Video: Lots of free outdoor Norfolk and Norwich Festival fun for everyone

11:56 07 May 2014

NNF 2014 - The People's Tower in the first free outdoor event of this year's festival. Pictured is a previous People's Tower.

NNF 2014 - The People's Tower in the first free outdoor event of this year's festival. Pictured is a previous People's Tower.


From making a recreation of St Peter Mancroft Church out of cardboards bricks to a weekend full of garden party fun - there are an array of free events for people to enjoy throughout the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

NNF14 - The Garden Party - Frantic by AcrojouNNF14 - The Garden Party - Frantic by Acrojou

Artistic director William Galinsky said there was lots for everyone to take part in this year, and that one of his favourite aspects of the festival was seeing people of all ages enjoying the free outdoor programme which is this year sponsored by Lafarge Tarmac.

“I think the city really comes together during the festival. It becomes a real focal point for the community,” he said.

“Starting with The People’s Tower, the outdoor programme is going to be great fun and I think people will really enjoy it.

“There’s lots for everyone to enjoy and I think those moments of bringing people together are very, very special.”

NNF14 - The Garden Party - Lords of Strut.NNF14 - The Garden Party - Lords of Strut.

He added: “About 40,000 people come to our outdoor events. The outdoor programme is one of the things the festival has become quite famous for and we have a good spread of events throughout this year’s festival. The People’s Tower is our opening outdoor event, and the following weekend we have The Garden Party with lots for families to enjoy.

“Then on the final Saturday we have got this huge new show called Safe House by Metro-Boulot-Dodo that the festival has co-commissioned. That’s a story about what home means to us and there’s a lot of video projections and aerial work.”

• The People’s Tower will see a 22-metre high model of St Peter Mancroft Church created out of cardboard bricks throughout Saturday, May 10. Everyone is invited to join in with the building which starts at 10am outside The Forum in Norwich. The tower is expected to be built by 3pm and the cardboard monument will then be toppled over at 6pm.

• The Garden Party in Chapelfield Gardens on Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18 will see the Norwich park packed with lots of free weird and wonderful entertainment from 11am onwards. Acts will include everything from The Astronauts’ Caravan taking audiences on a journey through space and time, to circus spectacle in the show Frantic by Acrojou

• The day before, on Friday, May 16, many of The Garden Party acts will also be taking part in the Diss Family Day which will bring festival fun to the town and Mere Park from 3pm until 8pm.

• Safe House, the festival finale, will see a mysterious house spring up in Norwich’s St James Development Site at 10pm on Saturday, May 24 where a late-night performance will take its audience on a surreal journey through the story of the house and those who live there.

• Alongside the free outdoor programme, audiences can also enjoy three visual arts exhibitions dotted around Norwich throughout the festival, and on Sunday, May 25 about 45 local acts will take to five Norwich stages for It’s Your Festival, an NNF celebration of local performers which is being made possible by Norwich BID and supported by Norwich Evening News and Mustard TV.

• For more on all these and other festival events visit

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