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Dozens of things to do in Norfolk this Easter

PUBLISHED: 11:37 04 April 2015 | UPDATED: 11:37 04 April 2015

What to do this Easter.

What to do this Easter.

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From Easter egg hunts to family shows, riding a steam train to seeing new spring arrivals down on the farm, there are plenty of things to do this Easter for all the family.

EASTER OUTDOORS

Easter Funfair

Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich, April 2-6

Norwich has long hosted an Easter fair and once again this year there is the chance to swing, slide and be whizzed around on the waltzer as the Showman’s Guild take over Chapelfield Gardens. Plenty of thrills, candyfloss and toffee apples, and more thrill-seeking rides for the daring. Plus Easter egg prizes.

Easter Adventure Quest

Framlingham Castle, April 3-6, 11am-5pm, £7.20 (£6.50 cons), £4.30 children, under-5s free, £18.70 family, 0870 3331181, english-heritage.org.uk

Get hands-on with history. Meet characters from the past with stories of times gone by on a quest as you explore Framlingham Castle and crack the clues. Rise to the challenge and win chocolate reward.

Get Set for Spring/Easter Family Day

Strumpshaw Fen, until April 12, 9am-5pm, normal reserve entry applies plus challenge sheet £1, 01603 715191, www.rspb.org.uk

Explore the signs, smells and natural treasures of spring as leaves, woodland flowers and colourful insects start to emerge at Strumpshaw Fen on this Easter self-guided family trail. Complete our challenge sheet for a small prize. Meanwhile the Easter Family Day (April 2, 1pm-4pm) see if you unscramble the ‘wild’ clues on our spring trail to win an egg-citing prize, plus the nest building challenge and other Easter themed activities.

Easter Eggstravagansa

Pensthorpe Nature Park, near Fakenham, until April 12, 10am-5pm, included in normal admission price, 01328 851465, www.pensthorpe.com

Leap like a frog, hop like a hare and scramble like a spider as you weave your way around Pensthorpe on the Easter self-guided trail.

Wild Activities

High Lodge Forest Centre, Thetford Forest, April 3-6, 11am-4pm, activities free, 01842 753732, forestry.gov.uk

As part of the Wings over the Brecks project get involved in wild activities with your family, including nature trails, bug hunts and more. No need to book. The activities are free but site entry applies.

Easter Fun

Holkham Hall, April 3-6, 12pm-4pm, £12, £6 children, £33 family, 01328 710227, www.holkham.co.uk

Meet storyteller Paul Jackson in his magical yurt. Be inspired in the interactive art workshop with artist David Allsop. Get hands-on with Kiddy Cook in the Old Kitchen and decorate your own tasty biscuit treat. Help find the flock of Easter birds and the missing Easter chicks.

Forest Night Adventure

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham, April 4, 8m-10pm, £8.50, £5.50 children, pre-book 01603 270449, www.fairhavengarden.co.uk.

Experience Fairhaven woodland garden at night. This is a special Easter holiday night-time adventure with astronomy, wildlife and sensory discovery - rounded off with just a touch of night magic! Booking essential. Age 8+ 

Easter Sunday

RSPB Titchwell Marsh, April 5, 11am-3pm, £3 charge per child for craft activity, 01485 210779, rspb.org

Help the Easter Bunny and the other wildlife folk find a home. Bob, the red squirrel, is on hand to help children solve clues and discover the. Will you be the first to find the Easter Bunny’s secret stash of Easter Eggs?

Easter Bunny Day

Lakenheath Fen Nature Reserve, Station Road, Lakenheath, April 5, 10am-3pm, £4 children, accompanying adults free, 01842 863400, www.rspb.org.uk

RSPB Lakenheath Fen is on the edge of the Brecks, one of the most important areas in the country for rabbits, perfect for an Easter bunny themed day then. There will be a treasure trail around the reserve, talks about the importance of rabbits and guided walks about tracks and signs. Plus dissect some owl pellets, to find out which other mammals call the reserve home. Each child will receive a goody bag.

Spring Fair

Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse, April 6, 10am-5pm, £13.50 (£12.50 cons), £10 children, under-4s free, £38-£28.50 family, 01362 860563, museum.norfolk.gov.uk

An Easter celebration of the arrival of the new season with a carnival atmosphere. Follow the Smokehouse Blue Marching Jazz Band in the Grand Gressenhall Parade and enjoy the lively clog dances of Fiddlesticks and traditional Punch and Judy shows. Marvel at the talents of the Spirit of Carnival stilt walkers and try on some of their outrageous and brightly coloured carnival costumes. Practice your circus skills and tackle the inflatable obstacle course. Watch the horses working in the fields between browsing among stalls selling local beers, produce, crafts and plants.

