Victorian Mart Family Event at Lynn Museum

The Victorian Mart is returning to Lynn Museum! On Thursday 20th February, between 10am and 1pm, the museum will be filled with fun and games for all visitors to enjoy.

Alongside displays of Savage’s fairground models, visitors will be able to learn more about the Lynn Mart, Savage’s of Lynn and the showmen who make it all possible. Victorian-inspired crafts, candy floss tasting and traditional fairground games, as well as a fun family trail, will be available to try throughout the morning.

Beth Kierman, Front of House Supervisor at Lynn Museum, said: “The King’s Lynn Mart is one of the most exciting events of the year for local people, and we can’t wait to celebrate its return with our free family event.”

The event is run on a drop-in basis, so there is no need to book. Admission to the museum is free.

More information can be found on the museum’s website:


Forties Lynn returns for 2018!

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk is once again taking everyone back to wartime days at this free, fun, family event – Forties Lynn: Life on the home front.
This extremely popular event returns on Sunday 22 July 2018, from 10am to 4pm. Events will be taking place throughout the day in the Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn Town Hall, and Lynn Museum.

The Tuesday Market Place will be the setting for many of the day’s activities. Visitors will see a display of vintage vehicles, including a life-size replica of a MK805 Spitfire and the ever-popular Corporal Jones’ butcher’s van from Dad’s Army. Petrol rationing meant bicycles were essential during the war years, and a display of 1940s models will show how much the technology has changed.

The Royal Norfolk Regiment re-enactment group will set up camp, recreating the sights and sounds of life under canvas for serving soldiers.

Music in the market place will come from The Eddie Seales Big Band: this exciting 18-piece orchestra of talented musicians will play well-loved songs from the 1940s. There will also be performances by Timescape, whose recordings of songs, sirens and stirring speeches will really create a wartime atmosphere.

Anyone who’s feeling peckish can enjoy a non-rationed treat of fish and chips or a cold beverage from the Little Bubbles Co mobile bar.

Inside the shelter: Organisers and participants of previous 1940’s weekend.

Underneath the Tuesday Market Place, one of Lynn’s least-seen attractions is open for the day. Visitors can take a tour around the air raid shelters, and imagine what it was like to be one of up to 300 of Lynn’s residents taking shelter as bombs dropped from the skies. The tours will be given by local charity Bridge for Heroes, and while admission is free, a donation would be much appreciated.

The town hall will host a tea dance, with dance lessons to prepare anyone whose foxtrot isn’t up to scratch! Wartime spirit meant that Lynn’s residents still wanted to look their best, so Flamingo Amy will be on hand to provide 40s-themed makeovers. Youngsters can also pick up a ration card, which can be redeemed for a ration of sweets at Lynn Museum. They’ll be surprised to learn how scarce sweets were for children in the 1940s! There will also be something for the adults in the ration book this year with discount vouchers for some fantastic local businesses.

Flamingo Amy

Admission to Lynn Museum will be free during Forties Lynn, so their fascinating displays about life on the home front mustn’t be missed. The museum is also the place to meet costumed characters – enactors dressed in British or American army uniforms, and in 1940s civilian styles will be there and strolling about the town centre. Anyone who feels their morale flagging should look out for the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill – he’s sure to supply some inspiring words!

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, borough council deputy leader and cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “Forties Lynn returns once again to entertain and educate visitors with a glimpse into life in Lynn during World War II. The Eddie Seales Big Band was such a hit last year that we’ve brought them back to make things really go with a swing! New for this year, visitors will be able to take a look at the Lynn Bomb Map. It’s kept in the King’s Lynn Borough Archives and is a fascinating first-hand record of what Lynn went through. I do hope that everyone will come along and enjoy these, and all the other activities we have planned.”

For more information, visit

Win LITTLE MIX Tickets



The world’s biggest girl band LITTLE MIX will be coming to Norfolk in July as part of their Summer Hits Tour 2018, and here is your chance to join them!

