Gallery: On the trail of Easter eggs, treasure and all the fun of the fair

Easter Sunday celebrations in the sun at Eye Cricket Club. Grace Smederovac with some Easter flowers

Easter Sunday celebrations in the sun at Eye Cricket Club. Grace Smederovac with some Easter flowers. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Easter celebrations across the region saw goodies galore devoured with delight.

Hundreds of children hunted for Easter eggs and chocolate treats over the weekend while others celebrated with more traditional pursuits.

Home-Start Suffolk: East Ipswich & Coastal put on an Easter egg hunt for the Martlesham community on Saturday, when more than 200 beans were hidden across The Green to be found and exchanged for chocolate eggs.

The children were also treated to balloon modelling from Mr Bean and could meet their favourite characters from Frozen who attended along with the Easter Bunny.

Ella Heeney, from Home-Start, said the event, funded through Suffolk Coastal District Council’s community enabling budget, had been held to say thanks to the Martlesham community.

“It was a great morning and from the amount of smiles on the children’s faces I would say it was a resounding success,” she added.

The Ufford Crown said its Easter treasure hunt was the most popular yet with more than 50 children taking part.

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Pub landlady Polly Durrant said she wanted to offer something different to the traditional chocolate hunt and instead hid a series of clues around the garden for the youngsters to solve, with each one receiving a gift at the end.

“I love organising it because the kids all have such a wonderful time,” she said.

Funds raised will go towards phase two of the village’s new play park plans.

Visitors to Kentwell Hall in Long Melford enjoyed Easter as it would have been celebrated almost five centuries a go.

Eastertide at the 16th Century manor saw 100 actors dressed in Tudor costume carrying out various activities as if they were in the year 1535.

They demonstrated hot cross bun making, showed how to prepare a Tudor-style Easter Sunday feast and performed seasonal music and dance of the period.

Donations for the buns were given to Macmillan Cancer Support.

In Sudbury’s St Peter’s Church on Saturday, Sudbury and District Churches Together held an “I Spy Easter” children’s competition and party as part of a Christian outreach programme.

Young participants were asked to look around the market area to find and identify characters dressed in Biblical costume to win a small prize. They also took part in seasonal arts and crafts activities including quilling, dancing and face painting.

All the fun of the fair came to Felixstowe as one of the resort’s popular annual attractions arrived on the seafront for a four-day stay.

Ride operators endured a frustratingly slow start to Saturday with few people venturing out into the cold, but as the weather improved in the afternoon more arrived, and yesterday the fair did brisk business all day. It is on again today from 11am.

Organisers of Woodbridge’s annual Easter egg hunt were delighted as the town’s Elmhurst Park was filled with youngsters on Saturday, despite the chilly conditions.

Children under 12 hunted for beans which they then exchanged for a large chocolate egg. They also enjoyed a magic show.

Chris Harrold, chairman of Choose Woodbridge, which organised the event with support from the town’s business association, said they had given away 450 eggs.

He said: “It went really well and there was a very good turnout – we were really pleased. We changed it a little bit this year with a smaller area for the children to hunt in and a magician instead of Punch and Judy, and everyone seemed to enjoy it.

“It’s a ‘thank you’ from the businesses to the residents for shopping in Woodbridge and it’s been a surprisingly busy Easter for traders.”

In Eye, children had to collect letters hidden across the cricket field and spell out a word before they were rewarded with chocolate.

Ross Stannard, the club captain, said: “It was something for the children to do to keep them interested in cricket and for a bit of fun.

“We had a good turn out, about 20 children.”

And at Shottisham, the Sorrel Horse pub held an Easter egg hunt – with 22 young children joining in the fun.

Youngsters had to search for little yellow chicks and received a chocolate egg for every one they found.

A spokeswoman for the Sorrel Horse said: “They all thoroughly enjoyed it and the weather was lovely for being outdoors.”