Lord Mayor’s Celebration 2017: What’s new for Norwich this year?

Lord Mayors Celebrations 2016 - the procession making its way through Norwich city centre. Photo : S

Lord Mayors Celebrations 2016 - the procession making its way through Norwich city centre. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

With just four days to go until the start of this year's Lord Mayor's Celebrations, the people of Norwich can expect an event like never before.

Bhangra, followed by a downpour and fireworks on Saturday evenings entertainment fro the Lord Mayors

Bhangra, followed by a downpour and fireworks on Saturday evenings entertainment fro the Lord Mayors Celebrations in Norwich. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

A range of much loved attractions, events and performances will be returning this year, such as the popular fireworks display to close Saturday.

However, there are also a plethora of new events to get stuck into over the weekend, including a water balloon toss and a time machine disco, to name just two.

The annual event boasts everything from music and processions to a funfair and duck race.

Celebrations start from Friday evening and run through to Sunday afternoon with the main events taking place on Saturday.

The giant whale. Photo: Talking Birds

The giant whale. Photo: Talking Birds - Credit: Talking Birds


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This year's theme of 'Welcome to Norwich' celebrates the city's tradition of welcoming people from across the world to enjoy all it has to offer.

Our coverage of the Lord Mayor's Celebration will be sponsored by First Buses. See Saturday's paper for a Lord Mayor's special and all the pictures from the weekend on Monday.

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All weekend- Come Ewe In!

Come Ewe In! - The name Come Ewe In! was inspired to be a Norfolk greeting to all. This unique outdoor show has been commissioned to celebrate the Freemen of Norwich's 700 year anniversary, fondly remembering the history and experience of strangers in Norwich.

Water balloon tossing event. Photo: Desperate Mend

Water balloon tossing event. Photo: Desperate Mend - Credit: Desperate Mend

The performance will be staged every day during the weekend with showings at 7:30pm on Friday, 1pm to 3pm on Saturday and 2:30pm on Sunday at Castle Gardens. Run by the Common Lot, who are an open collective of people dedicated to working together to produce relevant, high quality, original theatre that can be enjoyed by all.

Drawing on the richness of energy and talent, all shows are for, with about the people of Norfolk. The purpose of the show is to help Norwich people celebrate and understand the long history of the contribution that incomers have made to the city.

Shows will go ahead no matter what the weather, so bring something to sit on.

More new happenings

The Hogwallops
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Circus Hub
4th Aug. 2016

The Hogwallops Edinburgh Festival Fringe Circus Hub 4th Aug. 2016 - Credit: JL Preece

Lost in Translation Circus - City Hall plays host to Lost in Translation Circus' Crique Bordello, as acrobats take over the building for a unique and fun performance as the Hotel Bordello staff seek to thwart their enemy the dastardly banker. See them outside City Hall at 8:45pm on Friday.

Time Machine Disco by Glass House Dance a group of contemporary dancers in Norfolk. They create essentially human, touching dance pieces with wide appeal for performance in public spaces. Old school dance lovers are invited on a century-hoppin' dance extravaganza on London Street from 7pm to 8:45pm on Saturday.

Zip wire - A unique chance to zip wire for 60 metres down Rampant Horse Street, reaching speeds up to 25mph. It's £3 for a ticket and the zip wire will be open from 11am to 10pm on Saturday.

Enjoy performances from Young Norfolk Arts Trust, The Garage, Pulse & Connect and Full Tilt & Mosaic.

The Hogwallops
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Circus Hub
4th Aug. 2016

The Hogwallops Edinburgh Festival Fringe Circus Hub 4th Aug. 2016 - Credit: JL Preece

What's new on Saturday and Sunday?

Tiddlybops - An event for little ones aged 0-7. There will be a Kaleidoscope, parachute, soft play, crafts, snappy photos and more. Taking place from 11am to 5pm at Theatre Plain.

The Lost River - A brand new urban space where carnival goers are invited to climb into a big whale, listen to salty tales and enjoy music and dance from Norfolk's talented young performers. The new public space at Westlegate is transformed into a performance area, providing water themed entertainment to honour the underground stream, the Great Cockey which used to flow down Westlegate.

Pirate Party - The infamous InTouch pirate ship docks for a swashbuckling mash up of everyone's favourite party tunes. Taking place from 8:30pm to 10pm on St Stephens Street and Westlegate.

Photo-call - The Hogwallops, Edinburgh, 2nd Aug. 2016

Photo-call - The Hogwallops, Edinburgh, 2nd Aug. 2016 - Credit: JL Preece

The Crack of Dawn Daybreak Disco - On Sunday at Norwich Art Centre, get up for a family friendly breakfast disco with Miniscule of Sound DJ's and Egg Cafe.

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