What’s on locally this Easter? We know!
Looking for the best happenings to distract the kids with this Easter Holidays? From forest schools to bunny-themed train rides, we've got you covered! And most of these should even be fun for you, too...
Choo choo! Full steam ahead for train-tastic fun
Is your kid obsessed with trains? Is any kid not obsessed with trains? Make like a bunny and hop on board the Bure Valley Railway’s Easter Eggspress for an Easter-themed ride between Aylsham and Wroxham from 2-18 April. Even better, all little passengers will get a free Easter egg – that’s what we call a helpful engine.
Curtains up! Take your pick of fantastic theatre
Norfolk has so many truly amazing children’s shows on offer this Easter. Don’t miss The Tiger Who Came To Tea, a charming adaptation of Judith Kerr’s classic story book, which hits Norwich Playhouse between 8-10 April.
Samantha Womack, aka Ronnie Mitchell (R.I.P), also stars in a fittingly magical production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at Norwich Theatre Royal between 5-9 April.
Over at Norwich Puppet Theatre there’s Red Riding Hood on 2 and 5-10 April, a quirky retelling of the classic folktale. Little’uns will also love The Elves and The Shoemaker on 16 April, a sweet tale about a cobbler.
Meanwhile, musical kids’ character spectacular Milkshake! Live will be hitting the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on 6 April (before Norwich Theatre Royal on 16 April). Plus, an Easter pantomime is coming to Diss Corn Hall (oh no it isn’t, etc) in the form of Goldilocks & The Three Bears: At The Circus on 15 April.
Normal for Norse-folk
We like to “do different” in Norfolk, so why not give your kids an Easter experience that none of you will ever forget?
Wuffa, the Viking reenactment group, will bring their annual festival to Sheringham on 9 April. Sure, there will be a full Viking and Saxon camp to visit, with all sorts of different displays – but we’re really there for the finale, with a torch lit procession and the burning of a Viking boat. A sight not to be missed!
Teenage (and tweenage) Easter kicks
Got a young gamer in your life? They’re bound to love the One Life Left Videogames Convention, taking place at the Norfolk Showground on 9 and 10 April.
There will be an absolutely massive gaming area, a main stage with demos and workshops, tournaments and a quiz. Mums who played their last game of Tetris a few decades ago are hopefully welcome to come along, too!
April also marks the start of water sports season in Norfolk (for all but the hardy few). Paddle Norfolk, a brand new SUP centre in Coltishall, is opening at the start of the month. Why not book into a family lesson with your older kiddos? Fun and splashing guaranteed!
Prefer to sit down, rather than stand up, for your water-based family fun? Fairhaven Water Garden are hosting some family canoe trails on 5, 6, 12 and 13 April, where you will be guided on an exciting tour around the beautiful Broads setting in a big, family-sized canoe that can fit two adults and up to three children.
Zen bunnies: Kids’ yoga in the Holkham walled garden
The Holkham Estate is always a winner during school holidays and this Easter is no different; with multiple craft sessions, hunts and quizzes on the cards.
For something a little different, why not book your mini yoga bunny into a special kids’ yoga session in the pretty walled garden? Fun but calming, it’s a great way to introduce your little ones to the joys of stretching out. OM.
Go on an egg hunt…or two…or five…
Easter just wouldn’t be Easter without an egg hunt, would it? Luckily, Norfolk is absolutely packed with fab egg-themed trails this holidays!
There may be no free-range eggs available at the moment, but free-range children are guaranteed with a visit to The Pesky Bunnies Easter Eggspedition. At Bewilderwood between 2-19 April, it features face painting and crafts as well as a choccie egg trail around the magical woods.
If your kids are more into dinosaurs than the Easter Bunny you won’t want to miss Dippy’s Egg-cellent Easter, a suitably antediluvian style trail which is on at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure between 2-19 April.
After something a little more traditional? You can’t go wrong with Penshorpe’s Easter Eggstravaganza, which features a treasure hunt around the nature park (with its gorgeous gardens and abundant birdlife) between 2-19 April. Plus, it’s a chance to pay a visit to the park’s next-level indoor and outdoor play equipment.
The really wild show
With the weather warming up, Easter is the perfect time to encourage your kids to make the most of the great outdoors (and if chocolate egg bribes are involved, so be it).
Book them into the Sandringham Estate’s Easter Family Forest Fun, a traditional forest school taking place on the 5 and 12 April and the 7 and 14 April. Expect fires, hammocks, slack line lessons and loads more outdoorsy goodness.
Got a budding David Attenborough on your hands? The Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Really Wild Easter will feature a variety of free, hands-on activities between 2-10 April. There’s also fun Easter pond dipping between 11-18 April at How Hill Trust in the Broads.
Good times are all but guaranteed at Wroxham Barns, which is hosting an Easter Egg-stravaganza from 2-19 April. Expect lambing, pony grooming and chick handling as well as the usual farm, fun park and shops – you may even see a live birth (if you think your kids are worldy enough to stomach it!)
Acclaimed pianist Beatrice Nicholas will present an outer spaced themed classical family concert at the Anteros Foundation in Norwich on 14 April. You can expect to experience virtuoso piano playing, poetry, singing and dancing. To infinity, and beyond!
Work(shop) it out
April sunshine isn’t always guaranteed in this country (er, sacré bleu!) – so make sure you have a few absorbing workshops up your sleeve.
At Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse between 15-18 April the Easter Special will offer children the chance to create a unique Easter Nest using materials found in the grounds. (Plus there’s the usual farm, museum, adventure playground and “step back in time” style historical recreations).
Back at the Norwich Puppet Theatre, meanwhile, there are some wonderful workshops over the holidays. Kids can create their own legendary puppet at the Mythical Mates workshop on April 6 and 7, or check out the What Comes Out Of An Egg workshop (lots, as it turns out!) on April 8, 9 and 15.