Where to have fun this Easter holiday around Saffron Walden, Cambridge and Dunmow

PUBLISHED: 15:19 21 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:41 24 March 2017

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The Easter Holidays are here again and it's time for chocolate and looking at spring lambs. Here is our guide to places to go, things to see and what to watch.

Rainbow Rural Centre is holding an open dayRainbow Rural Centre is holding an open day

DAYS OUT

Mountfitchet Castle in Stansted: See Easter chicks wandering around with their proud mum within the grounds of the medieval village. They are a rare breed called Frizzles which have feathers curling backwards towards the head. Easter egg trail from April 1-17. Free with admission charge.

Rainbow Rural Centre: ParkersCroft, Sallets Green, High Easter Rd, Barnston, Dunmow CM6 1ND. Spring Easter Open Day Sunday, April 9. Tractor trailer rides, farm demonstrations, pony rides, learn about bee hives. 11am-4pm. Free entry.

Blake House Craft Centre, Dunmow: An Easter Egg Hunt from Good Friday to Easter Monday (April 14-17.) Open 10am-4pm with face painting, bouncy castle, rides and egg decorating. Make a bunny mask, decorate an egg, join the egg hunt. Charity raffle for Thornton’s chocolate egg, with all proceeds to Essex Air Ambulance. On Good Friday and Easter Saturday, a petting zoo. On Easter Sunday and Monday, rare breed piglets. Free entry, activities from £2.

Treasure Island is at Haverhill Arts CentreTreasure Island is at Haverhill Arts Centre

Thaxted, Bolford Street Hall: Easter Craft and Gift Fair, April 15-17. Refreshments, barbecue. Free entry. 10am-5pm. In aid of Thaxted Scouts.

High Easter Village Hall: Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Monday, April 17 at 2.30pm. Tickets, £3 from 01279 871181; Proceeds will be shared between The High Easter Village Hall and the High Easter Senior Residents Club. The Easter Bunnie and Easter Chick will be there to help the egg hunters. Scarecrow Competition and village hall open all afternoon for refreshments.

Audley End House, Saffron Walden: April 15-17, Easter Adventure Quest. A character from the past, a king, a butler or a Roman centurion, will help you crack the clues as you explore Audley End House and Gardens. There’s a chocolate reward for successful adventurers. 11am-5pm. Adults £17.50, ages 5-15, £11.50, concessions £15.80, family £45.50 from www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/audley-end-easter-adventure-quest or on the gate.

Tinderbox is at Haverhill Arts CentreTinderbox is at Haverhill Arts Centre

Duxford Imperial War Museum: Permanent exhibitions of wartime life at home and on the front. Adults, £16.35, concessions £14.40, children 5-15 £8.15 (under-fives free). Family, £30.60, £45.90 or £53.55 from www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford/tickets-for-iwm-duxford

Wimpole Hall Arrington, Royston: Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 1, £2.50 on top of admission. Family ticket to the estate, £40.75. Farm, £26.15. Farm and estate open throughout the holidays. See: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole-estate. Postcode SG8 0BW.

MUSEUMS

Saffron Walden Museum: April 3-16 Easter trail. Wednesday, April 5, Mad Hatters, design a hat. Wednesday, April 12, design brooches and badges. Both are drop-in sessions 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. Children must bring an adult. The museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays but will be open Bank Holiday Monday from 2pm. The current exhibition is 300 Years of Fashion Accessories. Opening hours, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-4.30pm and Sundays 2-4.30pm. Adults, £2.50, over-65s, £1.50, under-18s free. www.saffronwaldenmuseum.org or 01799 510333.

Braintree Museum: April 11-15 Go Wild with Wildlife, Easter egg hunt, craft activities. 11am-1pm. Free with admission charge, £4 adults, concessions £3, children £2 under-fives free. Current exhibition is Life in an English Village, the work of the Bardfield Artists. Book Easter sessions on 01376 328868 or braintreemuseum.co.uk. The museum is open Tuesday to Friday, including Good Friday.

Museum of Cambridge, Castle Street: Set in a 17th Century building, explore nine themed rooms about the lives of Cambridgeshire people. See the kitchen, bar, folklore and childhood rooms, showing life, work and play since the 1660s. Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am-5pm, Sunday, noon to 4pm. £4, concessions £2, under-12s free.

Whipple Museum, Free School Lane, Cambridge: Scientific instruments including some of those Darwin took on The Beagle and 1980s calculators. Weekdays, noon-4pm. Admission free.

