Keep children entertained this spring with events, clubs and days out.
Free and cheap days out with children. We pick the best days out and events taking place in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire. Things to do this spring and Easter school holidays for families with toddlers, young children and tweens.
Geocaching in Norfolk
Multiple locations, Norfolk
A modern day treasure hunt for the whole family to enjoy. Add some additional excitement to a country walk this spring with Norfolk Trails geocaching series. All you need is a smart phone or GPS device to track down the hidden caches. There are multiple routes to choose including the Nar Valley Way, a two-mile beginner series; Weavers’ Way Thurne circular walk along the Broads; Bittern Line circular walk from Gunton Station; and a 10-cache series on the Wensum Way between Swanton Morley and Elsing.
Children’s Craft Activities
Stuck for ideas on rainy days? Don’t worry, Norfolk Museums have you covered. Their Craft Activity series on YouTube has plenty of inspiration arts at home. Subscribe to Norfolk Museums Service on YouTube and follow along.
St Albans Treasure Trail
St Michaels Street, St Albans
Feel like a pirate for the day as you hunt for treasure through the historic statues and landmarks of the city. The map is instantly downloadable from the website and the route takes two hours to complete. Download your map here.
Rumble Live Easter Pop Up
Popular family-friendly woodland attraction Rumble Live has announced a host of improvements and extended Easter opening hours at its main Grafham Water site, as well as a second pop-up site for the Easter holidays at nearby Hinchingbrooke Country Park. Located at Grafham Water, Rumble Live, a giant woodland laser tag, is a popular attraction for families, couples and groups of friends in and around the midlands as well as those who are holidaying in the area.
The Grafham Water site will be operating extended opening times outside its core 11am-6pm hours over the Easter holidays, and opening on weekdays more regularly as the nights get lighter. Rumble Live will host a a second pop-up event on 11 and 12 April — during the Easter holidays – at Hinchingbrooke Country Park. The site has a 40-person capacity for each 60 minute session, adding 280 extra slots in addition to its main site, to meet high demand during the school holidays.
Easter adventure in nature trail, Blickling Estate, 2-19 April
Feed your imagination and go on a wildlife adventure in the gardens at Blickling this Easter. Listen to the bees, reach like a rainbow and discover a woodland floor. Explore the garden with its beautiful displays of daffodils and notice the bluebells coming to life across the estate. Cycle-hire is also open Wednesday – Sunday and there will be a balance bike trail for the little ones. On 6 and 17 April, Moobiloo will be here with an accessible toilet, adult sized changing bench and hoist. Normal admission plus £3 per trail, includes a chocolate Rainforest Alliance Easter egg.
Easter adventure in nature trail, Felbrigg Hall, 2 – 19 April
The daffodils will be carpeting Felbrigg Hall yellow this April and the lambs will be gambolling in the fields, which means a visit to Felbrigg this Easter will certainly put a spring in your step. Normal admission plus £3 per trail, includes a chocolate Rainforest Alliance Easter egg.
Easter adventure in nature trail at Sheringham Park, 2–19 April
Wander through Sheringham Park and you’ll discover why it became the personal favourite of its 19th century designer, Humphry Repton. Today, you can spend a day here exploring 1000 acres of varying habitat including woodland, parkland and cliff top. The undulating Easter trail will take you into the wilder areas of Sheringham Park. Birdsong and maybe the call of a soaring buzzard will accompany your search for clues amongst the towering trees on this approximately 1 ½ mile route. Normal admission plus £3 per trail, includes a chocolate Rainforest Alliance Easter egg.
Visit the Easter Bunny at Audley End Miniature Railway, 2-18 April
Hop on the miniature train this Easter with your family and ride deep into the enchanted Audley End woods to visit the Easter bunny in his woodland home. Along the route through the magical woods, you can use the ‘I Spy’ sheet to spot little bunnies and colourful eggs. The train stops at the Easter bunny’s burrow where children will meet the full-sized rabbit and his furry friends who will give each child a special gift.
The next stop is the Easter Trail where families can wander through pathways to spot springtime animals, nests and eggs – all to be ticked off from the activity booklet. The Easter entertainment continues in the picnic field, where children can let off steam in the adventure play area, and also visit the Easter story telling session on the stage area. Booking is essential.
Price: Adult and Children £17, Children Under 92cm £8.50, Under 1’s and carers free.
Easter adventure in nature trail at Anglesey Abbey, 2-18 April (pre-booking required)
Explore wildlife across the gardens and Hoe Fen Wildlife Discovery Area - home to all manner of creatures from birds to butterflies to insects and bugs. Pick up your trail pack and head out on a trail with your family, completing the 10 nature inspired activities along the way. Shake like a squirrel, be a bug’s eyes and get a feel for spring. Pre-booking is essential for the Easter trail, book early to secure your chosen day and time slot. Normal admission plus £3 per trail, includes a chocolate Rainforest Alliance Easter egg. Book here.
ROARR! has created an Egg-cellent Easter activity sheet full of exciting tasks and special treats to keep little dino-hunters entertained, which will be handed out to all who visit the park between 2-19 April. Designed to encourage adventure and curiosity, five carrots will be hidden around the 85-acre park – including some of Dippy’s favourite places – and the successful explorers will be rewarded with a badge for their valiant efforts.
An Easter egg hunt will also be available to enjoy at the dinosaur themed adventure park – where families can search high and low for 10 small but brightly coloured eggs that have been hidden in the most mysterious of places. Some will feature a small toy or a cracking good surprise, and others will include a ROARR-some Discovery Pass for the rest of the year.
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. Book tickets.