Wetland Safari

WWT Welney, April 6, 10am-4pm, included in admission, 01353 860711, info.welney@wwt.org.uk

Explore the wetland reserve at Welney with all-day tours and guides, including watching birds from the hide (10am), pond dipping, owl pellet disecction (both 11am) and a beginner’s birding guided walk (1pm). Then on April 12, there is Easter Holiday Family Fun. Look out around the site for giant ducks, collect all the clues to win a Freddo frog and a badge. All included in admission price.

Family Easter Activities

Titchwell Marsh, until April 7, 10am-3pm, adults free, £3 children, pre-book 01485 210779, rspb.org.uk

Get closer to wildlife with nature themed activities at Titchwell Marsh including mini-beast hunts and discovering what lurks at the bottom of our pond. Have fun building a bug hotel or sand sculptures on the beach. Follow the nature trails over Easter and get your Family Activity Pack (£3 each).

Rocks and Relics/Rockpool Rummage

West Runton Beach, April 7, 11am-12.30pm/1pm-3.30pm, each £3.50, norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk

See the remains of some of the amazing beasts that were found here millions of years ago on this special event at West Runton. Good explorers may be lucky enough to find a fossil to take home – and if you can’t, you will have a chance to make your very own fossil shark’s tooth necklace. Then in the afternoon, rummaging in rockpools in search of life. Experts will be on hand to identify your finds.

Yarmouth Ghost Walks

St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth, 7pm, £6-£5, 01493 331484, www.stgeorgestheatre.com

The first interactive ghost walks with live actors in Great Yarmouth. Members of St George’s Theatre Group are collaborating with Hopton Ghosthunters for Yarmouth Ghost Walks and the Golden Mile Ghost Walks. Hear tales of haunted places around the town every Tuesday and Thursday. Ages 9+

Family Survival School

Sheringham Park, April 8, 10.30am-3.30pm, £10 children, £5 accompanying adult, 01263 820550, nationaltrust.org.uk

Hone your survival skills with a bite-size bushcraft adventure in the Norfolk backwoods. Build a water-proof shelter, light a fire and see if you can find wild-growing ingredients to cook your lunch. Has your family got what it takes to survive in the wild?

Easter Extravaganza

St Andrews Hall, Norwich, April 3, 11am-4pm/April 4, 10am-5pm, admission free, standrewshall.co.uk

Extravaganza mix of clothing, arts, crafts, toys, food, drink stalls plus fun family activities at this free Easter event. Meet the Easter Bunny, see if you can solve the Easter Trail, watch the Morris dancers and listen to The Pavilion Quintet brass band and local folkies Addison’s Uncle. A magician will be doing some great tricks and there’ll be a face-painter for little ones to become bunnies and butterflies!

EASTER INDOORS

Big Fish Flap

RNLI Henry Blogg Museum, Cromer, April 2-4, 10am-4pm, admission free, 01263 511294, www.rnli.org

Family fun at the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum where children – and adults – can make their own fish and race them for fun. The times will be put up on a leader board. Also explore the history of Cromer’s lifeboats with displays, puzzles, Morse code and costumes to try on.

Easter River Trips

The Bridge, Wroxham, April 3-6, 11.30am, 2pm, £8, £5 children, under-5s free, 01603 782207, www.broadstours.co.uk

Broads Tours Easter river cruises. Children can take part in an on-board nature quiz, Easter egg hunt and free to enter colouring or drawing competitions. All trips include an entertaining commentary by the skipper. Children get an Easter egg.

Easter Eggspress

Bure Valley Railway, April 3-6, £12.50 adult return, £6.50 child return, £33 family return, under-5s free, 01263 733858, www.bvrw.co.uk

Hop on board the Easter Eggspress at the Bure Valley Railway over the Easter weekend for an ‘eggciting’ day out for all the family. Every child receives a free Easter egg.

Eggstravaganza Fun Day

Norwich Puppet Theatre, April 4, 10am-4.30pm, £10, 01603 629921, www.puppettheatre.co.uk

Special springtime day of family fun at Norwich Puppet Theatre. See Red Riding Hood and get creative together in a crafty workshop. Make your own egg hatched creature together in a workshop before or after the 11am or 2.30pm show.

