Photo Gallery: This weekend’s Norwich Dragon Festival event

One of the city's snappiest festivals has been in full swing today.

The fortnight-long festival is already firmly under way all over Norwich city centre with 18 events lined-up for today.

There is a variety of arts, crafts and exhibitions at the Forum till 3pm, including the display of a dragon created by the Hamlet Centre.

Michael Rooney, chief executive officer at the Hamlet Centre said: 'We are incredibly pleased that we are able to contribute to the Norwich Dragon Festival – our students have produced fantastic work and this is a great opportunity to share it with a wider audience'.

It is part of the Dangerous Dragons and Degrees event happening till at the Forum, which has been created to act as a fun and interactive dragon themed learning experience and was organised by Liz Ferguson and Amy Staniforth, who are part of the Outreach team at the UEA.

Ms Ferguson said: 'It is important for the university to get involved with events like this and to be part of the community. We are really pleased with how busy it has been today'.

Brother and sister Callum Wall, aged 6, and Chloe Wall, aged 4, attended the event at the Forum with their grandparents John and Jane Smith and got the chance to play with 'dragon snot'.

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Chloe enjoyed the activity and said: 'It's all slimey'.

Other events happening throughout the rest of the day include the telling of the story of St George at Norwich Castle till 5pm to learn more about the myths and armour surrounding St George.

There is also a George and the Dragon storytelling with children's author Christopher Wormell at Waterstone's on Castle Street, from 2pm.

The Bests Unite Dragon Procession will take place across the city from 2.30pm till 7pm and will leave from Norwich Castle and St Gregory's Centre for the Arts, joining at the Forum, before heading back to St Gregory's Centre for the Arts for story telling.

People also took part in a Make a Dragon event this morning at Jarrold's children's books department.

The festival is co-ordinated by Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART) and there will be plenty more to do over the up-coming half term week, which sees almost double the number of events that took place in the first week of the festival.

For more information on the Norwich Dragon Festival please visit

Don't miss Monday's Evening News for more pictures of the Dragon Festival events.

Are you organising a celebratory festival? Contact reporter Donna-Louise Bishop at or call 01603 772438.

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