Visual Arts

Thrill Laboratory presents

VR Playground


Friday 12 - Sunday 28 May All Day

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


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.

Find VR Playground at these sites in Norwich:

Castle Mall
FRIDAY 12 – FRIDAY 19 MAY, 11am – 6pm

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
TUESDAY – FRIDAY 11am – 5.30pm
SATURDAY & SUNDAY 11am – 4.30pm

The Adnams Spiegeltent
FRIDAY 26 MAY, 10am – 10pm
SATURDAY 27 MAY, 10am – 5pm & 7pm - 10pm
SUNDAY 28 MAY, 10am – 6pm

Chapelfield Gardens
SATURDAY 20 & SUNDAY 21 MAY, 12 – 6pm
THURSDAY 25 – SUNDAY 28 MAY, 12 – 6pm

The Forum
MONDAY 22 – THURSDAY 25 MAY, 12 – 7.30pm

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+

Visit Brendan Walker's website here

The Tarmac Outdoor Programme sponsor


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Supported by The Forum. With thanks to Castle Mall and Norfolk & Norwich Festival Director’s Circle Supporters Simon De-Lacy Adams & Robin Norman.

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Co-commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Horizon Digital Economy Research, Arts Council England, Greenwich + Docklands International Festival. Co-produced by Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Horizon Digital Economy Research and Thrill Laboratory.