhile there is a chanced to see the Italian version of the show La Guaratelle di Pulcinella (March 26-28, 11am/2.30pm, £8, £28 family) with award winning Italian puppeteer Luca Ronga performing a slapstick Guarattelle glove puppet show.
East Anglian Transport Museum, Lowestoft, March 26-27, 12pm-6pm (5pm Sun), £9 (£7 cons), £6 children, under-5s free, 01502 518459, eatm.org.uk
The season launches at the East Anglian Transport Museum with this special Easter event with an Easter egg hunt for the children on both days. On Saturday the evening will be running until 6pm with the tram and trolley bus fleet, along with the narrow gauge railway, lit up to create a unique atmosphere.
Barton House Railway
Hartwell Road, The Avenue, Wroxham, March 28, 2.30pm-5.30pm, £3, £1.50 children, www.bartonhouserailway.org.uk
Ride on two miniature railways controlled by full size M&GN signal box, museum, refreshments by the river, drive a train, you can come by boat- we will pick you up from Wroxham Bridge.
Norwich Gaming Festival
The Forum, Norwich, March 28-April 2, from 10am, admission free, full details at www.norwichgamingfestival.com
Returning for its third year, this week-long festival celebrates all aspects of video games and their development. From newcomers to enthusiasts, young people to older generations, there's something for everyone and a great chance for local talent to showcase their expertise in game development and programming. Experience new games, retro gaming, live play, developer days and workshops, plus a 'Gaming Village' for visitors to explore. Visitors can chat to designers, industry experts and UEA students who will be giving talks and hosting workshops.
Dinosaurs and Mammoths
Lynn Museum, King's Lynn, March 29, 10.30am-1pm, included in normal museum admission £3.95 (£3.55 cons), £2.95 children, £11-£8.30 family, 01553 775001, firstname.lastname@example.org
Discover the deadly creatures that once roamed the earth. Make your own dinosaur and mammoth crafts to take home! No need to book, just drop-in.
Hall Lane, Cromer, 10am-5pm, £11.50 (£10 cons), £8.50 children, under-4s free, £35 family, 01263 510741, amazonazoo.co.uk
The Cromer zoo, home to over 200 tropical animals, including jaguars, pumas, ocelots, monkeys, snakes and flamingos, plus new tarantula spider house, housing five different species of South American tarantulas. There are at least four 'feed the animal' events a day. On Easter Sunday, each child will receive a free cream egg too!
Norwich Puppet Theatre, March 29, 11am, £8.50, 01603 629921, www.puppettheatre.co.uk
Create your own newly hatched spring chicken puppet...or flamingo, eagle, ostrich or owl. What ever your favourite bird may be, you will get a chance to make it at this Easter holiday workshop. At the end you will have a wonderful working puppet to take home for a show! Ages 5+
Norwich Castle Museum, March 30/April 7, 11am/1pm, included in normal admission £8.35 (£7.50 cons), £6.25 children, £23.50-£17.50 family, 01603 495897, www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk
Holiday activities including listening to the storyteller's amusing tale of the mighty Thor reclaiming Mjollnir, his magic hammer, from his arch enemies.
Cromer Museum, March 30, 10am-12.30pm/1pm-3.30pm, included in museum admission £4 (£3.80 cons), £3.20 children, £13.60-£10.20 family, 01263 513543, www.museum.norfolk.gov.uk
What came first the chicken or the egg? Well in this case it's the egg! Create your own miniature birds with this egg-cellent craft activity at this workshop for children.
Easter Children's Film Festival
Beccles Public Hall, March 31, 10.30am/2pm/3.30pm, £5 (£4 cons), £4 children, 01502 770060, www.becclespublichall.org.uk
A celebration of Aardman Animations, Nick Park and his team of animator whose have created everything from Wallace and Gromit to Chicken Run. Model making workshop with Jim Parkyn from Aardman will give you a chance to learn more and have a go yourself. Then there are screenings of Shaun the Sheep The Movie &The Farmer's Llamas (March 30, 11am), A Grand Day Out & The Wrong Trousers (April 6, 2pm) and A Close Shave & A Matter of Loaf and Death (April 7, 2pm).