Visitors have come from Australia to share the magic of Norfolk’s unique Christmas spectacular.

Last dress rehearsal of this year's Christmas show at Thursford. Picture: Ian Burt

Last dress rehearsal of this year's Christmas show at Thursford. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

More than 45,000 have thrilled to the sights and sounds of the Thursford show since it opened two weeks ago.

Charlie Cushing, its operations manager and events co-ordinator, said: 'The furthest a coach has come from so far this year is Inverness in Scotland.

'There was also a lady in the audience a few days ago that has been coming since the show started in 1977 and has never missed a year. She brought a group of 20 people and five were from Australia. They came to see the show for the first time five years ago and now make it an annual trip to see the show and stay in Norwich.'

The spectacular, which began in 1977, has a 100-strong cast and costs £3m to put on. More than 150,000 are expected to come and see it, before this year's show ends on Wednesday, December 23. Seats are priced £30 - £40. To book, call 01328 878477 or go online to www.thursford.com.