Kicking off in Hove on 6th July, the run of 15 live shows ends in Inverness on 29th July. The shows will see Little Mix perform their greatest hits, including 'Touch', ‘Shout Out to My Ex’, ‘Black Magic’,'Wings', ‘Move’ and 'Power'.

Brit and Global award winners Little Mix released The Platinum Edition of their smash hit album 'Glory Days' late last year. The original version of the album spent five weeks at the top of the UK Albums Chart surpassing any other album released by a female group this millennium and becoming the longest reigning girl group No.1 album since Spice Girls’ debut 20 years ago.

RAK-SU are a four-piece group from Watford who triumphed in The X Factor, in December 2017. They were not only the first male band to win the competition, but also the first ever X Factor act to have had three of their singles top the UK iTunes chart while being on the show, including original tracks Mona Lisa and I’m Feeling You.

Dimelo, the group’s winners duet with Wyclef Jean and Naughty Boy, debuted at No.2 and has now been certified silver, spending three weeks in the Top 10 of the Official UK chart. The day after being crowned the winner also saw RAK-SU achieve an incredible five songs in the iTunes Top 6 at one point, including Dimelo at No.1.

Australian sisters Germein have the kind of close musical partnership that can only be shared by siblings, and are kicking off 2018 with a brand-new sound. Whether jamming together at their home in the Adelaide Hills, playing alongside Arcade Fire and Catfish & the Bottlemen at the Isle of Wight.

To win a pair of tickets (worth £96) to see the show at Earlham Park in Norwich on Saturday 21st July, all you have to do is email us with the names of all four girls in the band. Please use the subject line LITTLE MIX COMP and include your name and a contact number.

The winner will be chosen randomly by computer on Friday 6 July 2018.

Stow Hall Gardens, a haven of tranquility

We recently visited the beautiful gardens of Stow Hall at Stow Bardolph, one of our Places to Visit Nearby

The gardens which include The Old Rose Garden, The Cloisters and The huge Walled Kitchen Garden have been in place at Stow Hall since Elizabethan times.

The lovely gardens of Stow Hall are still cared for and cherished by three generations of the Hare Family who still live there. It offers space, fun and solitude, with many hidden corners to explore. A wonderful day out.

Please not the gardens are only open on Wednesdays.

Recycling scheme earns £12,000 for local charities

West Norfolk Recycling Rewards recipients after being with presented with cash for their community projects at Kings Lynn Town Hall. Pictured left to right, Graham Simmonds M.D of Local Green Points, Sue Payne, Dersingham Village Centre, John Eastgate, Wereham Village Hall, Mayor Carol Bower, Borough Council leader Brian Long, Sue Askew, Marshland Hall. and councillor Ian Devereux. Photo : Steve Adams

Local charities in King’s Lynn & West Norfolk have received £12,000 worth of donations over the last two years, on behalf of residents who recycle and are part of the Local Green Points recycling rewards scheme.

The two-year scheme, known as West Norfolk Recycling Rewards, encouraged residents to recycle more and rewarded them for their efforts with individual and community prizes. Every month, the residents who recycled the most and took part in waste minimisation activities on the online platform or mobile app were rewarded with vouchers for local leisure attractions as well as popular high street brands, such as M&S and National Garden Gift Vouchers. Each year, the top performing communities were rewarded with £6,000 to donate to their favourite local charities or community projects.

The scheme succeeded in helping residents support very local good causes, and the final round of donations have been awarded to Marshland Hall, Dersingham Community Centre and Wereham Village Hall, at an event hosted by Mayor Carol Bower. Marshland Hall received the top prize of £3,000 and the other causes each picked up £1,500.

recycle plastic bottles photo: cARTerARTSue Askew from Marshland Hall said, ‘It’s fantastic that this scheme can help our Hall and encourage recycling in the local area! I am really pleased to be representing Marshland Hall to collect this valued donation, we are grateful for every vote we received from residents of the area. We want to use our donation to turn Marshland Hall into a central hub for everyone in the village to meet, so we can bring our community together. Now we can equip the tea room with a refrigerator, hot beverage machine, new tables and chairs and a counter for serving our splendid homemade cakes.”

