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Easter Survival Guide

Our ultimate guide to the Easter Holidays - packed with 60 activities and a hell of a lot of sugar!

We’ve found SIXTY things to do with the kids this Easter and quite frankly it’s sent me into an OCD planning spin!

Don’t worry – we’ve organised everything into kid (mum) friendly themes. Stay calm, eat chocolate and I’ll see you on the other side.

  • Hunts and trail
  • Get crafty
  • Theatre
  • Museums
  • Outdoor fun

Hunts & trails: 

The pesky Easter bunny has sneakily scattered eggs and clues at all the best attractions across the county. There are only so many times I can write Eggstravaganza – so we’ve listed them all below for you to take your pick of  trails and hunts with lots of lovely extras from craft to face painting to story telling.

It’s worth checking to see if you need to book as you don’t want to disappoint the mudlings or at least make sure you have a handbag full of chocolate eggs just in case!

BeWILDerwood, Hoveton – Cedric’s Bunny Burrow Eggs-pedition, Sat 5th – Sun 21st April

WWT Welney Wetland Centre – Easter Duck Trail, Welney, Sat 6th – Sun 21st April 

RSPB Strumpshaw Fen – Go Wild at Easter Trail, Sat 6th – Sun 21st April 

Blickling Hall – Easter Adventures, Sat 6th – Sun 21st April

Pensthorpe – Easter Eggstravaganza, Sat 6th – Sun 21st April

Wroxham Barns, Easter Eggstravaganza, Sat 6th – Sun 21st April 

Bure Valley Railway – Easter Eggspress, Sat 6th – Sun 21st April

Roarr Dinosaur Adventure, Lenwade – Egg-cellent Easter, ROARR!  Mon 8th – Sun 21st April 

Jurassic Journey Gt Yarmouth – Easter Dino Egg Hunt, until Sun 13th April 

Barningham Hall – Nelsons Journey Easter Egg Hunt, Sun 14th April

North Norfolk Railway, Sheringham Station – Easter Hunt, Mon 15th – Sun 21st April

Felbrigg Hall – Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts, Mon 15th – Sun 21st April

The Open Cromer Pier – Bunny Bonanza – self led QR Code trail, Wed 17th April 

Norfolk Wildlife Trust at Weeting Heath, Hickling Broad, Ranworth Broad, Cley Marshes, Holme Dunes – Easter Egg Venture Trail, Fri 19th April

Gooderstone Water Gardens – Easter Bunny Hunt, Fri 19th – Sun 21st April 

Church Farm Rare Breeds Centre, Stow Bardolph- Easter Egg Hunt, Fri 19th – Sun 21st April

Hoveton Hall – Easter Treasure Hunt,  Fri 19th – Sun 21st April 

Fairhaven Woodland & Walled Garden – Easter Egg Hunt, Fri 19th April

 

Get Crafty: 

I find craft days can suit all ages as the older ones can help the younger ones, leaving you to sit back with a cup of tea and direct from a distance!

Highway Garden & Leisure – Easter Crafts, Mon 8th April 

All sorts of decorating from Easter buckets to flower pots to bopper head bands. Plus they have a lovely little cafe in the gardens which is wonderful when the sun is shining.

Norwich Cathedral – Easter Holiday Family Fun Day, Wed 10th April 

Bugs, Beasts and Beautiful Things is the theme as you enjoy a day of craft activities, puppet shows, story and dance workshops.

Norwich Puppet Theatre, Children’s Workshop:  Sat 6th – Thurs 18th April

Alpacas to superheroes to sea creatures, all sorts of crazy puppet making happening across the Easter break.

 

Theatre:

The Worst Witch, Theatre Royal Norwich, Tues 16th  – Sat 20th April 

Buckle up your broomsticks and get ready for some Mildred mayhem – The Worst Witch is flying into town. A spooky set, fast-paced action and even a high flying aerial sequence – this is perfect Easter fun for the family! For more information, read our Muddy preview HERE.

Book tickets  £10 – £23.50

 

My First Circus: The Littlest Mermaid, The Garage, Norwich, Wed 10th – Thurs 18th April

Join The Littlest Mermaid and her circus friends as she explores the world out of the ocean. An interactive musical voyage of circus and theatre where you and your little ones can join in with the fun.

