Norfolk and Norwich Festival to hold giant garden party in Chapelfield Gardens this weekend

There is lots of free fun for everyone at a giant garden party in Norwich this weekend.

Chapelfield Gardens and the Millennium Plain will host a garden party full of weird and wonderful entertainment for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, and the festival's artistic director William Galinsky is encouraging as many people as possible to enjoy the free entertainment on Saturday and Sunday.

He said: 'The festival has a mission to get as many people as possible excited about the arts and to get involved in the arts. I want people from all over Norfolk to feel that it is their festival and that there is something for them.'

There are more than 15 acts involved in the garden party, including the chance to meet creatures from the land that time forgot with the Dinosaur Petting Zoo, and the opportunity to see the daredevil trick cycling show Tandem which involves two men, two wheels and some unfeasibly long shoes. Search and Find is a musical show about two protagonists looking for a shared sense of purpose, while La Cuisine Macabre involves a group of charlatans creating a dish from the most peculiar ingredients, and Luna Park creates the sensation of all great fair attractions in a very small booth.

The World Famous Rubberband Boy Extravaganza will delight with his acts of facial contortion and pogo-stick, while The Sweet Smell of Success will see 'scientists' launch a campaign to collect and analyse the essence of success.

The Insect Circus Museum features everything from dancing snails to balancing bugs, while Indenti-tea invites people to enjoy Oolong tea while listening to tales of transformation from east and west.

There is the chance to ride in possibly the smallest taxi-van ever with Delinus 03, and loveable East End rogues Ron and Don will be bringing along their own miniature cars. People should expected the unexpected with Audio Obscura's crazy installations, and the Notional Trust representatives will be on hand with hilarious uninformed, running commentary on environmental issues.

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The act Push will look at how people relate to each other while Vanishing Point will offer people unusual cinematic experiences.

Hodman and Sally Go Forth will see two elderly amblers from Oblivia set out to unfathom the modern world in Chapelfield Gardens, while radio Roadshow Bramble FM will be playing their favourite hits and sharing eclectic dance moves.

The programme timings on both Saturday and Sunday are:

Millennium Plain: 12.15pm Tandem, 1:15pm Push, 2pm La Cuisine Macabre, 3pm Search and Find, 3.45pm The World Famous Rubberband Boy.

Chapelfield Garden pitch one (the bandstand): midday The World Famous Rubberband Boy, 2pm Tandem, 4pm La Cuisine Macabre.

Chapelfield Gardens pitch two: midday until 5pm The return of Bramble FM

Chapelfield Gardens pitch three: 1pm Dinosaur Petting Zoo, 3pm Dinosaur Petting Zoo.

Entertainment around Chapelfield Gardens throughout the afternoon: Luna Park, Audio Obscura, The Sweet Smell of Success, The Insect Circus Museum, Identi-tea, Delinus 03, Ron and Don, Notional Trust, and Hodman and Sally go forth.

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