Mayor Carol Bower said “Over 5,300 households signed up to West Norfolk Recycling Rewards, which has allowed us to achieve some fantastic results. We’d like to extend our thanks and congratulations to all those who took part. Your small, everyday actions have had a mighty, cumulative impact, on both the environment and the local community.”

Since West Norfolk Recycling Rewards launched in May 2016, the scheme has achieved some fantastic results, including boosting recycling in the Borough, increasing the amount of plastic collected for recycling and providing rewards for committed recycling champions and community projects in the local area. £10,500 worth of vouchers have been awarded to local residents and £12,000 has been donated to local charities.

The scheme has also helped to increase the amount of food waste collected for recycling. This is a significant achievement, helped by the scheme’s Food Waste Challenge, which launched in July 2017 to encourage residents to waste less food and recycle their food waste.

About Local Green Points:

Local Green Points is an LLP company backed by Green Rewards, the UK’s leading supplier of sustainable rewards programmes. The Company provides a range of services to local authorities that encourage waste reduction, recycling and reuse, and its local authority clients include the London Borough of Hackney, London Borough of Camden, London Borough of Bexley, The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Coventry City Council, St Helens Council, Westminster City Council and many more. Its parent company, Green Rewards, operates the workplace sustainability programme, JUMP, and its clients include RBS and Swansea University.

Recycle for Norfolk Plastics Roadshow

recycle plastic bottles photo: cARTerARTRecycle for Norfolk’s plastic recycling roadshow comes to King’s Lynn on Thursday 28 June, showcasing what plastic packaging containers can be recycled. The roadshow will include hands on displays, a giant plastic recycled sculpture, competitions and prizes.

Plastic recycling experts from RECOUP will be on hand to answer people’s queries about their own plastic recycling together with council staff to explain how householders can ensure their plastic is truly recycled by keeping items clean, dry and loose in their recycling bins.

The event takes place 10:30am – 3:30pm in New Conduit Street, King’s Lynn, and is supported by Recycle for Norfolk, who will be exhibiting a work of art made out of plastic bottles, by local Norwich-based artist Karen Whiterod, and some of the entrants in the competition to design clothing from plastic recycled into fabric.

Stuart Foster, Chief Executive of the charity RECOUP, said: “RECOUP’s mission is to explain to people how easy it is to recycle plastic containers so they never become a blight on the natural environment. It’s important people know what happens to their plastic and that it is made into new bottles, trays and cartons, or indeed other items such as fabric.

“This project provides a great opportunity to reduce confusion householders may have when recycling plastics and to ensure that the resource is recycled and does not end up in the natural environment.”

West Norfolk residents recycle over 14,500 tonnes of material through the kerbside collection each year. Over 400 tonnes of plastic bottles were recycled into bottles last year. All of the processing of plastic material collected in Norfolk is done in the UK and Europe to ensure the quality of our environment is protected.

Cllr Ian Devereux, Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk cabinet member for Environment, said: “The council has very limited ability to affect how plastic is used in industry, including the food industry and in retail. We do make sure that the waste we collect is stored, transported and processed to protect the environment from harm.

“Helping residents to understand how plastics are recycled and the part that they have to play in that journey is an important part of our role. We are delighted to work with RECOUP on this project. It is the role of the packaging industry and users of its products to take responsibility for the materials they make to ensure that they are capable of being recycled easily and that this message is conveyed to the public in a simple way.”

More information about what can and cannot be recycled in Norfolk can be found at or via Twitter and Facebook: @Recycle4Norfolk @RECOUP_UK

King’s Lynn Festival 2018

Hallé Orchestra

Concerts by two world-famous orchestras – The Halle and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra – will open and close the 68th King’s Lynn Festival being staged on July 15-28.