Book tickets  £12.50 adult, £7.50 child

 

Sing-a-long-a The Greatest Showman, Kings Lynn Corn Exchange, Sun 14th April  

Still going strong – if you haven’t seen it yet this is your chance to embarrass the kids by singing ‘This is me’ at the top of your lungs!

Book tickets £12.50 – £16.50

 

Hocus Pocus, Stage Two, Theatre Royal, Norwich, Tues 16th April

I always schedule a cinema trip/rest and this is your chance to share this classic film whilst getting a nosey at the beautiful stage two building.

Book tickets Free

 

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble Workshop, Stage Two, Theatre Royal, Norwich, Wed 17th April  

It’s all about witches this Easter at the Theatre Royal and this weirdly wonderful drama workshop is full of mischief and games.  Ages: 5-7

Book £5.00

 

Pirates Live, Hippodrome Circus, Gt Yarmouth, Sat 6th – Sun 28th April

Become part of the pirate crew and take part in some swashbuckling missions alongside a motley crew of pirates, fire eaters, acrobats and aerialists.

Book tickets £12 – £22

 

HAIRSPRAY: The Musical, OPEN Norwich, Thurs 18th – Sat 20th April

One for slightly older mudlings – Hairspray is the ultimate feel-good musical. I love taking my tweenie to the theatre and this looks like a fun night to share. Plus there’s a few PC messages around social, cultural and physical differences to be absorbed as you sing a long – I’m always educating!

Book tickets for £15

 

Peter Pan, King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Thurs 11th April

Panto season is over right? Oh no it isn’t!! – Bobby Davro, Tracy Beaker, a lot of green Lycra and the world’s most famous ticking reptile. This is one for everyone who really does believe in fairies.

Book tickets from £19.75

 

Wind in the Willows, Sheringham Little Theatre, Tues 16th – Sat 20th April

Introduce the kids to your childhood – Toad, Ratty, Mole & Badger! This community production looks like musical magic for all the family.

Book tickets £6 – £12

 

Museums:

Norwich museum

The Easter holidays at Norfolk Museums look to be ‘Legendary’ – with exciting Viking activities at Norwich Castle, spellbinding stories at Gressenhall and gruesome medieval medicine* at Time & Tide.

(*we don’t condone experimenting on the kids no matter how annoying they’ve been)

Below are a few of our top picks and for the full programme click here.

 

Viking: Rediscover the Legend, Norwich Castle, Mon 8th – Sun 21st April

The ‘Legend’ programme has performances, crafts and adventures every day over the Easter holiday. Including a fantastic touring exhibition from the British Museum and Yorkshire Museum.

Viking Sassoon Pop Up Hair Salon, Mon 8th,  Thurs 11th, Mont 15th and Thurs 18th April

Get the ultimate Scandi style with Hairdressing students from City College Norwich as they braid, plait and weave your locks! Beards also welcome, suitable for all ages.

Vikings Ahoy! Wed 10th  & Wed 17th April


Have you got what it takes to row from Scandinavia to Britain as the Vikings did? Join Whitlingham Adventure and Active Norfolk as they set up a dinghy and a rowing machine in the museum and explore the Vikings’ seafaring savvy.

Hiccup the Viking, Tues 9th & Tues 16 April 


Another rest opportunity – How To Train Your Dragon is being screened in the museum lecture theatre. Performances at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm. You’ll need to book as spaces are limited.

Science Day: Masters of the Sea, Wed 17th April 
Kids can help Dr Mandy Hartley with the excavation of a Viking grave, explore DNA and find out just how ‘Viking’ you are!

Catapults and Castles, The Tolhouse, Gt Yarmouth, Tues 9th April 2019

Make your own catapults and see if you can break the castle’s barricades to get to the treasure inside.§

 

Awesome Amulets, Terrific Talismans, Elizabethan House, Gt Yarmouth, Mon 8th April

Learn about the magic behind amulets and talismans as well as creating your own unique design to take home with you for luck.

