The Norfolk and Norwich Festival’s weekend festivities

Jive, Charleston, Twist – it was a chance to dance the weekend away at the festival tea dance with a vintage flavour.

Hundreds of performers and thousands more people watched and took part in a variety of live performances with events all over the city – but the main hub was Chapelfield Gardens which played host to a succession of May Daze events and where the Always Drinking Music Band got people in the party mood with their trumpets and saxophones.

May Daze included acts such as the 2 rien merci circus performers in the Gramoulinophone, The Whalley Range All Stars and Babok life-size puppet performers and musical performers Bad Taste Cru.

Press and PR manager for the NNF, Henrietta Cassidy, could not believe the buzz, and said: 'It is a joyous occasion and it opens art up to people who wouldn't normally take part.'

And as well as the performances many people were also happy to absorb the atmosphere and friends Erin Heenan, 22 and Becki Griffiths, 22, of Colegate, Norwich, said they had just stumbled upon the festivities.

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'We saw something being set up on Friday night so we thought we would come along and it's nice to get involved,' Miss Heenan explained.

Miss Griffiths added: 'It's good because it brings a sense of community to Norwich and it is important to get involved in free activities, especially to give children something else to do outside of school and the classroom.'

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Echoing that sentiment were staff and students from Dereham Church Infant School and Nursery, of St Withburga Lane, Dereham, who mixed learning with fun by creating a Spooky Supper Shed.

Year 2 students created the shed to reflect their views on food.

Class teacher Teresa Smith said: 'We just felt it was a way for the children's work to be used in the real world and it gave the project a purpose.'

• If you are taking part in any of the NNF events and want to share your photos or videos, then upload them below.

• NNF11 runs from May 6 to 21. You can book online at, by phone on 01603 766400 or at the Norwich Theatre Royal box office

• For the full story with pictures and reviews see tomorrow's paper.

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