ALFORD The Alford Oyez: The First Town Criers' Competition in Lincolnshire The resident host town crier of the Alford competition, Ted Davy, has gathered more than 15 town criers (all of them champions or former champions) in the town today to prepare for the event tomorrow, which starts at 10am. Spectators will also be able to look over a stagecoach lent by the Royal Mail, miniature agricultural machinery, and a working windmill in the village. Today and tomorrow, Alford Corn Exchange and Market Place, Alford, Lincolnshire. Further details from Ted Davy (0507 466063).

ALSTON South Tynedale Railway England's highest narrow-gauge railway will be running throughout the Easter weekend. Alston, North Pennines. Details from Tom Bell on 0434 381686.

BARROW-IN-FURNESS Model Railway and Transport Exhibition Featuring working model railway layouts, model engineering and ship displays, military modelling, a working fair organ and film shows. Today and tomorrow at Forum 28, Duke Street, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria (0229 820000).

CHATHAM Mad Hatter's Tea Party The Mad Hatter plays host to Alice and other characters with visiting children. Easter Mon, Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent (0634 812551).

COLCHESTER Easter at the East Anglian Railway Museum Steam passenger rides available at this working museum. Visitors can watch the locomotives and coaches being restored. Today to Mon, Chappel Station (0206 242524).

CRICH Electric Tramcars Easter Parade Sun, Mon, The National Tramway Museum, Crich, Derbyshire (0773 852565).

CROMWELL Easter at the Vina Cooke Museum of Dolls and Bygone Childhood Easter Monday, The Old Rectory, Cromwell, Nottinghamshire (0636 821364).

DUXFORD Imperial War Museum See aircraft such as the Hawker Hurricane and the Messerschmitt BF109. Take a pleasure flight in a vintage Dragon Rapide airliner or watch aircraft being put through their paces. Sun, Mon, Duxford Airfield, Cambridgeshire (0223 835000).

ELSHAM Easter Lambing Weekend A chance to see lambs being born if the weekend produces its normal crop of 30 a day at this time of year. Sun, Mon, Elsham Hall Country Park, Elsham, Humberside (0652 688698).

FAREHAM Easter Gala Opening Gun Firing The Portsdown Artillery Volunteers in 1880s uniform recreate the activities of Victorian part-time soldiers. Today to Mon, Fort Nelson, The Royal Armouries National Museum of Artillery, Down End Road, Hampshire (0329 233734).

HALIFAX Easter at Eureka] The Museum for Children's activities include making a recycled Easter bonnet, decorating a papier mache egg and baking traditional Easter fare. Activities continue to 17 April at Eureka], Discovery Road (0422 330069/0426 983191).

HARROGATE International Festival of Country Music Today to Mon, Exhibition Centre, Kings Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire (0423 500500).

KEIGHLEY Eggciting Easter Events Featuring quizzes, egg rolling, egg painting and an Easter bonnet parade. Today to Mon, East Riddlesden Hall, Bradford Road, West Yorkshire (0535 607075).

LANCASTER Maritime Festival 1993 Four-day celebration of the city's 'Golden Age' of maritime trade featuring guided walks, a rowing competition and a demonstration of how to put ships into bottles. To Mon, Maritime Museum, St George's Quay. Details from Lancaster Tourist Information Centre (0524 32878).

LONG MELFORD Historical Re-creation at Kentwell Hall The moated Tudor House plays host to re-enactments such as: a Tudor bakery making hot cross buns; the Tudor dairy making butter; and the Tudor kitchen producing waffles and wafers. Today to Mon, Kentwell Hall, Suffolk (0787 310207).

MAIDSTONE Easter Egg Hunt More than 20,000 eggs hidden on the estate with special prizes for finders of gold- and silver-coloured eggs. Today to Mon, Leeds Castle, Kent (0622 765400).

NORWICH Blooming Primroses Opportunity to see masses of primroses in flower on the Norfolk Broads. Today to Mon, Fairhaven Garden Trust, South Walsham, Nr Norwich (0605 49449).

OSSETT World Coal Carrying Championships In 1963 two men had an argument which led to the first 'race' with a sack of coal on their backs; it has since grown into an annual charity event, including a women's race Easter Monday. Sacks of coal are delivered to the town at 10am and the weight of each is checked to prevent cheating. The race begins at 12.30pm at the Royal Oak in Owl Lane, Ossett, and finishes at the Maypole in the High Street.

OVERTON Easter Celebrations at the Yorkshire Mining Museum Including an Easter egg hunt on the surface and a chance to visit the Easter Bunny underground. Easter Sunday, Yorkshire Mining Museum, Caphouse Colliery, New Road (0924 848806).

PETERBOROUGH Great Easter Egg Hunt Hidden eggs around the railway station. Today to Mon, Nene Valley Railway, Stibbington, Nr Peterborough (0780 782921).

SALTBURN-BY-THE-SEA Victorian Easter Celebrations Offers a chance to hunt, decorate or roll the eggs, an Easter bonnet parade and a Punch and Judy show. Easter Sunday (0287 650386).

SELBY District Arts and Crafts Festival Handcrafts plus music. Today and tomorrow, Civic Centre, Portholme Road, Selby, North Yorkshire (0757 705101).

SHIPTON-BY-BENINGBROUGH Easter Eggstravaganza Includes a treasure hunt, storytelling, painting and craft stalls. Today to Mon, Beningbrough Hall, North Yorkshire (0904 470666).

SPALDING Easter Crafts and Springtime Garden Spectacular Featuring displays of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, pansies and miscellaneous bulbs together with a woodland area, paved walks and a palm house with sub-tropical plants. Sun, Mon, Springfields Exhibition Centre, Camelgate, Spalding, Lincolnshire (0775 713253).

STOWMARKET Spring into Spring with the Animals Chance to see, among others, sheep with their lambs, together with hens, chicks, donkeys, black pigs with their piglets, and Red Poll Cattle. Today to Mon, Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, Suffolk (0449 612229).

ULVERSTON Irish Variety Evening featuring Fiddling Tom Cameron. Mon, Coronation Hall, County Square, Ulverston (0229 869342).

WINDERMERE The Magic Roundabout Join community art workers Vital Sparks at work on a creation inspired by the Brockhole grounds. Try printing, bookmaking, musical sculpture and tile-making, all led by professionals. To Tue 13 Apr, 11am-4pm, Brockhole, National Park Visitor Centre, Windermere (05394 46601).

WORSBROUGH Wigfield Farm and Worsbrough Mill Open Days Open farm and working corn mill. Sun, Mon, from 11am. Details on 0226 774527.

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