It’s the first long weekend of the year, the days are brighter, longer and (hopefully) warmer, and all our fabulous attractions are open again – Easter’s a perfect time to plan a trip to Norfolk.
There’s so much to see and do, including Easter Egg hunts across the county, special Broads tours and railway experiences and Great Yarmouth’s traditional Easter Fair.
Here’s our top things to do when you visit Norfolk at Easter…
Head to the seaside
You might be able to break out the bucket and spade on our 93 miles of coast, or just head to Great Yarmouth where all the fabulous seafront attractions are ready to welcome you again. The East coast’s top resort has plenty of indoor and outdoor fun, not least on the Golden Mile. Check out the Easter Fair on the Market Place or the Pirates Live water spectacular at The Hippodrome.
Norfolk has two more coastal resorts with plenty of things to do – Cromer with its Victorian pier and brill crabbing and Hunstanton, from where you can visit the seals.
Norfolk has more family-friendly fun attractions than Easter eggs in an extremely large Easter egg shop. There are adventure and nature parks, sea life centres and lots of zoos. At Banham Zoo you can visit the newly-opened sea lion enclosure.
The migrant geese and swans have returned home, but now’s the time for our native birds to come to the fore. You might have noticed the dawn birdsong! Look out for buzzards sky dancing, the water dance of the great crested grebe, the flashing black and white of terns, rooks looking to build new nests (rookeries, as they’re called) and the buzz of bees. On land the Mad March Hares are bounding along, and the amphibians are getting amorous.
Oh yes, and the first swallows will be arriving too. Guaranteed to make you smile.
Yep, you always see them down the bookies, backing a gee-gee at Fakenham Racecourse (which, incidentally, has a meeting on Easter Monday). Oh, sorry. Gambolling! They’re a wonderful sight in the fields or you can get up close and personal at Wroxham Barns, where you’ll find lots of other entertainment too.
Put a Spring in your step
You see what we did there? Now’s a great time to put on your sturdy walking shoes, grab the dog’s lead, and head out into our country parks and on our wonderful trails. Cycling on our Quiet Lanes is a joy too!
There are some magnificent gardens in Norfolk to visit and get some inspiration. Take a look at some of our favourites…
Stately and historic homes
The dust sheets have been removed, everything’s spick and span… now’s the time to see how the other half used to live. Norfolk has a plethora of Downton Abbeys to discover, not least the Queen’s private residence. At Houghton Hall, there’s the added bonus of regular sculpture exhibitions. At Holkham (above), take a look around the revamped walled garden.
Get on the right track
Norfolk has a number of traditional steam railways to enjoy, many of them putting on special Easter events. What better way to see the beautiful Norfolk countryside.
Rain doesn’t stop play
Not when you visit Norfolk, it doesn’t! Bear in mind Norfolk has the best overall climate in the country, but sometimes, just sometimes, there’s a little precipitation from somewhere else. In which case, don’t fret, we have lots of things to do on a rainy day…