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Line-up for Norwich’s Lord Mayor’s Celebration this summer revealed

PUBLISHED: 16:02 05 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:37 06 May 2018

The Lord Mayor's Procession making its way through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

The Lord Mayor's Procession making its way through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

The line-up for Norwich’s popular Lord Mayor’s Celebration weekend line up has been announced.

The Lord Mayor's Procession winding through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian BurtThe Lord Mayor's Procession winding through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

And, the summer of fun will continue the following weekend, when a circus spectacular comes to the city.

Thousands of people take to the streets of Norwich to take part in the Lord Mayor’s Celebrations each year, with this year’s event running from Friday, July 6 to Sunday, July 8.

The Lord Mayor’s Procession, when colourful floats and characters parade through the city centre’s streets, will take place on Saturday. July 7 and will have a circus theme.

The 2018 procession theme ties in with the fact that Norwich, along with Great Yarmouth, is one of the six Cities of Circus that will this year be the focus of the Circus250 anniversary celebrations.

The Lord Mayor's Procession making its way through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian BurtThe Lord Mayor's Procession making its way through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

Helen Selleck, Norwich City Council’s events and culture manager, said: “This year’s Lord Mayor’s Celebration is shaping up to be really special.

“Everyone involved is really embracing the Circus 250 theme and there will be a great mix of live entertainment that everyone can enjoy around the city centre.”

As well as the procession, events include a parade of puppet elephants, the Gas Hill Gasp, where cyclists pound up the city’s steepest hill, The Lord Mayor’s 5k road race, music, theatre, comedy, food and fireworks.

And, the weekend after the Lord Mayor’s Celebrations, a city park will play host to the Chapelfield Summer Circus.

The Lord Mayor's Procession making its way through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian BurtThe Lord Mayor's Procession making its way through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

From Thursday, July 12 to Sunday, July 15, Chapelfield Gardens will be the venue for events organised by Norwich-based Lost in Translation Circus.

They will present a big top style tent with a hand-picked selection of international contemporary circus shows, all appearing in Norwich for the first time.

The Circus250 celebrations highlight the city’s circus heritage, including Norwich being the birthplace of Pablo Fanque, the first black British circus proprietor, whose circus was among the most popular in Victorian Britain.

Applications to sign up for a Lord Mayor’s Procession float are now open and will close on June 15. For more information and to sign up for a float, visit www.norwich.gov.uk/LMP

The Lord Mayor's Procession making its way through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian BurtThe Lord Mayor's Procession making its way through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

You can also email events@norwich.gov.uk or call 01603 212871.

Here are some of the highlights in the Lord Mayor’s Celebrations.

Friday, July 6:

The Lord Mayor's Procession making its way through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian BurtThe Lord Mayor's Procession making its way through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

7pm: Elephant parade and big top entertainment in Chapelfield Gardens;

7pm to 9pm: Gas Hill Gasp.

Saturday, July 7:

The Lord Mayor's Procession making its way through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian BurtThe Lord Mayor's Procession making its way through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

11am to 10pm: Funfair and festival bar, Chapelfield Gardens

Midday to 10.20pm: Music and dance on The Forum Stage, Millennium Plain

4.45pm Lord Mayor’s 5K Road Race;

5pm to 7.30pm: Lord Mayor’s Procession;

The Lord Mayor's Procession making its way through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian BurtThe Lord Mayor's Procession making its way through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

8.30pm to 10pm: InTouch Pirate party, St Stephens Street/Westlegate

10.30pm: Fireworks, Norwich Castle

Sunday, July 8:

The Lord Mayor's Procession winding through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian BurtThe Lord Mayor's Procession winding through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

11am to 4pm: Urban Art Fair

Midday: The Great Norwich Duck Race, Lady Julian Bridge to Millennium Bridge

Midday to 7pm: Funfair, Chapelfield Gardens

The Lord Mayor's Procession winding through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian BurtThe Lord Mayor's Procession winding through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

Chapelfield Summer Circus Events

A big top style tent in Chapelfield Gardens will host a selection of international contemporary circus shows.

Lost in Translation Circus has organised the events, with daytime and early evening shows suitable for families and late night cabaret just for the adults.

Shows are as follows:

The Lord Mayor's Procession winding through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian BurtThe Lord Mayor's Procession winding through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

Thursday, July 12: Fauna (8pm);

Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14: The Hogwallops (7pm);

Friday, July 13 and Sunday, July 15: Circus cabaret lates (10pm);

Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15: Outdoor circus fun (11am);

The Lord Mayor's Procession winding through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian BurtThe Lord Mayor's Procession winding through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

Saturday, July 14: Knee Deep (7pm).

Tickets for the shows are all priced at £10 for adults or £7.50 for children/concessions and can be booked through Norwich Arts Centre at www.norwichartscentre.co.uk


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