Explore the secrets of the historic site and learn about its fascinating past in a cracking adventure quest, filled with traditional Easter fun and games and of course, a chocolate reward at the end! The Easter Adventure Quest, will take families on an ‘eggs-hilarating’ hunt around the castle grounds, as they answer questions and undertake challenges to complete their mission and claim their chocolate prize and adventurer’s certificate. There will also be the chance to discover traditional Easter games, who in the family will come out on top and who will end up with egg on their face?
The Easter Adventure Quest costs £1.50 per child (for members and non-members) in addition to the normal admission prices. Entry price: Adult £21, Child aged 5 – 17 £12.60, Concession £18.90, Family (2 Adults) £54.60, Family (1 Adult) £33.60, Members free.
Easter adventure in nature trail at Wimpole Estate, 2–18 April
With 2,500 acres of gently rolling countryside west of Cambridge the gardens and parkland surrounding Wimpole Hall offer plenty of room for family adventure. The formal gardens include a walled garden with flower borders and orchard that’s home to 300 blossoming fruit trees. There are also miles of footpaths around the Capability Brown-designed parks, as well as woodland, picturesque folly and chain of lakes. Take to the Easter trail and discover different parts of the gardens and parkland, completing nature inspired activities along the way. Families will enjoy spotting the 85 different varieties of daffodils as well as watching the new born lambs from Wimpole Home Farm skip and play. Normal admission plus £3 per trail, includes a chocolate Rainforest Alliance Easter egg.
The Great Easter Eggsploration at Pensthorpe, 2-19 April
The Great Easter Eggsploration at the Pensthorpe reserve, where visitors will follow a trail around the park is designed to spark curiosity about nature and where creatures come from. Families will learn different facts about birds, eggs and nests and find different coloured eggs throughout the park, using a treasure map.
In addition to the main trail, explorers can embark on a mini trail around WildRootz, the park’s outdoor eco-playground which features zip-wires, an impressive slide and its own stream, to find the hidden golden eggs. There will also be free arts and crafts activities in a marquee at WildRootz and the Pensthorpe Explorer will return this April, ready to take visitors on a tour of the nature reserve.
Adult tickets are £13.95 and children’s tickets are £12.95, with under 3s attending for free.
Hertford Easter Bunny Trail, 2-16 April
The annual free Easter Trail in Hertford Town Centre is back! The activity is aimed at children, to enjoy with their friends and families, encouraging them to explore the town and discover Easter themed soft toys which have been hidden around the town centre in over 20 local participating businesses. To take part, families should visit Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre, in The Wash opposite Hertford Theatre, to pick up trail maps.
Children will need to locate the Easter themed soft toys in a minimum of 15 of the 21 businesses taking part around the town. Once they have completed the trail, they will be able to collect a free treat from the Town and Tourist Information Centre.
Holiday Clubs at Alive Lynnsport, 4-19 April
Alive Lynnsport have a range of Holiday Clubs available including Multisports Holiday Club, Football Holiday Clubs & Gymnastics Holiday Clubs (5-14 years) during the Easter school holidays. In addition to clubs, children are kept entertained with activities available to book including junior and pre-school gymnastics, junior trampolining, roller skating & gymnastics warriors.
Alive is part of the Norfolk County Council Big Norfolk Holiday Fun programme which provides free places to families to our clubs and meals, to see if your family is eligible and for all information click here.
Live Shows at Alive Corn Exchange
Alive Corn Exchange is hosting fantastic children shows this half term. The comedy legend Bobby Davro will be playing the Scarecrow in this year’s Easter panto – ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ on Saturday 9 April at 2pm and 6pm. Look out cause here it comes….’Sing-a-long-a The Greatest Showman’ hits the screen in the main auditorium with props and lots of fun on Sunday 10 April at 2pm.
Alive Corn Exchange Cinema will be showing a selection of films for the whole family to enjoy, including ‘Sonic The Hedgehog 2’, ‘The Bad Guys’ and ‘Sing 2’. For all cinema and show listings click here.
For extra activities Stories of Lynn will be running 45 minute sessions throughout the holidays making Battleships games, boat decorating and baking.
Easter adventure in nature trail at Oxburgh Hall, 5-18 April
At the start of your Easter adventures in nature trail, pick up your activity pack to find the bespoke trail you’re going to follow. Find and complete the 10 nature-inspired activities that are hiding along the way. Track the bats, listen to the bees and be a hedgehog detective, these are just some of the activities you will be able to enjoy, as you explore the gardens surrounded by daffodils and blossom. Normal admission plus £3 per trail, includes a chocolate Rainforest Alliance Easter egg. Find out more.
Easter adventure in nature trail, Horsey Windpump, 7-19 April
There’s plenty of Easter fun to be had at Horsey Windpump this year. Discover family-friendly trail with 10 nature-inspired activities for you to do along the way. Build a birds nest, find the colours of spring and spot a red admiral are three of the fun challenges to try. Parking charges apply, £3 per trail, includes a chocolate Rainforest Alliance Easter egg.
Easter adventure in nature trail at Wicken Fen, 9-18 April
Would you like to tune into nature’s orchestra this Easter, or maybe explore the springtime reflections in Wicken Fen’s tranquil water? Get active and have fun with the family, gliding like a bird, hunting for minibeasts, spotting giant butterflies and much more besides! Pick up your trail pack at the Visitor Centre and follow the 1.5 mile push-chair friendly route. Normal admission plus £3 per trail, includes a chocolate Rainforest Alliance Easter egg. Find out more.
Woodland Play at Danbury Country Park, 25 April, 9, 16 & 23 May
Woodhill Road, Chelmsford, Essex
Let little ones embrace the great outdoors with this series of six woodland play sessions. Perfect for children under 5 who aren’t afraid to get dirty, the interactive tasks and activities include forest crafts, den building, building with mud, cooking on a fire and more. Booking is essential. Discount for sibling participation.