Brightly-coloured eggs, pint-sized detectives and a traditional farmers’ market provided a memorable Easter for thousands of families across Norfolk and Suffolk.

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Following poignant church services to mark the story of Jesus, children and adults ignored the dull weather to take part in fun-filled events over the course of the weekend.

Junior super-sleuths donned Sherlock Holmes capes and deerstalker hats for an Easter treasure hunt around Norwich’s Dragon Hall.

Children visiting the historic building on King Street were given a detective kit to follow clues around the ancient rooms and the gloomy cellar.

Those who managed to crack the code of the mysterious giant eggs were given a chocolate treat for Easter.

Meanwhile, families flocked to Great Yarmouth Minster on the Saturday to take part in a family fun day.

Youngsters saw their teddy bears parachute off the roof of the church in a basket while others took part in games of giant Jenga and draughts inside the church.

Rev Andrew Avery said: “It has been a great success - it was lovely to see the church full of people of different ages all taking part in different activities.”

Near Fakenham, a new farmers’ market came to life on Easter Sunday when the Pensthorpe nature reserve held a local produce market and Easter trail.

Organiser Donna Walpole, who runs Donna’s Finest Scones in Fulmodestone, said: “It’s about promoting all the local produce in Norfolk. Food always tastes better when you know the source and it gives local producers a chance to show their goods.”

Families in Lowestoft could be seen foraging for clues during a special Easter egg hunt organised by the Lowestoft Lions.

Mums, dads and more than 200 children scoured Sparrow’s Nest gardens off Whapload Road to search for numbers and letters to secure an Easter egg prize.

Elsewhere in Suffolk, an Easter service was held on Sunday with a creative twist as people enjoyed an exhibition of local artists at The Holy Trinity church in Blythburgh.

Parishioners witnessed the unveiling of a new painting by Nicholas Mynheer, which joined a month-long exhibition featuring a piece by sculptor Laurence Edwards.

In Diss, dozens of children descended on Fair Green to enjoy an Easter egg trail.

More than 120 chocolate eggs were given away on Saturday morning for the event organised by the Fair Green Neighbourhood Association.

All proceeds will go to the neighbourhood association’s funds to maintain the public space.

Click on the link at the top of the page to see a picture gallery of the events.

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