Week-long festival will delight all as fun begins

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THETFORD is set to burst into life as the 2011 Thetford Festival gets under way today.

Comedy and theatre kick off events tonight with a tasty treat tomorrow at the town’s Food and Drink Festival in The Market Place, with a competition for the best-dressed fruit or vegetable.

Clever technology will also enable people to run around an athletics track or cycle a velodrome inspired by London 2012. Their endeavours will be beamed to a large screen and uploaded to the pledge 2012 website.

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream comes to King’s Gardens tonight and tomorrow, performed by Well Made Theatre Productions.

Thetford World Cup Day comes to town on Bank Holiday Monday at Redcastle Playing Fields, with five-a-side football, a children’s activity tent, barbecue and charity and business stalls. This will be followed by sporting activities daily on the Redcastle Field.

The Dad’s Army Museum and the Ancient House Museum will also be offering a range of events and there are also wildlife walks and talks.

A family archaeology day will run at The Limes, in Bridge Street, next Saturday, and in the evening there is a Not So Strictly Ballroom night and three open air performances by the Thetford Players.

Next Sunday sees a finale with a free family event at King’s House Gardens.

More information is available on www.thetfordfestival.org.uk