Norwich Gaming Festival

The Forum, April 6-11, from 9am each day, admission free, www.norwichgamingfestival.com

Joysticks at the ready as this festival returns for its second year with more games, talks, workshops, screens, creative opportunities, new releases and, of course, the ever popular Retro Arcade, which has all the classic games from your childhood.

Easter Trains

Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, April 3-6, £9 adult return, £7 child return, under-4s free, 07939 683322, wellswalsinghamrailway.co.uk

The Wells and Walsingham Light Railway will be running trains daily over the Easter weekend. The 10 1/4” narrow gauge railway (the longest in the world) runs from Wells to Walsingham.

Easter Gala

East Anglian Transport Museum, Lowestoft, April 4-5, 10.30am-7pm, £8 (£7 cons), £6 children, under-5s free, 01502 518459, eatm.org.uk

The season launches at the East Anglian Transport Museum with this Easter event that sees it open until 7pm with the tram and trolley bus fleet lit up to create a unique nostalgic atmosphere. There will also be a children’s Easter egg hunt.

Romans and Iceni Family

Lynn Museum, King’s Lynn, April 7, 10.30am-1pm, free with museum admission, 01553 775001, museum.norfolk.gov.uk

Meet costumed Roman characters, handle real Roman objects, try your hand at Roman drill and create your own Roman mosaic to take home.

Lancaster Bomber

IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire, until April 12, from 10am, £22.50, £13.75 children, under-5s free, £45.65 family, 01223 835000, iwm.org.uk

Easter holiday at Duxford centres on the Lancaster bomber. At 11.30am, hear the story of the Dambusters raid. At 12.15pm, stories of Bomber Command’s VC winners. From 1.15pm join the walk-around tour of the Lancaster to experience it close up.

Amazona Zoo

Hall Lane, Cromer, 10am-5pm, £11.50 (£10 cons), £8.50 children, under-4s free, £35 family, 01263 510741, amazonazoo.co.uk

The Cromer zoo, home to over 200 tropical animals, including jaguars, pumas, ocelots, monkeys, snakes and flamingos, unveils its new tarantula spider house, housing five different species of South American tarantulas.

Loveable Lambs

Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse, until April 12, 10am-5pm, £10.50 (£9.50 cons), £7.50 children, £30-£22 family, 01362 860563, museum.norfolk.gov.uk

As spring takes hold on Gressenhall Farm, it’s all about those loveable lambs this Easter. Poor Little Bo Peep lost things from her bonnet to her basket. Track them all down and collect a special reward. Discover more about the life of a shepherd an make your own fluffy sheep to take home.

Fleece to Fabric

Bridewell Museum, Norwich, until April 11, 10am-4.30pm, free with museum admission, 01603 493625, museums.norfolk.gov.uk

Activities throughout the Easter holidays at the Bridewell. Follow our textiles trail to discover more about Norwich cloth. On Tuesdays and Thursdays make a mini loom and weave pretty patterns.

Giants!

Norwich Puppet Theatre, April 8, 11am-12.30pm, £8.50, 01603 629921, www.puppettheatre.co.uk

Fee fi fo fum! It’s time to make a giant at this big puppet workshop. The workshop leader will be on hand to give you top tips for customising your character and at the end of the session you will have a wonderful working puppet to take home for a show! Ages 5+

Shark Encounter

Sealife Centre, Great Yarmouth, daily 10am-3pm (4pm Sat/Sun), on door £15.60, from £25.80 family, under-3s free, 01493 330631, visitsealife.com

Yarmouth’s Sealife Centre has transformed the 250,000 litre ocean display into a newly themed interactive ocean display holding the East Coast’s largest diverse species of sharks. Learn more about Bowmouth and Guitar sharks.

Norfolk Family Learning

Blickling Estate, April 9, 11am-4pm, free event, normal admission applies, 01263 738030, nationaltrust.org.uk

Family fun day with Norfolk Family Learning, featuring crafts and activities with an Easter theme. Try your hand at sewing Easter themed finger puppets, creating designs for cards, colouring bunnies and much more.

EASTER EGG HUNTS

Church Easter Egg Hunts

Various locations, until April 12, www.dioceseofnorwich.org/easteregg

This annual Easter Egg Hunt returns for its third year with 130 churches from King’s Lynn to Caistor, Sheringham to Scole taking part. There is a special online map.

