The sun is shining, but we never know for how long. So whilst that big ball is in the sky grab your coat and head to some of the best attractions and family-friendly destinations Norfolk has to offer. Check out my best recommendations for Easter Fun in Norfolk below.
Chick out Chantry Place Norwich this Easter, from Saturday 1st April to Sunday 16th April 2023, for a FREE family Easter trail around the Centre and meet the RSPB team on select days throughout the school holidays when they give out free sunflower packs and let little ones get hands on with nature.
Families can pick up a FREE trail map for the Chantry Place Easter Eggstravaganza trail from The Works to help locate the colourful letters which will spell out an Easter themed word or phrase. A competition prize is on offer too for one lucky winner worth around £150, including Easter eggs, Jellycat toys and H&M voucher. Plus there’s some bird houses up for grabs too for the runner up.
The RSPB are coming to Chantry Place on Tuesday 4th, Friday 7th, Saturday 8th and Thursday 13th April 2023 for more free family fun. You’ll be able to spot them on the lower ground floor near HMV.
The beautiful Marshes & Flint lifestyle store at Creake Abbey is hosting this year’s Easter activities at Creake Abbey. You’ll regularly find us at their farmers markets but this week you can enjoy an Easter egg hunt around the beautiful abbey grounds; find the bunnies and giant eggs, solve the clues and receive a treat at the end. It’s £4.00 per child, under 2’s are free. Open Wednesday 5th to Saturday 8th April inclusive. Collect your map at Marshes & Flint in the Courtyard at Creake Abbey, NR21 9LF. Last entries 3pm daily. No booking required.
Norwich Theatre Royal
I love the theatre, the smell, the buzz the people and we are really lucky to have such a great local Theatre in Norwich. Norwich Theatre Royal welcomes Matthew Bourne’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ this week . From Tuesday the 4th to Saturday the 8th of April you can watch Bourne’s Gothic Romance masterpiece. I’m going with Lucy and I can’t wait. Anything Bourne does is Gold.
Next week its all sequins and swishing dresses as Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom comes to town. The hit musical is based on one of my favourite iconic cult films and directed by Britain’s favourite, ahem, TV judge Craig Revel Horwood. It’s on from the 10th to 15th of April. Get your tickets now before they sashay away. You can check out my other recent visits to Norwich Theatre Royal here.
Pensthorpe Nature Reserve
Now that spring is finally here Norfolk’s award-winning nature reserve is bursting into life and it’s one of our favourite places to play. It’s also one of the best value too with season passes from just £50. We’ll be visiting very soon with some very special friends from London.
Hop over to Pensthorpe this Easter for an egg-stravaganza of giant nests, games and giggles galore with an egg-citing Easter themed trail from Orchard Toys in the ultimate adventure outdoor playground, based on their game Egg Surprise Hunt, WildRootz.
Not your nest? Get your treasure map and go hunting for giant nests and a giant golden egg! Will you be able to match each creature to the correct nest?
With flamingo talks, free crafts, pond dipping and mosaic egg crafts with dandelion mosaics, there’s something for everyone this Easter half term at Pensthorpe.
Pirates Live Great Yarmouth
“I’m enjoying myself”… If you’ve been to The Hippodrome before you’ll know this famous catchphrase all too well. We went last year for Bo’s birthday and it was just as good as we remembered. Don’t forget they also have a really lovely cafe next door, great fresh cakes/snacks and very insta-grammable.
“Pirates Live is a truly unique experience now in its 8th blockbuster year. A cast of swashbuckling pirates led by comedy favourites Jack Jay and Johnny Mac lead you on a live action adventure show like no other…. With a combination of heart stopping circus stunts, hilarious pirate comedy scenes and spellbinding aerial artistry, this show has gained national acclaim”
Described as “Trailblazing” by the Daily Mail.
Check out ticket prices and times here.
Wilba would love a job at BeWILDerWood when she’s older. She’s well versed in the Twiggle and Boggle stories since buying two of the Tom Blofeld books (with her own money) and has been swatting up. She adores all the characters and as Cedric the Easter bunny was making an apearance, this was the first place we headed for some Easter fun in Norfolk.
Hop to it and meet the Easter Bunny at the Storytelling Stage, then bounce along the trail to find where those Pesky Bunnies are hiding around the woods. Will you be able to find them all and win an eggscellent prize? Face painting, crafts and boat trips all included in the entry price what’s not to love. Plus don’t forget you can save 15% off all food and gifts if you’re a membership holder.
Hirsty’s Family Fun Park
It’s lovely to see Hirsty’s back open for their Spring Baa-nanza. We missed them in October but family comes first and that’s true for so many reasons with this park. They really care about their guests and their team, and love what they do.
From the road Hirsty’s can be quite deceiving but we’ve enjoyed long, action-packed days here. Hirsty’s is suitable for all ages, with fun family quizzes and activities to enjoy as a team.
The special events are shaped around the seasons and take place throughout the school holidays, meaning you can come back to Hirsty’s time and time again throughout winter, spring, summer, and fall. This Easter there’s lots of sheep and lambs to enjoy along side a tractor and trailer ride and all these other activities.
- Barrel train
- Bale mountain
- Soft play
- Bouncy castles
- Rope pyramid
- Climbing frames
- And much more!