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Street, Cambridge: Artefacts made by people across the world and throughout human history. Tuesday-Saturday, 10.30am-4pm, Sundays, noon-4.30pm. Admission free.

Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge: Huge collection from Ancient Egypt to the Victorians, current exhibition, Madonnas and Miracles, look through the keyhole of the Italian Renaissance home and find a hidden world of religious devotion expressed in jewellery, ceramics, books, sculptures and paintings. Admission free and the exhibitions are free.

CINEMA

Saffron Screen:

Saturday, April 1: Lego Batman Movie (U) 2pm. La La Land (12A) 5pm.

Sunday, April 2: Sing (U) 11am (autism friendly). Lego Batman Movie (U) 2pm.

Monday, April 3: Dancer (12A) 7.30pm

Thursday, April 6: Sing (U) 3pm. Twelfth Night direct from the National Theatre, 7pm.

Friday, April 7 to Sunday, Aril 9: Beauty and the Beast (PG) 2pm and 5pm. Fences (12A) 8pm.

Monday, April 10: Beauty and the Beast (PG) 2pm and 5pm. The Salesman (12A) 8pm

Tuesday, April 11: Beauty and the Beast (PG) 11am and 3pm.

Wednesday, April 12 & Thursday, April 13: Beauty and the Beast (PG) 2pm and 5pm. Viceroy’s House (12A) 8pm

Friday, April 14: Lego Batman Movie (U) 3pm, Viceroy’s House (12A) 8pm

Saturday, April 15: Viceroy’s House (12A) 2pm and 8pm, Lion (PG) 5pm

Sunday, April 16: Sing (U) 2pm, Viceroy’s House (12A) 5pm and 8pm.

Tickets, saffronscreen.com

Civic Theatre, Chelmsford:

Sunday, April 9: A Hero of Our Time, the Bolshoi Live, 4pm. Tickets £14.50/£13.50.

Monday, April 10: La La Land (12A) 8pm. Tickets £6.90/£5.90, students, registered unemployed £4. 01245 606505 or www.chelmsford.gov.uk

Haverhill Arts Centre:

Wednesday, April 5: Sing (U) 10.30am. Lion (PG) 7.30pm.

Thursday, April 6: Lego Batman Movie (U) 2.30pm.

Monday, April 10: Lego Batman Movie (U) 10.30am.

Tuesday, April 11: Hidden Figures (PG) 7.30pm.

Thursday, April 13: Sing (U) 10.30am.

Tickets, 01440 714140 or www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk

THEATRE

Haverhill Arts Centre: Treasure Island and the Caribbean Pirates, Friday, April 7 at 3pm and 6pm, Saturday, April 8 at 11am and 3pm. Tickets £11.50, £9.50. Family ticket £38.

Tuesday, April 11, at 11am, The Tinderbox, puppets and music. Tickets £6.50, £5.50, family £22 from 01440 714140 or haverhillartscentre.co.uk

Cambridge Corn Exchange: Robin Hood, Easter panto, starring Gareth Gates and Zippy and George from Rainbow. April 11 3pm and 7pm. Tickets, £22.25, £20.25, £15.25. Family ticket, £76 from 01223 357851 or www.cornex.co.uk or tickets@cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

The Junction, Cambridge: Sunday, April 9, Little Angel Theatre presents Wow! Said the Owl, puppet show. 11.30am and 2.30pm for ages two-plus. £10 adult, £6 child. Saturday, April 15, Race Horse Company present Around (circus) noon and 3pm for ages five-plus. Tickets £10 adult, £6 child from 01223 511511 or junction.co.uk

Cambridge Arts Theatre: March 27 until April 8, La Strada. April 10 until15, Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh (both for sophisticated secondary school children). 7.45pm with matinees Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm. Post-show talk for Abigail’s Party April 11. Tickets 01223 503333 or www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

Hempstead Village Hall: Sunday, April 9, The Pantaloons present an amusing version of Pride and Prejudice. 3pm. Tickets adult £12.50, adult £8 (£1.25 booking fee per transaction) from 01799 598090 or www.thepantaloons.co.uk

Rhodes Arts Complex, Bishop’s Stortford: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, March 28-31 at 7.30pm. In modern dress, set at a music festival. £16, £14 concessions from 01279 710200 or rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk

Chelmsford Civic Theatre: Sunday, April 2, The Rhythm of Life, concert with stars of West End musicals with dancers and The Boswells School Orchestra. £15/£13 from 01245 606505 or www.chelmsford.gov.uk. Supporting the J’s Hospice.

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