Easter Egg Hunt

Salhouse Broad, April 3, 10am-4pm, £4 for one child, £7 for 2, 01603 722775, www.salhousebroad.org.uk

Follow the Egg trail around the Broad, find all the clues and win a prize! Arts and crafts and Easter themed games.

Easter Egg Trail

Norwich City Centre, until April 10, free entry, full details norwichbid.co.uk/easter

20 hidden eggs around Norwich. Find 10 for free chocolate egg at the Tourist Information Centre (not open Sun or Easter Monday). 

Easter Egg Hunt

St. George’s Distillery, Harling Road, Roudham, April 3-6, 10am-4pm, £1 per hunt, www.englishwhisky.co.uk

Follow the treasure map at the English Whiskey Company. Collect bag of treats at the end. Proceeds to Cancer Research UK.

Easter Treasure Hunt

Hoveton Hall Gardens, April 3-6, 10.30am-5pm, £7 (£6.50 cons), £3.50 children, under-4s free, £19 family, 01603 784297, hovetonhallestate.co.uk

Special event free with garden admission and all entries receive an Easter prize.

Easter Egg Trail

Wymondham Heritage Museum, April 2-4, 6-7, 10am-4pm, free entry for children with an adult, 01953 600205, wymondhamheritagemuseum.co.uk

Search for clues around the museum to win an Easter prize. Prizes for all children.

Easter Hunt

The Custom House, King’s Lynn, until April 12, Mon–Sat 10am–4pm, Sun 12pm–4pm, £1, 50p children, 01553 763044

A family event where children can collect Easter themed cards to complete a puzzle and then win an Easter chocolate prize.

Eggsceedingly Good Hunt

Ancient House, Thetford, until April 11, 10am-4pm, details on 01842 752599, ancienthouse@norfolk.gov.uk

Easter egg hunt to win a prize. 50p per trail plus normal museum admission price.

Easter Egg Trail

Museum of the Broads, Stalham, April 3-6, £5 (£4.50 cons), £2.50 children, £13 family, 01692 581681

Fun trail around the museum. Easter prize for all children who complete the trail.

Easter Egg Hunt

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham, April 3, 11am-4pm, normal admission, £2 extra per child for Easter egg trail, 01603 270449, fairhavengarden.co.uk

Hunt colourful eggs that lead to a chocolatey prize! Face painting and Easter crafts. Every.

Easter Egg Trails

Oxburgh Hall/Peckover House, Wisbech/Felbrigg Hall, April 4-6, 11am-4pm, £2 trail, normal admission, nationaltrust.org.uk

Easter egg hunts at Oxburgh Hall, Felbrigg and Peckover House. Claim your Cadbury chocolate Egghead prize to take home.

Easter Egg Hunt

The Patch, Sheringham, April 4, 10am-

12.30pm, £2.50 per child, the-patch.co.uk

Children leave with a selection of Easter treats. Easter themed fun.

Easter Fun

Hunstanton Town Centre, April 4, 11am-2pm, 01485 532610, www.visithunstanton.info

An Easter Egg Hunt and other children’s entertainment.

Easter Bunny

Elveden Farm, April 5, 11am–3pm, £1.50 per child, 01842 898068, elveden.com

Meet the Easter bunny and take part in our egg hunt around the nature trail. Kids receive activity pack and chocolate treats.

Blickling Easter Trail

Blickling Hall, April 5-6, 10.15am-4pm, £2 per tail, £5.50 garden admission, 01263 738030, nationaltrust.org.uk

Special trail on 75th birthday of Blickling. Claim your Cadbury chocolate Egghead at the end. Children pay trail price only.

Easter Eggs Family Trail

Lynn Museum, King’s Lynn, until April 11, 10am-5pm, free with museum admission, 01553 775001

Lynn Museum rabbit has lost golden eggs. Help him find them to win a prize.

Easter at Cley

Cley Marshes, April 5, 10am-4pm, £1 for hunt, norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk

Easter Egg Hunt with prizes and lots of games and crafts in Cley education centre.

Easter Egg Hunt 
Somerleyton Hall, April 5-6, 11am-3pm, garden only £6.45 (£5.45 cons), £4.45 children, £19 family, 0871 222 4244

Easter egg hunts amid the gardens of Somerleyton Hall, plus feed the lambs.

Easter Treasure Trail

Plantation Garden, Earlham Road, Norwich, April 6, 2pm-4pm, £4 children, £2 adult, plantationgarden.co.uk

Follow treasure trail and find the mystery word to receive your Easter treat. Craft activities. Refreshments and plants for sale.

