Don’t miss out on all the fun at Gorleston’s Clifftop Festival

Previous scenes at Gorleston Clifftop Festival. Picture: James Bass

Previous scenes at Gorleston Clifftop Festival. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2014

Last minute preparations are underway as Gorleston prepares for its annual festival of fun along its scenic clifftop this weekend.

Gorleston Clifftop Festival 2015
Sunday afternoon.
Picture: James Bass

Gorleston Clifftop Festival 2015 Sunday afternoon. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

Now in its 20th year the popular event is set to draw close to 40,000 people.

And this year visitors will have two main days to choose from with both the Saturday and Sunday boasting a packed programme of activities and entertainment.

Following the successful tried and tested formula there will be charity stalls, crafts, 40 hours of live music, a children's arena, and fun fair.

New for this year is the comedy arena with performances at 2pm and 4pm on Saturday from Suffolk Punch.

Charity stall fun at a previous Clifftop Festival. Picture: James Bass

Charity stall fun at a previous Clifftop Festival. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2014


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Meanwhile the wrestling is back by popular demand on Saturday at 3.30pm as is the dog show at midday also on Saturday.

Organiser Vicky Webber said: 'We are at the stage now where both days are pretty much the same. If people cannot make one day they will come on another and still get the same feel.

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'This year we are really encouraging people to get social with a special Snapchat filter. There will also be selfie frames floating about and we will be encouraging people to use them and to really get a buzz going for the weekend.'

Both days run from midday to 10pm, ending with fireworks at the ravine on the Sunday night.

For the first time organisers will be circulating with buckets looking for donations as the costs of staging the event soar.

Mrs Webber, who has been at the helm for seven years, said some £21,000 had been spent already with the final figure likely to be higher.

But the 18-strong team of organisers was keen to carry on giving the borough its biggest day out for free.

She said rising costs were down to the increasing scale of the event with more marquees to help people to dodge any showers this year.

Organisers had been able to secure sponsorship of £4000.

The children's arena next to the Pirate Ship was likely to be popular among under 12s with pirate shows and Disney Princess meet-and-greet.

There was also a range of crafts and activities which were free or low cost.

Mrs Webber said there would be 'something for everyone' adding that the event was always 'jam-packed' whatever the weather.

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