A weekend of live music kicks off at Catton Park today

Having fun at Party in the Park at Catton Park, Norwich.Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Having fun at Party in the Park at Catton Park, Norwich.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Hundreds are expected to attend a free music festival in one of Norwich's biggest parks this weekend.

More than 20 bands will be performing at Catton Park today and tomorrow as part of the Party in the Park event.

The family-friendly festival features a large funfair, various food stalls and a fully licenced bar. It is one of a handful of events lined up to try and raise money to keep the 70-acre park open to the public.

Leander Platten, volunteer events officer for the park trust, said his team needed to raise £55,000 a year to keep the area maintained.

He said: 'We are expecting it to be very well attended and we hope that people appreciate the effort that has gone into planning the event.

'It is a matter of raising money for the park to keep it open to the public as we no longer receive funding.'

The festival officially started last night, but the main event starts today at 1pm.

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Everything from acoustic acts to indie music will be on the main stage throughout the day until 10.30pm.

And people will have the chance to purchase food from on the of the 10 stalls dotted around the park.

Organisers have asked people not to bring food and drink to the licenced areas of the festival.

The event continues again on Sunday from 1 to 9pm. People must pay £2 to park on site.

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