There’s snow on the ground, and you might have a hot water bottle stuffed under your jumper too right now, but nonetheless, the springing of spring is just days away.
With spring comes Easter, and with Easter comes the Easter holidays. The first long break since Christmas for school children, Easter is a time when it’s just about warm enough to go outside without a scarf, and a window of opportunity long enough to see friends, family, and maybe - just maybe - the end of that DIY to-do list too.
Whether you’re big or small, here’s a useful guide for everything you might need to know during the Easter holidays.
(Perhaps it’s good to mention here that the official dates of the break are the 29th of March to the 13th of April, but just check this with your school before you start planning!)
Easter Egg Hunt at Fairhaven Garden
We’ve already got lots of information come in to VisitNorwich about the activities that Norwich has planned for Easter, and what could be more perfect than an Easter Egg hunt? Head to the English Whisky company to find eggs in their lovely garden (and stop for food and drink in their newly opened Kitchen too!), or visit Fairhaven Garden to follow the colourful eggs that will lead you to a special treat!
Norwich Puppet Theatre are putting on lots of workshops for busy kids who want to get creative. choose from clay modelling, animation, ‘birds and bunnies’ or ‘what comes out of an egg?’ to name just a few (they have a whole calendar of events so just check our website for more info). They also have some family-friendly shows on too! Catch a very sweet interpretation of ‘The Billy Pigs’, or follow Sourpuss on his journey of discovery through the garden…
Elsewhere across the city there are other shows suitable for a younger audience: Norwich Theatre Royal will be performing a colourful adaptation of everyone’s favourite, The Jungle Book, from the 10th - 14th of April. OPEN Norwich will be host to ‘A Little Princess’ - a spellbinding story about a little girl’s powerful imagination.
Broads Tours are offering an Easter Special River Trip during the holidays, so be sure to make the most of it and head outside where you’ll definitely see the first signs of spring on the riverbank. On board, children can take part in an Easter egg hunt, a colouring competition, or listen very carefully to the skipper’s commentary to win a prize in their Nature Quiz! Plus all children will receive an egg…
Plus, if you didn’t know, March is Maker’s Month! Every day at the forum there is a new skill or craft to learn - just visit the website for more details. Plus, Norwich Cathedral will be at the forum on the 4th of April with a special virtual space, where you can discover all about how the magnificent Cathedral was built, and try your hand at quill writing and stained glass designs!
To top it all off, on the 24th of March John Lewis are hosting a Star Wars themed day. Join them for children’s activities, live music, fashion shows, demonstrations and a chance to meet the Star Wars characters!
You might not have the luxury of a couple ofweeks off work, but Easter brings all kinds of activities for adults too.
First up, there are loads of really good exhibitions on at the moment: The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts still houses the extraordinary 'Roger Law: From Satire to Ceramics' until the 3rd of April, and on the 24th of March the hotly anticipated 'Superstructures' opens, celebrating 40 years of the opening of the centre. The Arts Centre has 'Anita Corbin: Visible Girls Revisited' on - a fascinating study of the identity of women over a 36 year period. Over at Norwich Castle you can see 'Square Box on the Hill' which, if you're interested in local history, is an absolute treat. This is also a good one for anyone who loves plans, maps and models: there's beautiful offerings of all of these things here.
Another thing we've all been waiting to see is 'Legally Blonde: The Musical" at Norwich Theatre Royal. Not only is one of your favourite comfort-food-and-sleepover films coming to the stage, but the fabulous Elle Woods and co. will be joined by REAL LIFE DOGS on stage to play Bruiser and Rufus. Straight from the West End, you've got from the 26th - 31st of March to catch this modern fairytale, all about getting dumped and going to law school.
For something a bit different, over Easter you could also try Wine Tasting at the Maid's Head, wrapping up warm and doing some Urban Orienteering in the centre of Norwich, or wrapping up even warmer (take that hot water bottle for your jumper!) and doing some stargazing at the magical Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden!
Greater Anglia has Advance fares from £10 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