Easter What's On Guide

Enjoy the Easter weekend with a trip to Bury St Edmunds & Beyond...

The Easter weekend is the ideal time to enjoy a little rest, relaxation and exploration! There's plenty to see and do across the weekend, with everything from walking tours, re-enactments, theatre, dining out and of course, Easter egg hunts!

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Lavenham Guildhall - daily until 22nd April

The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at National Trust Lavenham Guildhall runs daily from 10am-4pm. 

There are two trails both aimed at families; an inside trail following clues throughout the Guildhall and its garden, answering questions along the way about the exhibits which costs £2.50 plus normal admission fee, (free admission for NT members, but the trail still costs £2.50). 

The external trail starts and finishes at the Guildhall and follows a circular route around the village with thought provoking questions about what one can see along the way. This external trail is also £2.50 but doesn’t require admission to the Guildhall. 

Both trails are rewarded at the end with a Cadbury Chocolate prize. (one per trail).

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Eastertide Weekend at Kentwell Hall - 19th - 22nd April

Kentwell Hall's first re-creation of the year starts with Tudor Eastertide from the 19th - 22nd April, and is a wonderful event that the the whole family can enjoy. Join in with activities and crafts, and go on the Egg Hunt.

Watch the Tudors working in the kitchen, the diary, bakehouse (making Holy Manchets, todays Hot Cross Buns) and stillroom, whilst the Gentry will be in the house, the Blacksmiths at the forge and the Spinners at the Wool Shed.  

Join in the Easter fun with the 'Giant Egg Hunt', find the clues and solve the puzzle! There will also be Easter crafts and egg colouring competition plus you can follow the Easter procession.

During your visit, stop by the Camera Obscura, the Ice House, and go through the Yew Castle and into the Living Portrait Room. 

Head outside to see the lambs, piglets, baby chicks, miniature Shetland Ponies and Isabella - the biggest hairiest donkey! and take the Story Book Adventure Trail around the grounds.

Have fun at the outdoor games and on the obstacle course and stop by The Stableyard Tearooms and Grill for delicious meals and snacks. 

For timings and admission prices visit (tickets are cheaper if purchased on-line than paying on the day).

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Melford Hall - 19th - 22nd April 

Follow the clues as the Easter bunnies at Melford Hall's Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt go beachcombing!

Solve the clues and claim your Cadbury chocolate Easter egg prize. As well as colouring for the children, the hall will be running their popular Egg and Spoon races (for all ages). Activties take place from 12pm - 4pm daily. 

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Melford Hall's Railway Walk - 19th April

A popular guided walk taking in some railway and village history as well as both some modern archaeology and the natural beauty of the Suffolk countryside. 

This guided four-mile walk retraces the route of the former Great Eastern Railway Line linking the medieval wool towns of Lavenham and Long Melford. Meet at Lavenham Guildhall tearoom for refreshments and a short introduction before starting your walk.  At the end of the walk, enjoy lunch at Melford Hall and listen to a brief history of the house. Refreshments and admission included.

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'There's a Head in my Bed' at Bury St Edmunds Guildhall -21st April

Spark young imaginations at Bury St Edmunds Guildhall this Easter! Your journey begins with a story telling of the book 'There's a Head in my Bed!' and is followed by crafting colourful items in the Guildhall.

Author Hatty Ashton will make Legends of St Edmund come to life with her story telling and crafting events, perfect for children aged 3-9. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Maximum ratio of 3 children per one adult.

Cost £5.00 per child.  The accompanying adult enters free of charge.

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Easter Gin Festival at The Bear Inn, Beyton - 19th - 21st April

Running from Friday 19th – Sunday 21st April, the 'Gin and Bear It' festival will showcase a mixture of well-known tipples and lesser known varieties and will offer a great way for beginners to sample the iconic drink in different ways and to take advice on how to be a little more adventurous than drinking a standard G&T or finding a signature drink that may become a staple for you. 

The Bear is open seven days a week with a restaurant serving food every day of the week, specialising in British food with a contemporary twist using quality locally sourced ingredients.

This will be The Bear Inn's second annual Gin Festival, serving great gins in their lovely garden throughout the Easter Weekend. Tickets are £10 (pre-booked tickets include a Bear Beyton gin glass and your first G&T!) available from the Gin and Bear It Festival website.

Easter Sunday Lunch at All Saints Hotel

If you're looking for somewhere special to enjoy a delicious Easter Sunday lunch then book a table at the All Saints Hotel, Bury St Edmunds. Served from 12pm–3pm, you can opt for 2 courses for £19 or 3 courses for £24. There's a choice of roast available, plus locally sourced vegetables and all the trimmings you would expect.

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Easter Breaks at The Windmill

If you're looking for an indulgent getaway this Easter, The Windmill Suffolk are offering a delicious welcome breakfast basket, complimentary bottle of wine and additional surprise treats to all guests who book a stay during April quoting Bury St Edmunds & Beyond to celebrate and Easter!

Built in 1891 the converted Windmill is the perfect contemporary country hideaway. Enjoy the uninterrupted panoramic view from the comfy warmth of the top floor living space. Relax on the inviting and sumptuously soft oversized handmade velvet sofas, piled high with plump cushions, fluffy blankets and cosy throws. In the small hours, head onto the external balcony to take-in the picturesque vistas and delight in the amazing and far reaching views.

The Windmill sleeps 4 and consists of 2 luxurious and cosy bedrooms. Bespoke handmade super king size beds furnished with sumptuous linens promise a blissful uninterrupted night sleep, making it enticing to enjoy an early night or a lazy morning in bed!

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Why not extend your stay and enjoy a Family Break in Bury St Edmunds & Beyond? Our Family Breaks Guide has all you need to plan your trip!