VR Playground

Thrill Laboratory presents

Friday 12 - Saturday 27 May All Day

A girl swings on a playground swing inside an art gallery whilst wearing a VR headset.


Sets of swings will be in various locations across the City. Check back here for more details.

Don a VR headset, jump on a playground swing, and be transported inside an experimental virtual reality ride created by the world’s only Thrill Engineer, Professor Brendan Walker, and his team of Thrill Laboratory technicians.

You may find yourself riding on the back of a giant mechanical jellyfish or atop a lumbering robot, you’ll find out when you get there!

Thrill Laboratory is a collective of artists, designers, engineers, scientists and technologists who have been perfecting the art of creating new forms of thrilling experience.

Swings will be in various locations in Norwich throughout the Festival, check back soon for a full list of locations. 

A roller coaster career

What's the scariest moment of a theme park ride? When we accelerate? Or when we teeter on the brink before hurtling down? According to the self-styled "thrill engineer", Prof Brendan Walker, it's neither of the above. The scariest moment is when the safety restraints lock down and we realise there's no escape.

Suitable for ages 11+

The Tarmac Outdoor Programme sponsor


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