What's on this Easter

Later than normal this year, we’re all looking forward to the Easter at the end of April! By now, we’re part way through lent, which means not only can we look forward to eating chocolate again, but also that it’s time to start planning for the couple of weeks holiday before Easter Sunday on the 21st.

Whether you’re off school, work, or just want to make the most of a spring weekend, we’ve got dates for your diary that you don’t want to miss.

 

Walk with the Animals

Well, kind of. See the animals, at least, at one of many places that are home to wildlife in Norfolk. Pensthorpe Natural Park is a massive 200-acre nature reserve that’s just perfect for exploring Norfolk’s wetlands, and getting close (really close) to some of the feathered residents that call Pensthorpe home. For small adventurers, the Hootz play area is amazing and has one of the most enormous slides we’ve ever seen! To see some slightly different Norfolk locals , the Spring Fling will be coming back to Norfolk Showground and bringing pigs, goats and sheep with it! This year, there are seven zones for the family to enjoy: Machinery, Mr Mawkin’s Farm, Emergency Services, Countryside, Horticultural, Arena and Heavy Horses.

Slightly more exotic animals can be seen at Banham Zoo, Amazona Zoo or Africa Alive! All are less than 50 minutes’ drive from Norwich city centre, so perfect for a day out if you’re here for an Easter break!

 

Exhibitions

Norwich is a creative city with exhibitions all the time – and the Easter break is no exception. At the wonderfully small and intimate Fairhurst Gallery, catch Ros Newman: Woman of Steel until the show closes at the end of March. The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art will have Ken Kiff: The Sequence up until the end of April (a wonderful show, read our thoughts here), and their newest show – Magnum: The Body Observed will be opening April 6. We can’t wait to see this, as SCVA brings us the very best in Magnum photography.

In a very special exhibition just for the weekend of 5th April, 20 local creatives have come together for Lolcal News, held at the majestic OPEN Norwich. This is going to be amazing: these artists have all come together to illustrate a headline from our own beloved local paper, the EDP.

 

Craft, creations and castles!

Norwich Puppet Theatre have the most wonderful making workshops, designed specially for children and with all materials provided. Over Easter, choose from superheroes, owls and sea creatures, to name a few! And if sea creatures are your thing, then you can get involved with a production just for little ones at The Garage, where My First Circus will be bringing all the magic of the ocean to life in this interactive musical extravaganza.

Norwich Castle is playing host to all things Viking in celebration of their current exhibition ‘Viking: Rediscover the Legend’. On 10th and 17th of April, try your hand at some Viking seafaring skills, and on 9th and 16th of April, meet Hiccup the Viking in a children’s performance inspired by Cressida Cowell’s ‘How to Train your Dragon’. And all activities are free with museum admission!

 

For all things Easter…

If you’re looking for something to do with the family over the Easter weekend, you’ll not be stuck for options in Norfolk!

There’s an Easter mystery to solve at Holkham Hall, where a rabbit has lost his hat and he needs your help to help get it back! At BeWILDerwood, Cedric’s Bunny Burrow is open and there is a whole range of Easter crafts and inclusive activities, plus a secret chocolatey hideaway to explore…

Aboard the majestic and picturesque Bure Valley Railway, there’s a free Easter Egg for every child who completes the special trail, and in Norwich city centre, the annual Easter funfair is back from the 19th – 22nd of April! On the water, join Broads Tours for a special Easter cruise down the river where there will be a nature quiz for children and an Easter egg for every child that takes part!

And over in Lenwade, where dinosaurs rule the forest, ROARR! Dinosaur Adventure have an Easter Extravaganza! Join Dippy, the Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit in wonderland (and if you’re quick, sit on the Queen of Hearts’ throne if you’re quick enough!).

 

And for free!

English Tourism Week is upon us once again! This initiative, pioneered by VisitEngland, is designed to get locals involved in activities on their doorstep, and acquainted with what’s on offer in the place where they live. This year, become that person that knowledgeably points out landmarks with their umbrella to friends and visiting family, by going on one of the numerous FREE tours provided by Norwich Tourist Information Centre and Paul Dickson. Explore Elm Hill, Tombland and Colegate, plus the dark and divided world of Tudor Norwich in Paul Dickson’s tour inspired by CJ Samson’s novel ‘Tombland’.

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