circus-250.jpgThe Great Yarmouth Carnival brings the whole community together to revel in a massive street celebration, and this year, as part of the Circus 250, we celebrate circus!

The parade begins outside the last surviving 'total' circus building in the country, the Hippodrome, Saturday 9th June at 11am.

The ‘Circus Comes to Town’ in a project that brings to the Carnival life-size Barnham & Bailey inspired elephant creations made by Tin House, and outsized banner flags from the internationally renowned Kinetika, the parade will move along the seafront, into town and then up to St. George’s Theatre. Here the parade will divide, one part heading to the Library, to launch the Community Fair, the second to SeaChange’s Drill House to launch Festa Fiesta.

The Circus Comes to Town is a collaborative project between Norwich City Council, SeaChange Arts, Lost in Translation, Circus 250 and Norwich Arts Centre will see the region marking 250 years of circus in 2018, thanks to £150,000 worth of funding from Arts Council England. 

The Carnival Parade begins at 11am at the Hippodrome. (A)


11am - 12noon

A – B CARNIVAL PARADE (begins) Hippodrome

12.30 - 3.30pm

D Great Yarmouth Library:

12noon - 4.30pm

E Market Place

12noon - 5pm

B St. George’s Plaza & King Street: Music & Street Entertainment, Workshops & Food Stalls.

12noon - 7.30pm

C Drill House: Music & Street Entertainment, Workshops & Food Stalls. 



9pm - Late


Take to the streets and venues of our blossoming cultural quarter as SeaChange Arts present a day-long, Latin flavoured jamboree of music, food and festivity. The streets will be abuzz with performance and activities. Take a look at what's in store! 



The cultural quarter will pulsate to crazy brass and Latin rhythms as we welcome the sensationally syncopated Norwich Samba. We have chaotic clowning and a cacophony of brass as Ramshacklicious prepare for the end of the world!

The kings of ‘Surf Noir’, the Bikini Beach Band, will be rocking up the joint and we also have the heavyweight Afro-Caribbean sounds of Son Pikkante with members of Brighton's Pollito Boogaloo.


Hocus Pocus Theatre's, Lucy Enskat is a clown on the run: wanted for a crime she did not commit and Dot Comedy's Half-Naked Chef provides slapstick humour that would make Delia's hair stand on end! Maynard Flip Flap will have people racing biscuits... yes, really!

Tanzania’s Black Eagles deliver breath-taking acrobatics, combining power and grace and Bongo Bolero’s Dick Danger will show you just how stupid one man can be!


Grab a sit-down and entertain the kids at the Drill House. Join in the Piñata Bash or kick back on the Street Beach. Get ‘hands-on’ and try out workshops in circus, samba, animation, crafting and print. Celebrate 150 years of the Drill House with a sound installation of local stories or hop in our ‘Circus Yourself Selfie Booth’... and be transformed!

Get in the carnival spirit along King Street and St George’s Theatre with face painting and the gorgeous glitter station, create a carnival headdress or join in the urban arts workshop with Reprezent. 


The Library’s annual Community Fair brings everyone together in celebration with stalls, music, dancing and cake making competitions... plus a delicious all day BBQ.


We head indoors during the evening for a double-bill of sensational circus and luscious Latin rhythms. 

Festa Fiesta is produced by SeaChange Arts for Great Yarmouth Arts Festival and supported by Look Sideways East – connecting world-class events with a year-round calendar of extraordinary culture. Support from Great Yarmouth Town Centre Partnership, the Heritage Lottery Fund – part of the Drill House 150 celebrations, Institut d’Estudis Balearics, and Great Yarmouth Borough Council. Partners: Business in the Community, Reprezent, St. George’s Theatre, Time & Tide. 


Want to make some marvellous carnival creations? Here’s how YOU can get involved:

Sat 21 April, Sat 5 & 12 May,

East Coast College, 10am – 3pm Join Creative Collisions and Tin House to make life-sized 3D horse costumes. Age 12-16yrs.


Tue 15, Thu 17 & Fri 18 May,

The Drill House, 5 – 8pm
Create giant banner flags with Kinetika.


Fri 18 May, The Drill House,

11.30am – 1.30pm

Neighbourhood lunch and carnival costume making.

4 – 7.30pm

Join Kinetika to create giant carnival banners and costumes at SeaChange’s ‘Monthly Do’. 


All ticketed events are available through:

St. George’s Theatre – NR30 2PG
Box Office: 01493 331484
Open: 10am – 3pm, Mon – Sat, and one hour before performances.


Book online at:

£1 booking fee applies per transaction.


Events at the Minster are also available to book in person at:
Great Yarmouth Minster Café – NR30 1NE
Open: May and early June 10am – 3pm and until 4pm during the Festival.


Ockham’s Razor: Tipping Point and Festa Fiesta Late Night Dance Party are also available to book online at:

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