Art meets science at this year’s Welborne Arts Festival

Sid Bowfin - Welborne Arts Festival

Sid Bowfin - Welborne Arts Festival - Credit: Archant

Welborne Arts Festival returns with its eleventh festival this weekend - with added science.

Walking the meadow will be the giant, full size replica of the West Runton Mammoth, local mad scientist Dr Ken will perform his show 'How to Save the Planet in 45 minutes' and award winning Tangram Theatre will be performing their original musical comedy/drama 'The Marie Curie Project.

Accompanied by the accordion-playing ghost of her true love and fellow scientist Pierre Curie, Tangram's acclaimed show follows the life of the double Nobel Prize winner through WW1, national scandal, pistols at dawn duels and the creation of mobile X-ray units, which Marie drove to the front line herself.

The performance is at 3.30pm in the performance marquee and is free to watch.

There is also a specially curated exhibition of art 'Inspired by Science', a resident circus, puppet shows by Norwich Puppet Theatre and a talk by festival patron, author Louis de Bernieres, as well as specially written short plays from award winning authors' group Four by Four.

Manic violinist and comedy maestro Sid Bowfin will perform on Welborne Common on the Sunday. This virtuoso violinist shows there's more than one string to his bow when physical comedy collides with superb musicianship turning classical performance on its head. Revel in his renditions of Mozart's one-legged Rondo, Vivaldi's secret agent Winter and many more in a comedy concerto.

He will perform three times during the day, the first at 11.30am.

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The Mistress of Ceremonies will keep visitors informed of what's going on and there are three quality visual art exhibitions, including the first visit of the renowned West Norfolk Artists' Association.

The music programme throughout the weekend will include all types from choral to live looping and there are lots of activities for all ages including drumming, ragging, printing, puppet making and mosaic workshops.

Entrance on the day is £8 for adults and £2 for those aged 5-16. Reduced price tickets in advance are only available through the village website where information on events is also available.