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Easter festivities get underway across Northern Ireland

Easter festivities are underway across Northern Ireland

EASTER egg treasure hunts, pony rides and arts and crafts - there's plenty to keep the kids occupied as Easter 2018 events get underway across Northern Ireland.

With thousands of children across the north off school this week, a host of indoor and outdoor activities are taking place to keep their boredom at bay.

The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum began their festivities yesterday, hosting a range of traditional craft activities, such as basket making, pole lathe turning and weaving, which will run up until tomorrow.

Although a spell of bad weather has been forecast from today, however that won't dampen the spirits of those taking part in the "Easter Monster Egg Roll" at Watertop Farm in Ballycastle.

Youngsters will have the chance to have a ride ponies, pedal carts and enjoy the farm's indoor activity barn with a giant inflatable slide until April 8.

Translink are also getting in on the action, running their "Easter Eggspress Steam Train" from today which runs until tomorrow.

Parents can also bring the little ones on board as the train makes its way to Whitehead and back from Belfast Central Station. An Easter bunny will even be on duty handing out Easter eggs to all ticket-holding children.

For those wanting a break from the Easter bunnies and chocolate eggs, the Belfast Charitable Society will be walking in the footsteps of the reformers and revolutionaries, as they host a series of tours telling the story of the famous 1798 Rebellion in Antrim.

Tours will begin at Clifton House from today until Friday at 3pm daily.

Crowds are also expected at the "Biggest Easter Egg Hunt in Belfast" which will be taking place tomorrow at Belfast Cathedral from 11am until 3pm. Kids up to the age of 12 can search all the Cathedral's nooks and crannies in the search for those hidden eggs.

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