Funny Easter Hunt

Notcutts Garden Centre, Norwich, until April 6, 11am-4pm (9am-6pm Easter weekend, closed Sun), notcutts.co.uk

Free Easter hunt for children visiting during half term with a search for the punchlines to jokes; get all six and receive a chocolaty treat!

Rabbit in the House!

Strangers’ Hall, Charing Cross, Norwich, April 8, 10am-4.30pm, free with museum admission, 01603 667229

Rabbit Trail, drop-in bunny craft, plus Rabbit Tale activities and stories.

Epic Easter Egg Adventure

Whitlingham Country Park, Trowse, April 7, 10am-3pm, £1 per participant, pre-book 01603 756094, www.enjoythebroads.com

Easter trail around Whitlingham for a mini egg prize. Make an Easter gift-box. Age 5+

EASTER SHOWS

Alice in Wonderland

The Players Theatre, Battery Green Road, Lowestoft, until April 11, various performances 2.30pm/7.30pm, £12-£8, £36-£32.50 family, 01502 770020, www.playerstheatre.info

On a glorious summer’s afternoon, young Alice happens upon a smartly dressed rabbit looking at his watch and follows him down a rabbit hole into Wonderland. Lewis Carroll’s timeless children’s stories Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There are magically brought to life in this adaptation witten by Adrian Mitchell and originally commissioned and first produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company. The amazing Lobster Quadrille, the Queen of Hearts’ infamous croquet match and the Mad Hatter’s tea party are just a few of the characters in this enchanting play, the fifth major production by the award-winning B&B Theatre Company.

Red Riding Hood

Norwich Puppet Theatre, April 2/4, 11am, 2.30pm, £8, £8 children, £28 family, 01603 629921, www.puppettheatre.co.uk

On the way to her Grandmother’s house through a forest filled with howling wolves, Red Riding Hood must stay alert to the danger surrounding her. Straying from the path our feisty heroine, a charcoal burner’s daughter, has to pit her wits against the hungry wolf. We all know the tale of Little Red Riding Hood, but which story do you know? This production brings a fresh twist to a well-loved tale – a feast of visual innovation and extraordinary puppet theatre with music and song. Designed and directed by Peter O’Rourke, written by Tim Kane, with original music and songs by Ben Glasstone.

The Foolhardy Circus

Wroxham Barns, Hoveton, until April 16, 12pm/2pm, £5, 01603 783762, www.wroxhambarns.co.uk

The Foolhardy Circus brings their fantastical surreal world of the circus that time forgot back to Wroxham Barns with a new show for 2015. A melange of unbelievable characters and circus skills in this Spike Milligan inspired steam punk exploration of silliness, stupidity, the absurd and what makes us laugh. Gags and skills to astound everyone from 4 years old to 104 year olds, plus a bit of splosh and unplanned mayhem. Two shows a day, tickets are an austerity busting £5.

The Amazing Bubble Man

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, April 4, 11am/1.30pm, £12.50, £10 children, £40 family, 01284 758000, theapex.co.uk

Louis Pearl is the world’s leading Bubbleologist and has been delighting children and family audiences with his unique show for nearly 30 years. His latest hit show boasts bubble art, magic, science and lots of fun as he explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles, combines comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized.

Pirates Live

Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth, until April 19, various dates/times, £20-£15 (£15 cons), £10 children, £50-£35 family, 01493 844172, hippodromecircus.co.uk

New version of the swashbuckling pirate water show featuring an amazing cast of acrobats and aerialists. Captain Hawkseye played by Jack Jay returns to seek his ultimate revenge on pirate Johnny played by Johnny Mac and alongside him Naval heart throb Admiral Lockehart played by Danny Potts. The Pirate Crew include Alejandro and Jose Castro from Argentina and Dickson, Hiliali, Martin and Teddy Ngade from Africa. Adding to this Pirate mayhem is dastardly Admiral Lockehart. Chaos, laughter and swashbuckling skulduggery aboard the 40ft galleon.

Pinocchio

Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, April 5, 2.30pm, £8.50, £29 family, 01485 532252, www.princesshunstanton.co.uk

Catchy songs, stunning scenery and costumes and spectacular ultra violet glow-in-the-dark puppetry in this Easter show for all the family. Geppetto longs for a son of his own and so builds a puppet boy named Pinocchio who is magically brought to life by a beautiful Fairy. To become a real boy, Pinocchio must first prove he is brave, kind and true and so sets off on an epic journey. Will Pinocchio make the right choices and be good? Or will he be tempted to do wrong mischievous Fox and Cat or the evil Puppet Master?