We haven’t been to ROARR! for a while and it was clear to see they have been very busy over the winter months. The park was full of colour and had been thoughtfully decorated ready for some Easter fun. As well as some new additions, I’m really pleased to see the new changing facilities have been finished to ensure all disabled guests are well catered for. Awesome work Roarr!
Rainbows and Rhyme event
Nursery rhymes come to life in the Valley of the Dinosaurs. Meet Little Bo Peep and see if you can help her to find her missing sheep. Step further through the Valley and discover the Teddy Bears having a picnic, and other favourites.
Rainbow Easter Egg Hunt
Seven vibrantly coloured eggs will be hidden by Dippy around the Park each day. Each egg will contain a small prize or a voucher, you could win a book, a toy, a ROARR! gift voucher or even a ROARR! Annual Pass to continue your adventures throughout the year – Happy Hunting!
Explore the Secret Animal Garden and help Old MacDonald find all the animals from his farm and then meet some other animal friends with animal encounters: Guinea Pigs at 11:30, Bearded Dragons at 12:15, Snakes at 2pm and Tortoise at 2:45.
Easter Craft Sessions
Make your own paper Easter Bunny or try your hand at writing your own nursery rhyme to go into Raz’s book of Easter rhymes. There will also be regular shows in Dippy’s Theatre and Dippy Live on the outside stage at 11.30 and 12:30.
Adult tickets are £19.95 and children over 90cm are also £19.95 for Dippy’s Egg-cellent Easter. Tickets are free for anyone under 90cm.
We just know ‘EWE’ are going to have a Baaa-rilliant day at the Wroxham Barns Spring Fling during the Norfolk Easter holiday’s (1st – 17th April) with one ticket price of £14.50 per person (2 years and above).
Your ticket includes ALL the fun of Junior Farm where you can meet loads of friendly animals including donkeys, pigs, ponies (one’s called Cookie), alpacas, goats, rabbits, guinea pigs and 35 pregnant sheep!
Take a look at the expectant ewes in the undercover maternity ewe’nit. There’s a very strong chance of seeing a live birth like we did when we visited in February half term.
There’s an egg hunt with a special prize at the end, plus live shows with farm favourites Barney & Bella!
Also included in the price is unlimited play in the fun park. There’s an 18-hole mini golf course, Wroxham Barns train, pirate ship, toyset ride, go-karts, water wars, jumping pillows, sand play and jumping frogs to burn all that Easter energy away.
Choose your arrival time and then stay as long as you like until close at 5pm. Don’t forget they also have a rainy day guarantee pass. *See terms and conditions.
We love Holkham for the Deer park, adventure play and cycle paths. If you’re going for the day the £5 car park is not bad at all. It’s a lush place for a picnic if you’re on a budget, but it does have a very nice cafe if your feeling flush.
We’re also big fans of the food markets they hold here regularly. There’s an ‘Easter Food, Drink & Gift Market’ on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th of April.
Truth be told not all the events we’ve been to here have been value for money but the Easter trail looks quite sweet which is on from the 7th-17th April.
Holkham have teamed up with local artisan chocolate makers GNAW for the Easter trail in the walled garden, finishing with something yummy of course! Families can also enjoy spring-themed trails, storytelling, crafts and performances of The Velveteen Rabbit. For more information Click here.
Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach
As our kids get older we seem to spend more and more time in Yarmouth. There’s loads to do and the new Marina Pool on the strip is a big pull. But our family favourite is still the Pleasure Beach.
Over the winter the Pleasure Beach have made quite a few changes, new rides, new shows and new ticket procedures. We’re going to visit later in the holiday to see what’s been going on so keep an eye out for that on my Instagram and Facebook pages. For now, here’s how it’s supposed to work.
- A closed gate system remains in place, where everyone entering will need a valid form of entry (Wristband or Fun Card).
- There are no more timed sessions, customers can now stay and ride from open til close.
- Customers have two ways in which they can enter the Pleasure Beach as detailed below:
- Wristbands entitle the bearer to entrance to the park and unlimited rides for the day.
- You can leave the park and come back within the same day using your wristband.
- Wristband prices vary depending on whether it’s peak or off-peak season.
- Wristbands can be purchased online at a discount (including on the day), through our website or at the sales and information kiosk on the day.
Wristbands range from £20 off-peak (if you purchase online), to £25 on the day at peak times so it’ll be worth planning a visit and buying online to save yourself a few quid.
FUN CARD ADMISSIONS
- You can buy a Fun Card for either £5 or £10 loaded with 5 or 10 credits.
- Once purchased Fun Cards will provide unlimited turnstile entries for the 2023 season.
- For extra credits, Fun Cards can be topped up through self-service kiosks located around the park.
- Fun cards can be exchanged and used between Family members and friends to access the rides.
- Fun Cards can be pre-purchased online in advance of your visit. Please bring your confirmation email to the Sales and Information kiosk.
You can see how much credits are needed to ride each attraction on their website, but they range from 2 credits per ride up to 4 credits fr the bigger thrill rides.
They also offer a Season Pass for £85.00 which entitles you to unlimited rides everyday they’re open! Take a look at their website for more information and always read the terms & conditions to avoid any dissapointment.
If there are any more Easter Activities in Norfolk that you think I should check out let me know on instagram