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Top ten: What's on in and around Norwich this weekend

PUBLISHED: 12:01 31 August 2012 | UPDATED: 14:22 31 August 2012

Norfolk Spectacular 2011 at the Norfolk Showground in Costessey.

Norfolk Spectacular 2011 at the Norfolk Showground in Costessey.

Angela Sharpe

With temperatures set to reach over 20 degrees this weekend, we tell you how to make the most of the sun with a summary what's going on in and around the city.

And at the cinema...

The Watch (15):

Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Johah Hill and Richard Ayoade are everyday suburban guys who form a neighbourhood-watch, only to discover their suburb is being run by aliens.

GoingOut rating: 2/5

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The Imposter (15):

Film noir-like documentary about a 13-year-old who went missing in a small Texas town only to be found in Spain, but all was not quite what it seems.

GoingOut rating: 4/5

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The Expendables 2 (15):

Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li and Dolph Lundgren and a host of other actions heroes join forces again in sequel to tongue-in-cheek homage to 1980s films.

GoingOut rating: 3/5

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Ted (15):

As a result of a childhood wish, Mark Wahlberg’s teddy comes to life and grows into a crude and lewd bear voiced by Seth McFarlane.

GoingOut rating: 4/5

Sundown festival, Norfolk Showground, September 1 -2:

Norwich’s biggest music festival is ready to get under way this weekend and weekend camping tickets are now sold out but day tickets can be bought on the gate for £35 and weekend tickets on the gate for £60.

Campers will be arriving at the Showground this afternoon for the festival, formerly Norfolk Spectacular, which has Olly Murs and Chase & Status as the headline acts.

Chart-topping DJs Chases & Status are top of the bill on the main stage tomorrow, with Labrinth, Radio One rock DJ Zane Lowe, Miss Dynamite and up-and-coming stars Delilah and Dot Rotten.

And there will be after parties for campers between 11am and 1pm each night, with star DJ Jaguar Skills providing a pre-event party tonight.

Out There Festival, St George’s park, Great Yarmouth and at various locations around the town, September 4 - 9:

The Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts celebrates its fifth year this year.

Now the largest festival of its kind in the east of England and one of the largest in the country, it has rapidly gained an international reputation for presenting some of the world’s finest circus and street arts shows.

The festival began in 2008 with a mixture of theatre, visual arts, music and a sprinkling of street arts.

“We quickly realised that street arts were what audiences in Great Yarmouth responded to” says Seachange Arts’ executive director, Sarah James.

“We were looking to celebrate different cultures and communities. Street arts and circus are very much about spectacle or comedy – aspects everyone from any walk of life and any background or nationality can enjoy.”

An Evening of Burlesque, Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier, September 2:

After a successful run in the West End, this tantalising yet tasteful, camp and colourful show will arrive at Cromer Pier as part of a national tour.

It’s all tease, and no sleaze, as corsets, killer heels and stocking aplenty combine exquisitely with music from across the decades as elegant showgirls combine Parisian charm with Las Vegas glamour.

Performers who have taken part in the tour so far include Amber Topaz and 0oLaloo evoking pin-up magazines of the pre-world war two era, while Kalki Hula Girl brings circus clowning bang up to date.

The 12th Yarmouth Maritime Festival, South Quay, September 1 - 2:

Great Yarmouth is set to become a hive of nautical activity this weekend when the annual Maritime Festival sails into town.

Featuring a line up of historic tall ships and entertainment along South Quay,

The weekend is a celebration of the town’s maritime past and future, and will feature family activities, sailing trips and live music.

The festival takes place on South Quay and runs on Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Activities and entertainment are free except for river trips, and a donation of £1 per visitor towards festival costs is welcomed.

Guests can meet Admiral Nelson, Mrs Hamilton, Lofty the Lighthouse and Horatio Herring and enjoy military re-enactments from East Norfolk Militia and Inner State, Punch and Judy shows with Professor Pulson and face painting and balloon modelling.

And there will be opportunities to explore the tall ships Mercedes and Tres Hombres, see Collective Spirit - a 30-ft sailing boat fashioned from hundreds of donated wooden objects - and enjoy a river cruise to the Outer Harbour on MV Coronia.

Nor-Con 2012, Holiday Inn, Norwich North (near Norwich Airport) September 2:

Well known faces from the world of science fiction will be at the Holiday Inn for this event, organised by the Norwich Sci-Fi Club.

This family event has a chance to meet Robert Llewellyn (Kryten in Red Dwarf), Colin Baker (the Sixth Doctor Who) and Nicola Perry (who played his assistant).

Also putting there will be the actors Lauren Goode and Peter Roy who worked on both Star Wars and Doctor Who.

While from the world of comics will be Simon Furman, the man behind Transformers, and Barry Kitson an illustrator with both Marvel and DC. Also meet Cylons, Darleks, Klingons, R2D2 and much more plus lots of traders, stalls and activities.

Charity Day, Mannington Hall, Saxthorpe, September 2:

This is the only day of the year when both floors of Mannington Hall are open to visitors, while in the grounds there will be charity stalls, an old fashioned jumble sale, refreshments and entertainment, gardens and wood walks.

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