“It’s the sort of thing Norwich should do more often” - families flock to see array of weird and wonderful acts at Norfolk and Norwich Festival Garden Party

One of the acts entertaining crowds at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival Garden Party. PIC: Peter Wal

One of the acts entertaining crowds at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival Garden Party. PIC: Peter Walsh - Credit: Archant

An array of weird and wonderful acts have entertained crowds who flocked to a city park to enjoy some fun in the sun at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival Garden Party.

Crowds at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival Garden Party. PIC: Peter Walsh

Crowds at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival Garden Party. PIC: Peter Walsh - Credit: Archant

The annual event, always a popular part of the festival calendar, has again drawn big crowds to watch an array of colourful and quirky events at Chapelfield Gardens which includes real life arcade games and giant origami through to circus, face painting and pop-up food stalls.

The sun shone brightly as families took in the sights and sounds of the event which runs from noon until 6pm today (Saturday, May 20) and tomorrow (Sunday, May 21).

Among them were Tom Masson, 38, from Heigham Road, Norwich, who had come to the event with his wife Kirstie, 48, and their eight-year old daughter Liberty.

He said: 'We pretty much come every year. It's a lovely day and, if the weather's nice, can be quite special.'


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Mrs Masson said: 'I just think its the sort of thing that Norwich should do more often. There's a lot of arts stuff going on here.

'It's always really busy. We look forward to it.'

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Also enjoying the entertainment was Michael Skinner, 69, who travelled from Banham with his wife Janet, 70, to take their granddaughter Elsie, two, to the garden party.

He said: 'It's a lovely event. We support the Norfolk and Norwich Festival every year. I like the fact there's variety - there's something for everyone. It's nice to see something that you wouldn't ordinarily see.'

Mrs Skinner said: 'I think its a lovely idea. It's nice to come here with a picnic and get a cup of coffee.'

Caroline Webb, 43, from Waterloo Road, Norwich, her partner Gerald Thomas, 59, and son Jordan Thomas, 17, said it was a 'nice day' but did not think there was as much happening as there had been last year.

She said: 'It was quite good last year but there seems to be less this year.'

Meanwhile nearby at The Forum there were more free festivities close to the Museum of the Moon which seems to have become the icon of the 2017 festival.

Visit www.nnfestival.org.uk for more information about events taking place at this year's Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

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