Friday 1st June
True’s Yard Museum will be joining the rest of the nation this weekend in celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II, by holding a Free Open Day and launching a new exhibition showcasing the links between King’s Lynn and the Royal Family.
The new exhibition, which will continue until 31st July, will feature local photographs, archive sources and never-before-seen objects with a royal flavour.
The exhibition will cover previous Jubilees, Royal visits, coronations and other celebrations with a patriotic theme, from when the town was ‘taken under the Royal wing’ in the time of Henry VIII to the recent opening of a new wing at the Museum itself by HM the Queen.
Saturday 2nd June – Tuesday 5th June
The 1948 Olympic Torch will complete a 170-mile trip around the are, leaving Lynnsport at 9.15 am on Saturday, the 1948 Torch Trail, led by the West Norfolk Sports Council, will pass through 80 of the area’s towns and villages before returning to Lynnsport the following Tuesday.
Former Olympian Paul Evans and Ray Harding, chief executive of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk will be the first to carry the torch from Lynnsport.
164 torchbearers on foot and cycle will carry the torch over the four-day event. These people, aged between 14 and over 60, have been nominated by their local communities.
More details here: 1948 Olympic Torch Trail will pass through 80 villages
Saturday 2nd June
Picnic on the Park takes place at Wootton Park, South Wootton, King’s Lynn, from 1pm – 9pm.
After the great success of the 2011 Picnic on the Park, this event is back bigger and better than ever. Bands, Fairground rides, performers, demonstrations, stalls, crafts and much more. FREE event in Wootton Park for all the family, young and old. www.picniconthepark.co.uk
Saturday 2nd June
A Diamond Jubilee Gala takes place at Kings Lynn Corn Exchange.
The Variety Concert celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Accession to the Throne of Her Majesty The Queen. Featuring King’s Lynn Town Band, King’s Lynn Male Voice Choir, Maureen Larkin, Michael Sands, Vera Boxer, David & Kath Burkett, Doreen Reed, Malachi Needham & The Diamond Jubilee Players. Tickets – adults £9. For more information visit www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk
Sunday 3rd June
Diamond Jubilee Fun Day takes place in The Walks from 12pm – 5pm. Fun for all the family, including Marching Showband, Motorcycle Stunt Show, Dog Show, Marshall Arts, Air Cadets Drill Display, Sea Cadets Gun Run, Gym Display, Lavender Hill Mob, Punch & Judy, Trade & Charity Stalls, Clowns, Large Fun Fair. Free Admission.
Sunday 3rd June
Diamond Jubilee Celebrations take place at the Royal British Legion Club, Tower Street from 11am to 4pm..
A full day of celebrations will include entertainment in the Club during the day, a bric a brac sale on the balcony, also a Bar-b-que on the balcony.
Monday 4th June
The launch night of King’s Lynn’s annual free music festival Festival Too has been brought forward this year to celebrate the Jubilee.
The event starts at 6.30pm featuring The Yesterdays at 7.30pm and The Bohemians (Queen tribute band) at 9pm.
Children aged between 6-11 years old, who attend the King’s Lynn Arts Centre’s Saturday Club will lead a procession, including the Mayor, from the Town Hall to King Staithe Square, where the mayor will light the Jubilee Beacon.
The children will be dressed in costumes with a royal theme that they have designed themselves. The procession is set to have a canivalesque feel that will add to the build up of the lighting of the beacon.
The beacon will be lit between 10 and 10.30 pm and will be followed by a spectacular firework display which is bound to light up the sky above The Wash.
Monday 4th June
Jubilee Spectacular at Knights Hill Farm Shop. Free entry. Live Music from 7.30pm. Jubilee Beacon to be lit at 10pm. Fireworks at 10.15pm. Childrens Rides. Bring your own picnics and drinks. Free entry to Castle Rising Castle after 4pm.
Tuesday 5th June
A Jubilee Treasure Quest organised by the King’s Lynn Arts Centre Trust takes place From 10 am – 1.20 pm.
The Quest takes approximately 2 hours and starts from the King’s Lynn Arts Centre where you will be given your quest map. The first quest starts at 10am and further starting times at 20 minute intervals until 1.20pm. Clues will be woven into stories and found on buildings and landmarks. The Quest will become a voyage of discovery bound only by imagination! Along the way you will be transported to far away lands of royal myths and legends, stories of riches, jewels, treasures, kings and queens, magic and mishap, sieges and sages.
More Info: Jubilee Treasure Quest!
Full details of these and other events can be viewed on our What’s On section.