A fire-breathing dragon will be staying at Colchester Castle this Easter.

Flame, the rather roar-some Dragon, will be greeting guests on Sunday, April 14.

Guests who pay for castle admission will get to visit Flame for free and have their picture taken with him.

Children can also learn more about mythical beasts throughout history, and take part in a fun activity trail and arts and crafts activities.

Tim Young (Lab), councillor responsible for business and culture, said: “Colchester Castle is Colchester’s ultimate family day out attraction and we are privileged to have it on our doorstep.

“This Easter I would like to invite as many people to come along to the castle, learn about the castle’s outstanding place in history and have plenty of fun whilst doing so.

"Flame has promised to be very well behaved and is looking forward to meeting as many visitors as possible.

“Don’t forget if you are a Colchester resident pick up a resident pass and enjoy a year of free castle admission.”

The animal theme is continued at Colchester’s Natural History Museum.

The Museum has teamed up with Eden Falconry to bring several magnificent birds to the venue including the majestic owl.

The birds will be at the museum from April 9 to 11.

There will also be messy glue and glitter creation sessions between the April 16 and 18.