Puss in Boots

Norwich Puppet Theatre, April 6, 2.30pm, £8, £8 children, £28 family, 01603 629921, www.puppettheatre.co.uk

Would you trust a talking cat? You never know, he might turn you from a pauper to a prince just like the hero of this story, brought to vivid life on an incredible sloping stage by Patrick Lynch from Cbeebies in a show from Lyngo Theatre, an acclaimed UK based children’s theatre company with strong Italian connections. Using smoke and mirrors and hidden trapdoors he’ll show you how this sure-footed feline fools both the King and the Ogre to put his master at the top. With a host of puppets, a working windmill and an avalanche of fruit and nuts come and see this classic furry tail, it’s the cat’s whiskers! Ages 4+

Dr Seuss’s Cat In The Hat

Cambridge Corn Exchange, April 6, 1pm/3pm, £14.50, £10.50 children, £35 family, 01223 357851, www.cornex.co.uk

Expect towering hats, mischief and an imagination recharge in this live stage version of the much loved book by Dr Seuss. From the moment his tall, red and white stripped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat In The Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and craziest ideas, he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will mum find when she gets home? A lively and engaging first theatre experience for children aged 3+

The Stick Man

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, April 7, 4pm/April 8, 11am, 3pm, £13-£8.50, 01284 769505, www.theatreroyal.org

The world is a dangerous place for Stick Man. A dog wants to play with him. A swan builds a nest with him. He even ends up on a fire! Will he ever get back to the family tree? Following three sell-out international tours and two West End runs, the stage show based upon the book by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler returns. Scamp Theatre’s show is packed full of puppetry, songs and live music, promises more fun than you can, well, shake a stick at!

The Wind in the Willows

Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, April 8, 2.30pm, £8.50 (£6.50 cons), 01603 620917, www.maddermarket.co.uk

Award-nominated Immersion Theatre and the critically-acclaimed Cambridge Touring Theatre join forces for this musical adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic. Join the boat-loving Ratty, the sensible yet curious Mole, wise old Badger and the fantastically irrepressible Toad as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime to save Toad Hall! Eye-catchingly elaborate costumes, toe-tapping music and larger than life characters do justice to the nostalgic charm of this beloved story, guaranteed to enthral youngsters and take older generations on a glorious trip down the riverbank onto memory lane.

The Secret Garden

Norwich Playhouse, April 8-11, various times, £16 (£14 cons), 01603 598598, www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk

Young Mary Lennox is orphaned and sent to England to live with her uncle in a cold ancestral manor in Yorkshire. A resourceful and inquisitive girl, she soon finds an overgrown secret garden and that her cousin, Colin, a sickly boy has been told he must remain in bed out of the daylight at all times. Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, this adaptation of the much loved story by Marsha Norman, with music by Lucy Simon, is here brought to the stage by Norfolk Youth Music Theatre, whose previous 2009 production won the NODA Best Musical Award.

Basil Brush Show

St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth, April 8, 11am/2.30pm, £14, £12 children, £42 family, 01493 331484, www.stgeorgestheatre.com/The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, April 9, 11am/2.30pm, £14, £12 children, £42 family, 01284 758000, www.theapex.co.uk

Britain’s most loveable fox is back on the road along with his TV chum Mr Stephen — aka Chris Pizzey. Together they will take you on a journey of laughs, storytelling and song in a brand new specially written ‘live’ stage show packed with fun and excitement. Expect mayhem as Mr Stephen tries to reign in the continually interruptions from by naughty uncontrollable Basil.

Cinderella

Norwich Puppet Theatre, April 8, 11am, 2.30pm, £8, £8 children, £28 family, 01603 629921, www.puppettheatre.co.uk

The film version may be in cinemas but Banyan Theatre’s stylish and playful reworking of the Cinderella story explores its fascinating power in a fresh and imaginative adaptation. The one-woman show using puppets and objects strips away the Disney-glitz to reveal a plucky heroine who is both witty and charming. Banyan, an established touring theatre company and was formed in 1993 by partners Karen Torley and Joy Haynes, currently artistic director at Norwich Puppet Theatre, are highly praised for high quality children’s theatre with lots of imagination and invention. The 11am shows are baby friendly performances.

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