Norwich museums come alive at night

Hundreds of visitors flocked to Norwich Castle for an evening of torch-lit trails, art and historic music.

Museums at Night returned to the city for a second year, with the castle one of the venues opening its doors for free.

More than 700 people had visited within 90 minutes of the attraction opening at 5pm yesterdat.

Glen Hammond, from Thetford, said he travelled to Norwich with his sons especially for the event.

He said: 'It's a good idea and I think my sons are enjoying the armour and the swords. It's good to get more people in to the castle to see different things.'

Comic book artists Savage Pencil and Eyeball performed live action drawings in the exhibition galleries, as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, while the Norwich Early Dance Group entertained visitors in the keep.

Music was also provided in the rotunda.

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George Nobbs, a Labour Norfolk county councillor, also visited and said it was a tremendous sight to see so many people queuing around the castle keep to get in for the event.

Mr Nobbs said: 'This is exactly the what the museums should all be about. The more people we can get using museums, the better.'

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts also took part in the Museums at Night event, with an evening of entertainment arranged for visitors.