Easter in Norwich! Here’s our round-up of the best things to do at Easter (in no particular order). Planners at the ready for days out, kids activities, family breaks (city and coast) , behind the scenes tours, theatre, dance and outside fun.
Top image: Easter at Holkham Hall
DAYS OF DISCOVERY
TAKE A PEEK - GUIDED TOUR OF DRAGON HALL
Another special tour of Dragon Hall takes place on 11 April, and is a great opportunity to take a look around this Grade 1 medieval building, which is now home to Writers’ Centre Norwich and therefore no longer open to the public – so make the most of it! An experienced guide will show you around and fill you in on the building’s history – and a fascinating one at that.
Tours will take place at 2pm on Tuesday 11 April (also another tour on 14 March), and costs £2.50 (payable on the door). No need to book, just show up! More details here.
WHAT'S GOING ON BEHIND CLOSED DOORS? SMALL STORIES...
Image: Small Stories exhibition - Kaleidoscope
Easter Half Term in Norwich is a fantastic opportunity to visit Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery for its Small Stories: At Home In A Dolls' House exhibition. Explore 300 years of dolls’ houses as they reveal the history of not only the home, but family life and relationships too. You’re bound to marvel at the detail and craftsmanship of the exhibition’s stunning pieces – with some surprises! There's also the ‘Dream House 2017’ collection, with pieces described as “magical, miniature rooms specially created by Norfolk architects, artists, makers, students, and school groups”.
Don’t forget to also head over to Strangers’ Hall for their fantastic complementary events - see the Norwich Baby House (check out our blog post about it here) and many more pieces on display, including a special Small Stories at Strangers’ Hall trail! Find out more about Small Stories here.
This is your chance to explore behind-the-scenes at the Maddermarket Theatre, a converted chapel which has been staging plays, musicals and other great shows since 1921. During their Open Day you can have a look around their amazing costume department, go backstage and (for anyone who fancies themselves as a stage technician) have a play around with the lights and sound! There’s also be plenty of activities taking place around the theatre as well as bookable tours. And to top it all off, the whole day is free to get involved in!
NO STRINGS ATTACHED... PUPPET FUN
There’s plenty of great Easter-themed shows and workshops taking place at Norwich Puppet Theatre for kids and families too. We’ve written a whole post all about what’s on over there during the Easter Half Term, so have a read and get planning!
Various dates and times – visit their website for the full programme of events.
FABULOUS EVENINGS OUT
It’s time to go back to the 1920’s & 30’s New York City, into Harlem’s most celebrated nightclub, The Cotton Club! Swinging at the Cotton Club will be jam-packed with music from these decades and is bound to get you swinging (the dancing kind, obviously…) on the dancefloor. Plus it’s a great opportunity to dress to impress!
Saturday 8 April, 7.30pm, Norwich Playhouse. Tickets £21.50 full price, £19.50 concessions.
BE BLOWN WAY WITH CASANOVA
Image: credit Guy Farrow
We are very excited about this decadent, visually-impressive show which arrives at the Theatre Royal on Tuesday 4 April, for five nights. A world premiere, Casanova will tell the story of his life whilst showing there was a lot more to this man than just the womanising he’s so well known for! Find out more check out our blog post all about it.
Tuesday 4 – Saturday 8 April, performances at 7.30pm & matinee performance at 2.30pm on Thursday 6 & Saturday 8 April, Norwich Theatre Royal. Tickets £8 - £37.50. Find out more here.
ANCIENT WOODLAND & WATER - FAIRHAVEN FUN
With Spring fast approaching, there’s plenty going on in Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden – check out our blog post here – but there’s also a lot to pencil in for the Easter holidays! Make sure you don’t miss their Easter Egg Hunt on Good Friday, as kids will love hunting down the colourful eggs which will lead them to some chocolatey treats! There’ll also be face painting and crafts.
Friday 14 April, 11am – 4pm. Cost: £2 extra per child (on top of garden admission - adult £6.75, concessions £6.15, child £3.85, under 5 free) to participate.
STEAM AHEAD WITH THE EASTER EGGSPRESS
Bure Valley Railway runs routes between Aylsham and Wroxham, and it’s a lovely, picturesque journey through the countryside that everyone will enjoy – and the chance to ride some of the largest and most powerful 15-inch gauge steam locomotives ever built.
Friday 14 April - Monday 17 April, £13.50 per adult and £6.50 per child (under 4 year olds ride free). Book online here.
EVERYONE'S INVITED - HOLKHAM’S EASTER CELEBRATIONS
Holkham Hall always goes all-out for Easter, and this year is no exception! During Easter at Holkham expect four days of fun things to do for all ages, including Easter trails, flower displays, origami, quizzes, biscuit decorating, the chance to ride the Easter Express, plenty of fun in the Walled Garden, music, face painting and more… (and breathe!).
Visit between Friday 14 and Monday 17 April to join in the fun (10am – 4pm). Click here for more information and admission prices.
OUTDOORS WITH CEDRIC - MEET THE EASTER BUNNY AT BEWILDERWOOD!
Yes, Cedric himself (BeWILDerwood’s Easter Bunny, for anyone not fully informed) will be at BeWILDerwood from the beginning of April until Easter Monday, preparing lots of chocolatey treats for visitors – so that’s lots of chances to visit him. See if you can spot the missing Easter eggs and get involved with the Easter crafts. All included in the admission price – even better!
NOW THIS IS WHAT WE CALL FUN - BARRACUDAS... KIDS ACTIVITIES BY DAY OR WEEK
Have some time to yourself and drop the kids off at Barracudas Activity Day Camp, an OFSTED-registered day camp close to the city centre with an action-packed programme of events over the Easter (and Summer, if you’re planning ahead!) holidays. Kids can pick from archery, dance, drama, fencing, motor sports and swimming and much more, with extended hours available between 8am – 6pm.
Suitable for 4.5 – 14 year olds. Find out more here.
MAKE A BREAK OF IT
EASTER FAMILY STAY IN THE HEART OF NORWICH
This Easter holiday, for stays between 1 April and 17 April, bring your family to Norwich and stay at The Maids Head Hotel situated in the heart of the city, an egg-zelent place to stay while exploring and having family fun.
£175 per 1 night booking ( based on 2 adults and 2 children up to 14 year sharing a room) Sunday- Friday. £200 staying over Saturday night. More details here.
FAMILY BREAKS AT POTTERS RESORT - IT'S ALL INCLUDED, ON THE COAST
There’s still plenty of time to organise a fun family break, and Potters Resort have a great choice of breaks, from two night trips to four night breaks packed with family fun for kids and adults alike. Starting on different days throughout the Easter holidays, each break – whatever the length – includes great accommodation, four (yes, four!) meals a day, activities, live music, late night entertainment, and the use of Potter’s spots and leisure facilities.
COMING TO VISIT?
Greater Anglia have Advance fares from £9 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Greater Anglia also serves Colchester, Ipswich and Diss on the Norwich line. Direct trains also run from Cambridge.
East Midlands Trains runs services from Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham.
Flights into Norwich served from Edinburgh, Manchester, Exeter, Aberdeen, Jersey*, Guernsey* and Amsterdam.
To plan a trip to Norwich check out our website www.visitnorwich.co.uk