Dinosaurs and Mammoths Discovery Day, Ancient House, Thetford, Tues 9th April 

Travel back to prehistoric times with fossils and a chance to try your hand at making dinosaur and mammoth crafts.

Mystic Medicine: Witch, Doctor or Healer? Elizabethan House, Gt Yarmouth, Mon 15th April

Discover the weird and magical world of potions, lotions and cures from the Tudor period.

Jousting at Knights, The Tolhouse, Gt Yarmouth, Tues 16th April 

Make your own knight in shining armour and joust them against your family and friends.

Outdoors:

Lamb Feeding & Lambing Live, Church Farm Rare Breeds Centre, Stow Bardolph, until 6th May 

With lambs being born all the time, plus lots of other baby animals on the way.….you never know what you might see – eeeek!

 

Pleasure Beach Re-opens, Great Yarmouth, Sat 6th – Sun 21st April (weekends only)

You can’t beat a day at the Pleasure Beach and this might be a great time to hit the rides and arcades without the crowds!

 

Scavenger Hunt Bonanza, Fairhaven Woodland and Walled Garden, South Walsham, Sat 6th – Sun 21st April

 A bumper fortnight of scavenger hunting in the woods!
Wild play days at Gressenhall, Gressenhall, Sat 6th – Sun 21st April 
Gressenhall
Grab your wellies and head outside to explore the woods, follow the trails, hunt for mini beasts, splash in rivers and explore the farm. Easter activities free with ticket entry.

Norfolk Spring Fling, Norfolk Showground, Norwich, Thurs 11th April 

Dancing sheep!! – did I get your attention? This promises to be a fun filled ‘farm to fork’ style of a day, kids will get to learn more about food, farming and the countryside.

 

Survival Expert Family Activity Day, Hautbois Hall, Coltishall, Thurs 11th – 18th April 

The perfect day to challenge your family members and see how you’d fare in the wild!
Age: 5+ (Bushcraft 7+). Advanced booking essential

Spring Adventure Family Festival, Whitlingham Adventure, Trowse, Sun 14th April

An action-packed day with lots of mini activities including paddlesport, sailing, paddle boarding, raft building and archery.

 

Night Hike, Felbrigg Hall, Tues 16th April 

A magical sunset nature walk to see what is stirring from Muntjac and Roe Deer, all sorts come out of hiding at night. Plus a bit of star gazing! Suitable for 6-12 year olds.

Children’s Wildlife Activity Day, Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough, Wed 17th April

A fun packed day of crafts and activities, face painting, games and reptiles!!

Easter Fireworks, Pleasure Beach, Gt Yarmouth, Wed 17th April 

The Pleasure Beach during the day and fireworks at night. Plus ice cream, doughnuts and chips – sounds like the perfect day!

Family Adventure Day, Hilltop Outdoor Centre, Sheringham, Mon 15th – Thurs 18th April

 The Big Zipper, Super Swing, Climbing Wall, Archery, Tree Top Trial and The AIR JUMP – think this may just be fun for all ages, hooray!

Easter Special River Trip, Wroxham, Fri 19th – Sun 21st April

Get your sea legs on for a nautical Easter egg hunt with Broads Tours. Plus nature quiz, colouring competition and an Easter egg for all the children on board! www.broadstours.co.uk

 

Hopping Mad Easter Fun, Holkham Hall, Fri 19th – Sun 21st April 2019

Fun for the whole family with the Field to Fork Experience and the Easter mystery trail in the walled garden. Plus it’s their first ever Easter Food Fair on the Saturday and Sunday in The Lady Elizabeth Wing.

 

Easter Tea Party Eggstravaganza, The Open, Sat 20th April 

A sure bet in the Muddy household – party food and Easter eggs, what’s not to love? Plus, for once I might just keep all ages happy for a couple of hours!

 

Meet Paddington Bear, Bressingham Steam & Gardens, Sun 21st April

 Have your marmalade sandwiches ready for meeting the politest of bears, Paddington.

Family Easter Sunday, Hautbois Hall, Coltishall, Sun 21st April

Treasure hunt, dancing and games all wrapped up with an immersive theatre show – sounds intriguing!

Phew – let us know how you get on, what you’d recommend and of course if I’ve missed anything!

 

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