About the Easter Eggspress
The City of Norwich has a long tradition of brewing and, by one account, had nearly 800 beer-houses in 1870. A writer by the name of Walter Wicks once wrote that Norwich had ' - a pub for every day of the year, and a church for every Sunday," severely underestimating the pub count. About 15 miles north is the town of Aylsham that brags of the historic hotel and pub named the Black Boys Inn, one of Aylsham's oldest surviving buildings that has been on the site since 1650. Enough about pubs. If you are looking for a more wholesome activity for the whole family in Aylsham, try the Easter Eggspress, an event held at the Bure Valley Railway’s Aylsham station.
The biggest problem for people attending the Easter Eggspress is choosing what day to attend as this is a 16-day event covering three weekends in April.
There is no need to pre-book, just show up about 15 minutes before one of the daily departures and climb aboard. Kids and those of us who still act like kids can participate in an Easter Egg hunt. But don’t worry about going home empty-handed, because every kid will get a free Easter Egg. There will be colouring activities and delicious goodies and snacks at the Whistlestop Café.
Bure Valley Railway
The years 1880 until 1982 are called the Standard Gauge Years. The Great Eastern Railway operated the line until the government took over when World War I broke out. Many changes and a lot of years passed until the railway stopped operating in January of 1982. From then on, it was a Narrow-Gauge Railroad. After some turbulent early years, it is now owned by a small group of Railway enthusiasts who use any profits to keep the railway going and make improvements for future generations
Entry To The Event
The Whistlestop Café, Gift Shop, and Model Shop are open at 9:00 a.m. almost every day except for Christmas and Boxing Day. The first of eight train departures from the Aylsham Station begins at 10:00 a.m. with the final departure at 2:00 p.m. The café closes at 4:30 p.m. and the station closes at 5:00 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. depending on if the trains are running. Kids can board the trains for £7.00 and adults can do the same for £14.50 during the Easter Eggspress
Somewhere to Stay in Norfolk
We’ve mentioned the Black Boys Pub previously. More than just a popular place to bend an elbow with a pint of ale, it also is a bar and restaurant and offers superb B&B accommodation. It’s located in the heart of Aylsham and is about a ½ mile walk to the Bure Valley Railway’s Aylsham station. Aylsham is only about 12-15 miles from the coast, so overnighters will find many lodging options to fit any budget including several camping spots for Caravaners.
Getting To Aylsham Station
To arrive at Aylsham Station from Norwich, drivers will need to head north on the A140 (Cromer Road) that will change to Norwich Road at the Buxton Road intersection. Simply stay on Norwich for about another 2½ mile to your destination on the east of the roundabout. Drivers coming in from the north will also take Norwich Road directly to the station.
Other Things To Do Around Aylsham
Norwich offers other activities and attractions other than imbibing suds at the remaining 100 or so pubs that remain of the original 800. The City of Norwich Aviation Museum features many aircraft, including a Vulcan bomber along with engines and nose and cockpit sections. The Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery will appeal to art lovers or visitors can spend all day or a few hours exploring the nearby eastern coastline.
The station is dog-friendly and is wheelchair accessible but please call the Bure Valley Railway with any questions. Remember that Aylesham is genuinely a place where you can literally get 'egg in your beer", but you’ll only get the egg at the Easter Eggspress.
When is the next Easter Eggspress?
The Easter Eggspress is planned to take place at Aylsham Station, Norwich Road, Aylsham, Norfolk, NR11 6BW, Saturday 6th April, 2019. This is a 17 Day Railway Event.
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