Families cash in on Big Weekend, renting out Norwich driveways and spare rooms to festivalgoers

Earlham Park being transformed for the Radio 1 Big Weekend.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Earlham Park being transformed for the Radio 1 Big Weekend.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The Radio 1 Big Weekend will see thousands catch the bus, train and taxi to Earlham Park for Europe's biggest free festival.

Taylor Swift, who will be performing at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Norwich. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Taylor Swift, who will be performing at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Norwich. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Hotels are booked up and Saxonair, which controls the private aircraft arrivals at Norwich Airport, has remained tight-lipped on whether high-profile guests are flying in to the city.

But families living as far as two miles from the site have come up with enterprising ways to cash in on the event, renting out spare rooms and driveways to festivalgoers.

One woman, who wished to remain anonymous, advertised her Cunningham Road parking space on Gumtree, listed at £40 each day for the Saturday and Sunday event.

'Some of my neighbours are doing it,' she said. 'And some people are offering bed and breakfast over the weekend at £50 a night.'


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Sue, who lives on Newmarket Road and did not wish to reveal her surname, said renting four spaces on her driveway for £10 each day would provide extra cash for her daughter to spend on drinks at the festival.

The grandmother of two said: 'We will have some soft drinks for them to walk down with. It will provide somewhere safe to park and is more relaxing than parking on site.'

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Making the most of the busy hotels, one household posted a listing on Gumtree offering a 'comfortable, clean double room available as a Big Weekend base', for £50.

Sites such as Gumtree have been flooded with ticket holders hoping to make some extra money from unwanted passes to the event, reaching as high as £200 for one ticket.

And one NR5 householder said they would make £200 over the weekend from renting out 10 spaces each day in their front garden.

'We have people from Bedfordshire, Lincolnshire and Wales coming to park, so its nice to know we are providing a service for people from around the country,' they added.

They added the extra cash would help pay for their family to have a day out at the Big Weekend.

On-site parking for the Big Weekend is £20 for each day, and shuttle buses will transport people to an from the city centre to Earlham Park.

See the event supplement for an eight-page pullout on everything you need to know about the Big Weekend.

Spot yourself in our 16-page Big Weekend supplement in Monday's paper.

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