The Hallé, which has appeared at the festival many times, will launch this year’s feast of music and the arts with an exciting programme including Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and works by Vaughan Williams, Copland and Bernstein.

Many more internationally-renowned names visiting at Lynn include guitarist Craig Ogden who will share the stage with vocalist Jacqui Dankworth, Claire Martin and the BBC Big Band, top choral ensemble The Sixteen, pianist Llŷr Williams, impressionist Alistair McGowan whose career has taken a new path as a pianist, historian and BBC arts presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon, folk singer Eddi Reader and touring band Los Pacaminos with Paul Young.

For Strictly Come Dancing fans there will be a special treat when 2017 finalist Giovanni Pernice ends his 56-date national tour, Born To Win, at the festival. Pernice will also hold a masterclass in Lynn for dance enthusiasts.

Festival chairman Alison Croose said: “Enthusiasm for the wide-ranging programme featuring so many famous names has been reflected at the busy box office.”

The packed programme includes violinist brothers Vladimir and Anton who were special guests at last year’s Friday Night is Music Night recording at the festival.

“Historian Suzannah Lipscomb, the King’s Lynn Festival Chorus performance of Rachmaninov Vespers, the Chiaroscuro Quartet and the ever-popular series of five morning coffee concerts, plus films and walks, will add to the wide variety of 36 events which offer something for everyone,” Mrs Croose said.

One of today’s leading cellists, Warsaw-born Marcin Zdunik, will be the festival’s artist-in-residence making five appearances including playing two Bach suites for cello at St Nicholas’ Chapel on July 21, presenting the first of the five morning coffee concerts on July 23 and as soloist in the all-Tchaikovsky final night concert.

The Festival exhibition, Lynn from All Angles, will feature the work of Lynn man Walter Dexter who died 60 years ago, and Cambridge artist Jon Harris who shares Dexter’s fascination for Lynn, especially views of the River Great Ouse and the historic buildings along the waterfront.
There will also be films, talks and walks. Call the box office at the Corn Exchange on 01553-764864 or visit

Multi-million-pound revamp of town centre

Construction work in the Vancouver Quarter – Photo by Nick Downey, Highpics

An exciting multi-million-pound revamp is taking place in in the heart of King’s Lynn.

A vibrant new shopping area will be opened up on a site formerly occupied by Beales department store, helping to further improve the shopping experience in the historic market town.

Following the demise of the Beales store, the Vancouver centre’s owners (a consortium led by retail specialist LAP in joint partnership with the Borough council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk) engaged leading retail architects The Colman Partnership to design a modern replacement of the Beales store to raise the profile of the Vancouver Quarter.

The existing building did not meet with current design requirements for national store users and so the decision was taken to completely demolish the existing ’70s building and design two-storey retail units with a main 1,867m² unit.

H&M visual by Colman Architects

H&M has taken the lease for the large unit and the two-storey curtain walling entrance promotes both floors of retail space onto Baxter’s Plain. As well as H&M, the £3.8m project will also create four smaller retail units, ranging between 149m² and 533m². To lead shoppers towards Baxter’s plain, a projecting crown over sails the elevations of the principle unit.

Following a tendering process, Lynn-based company Chalcroft was appointed to bring this much needed addition to the Vancouver Quarter to fruition.

Work commenced with the demolition of the former Beales building soon after the site hoardings were erected. The bricks from the former store were regraded and recycled. The close proximity of the site to neighbouring businesses and the public meant that Chalcroft’s expertise in live site working came to the fore and close liaison has been vital. A section of floor connecting to the adjacent Iceland store will be incorporated into the new building for structural reasons.

