Campers try to pitch up at Norfolk County Hall for the Big Weekend

County Hall, Norwich.Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

County Hall, Norwich.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

With hotels, campsites and homes booked up for Radio 1's Big Weekend, some festival-goers have tried to get creative in the search for somewhere to stay.

Norfolk County Council was forced to turn two vans away from its car park when their owners tried to set up camp early ahead of the weekend's festivities.

A spokesman for the council said: 'We had a camper van and a transit van visit County Hall on Tuesday asking if they could 'pitch up' for the Big Weekend.

'We politely explained that this is a working site and the car park could not be accessed until Saturday morning and they went on their way. We haven't had any further requests since then. We have tried to make it clear on our website that our car park will need to be emptied on both nights.'

Linda Robey, owner of Whitlingham Broad Campsite, said she could have filled the site 10 times over with people seeking accommodation for the Big Weekend.

'I am still getting about 30 or 40 emails a day. We keep getting people phoning asking to park up for the night.'

The county council has reminded people using the temporary County Hall park and ride for the Big Weekend that it will open on Saturday and Sunday only, on a first come first served basis.

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The first bus leaves at 9am and there is no overnight parking.

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