Eggs-hilarating Easter in Great Yarmouth

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Eggs-hilarating Easter in Great Yarmouth

Feed some baby lambs, take part in a pirate treasure hunt or enjoy a swashbuckling circus adventure during the Easter holidays in Great Yarmouth.

As the season gathers pace, there’s plenty to keep all the family entertained across the borough with indoor and outdoor activities planned at a host of attractions.

The crowd-pulling Hippodrome Circus celebrates its 10th blockbuster year with its popular Pirates Live, one of the most anticipated shows of the year, returning with a brand-new adventure.

Full of heart stopping circus stunts, comedy scenes and aerial artistry, it runs until April 14.

Book a VIP feeding experience to feed Noah, the green sea turtle at Great Yarmouth Sealife Centre, while learning more about the creatures, their diet and habitats.

Elsewhere at the centre, Captain Careless has lost all his pirate treasure and the crew aren’t pleased so children are encouraged to find all the lost booty hidden around the aquarium and fill in the pirate map as they go. Win a prize for taking part, meet Captain Careless and enjoy pirate themed games, crafts and activities.

The iconic Joyland is open from March 28 to April 14, and then will continue to be open every weekend, while at the opposite end of Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach is ready for adventure with two new rides – The Polar Express and Race-o-Rama and a third on the way – Ghost Ship.

At Merivale Model Village, visit the new retro arcade and amusements, take part in the mini egg hunt and collect a prize, or find the golden eggs to win an Easter hamper. If you happen to find all the China bunnies and count them correctly you will be entered into a draw to win a large Easter egg.

Easter weekend also signals the reopening of The Empire on the seafront with a three-day line-up of live music, street food, DJs and the return of the iconic disco event, Boogie Nights.

After running for more than 20 years at the Ocean Room, Gorleston, Boogie Nights is back in its new home at The Empire where it launches on Good Friday.

DJ Paul Allen will be spinning the decks and, for the first time ever, there will be live performances. Retro party synth band 80s Replay will be playing covers of classic hits.

Away from the seafront, Thrigby Wildlife Hall and Gardens will be open.

You can enjoy the thrills and spills of motor racing at Great Yarmouth Stadium in conjunction with Spedeworth International Motor Racing on March 31, April 4 and 11.

Over at Hirsty’s Fun Park at Hemsby, the venue is open from March 28 for its Baa-nanza event.

The play equipment will be available, along with Easter egg hunts and crafts, before children can take a trip to Farmer Hirst’s lambing and calving shed – and if you’re in luck, you might see a lamb come into the world.

During the holidays the team are expecting more than 200 lambs and 30 calves to be born. There will also be lambs and rabbits to hold and pet.

There’s a family friendly exhibition at the Time and Tide Museum looking at the long history of our relationship with dinosaurs, from ancient legends and mythical winged beasts in the deserts of central Asia, to the creatures bought to life in Jurassic Park.

Dinosaurium will feature detailed models alongside memorabilia, fossils and various specimens.

Lyndon Bevan, Chair of Visit Great Yarmouth said: “We are so lucky with our attractions because we really have such a variety of activities available for all ages and interests. It’s testament to the passion from our businesses who put their all into ensuring our visitors have a huge choice for a day trip or a holiday.”

Asa Morrison, Chief Executive of Visit Great Yarmouth, said: “We have a huge range of attractions, which are great opportunities for visitors to enjoy days out and breaks.

“We are confident that our offer will entice people to visit. There’s a hive of activities planned across the destination, as well our stunning natural environments to explore and the beautiful beaches for spring walks.”