Once the site was cleared, a number of investigations were carried out on the existing utility services and underground structures, with some services, including water, gas, electricity, sewerage and high-speed cables, being diverted. The drainage diversion had to be done at night so as not to disrupt the town centre and a temporary roadway through the construction site enabled emergency services to access the shopping precinct, should it be necessary. When the pedestrian area was re-opened by 5am each morning, the area had been resurfaced and normal service resumed during the day.

Chalcroft has now moved on to the piling, foundations and steelwork phase. The continuous flight auger piling system has been used so as to minimise vibration through the ground and keep noise to a minimum. This type of piling is when a special drill is driven into the ground and then, as it is removed, concrete is injected into the hole. Steel is then inserted to reinforce the concrete.

Chalcroft Operations Director, Andrew Hardy commented: “We’ve worked on a number of retail projects before but the location of this site within a pedestrianised precinct means that careful planning has gone into managing access to the area. A dedicated site supervisor controls pre-arranged material delivery to site, and communication with the public and our neighbours is key.”

He added: “We’re proud to be playing our part in an important project that will help to bring more people into King’s Lynn, where our Head Office is based.”

Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Cabinet Member for Corporate Projects and Assets, Cllr Alistair Beales, said: “Having a vibrant town centre, is vital for the local economy. This development is something we were keen to support as it will be the catalyst to regenerate this part of the town centre, building on our investments in the bus station, car parks and heritage assets. We are pleased that a local company is bringing this project to life and look forward to welcoming H & M to town.”

H&M is due to open Spring 2019.

King’s Lynn Library Events June 2018

For further information about events and to book please call 01553 772568

Regular weekly events

Just a cuppa – Mondays 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Baby bounce and rhyme – Mondays and Thursdays 10-10.30am

Colour yourself calm
– Tuesdays 10.30-12

Scrabble club – Wednesdays 10 – 12pm

Job Help – Fridays 2-5pm – Please book with Library staff.

Let’s talk – English conversation for speakers of other languages – Wednesday 2-3pm, Friday 6-7pm

Just a Cuppa – Every Saturday 11am-12 noon

Games Time – Every Saturday 2-4pm
Join us every Saturday afternoon for fun and games. Bring a friend and play some of the new games that we now have, including Trivial Pursuit, Mexican Train and Dobble!

Other Events

Read and Rabbit – Friday 1 st June 10.30am – 11.30am
This fun book group meets on the first Friday of the month. There is no set book and it is open to all readers. So come along make friends and talk about the books you love reading.

Trivial Pursuit -Thursday 7 th June 10am-12 noon
Come and join us for a lively game of Trivial Pursuit.

History Discussion Group – Wednesday 13 th June 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Enjoy History? Like to share and hear other people's thoughts and views? Then come to our discussion group on history's top issues.

Tune into Words – Thursday 14 th June 2.30pm-3.30pm
A monthly get together for all those who love listening to words….stories, poems. Plays or whatever !!!
Come along, listen and chat. Refreshments available.

Friday Night Book club– Friday 15 th June 6pm-7pm
Looking for a good read? Want to discuss books with others? Then join our monthly book group at King's Lynn Library which meets on the third Friday of the month at the library from 6-7pm

Knit and Knatter – Tuesday 19 th June 10 – 12pm
If you haven't picked up those needles for a while or want to learn, come along and join us for a knit and knatter.

Local History Club –Thursday 21 st June 10am – 12noon
Use the library's wide collection of resources. Photographs, school logs, books, newspaper cuttings and much, much more.

King’s Lynn Hanse Festival 2018

Pirates, Knights, Music & Maritime Celebrations will be coming to King’s Lynn this May!

On Sunday 20th May 2018 the ancient port of King’s Lynn celebrates its past and present membership of the Hanseatic league, its maritime history, and the multinational make-up of the town today, with a day of parades, music, film and events.

The King’s Lynn Hanse Festival marks the start of the town’s festival season and is a celebration for everyone in and around King’s Lynn to get involved in. In particular, local community groups and schools are being asked to join the parade, carrying flags representing different countries. Local businesses are being invited to offer their services or provide sponsorship to ensure the day does justice to the town’s status as member of the Hanseatic League for over 700 years.

