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Crowds enjoy free festival fun in the sun in Norwich’s Chapelfield Gardens

PUBLISHED: 11:18 20 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:18 20 May 2018

Max, Calaf and Seve performing at the Norfolk and Norwch Festival Garden Party. Picture: Ian Burt

Max, Calaf and Seve performing at the Norfolk and Norwch Festival Garden Party. Picture: Ian Burt

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Breathtaking circus spectacle, mind-boggling illusions and beautiful storytelling is wowing the crowds at Norfolk and Norwich Festival’s Garden Party this weekend.

Max, Calaf and Seve performing at the Norfolk and Norwch Festival Garden Party. Picture: Ian BurtMax, Calaf and Seve performing at the Norfolk and Norwch Festival Garden Party. Picture: Ian Burt

Norwich’s Chapelfield Gardens is once again hosting the annual festival event, with people of all ages gathering to enjoy the sunshine and cultural picnic of shows and activities.

Among them, A Bird in the Hand Theatre’s The Bewonderment Machine has been taking youngsters on a magical journey with a cycle-powered carousel, meanwhile Mind the Gap’s Mirror Mirror has brought strange mirrored beings from outer space to mingle with the crowds, and Hikapee’s aerial spectacle Look Up is delighting audiences with a mix of circus, puppetry and theatre.

Meanwhile outside The Forum, in Millennium Plain, Ockham’s Razor has been wowing people of all ages with the company’s show Belly of the Whale which sees performers ride a giant semi-circular see-saw that becomes everything from a catapult to a rocking cradle to a slide.

Close by at City Hall, festival-goers have also been making their voices heard throughout the day on Saturday at Yes, We Can! a free day of community debate which finished with a talk by Man Booker Prize-winning novelist Ben Okri.

Max, Calaf and Seve performing at the Norfolk and Norwch Festival Garden Party. Picture: Ian BurtMax, Calaf and Seve performing at the Norfolk and Norwch Festival Garden Party. Picture: Ian Burt

The weekend’s festivities in Chapelfield Gardens are a key part of Norfolk and Norwich Festival’s free outdoor programme and will also be continuing tomorrow (Sunday) from 11am until 5pm.

The programme tomorrow (Sunday) includes: The Bewonderment Machine 11.45am, 1.15pm and 2.45pm; Wired 12pm, 1pm and 2.45pm; Look Up 1.15pm and 4pm; Dip 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm; Mirror Mirror 11am, 12.45pm, 2.15pm and 4.30pm; The Playground of Illusions 12pm–4pm; and Like a Tree 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm.

Ockham’s Razor will perform Belly of the Whale at 12pm and 2.30pm outside The Forum.

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Scenes from the Norfolk and Norwich Festival Garden Party. Picture: Ian BurtScenes from the Norfolk and Norwich Festival Garden Party. Picture: Ian Burt

Ockham's Razor performing Belly of the Whale outside The Forum in Norwich. Picture: Ian BurtOckham's Razor performing Belly of the Whale outside The Forum in Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

Ockham's Razor performing Belly of the Whale outside The Forum in Norwich. Picture: Ian BurtOckham's Razor performing Belly of the Whale outside The Forum in Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

Ockham's Razor performing Belly of the Whale outside The Forum in Norwich. Picture: Ian BurtOckham's Razor performing Belly of the Whale outside The Forum in Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

Ockham's Razor performing Belly of the Whale outside The Forum in Norwich. Picture: Ian BurtOckham's Razor performing Belly of the Whale outside The Forum in Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

Ockham's Razor performing Belly of the Whale outside The Forum in Norwich. Picture: Ian BurtOckham's Razor performing Belly of the Whale outside The Forum in Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

Ockham's Razor performing Belly of the Whale outside The Forum in Norwich. Picture: Ian BurtOckham's Razor performing Belly of the Whale outside The Forum in Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

Ockham's Razor performing Belly of the Whale outside The Forum in Norwich. Picture: Ian BurtOckham's Razor performing Belly of the Whale outside The Forum in Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

Ockham's Razor performing Belly of the Whale outside The Forum in Norwich. Picture: Ian BurtOckham's Razor performing Belly of the Whale outside The Forum in Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

Ockham's Razor performing Belly of the Whale outside The Forum in Norwich. Picture: Ian BurtOckham's Razor performing Belly of the Whale outside The Forum in Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

Ockham's Razor performing Belly of the Whale outside The Forum in Norwich. Picture: Ian BurtOckham's Razor performing Belly of the Whale outside The Forum in Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

Scenes from the Norfolk and Norwich Festival Garden Party. Picture: Ian BurtScenes from the Norfolk and Norwich Festival Garden Party. Picture: Ian Burt

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