Easter holiday children’s entertainment ideas near Saffron Walden, Dunmow and Cambridge

The Tin Foil Astronaut at Cambridge Junction

The Tin Foil Astronaut at Cambridge Junction - Credit: Archant

Our top tips for fun during the Easter holidays


ADC Theatre, Cambridge

Photograph 51, Rosalind Franklin and the structure of DNA. April 9-13.

7.45pm, Saturday matinee 2.30pm. Presented by the Combined Actors of Cambridge. Tickets, Tuesday, £10/£8, Wed/Thur £13/£9, Fri/Sat, £14/£10 adctheatre.com or 01223 300085.

The Junction, Cambridge

Wow! It’s Night-Time by Little Angel Theatre. Sunday, April 7, 11.30am and 2.30pm. For ages 2-5, 35 minutes. £10 adult, £6 child.

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The Little Prince, Thursday, April 11. 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Ages 5+ £12.50 (£8 conc).

The Tin Foil Astronaut. Sunday 14 April. 11.30am and 2.30pm. Ages 3-7. £10 adult, £6 child.

Wifi Wars, Sunday April 14. 2pm and 7.30pm. Comedy game show where the audience plays along. Take smartphone or tablet. £11.50 (£8 conc).

Free one-hour craft sessions before the stage shows (Not Wifi Wars). 01223 511511 or junction.co.uk.

Cambridge Corn Exchange

Zog, April 12-14. £17.50, under 16s £15.50. 01223 357851 or www.cornex.co.uk.

Chelmsford Civic Theatre

The Tiger Who Came to Tea. April 7 and 8. Various times. £14. Family £50.

Alice in Wonderland, April 13 and 14. Various times. £16, conc £14, Dinosaur World Live. April 10 and 11. 11.30am and 2.30pm. Roarsome, interactive show. £14. Special concessions £7. 01245 606505 or chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres.

Rhodes Arts Centre, Bishop’s Stortford

Swan Lake by Ballet Theatre UK, April 14. 3pm. £17.50.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea April 10 at 1.30pm and 4pm. April 11 at 11am (relaxed) and 2pm. £14, family £51.

Pongo’s party, April 16 at 1.30pm. £12/£11, family £44.

Dr Dolittle, April 18, 2pm. £13/£11 family, £46. 01279 710200 or www.rhodesartscomplex.co.uk

Haverhill Arts Centre

Alice in Wonderland, April 11. 2pm and 6pm. £11, under 16s £9.

The Selfish Giant, April 17, 2pm. £7.50, £6.50 from 01440 714140 or www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk


Bridge End Gardens, Saffron Walden: 10am-1pm. Minimum £1 charity donation per child. Receive a sheet of clues, a gift from the Easter Bunny, and an entry into the draw to win a special Easter egg.

Audley End House, Saffron Walden, CB11 4JF:

April 6-22 11am to 5pm. Hunt for dragon eggs by solving clues and claim a chocolate reward. Tickets additional £1 on entry price, adults £18.10, children £10.90,

Mountfitchet Castle, Stansted CM24 8SP:

April 6-22, 10am-5pm, medieval Easter egg hunt and firing of the medieval Perrier Catapult. Included in entry price: £12 adults, £10 3-13.


Scotsdales Garden Centre, Great Shelford CB22 5JT:

April 10, Children’s Gardening Club with crafts. Three sessions in the day. Ages two-12. Free.

April 12, Creative crafts. Four sessions. Free.

April 13 and 22, In store bunny hunt. Free.

April 17, Easter Eggcups, £4 per child.

April 19 and 20, Egg decorating. Six sessions, £5 per child.


Saffron Walden Museum: Wednesday, April 10 Froggy Fingerprint Cards. Thursday, April 11, Paper Butterflies. Wednesday, April 17, Paper Plant Pot Sunflowers. Sessions 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm. 30-minute ticketed sessions at £1.50.

Plus admission charges £2.50 adult, £1.25 conc, under 18s free. Pre-book in person at the museum. 01799 510333 or www.saffronwaldenmuseum.org.

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Free entry.

Free trails. For 5-12 years, themed trails including ancient Egypt. Fitz Kits, 5-10 years, games and puzzles to journey round the museum. Baby play mat 0-2 years. Story Starters, 2-6 years, satchel with picture book to help explore the galleries.

Family First Saturday April 6. Free, drop-in 2pm-4pm. Free tour for over 5s, or story for under 5s.

Making Faces, Saturday, April 13, 10.30am-12.30pm. 5-7 years. £8.

Making a Nation exhibition, find out how money was made by the Tudors and Stuarts. Create your own currency. Saturday, April 20. 2pm-4pm, 11-13 years, £5.

Trumpington Street, CB2 1RB. 01223 332900. www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

Braintree Museum

Free with admission: Rainforest Crafts, April 10, 11 and 12, 10.30am-noon. Toddler Time, April 11 and 18 from 10.30am.

Safari Art, April 17, 18, 19, 10.30am-noon.

Big Event Day, April 9. 10am-4pm. Exotic animals 11am-2pm, make a kite, museum trails. Drop in. Big Event Day, April 16, 10am-4pm. Safari themed scavenger hunt and Easter egg decorating. Drop in.

Rhodes Museum, Bishop’s Stortford

Free Easter trails, April 8-22. 10am-4pm.

April 10, free storytime and activity. 1.30pm.

April 20 St George’s Day Crafts 11.30am-3pm. Free.


Audley End Minature Railway.

April 6-22. Take a train to see the Easter Bunny. Trail for an easter gift. Tickets from £12-£14 0-24 months go free. Booking needed www.audley-end-railway.co.uk.

Wellcome Genome Campus April 20: Open Saturday. Free with activities on the third Saturday of the month. Book on wellcomegenomecampus.org/events/open-saturday. Postcode: CB10 1RQ.


Saffron Screen

Fighting with My Family (12A) April 5 and 6, 8pm. April 9, 3pm. Captain Marvel (12A) April 6 and 8, 3pm, April 10, 8pm. The Kid Who Would be King (PG) April 11, 3pm. Missing Link (PG) April 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 at 2pm and 5pm. Bohemian Rhapsody singalong (12A) April 19, 3pm. Bite-Sized Ballets: Elves and the Shoemaker (U) April 20 and 21 2pm.

Haverhill Arts Centre

Children’s films 10.30am, tickets, £5.

How to Train Your Dragon 3 (PG) April 9. Lego Movie 2 (U) April 16. The Kid Who Would Be King (PG) April 18. 01440 714140 or www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk

Rhodes Arts Compex

Captain Marvel, April 15, 2pm. April 16 7.30pm. Instant Family, April 15 and 18. £8/£6 01279 710200 or www.rhodesartscomplex.co.uk