A big group cycling tour has been unveiled as a new attraction at this year’s Diss Carnival, as preparations for the much-anticipated event enter the home stretch.
With just over a week to go before the festivities begin, Revolution Events are to, with help from South Norfolk Council, stage the Bomber Ride, a cycle route based around Norfolk’s disused airfields.
Riders may choose to tackle either the 50km ride or 110km ride, both setting off from Market Place, whilst the more passive cyclists can take part in the family ride.
Additional biking activities, such as a custom-crafted mountain biking course and a specially-made children’s balance circuit, are awaiting approval and could also make an appearance.
Tickets for the Bomber Ride are available from £10, though groups can collect a 10 per cent discount when booked together.
The event is one of many new showpieces at this year’s carnival, which kicks off with the Park Alive concert on Saturday, June 14 at 5.30pm, before the main event gets underway on Sunday, June 15 at 11.30am.
Doreen Collins, Diss Carnival co-ordinator, said: “We are all excited. Everything is in place and we are ready for it all to begin now.
“This year, we have got quite a few new entrants to the ‘Fun Day.’ We have definitely raised the bar for events.
“We always find that the level of excitement is increased from year to year. I think this carnival will be a little bit noisier and more joyous for the people who come along.”
Other new attractions for the ‘Fun Day’, taking place at Diss Town Football Club on Brewers Green Lane, include a spectacular performance from the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team and a commemorative aerial flyover by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire.
Entertainment will be provided by the Norwich Samba Band and the Allstars Majorettes dancing troop, while Park Radio will help to MC the proceedings.
Admission to the ‘Fun Day’ costs £3.50, with children under 16 able to enter for free.
The Park Alive event, which features a broad line-up of local musicians, takes place in Diss Park, off Mere Street, the day before and is free to enter.
For further information, visit www.diss.carnival.co.uk