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Egg-citing events at Avoncroft as crowds flock there for Easter

Updated: 10:48 am, May 07, 2015

THERE was plenty of activities for visitors to do at Avoncroft Museum over the Easter weekend.

The venue pulled in more than 2,000 people over the whole weekend, with more than 500 on Monday when those who went along got to bask in some beautiful spring sunshine.

There was Easter praise in the Victorian Mission Church, rides on the miniature railway, historical re-enactors bringing some of the buildings to life and the chance to have a go at archery.

The 200-year-old windmill was also open for visitors to explore, although there was not quite enough wind for sailing it.

For youngsters, there were a bouncy castle and fairground attractions, along with traditional games, including egg rolling, egg and spoon races and an Easter trail around the grounds.

Chris Everall, the museum’s head of business and marketing, said: “We had some really good feedback about the activities we had on.

“Avoncroft is quite quirky and people like to come here for a traditional family day out once in a while and it’s great for that.”

Visitor numbers at Avoncroft were 34 per cent up in 2014, compared to 2013 and it is hoped they will rise even more this year.

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ABOVE On the march in April! – Col Pulyeney’s Regiment (13th Foot) re-enactors strode through the grounds of Avoncroft. 1515008ABR1 RIGHT That’s the way to do it! – Peter Grail was performing a Punch and Judy show. Pictures by Alex Bradbury. 1515008ABR4

Time for tea – Rob Elliott and Ruth Watson from Col Pulteney’s Regt (13th Foot) re-enactors having some afternoon tea. 1515008ABR10

All the fun of the fair – Freddy Alden, three, enjoying the swing boats. 1515008ABR7

Let them eat cake! – Volunteer Sue Kington making Welsh Cakes in the Victorian kitchen. 1515008ABR9

On a roll – Izzy, four, and Ben Jones, two, egg rolling. 1515008ABR3

In a spin – Jack Leatherbarrow, five, showing off his circus skills. 1515008ABR5

All aboard – People queued at the bus stops for the popular rides. 1515009ABR1

All aboard – People queued at the bus stops for the popular rides. 1515009ABR1