Mile Cross Festival set to enter its 33rd year

Zorbing at a previous Mile Cross community festival at Sloughbottom Park.

Zorbing at a previous Mile Cross community festival at Sloughbottom Park. - Credit: Archant

Organisers of the 33rd annual Mile Cross Festival have announced some of the details of this year's celebration.

A previous Mile Cross community festival.

A previous Mile Cross community festival. - Credit: Archant

The event will take place at Sloughbottom Park on Saturday, June 27, and will once again be free for people wanting to take part.

This year's festival will include more than 60 community stalls, which are expected to feature everything from zorb balls - where people have fun inside giant plastic orbs - to circus skills and T-shirt graffiti.

Organisers said the only classic car and bike show to take place within the city's boundary is also planned to go ahead once again, with a wide range of vehicles from the modern street classics to centenarian steamers on display.

Mile Cross Festival chairman Richard Edwards said: 'The Mile Cross Festival is run by local residents as an event for the whole city.

'I am proud to be part of the group; it really shows in these hard times how the local community can come together.'

The event moved to its current location five years ago because it was a bigger space, and to widen its appeal to people living across Norwich.

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The celebration of community spirit is supported by Norwich City Council and local businesses Cotman Housing Association and Gordon Barber Funeral Home, and organisers described it as 'an affordable and fun day that appeals to people of all ages across the city'.

Jane Warnes, Cotman Housing Association's managing director, said: 'The Mile Cross Festival is a long-established community tradition which attracts thousands of people every year, including Cotman customers.

'Events such as this are a great place to allow us to engage with the wider community, our customers and residents.'

The festival committee said it would like to hear from anyone who wants to get involved in festival planning, or to help run the festival on the day, in order to ensure that it remains fresh, vibrant and exciting.

They said they would particularly like to invite anyone with a suitable vehicle for the classic car and bike show to exhibit their vehicle this year.

Anyone who would like to get involved in the event should contact Richard Edwards on 07572 027674

For a classic car show entry form, contact Nick Walmsley on

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