Families loving the parklife at popular May Day fair in Norwich

Milo Kabuiku, four, on the bumper cars at the May day event at Heigham Park. PICTURE: Denise Bradle

Milo Kabuiku, four, on the bumper cars at the May day event at Heigham Park. PICTURE: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant

The bank holiday weekend might have whizzed by in a blur but people from across the city made sure they enjoyed a bit of parklife with a May day play day for all the family.

Amy Comam, six, left, and Grace Courtney, six, with some candy floss at the May day event at Heigham

Amy Comam, six, left, and Grace Courtney, six, with some candy floss at the May day event at Heigham Park. PICTURE: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant

For the past three decades the May Day Fair at Heigham Park has been a popular fixture with those wanting to make the most of their bank holiday family time.

And so it proved again with scores of people making their way to the Golden Triangle-based park on Monday, May 1 for a day of affordable fun and entertainment.

Traditional fairground attractions, including donkey rides, Punch and Judy shows, face painting and dodgems were among the activities on offer at the event which also included live music, choir groups and a feast of food and drink stalls.

Chris Sparks, 37, his wife Ann Marie and their son Lennie, 20 months, from Eaton, were one of a number of families enjoying what was on offer.

Brothers Raiph, left, aged three, and Zachary Maddison, five, ride the donkeys from Parkers Donkey W

Brothers Raiph, left, aged three, and Zachary Maddison, five, ride the donkeys from Parkers Donkey World at the May day event at Heigham Park. PICTURE: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant


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Mr Sparks, a staff nurse at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, said he thought the event was friendly and a good atmosphere.

'I've never been before but my mum and dad have.

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'There's more people than I thought there would be.

'It's nice for the kids.'

Laura Watson, two, emjoying a ride in a tank at the May day event at Heigham Park. PICTURE: Denise

Laura Watson, two, emjoying a ride in a tank at the May day event at Heigham Park. PICTURE: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant

James Phillips, 31, from Barford who was at the fair with his children Penelope, one, and Annabel, three, said it was nice to be able to have something for the family to do.

He said: 'It's been great - a really nice day.'

He said the donkey rides and face painting had been among the activities enjoyed by his children.

'It's nice to see a lot of people having a good time.'

Bailey Waterson, 13-months-old, and Poppy Warminger, seven, enjoying the ride on the Parkers Donkey

Bailey Waterson, 13-months-old, and Poppy Warminger, seven, enjoying the ride on the Parkers Donkey World's donkeys at the May day event at Heigham Park. PICTURE: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant

Annette Doy, 53, from George Borrow Road, attended with her son, Liam, nine, and daughter, Chloe whose children Isabella, three, Olivia, 20 months, and Lola, also 20 months, also went.

She said: 'It's been nice. We've quite enjoyed it.'

Bea Petty, one of the organisers of the event, said: 'It's gone really well.

'We've had a good turn out, lots of people which is really good and such a good atmosphere.'

Enjoying the Punch and Judy Show at the May day event at Heigham Park. PICTURE: Denise Bradley

Enjoying the Punch and Judy Show at the May day event at Heigham Park. PICTURE: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant

She said she thought the fair's longevity and its simplicity were key to its popularity and success.

She added: 'You don't have to bring a lot of money and it's just a good day out really.'

Funds from the day go towards the May Day fund, which is shared with local charities.

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