10 ways to find family fun at festivals and fairs in Norfolk and Suffolk this weekend

The 2016 Lord Mayor's Procession winding its way through Norwich. Photo : Steve Adams

The 2016 Lord Mayor's Procession winding its way through Norwich. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

Festivals of stories, dogs, wheels, music and more across Norfolk and Suffolk on July 8 and 9

1 Lord Mayor's Procession, Norwich

It's the Lord Mayor's Celebration Weekend in Norwich and the city is alive with fun, festival, fireworks, music, dancing, sport, street entertainment, theatre, funfair rides and more.

The procession itself begins at 5pm on Saturday, July 8, from Newmarket Road with the theme 'Once upon a time…' and the day finishes happily ever after with fireworks from the Castle mound at 10.30pm.


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2 The Elveden Country Show and Festival of Dogs is this Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9, on the Elveden estate. See all kinds of animals, marvel at motorbike stunts, have a go at archery and enjoy the Festival of Dogs with its two main rings full of fun for your four-legged friends. www.elvedencountryshow.co.uk

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3 Once upon a time there was a Story Festival, at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse.

Meet much-loved characters from Alice in Wonderland on Sunday, July 9.

Strange Fascination Theatre Company will be bringing and open air production of Alice in Wonderland to the festival, with performances at 11am and 3pm.

Visitors can also enjoy story-themed crafts and hunt for fairy doors in the woodland.

More stories, written and performed by Isabelle King, are inspired by objects from local museums, including Snap Dragon, and the West Runton Mammoth.

The Story Festival runs from 10am-5pm with all activities and performances are included in admission.

4 Global Rhythm is a free celebration of worldwide music and culture, taking place in Christchurch Park, Ipswich, on Saturday, July 8, 1-7pm.

The festival includes live music across three stages plus fairground rides, food and craft, and free percussion and storytelling workshops.

5 The Indian Summer Mela celebrates Asian culture in Christchurch Park, Ipswich, from 12-6pm on Sunday, July 9. Mela is a Sanskrit word meaning gathering or fair and the family friendly day includes Bollywood dances, Indian cooking demonstrations, Sari and Turban demonstrations and the Mela's Got Talent show.

6 Head to the seafront for The Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9. Classic and contemporary cars, American hot rods and Formula 1 simulator are all part of the action. See the Great Yarmouth Motorcycle Takeover in the Sea Life Centre gardens on Saturday, with motorbikes, scooters and police bikes on display. A charity classic car and bike run takes to the roads between Cromer and Yarmouth on Sunday. www.great-yarmouth.co.uk

7 Gig in the Garden, at Mendlesham, near Stowmarket, will be raising money for Action Medical Research for Children on Saturday, July 8, just of Hoggars Lane. It includes non-stop music on two stages, plus children's activities and entertainment. Children under 16 free.

8 Festival Too is bringing free entertainment to King's Lynn. On Saturday evening, July 8, KT Tunstall headlines in the Tuesday Market Place while on Sunday bands will play from noon. www.festivaltoo.co.uk

9 Stradisphere Music Festival, at Stradbroke, Suffolk, runs on Friday and Saturday, July 7-8. The family music festival aims to create a fun and safe environment for everyone to enjoy local bands and tribute acts. Enjoy the music, at the village playing field this evening, and 11am -11pm tomorrow. www.stradisphere.co.uk

10 Wymondham Music Festival is in full swing and events this weekend include the ever-popular Teddy Bear's Picnic, for under 5s, at King's Head Meadow on Sunday, July 9, 11am-1pm. Wymondham Youth Orchestra will be playing its summer concert at the Abbey on Saturday, July 8, at 7.30pm. The Festival Fortnight runs until next Sunday, July 16.

www.wymfest.org.uk

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