Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds said “The borough council’s programme of events is a big part of what makes King’s Lynn such a fantastic place to live and visit. More people than ever visited our town centre last year, and with such a varied and exciting line-up of events, that’s no surprise. Some events last year proved so successful that they’re returning this year. Some events are new, like our celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday, so there really is something for everyone.”
On 21 April, West Norfolk will join the national beacon-lighting event to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. Beacons in King’s Lynn, Downham Market and Hunstanton will be lit in the early evening.
The Hanse Festival takes place on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May, and many of the performers from last year’s wonderful 10th anniversary celebrations will be returning. Two days of events will mark King’s Lynn’s Hanseatic heritage. King’s Staithe Square will once again be the focus of live music. Hanse House will be the focus for archery demonstrations, craft workshops, traditional dancing, and food and drink stalls.
Also on Saturday 21 May, as part of King’s Lynn In Bloom 2016, a Plant Fair comes to the Tuesday Market Place. Keen gardeners will be able to buy plants and craft items, swap horticulture tips, and there will be a visit from popular BBC Radio Norfolk programme “The Garden Party”.
An event on Sunday 12 June to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday will transport visitors and residents back to the 1920s. A flapper or two may even be spotted amongst the crowds!
On Thursday 30 June, West Norfolk will pay its respects to those who sacrificed their lives with an overnight vigil to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, one of the most devastating days of loss of WWI.
The very popular event Forties Lynn: Life on the Home Front will return on Sunday 17 July. Activities will take place all day in the Tuesday Market Place, the town hall, and Lynn Museum. Visitors can explore the air-raid shelter under the market place, meet wartime characters, and find out how Lynn’s residents lived during the war years.
After its incredibly successful launch last year, the Mods & Rockers Scooter and Motorbike Meet makes a welcome return on Sunday 7 August. The style of the mod and rocker era will be brought to life as Lambrettas, Vespas, Triumphs, Harleys and more are shown off by their proud owners. Live music, clothing stalls, and food and drinks stalls also make this vibrant event one not to miss.
On Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August, the Tuesday Market Place will host a Folk Festival. Numerous bands, groups and solo artists will perform a mix of traditional and modern music, alongside a range of food and drink stalls.
The Fairytales and Legends event returns on Sunday 21 August, and once again the town centre of King’s Lynn will be transformed into a magical land where children can meet all their favourite heroes and heroines. There will also be a range of activities and workshops running throughout the day.
Fawkes in the Walks, King’s Lynn’s fabulous free firework display, will return to The Walks on Friday 4 November. The fun will start at 6pm, when the park will be packed with stalls and rides. The bonfire will be lit at 6:30pm, and the main firework display will begin at 8pm.
In November, the countdown to Christmas starts in King’s Lynn at our annual festive lights switch-on event. As always, special guests will take to the stage in the town centre for an afternoon of fun, ending with the switch being flicked to set the town sparkling. Last year, the Big Switch-on included the launch of special festive light projections on building around the town centre. The date and times of the event will be confirmed nearer the time.
All of these events, and much more, can be found listed in our What’s On Section