On Thursday, the schools will be out, and the Easter Holidays will well and truly be in. We’ve checked the weather forecast for you, and it’s looking like a mixed bag, so be prepared to have plans, more plans and back up plans. See below our handy guide to all the Easter events – arranged by weather – as well as some last minute offers and availability that we’ve hunted down for you.
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Easter Egg Hunts
Of course, you can get involved in the most quintessential of all Easter Activities: The Easter Egg hunt. You’ll find these at the woody and wonderful Fairhaven Garden (where every child gets an egg!), and the lovely lawns at The English Whisky Company, where there will be treats for kids, as well as food and drink available in their new ‘Kitchen’! Somerleyton Hall will also be holding an Easter Egg hunt in the gardens of the estate with a colouring competition and Easter Egg Prizes! Hooray!
At Dinosaur Adventure! Visit the thrilling adventure park this Easter, and enjoy all the usual attractions (high ropes, play area, splash zone and more), but Dippy will also have installed his own very special Easter wonderland! There will be extra special Easter activities, some surprises, and pleeeeennty of dinosaurs...
A Brand New Face at BeWILDerwood…
Last weekend, the twisty trees and tricky tunnels at BeWILDerwood said hello to a new neighbour – Cedric the Easter Bunny who has just moved into his Chocolate Bunny Burrow. He can’t wait to welcome you all into his new bunny house, full of confectionery curiosities and creature comforts!
Plus, as well as the usual treetop adventures at BeWILDerwood, you can get dressed in your bunny-best and pay a visit to the Big Hat, which is hosting Boggle Bunny Ear crafts and Bouncing Bunny face painting!
Bure Valley Railway are hosting a special Easter Themed train ride over the holidays, and are inviting all of you on board their Easter Eggspress! Hop on board the narrow-gauge railway for a trip through the North Norfolk Countryside like no other. The Whistlestop café at Aylsham will be specially decorated for Easter, plus there is a free Easter Egg for every child with each fare paying adult!
And on the water...
See Norfolk from the rooftop of a majestic river cruiser, with one of Broads Tours special Easter Boat trips. This year children can take part in their Nature Quiz (there will be clues in the skipper’s commentary!), Easter Egg Hunt and a free to enter Colour and Drawing competition. All children will receive an Easter Egg too!
Get hands on at the puppet theatre!
Norwich Puppet Theatre always have a wonderful array of things to do at Easter, and this year is no different! They will be runnning loads of different workshops – suitable for all ages – such as clay modelling, ‘What comes out of an egg’, ‘Pop-up Plants’, ‘Bunnies and Birds’, a special ‘Pig Tales’ day (which includes tickets to see The Three Billy Pigs), plus a special workshop on film making and animation for slightly older children. Click the links for more information!
OPEN are doing loads of things
As always, OPEN are running loads of different, varied activities for children over the school holidays, and they look amazing, weird and wonderful. If you’re feeling intrepid, try their introduction to rock climbing and/or intermediate rock climbing, and if you fancy yourself as a budding broadcaster try the Radio Daze workshop. For something fantastical, try OPEN’s Fairytale or Harry Potter Themed courses!
Arts & Crafts
Norwich is bracing itself to be covered in glitter, glue and paint over the Easter Holidays – there’s loads of arts and crafts events planned. The Cathedral of St John the Baptist are inviting children aged 5 -8 to decorate their own mini hare or rabbit model, plus the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts will be holding several studio events where children of all age ranges will work alongside artists on their own, budding practices (see Mini Studio, Sunday Studio and Children’s Holiday Studios).
And down in the Castle Dungeons…
Become a Castle Crime Scene Investigator and explore crime and punishment from medieval to modern times. Follow The Norwich Castle Crime Trail, feel the death head bumps, sit in judgement with Judge Childers, detour along the Prisoner’s Secret Tunnel and visit the creepy Dungeons! City of Stories visited the dungeons a couple of weeks ago - it's a chilling experience you have to see for yourself!
See the Steam Engines!
On the 1st of April, the mechanical wonderland that is the Thursford collection opens to the public once again. See the world’s largest collection of steam engines and organs, hear Robert Wolfe – one if the best theatre organists in the world – play the almighty Wurlizer, ride fairground carousels, and catch a Silent Movie! A real step back in time, with an all-year-round Christmas gift shop to boot!
A last minute Easter getaway!
Why not treat yourself to a last minute escape this Easter? We’ve checked with some of the fine establishments in the city, and you’ll find last minute breaks available at the beautiful and historic Maid’s Head Hotel, Sprowston Manor (it’s got a spa!), the country escape at Barnham Broom, or why not book your very own piece of Norfolk for the long weekend, with Norfolk Country Cottages, who still have some cosy homes available to rent!
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