Local community groups, schools and business are encouraged to register their interest in getting involved as soon as possible by calling Gary Pooley at Steele Media on 01553 886388 or by going to:

The Festival will start at 10.30am with a Parade of Flags through the town, beginning in Tuesday Market Place, going along the High Street, past the Custom House and along the quay side to finish at the Hanse House.

A rowing race and Royal Regatta will take place on the Great Ouse, and a fanfare with music from local and international performers will take place along the South Quay, including East Anglian jazz band DixieMix, following on from their enormous success in last year’s FestivalToo Jazz Sunday. Bring deck chairs and dancing shoes!

The day will continue with numerous activities for children around the town including a Hanseatic Treasure Trail, a Rampage of Pirates, the opportunity to shop in the recreation of a Hanseatic Shop in the Hanse House. Meanwhile a Medieval Market will be trading in the Purfleet and the High Street, and performers, music and dancing groups will be performing throughout the town and on the stage in King’s Staithe Square.

Archive footage of King’s Lynn’s fishing, trading and sea going past will be screened in the Town Hall, whilst there will be talks and tours on King’s Lynn and its role as a founder member of the Hanseatic League over the centuries. Over the weekend other events will also take place including the concert, “A Heroic Golden Age”, performed by Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, at St. Nicholas’ Chapel on the evening of Saturday 19th.

The King’s Lynn Hanse Festival promises to be a fun-packed event to be enjoyed by the whole of West Norfolk and the perfect start to a summer of established festivals including King’s Lynn Festival and Festival Too, truly establishing King’s Lynn as a Festival Town.

Find out more at

Grand East Anglia Run [GEAR 10K] 2018

Taking place on Sunday 6th May, this well-established run is being staged by Run For All in partnership with Alive Leisure and the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.

This returning Run For All event has a truly scenic route, taking in the pretty town centre, the River Ouse pathway, The Walks as well as a number of iconic, historical buildings such as the Red Mount, the Custom House and Greyfriars Tower.

The varied and picturesque course will be complemented with musicians and dancers to help you enjoy the day. Spectators always line the route to create a marvellous atmosphere.

The Grand East Anglian Run takes place on Sun 6 May 2018, starting from the Tuesday Market Place, from 10 am to 2pm.

Tickets now on sale for West Norfolk Wins

Elizabeth Nockolds, Michael Saunders (Lovell) and Rob Harman (Hughes)

West Norfolk’s brand new online lottery West Norfolk Wins is now live with the first draw set to take place on Saturday, 26 May 2018.

There is a chance of winning up to £25,000 each week. For players who sign up in time for the first draw there is an additional prize of a 50″ smart TV kindly sponsored by homes developer Lovell and a sound bar sponsored by Hughes in King’s Lynn.

Over twenty good causes have already signed up for the lottery, giving players plenty of choice over which charity or cause they wish to support. A further 15 good causes should be added in the next few weeks.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, deputy leader of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk said: “We have been delighted with the response we have had to this lottery in terms of the number of good causes that have signed up. The main purpose is to encourage people to support local charities and organisations but at the same time to give them a chance of winning up to £25,000. For the first draw we also have an additional prize of a 50″ smart TV and sound bar, thanks to local sponsors Lovell and Hughes.”

Tickets cost just £1, with 50p going to the local good cause, and 10p going into the West Norfolk Wins Community Fund. 20p goes towards the prize fund and the rest covers admin and VAT.

Tickets can be purchased online in blocks of one to 12 months. Payment is by direct debit or debit card.

To find out more or to buy tickets visit Players must be 16 or over and physically located in the UK

Always play responsibly, if you need to talk to someone about your gambling please contact

West Norfolk Wins is promoted by Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, a Local Authority Lottery licensed by the Gambling Commission.