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.”

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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.

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

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.

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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.

Join us for the Freedom Parade in the RAF’s centenary year

Personnel from Royal Air Force Marham will exercise their Freedom of the Borough and parade through King’s Lynn on Thursday 3 May 2018, and the mayor is urging local residents to come along and support them.

Two flights of serving personnel will form the Freedom Parade, which will start at noon in the Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn. The parade will also include a Tornado flypast at noon.

The station was first granted the Freedom of the Borough in 1981. It allows personnel to march through the town with ‘bayonets fixed, colours flying and bands playing’. Today, the parade has become an opportunity for local people to show their support of the station and its personnel.

The parade has extra significance this year as it takes place in the RAF’s centenary year, as one of a season of events taking place around the country under the banner of “RAF100”. To mark this occasion, a variety of stands from RAF Marham will be set up in the Tuesday Market Place from 10:30am, for the public to view.

This year’s parade is also significant as it will be the last to include a flypast from Tornados. The aircraft has been strongly associated with RAF Marham for 39 years, and a flypast of a Tornado at the start of the parade will be a fitting way to bid them farewell, before they are replaced with F35 Lightnings next year.

Cllr Carol Bower, Mayor of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, said: “We have strong links with Royal Air Force Marham, established and deepened over many years, and we are extremely proud of them. The Freedom Parade celebrates those connections and expresses our gratitude to the men and women from RAF Marham for their service to our community. I’m delighted that taking part in this historic event will be one of my last duties as mayor, and I do hope lots of people join us on the Tuesday Market Place on Thursday 3 May and to show their support, and enjoy this magnificent spectacle.”

The Band of the Royal Air Force College Cranwell will march on to Tuesday Market Place with the RAF Marham personnel, carrying the standard of IX squadron, at 11:40am. Spectators are advised to arrive by 11:30am to get the best view.

The civic procession, led by the mayor’s staffbearer, swordbearer and macebearers, and including Mayor Cllr Carol Bower and her consort Simon Bower, RAF Marham’s Station Commander, the Deputy Lieutenant, the High Sheriff, and scroll-bearers, will proceed from the town hall along High Street and arrive at Tuesday Market Place just before noon. The mayor will be invited by the parade commander to inspect the two flights of personnel before addressing the parade.

RAF Marham Station Commander, Group Captain Ian Townsend, said: “I am very much looking forward to exercising RAF Marham’s Freedom of King’s Lynn at the parade on 3 May. We are exceptionally well supported by our local community and it is a great honour to be able to celebrate our Freedom of the Borough during the RAF’s centenary year.”

For security reasons, there will be some intermittent road closures in Tuesday Market Place and the junctions surrounding it, along with Page Stair Lane and Water Lane, from 8am on Thursday 3 May. The road around Tuesday Market Place will be closed for one hour from around 11:30 for the parade.

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Council announces 2018 Events Programme

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk has announced its programme of events for 2018.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, deputy leader and cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “We’ve announced our programme of events for 2018 earlier than ever because we know everyone wants to get these dates in their diaries. Our established summer events all return, and two events that were successful additions last year are back: Mini Meet and the Hunstanton Soap Box Derby. We’ve already opened the entries for Mini Meet and Classic Car Day, such was the demand last year – visit our website now to book your place.

“I’m pleased that we’re making the announcement this close to Love West Norfolk Day on 14 February, because the free events the borough council puts on every year are something lots of people tell us they love about west Norfolk. Our events programme will be updated throughout the year, so keep an eye on the events page on our website, and our social media accounts”.

The events announced are:

12 & 13 May – Spring Plant & Craft Fair
Stalls, crafts and demonstrations perfect for all horticulturalists

20 May – Hanse Festival
A celebration of Lynn’s medieval trading and seafaring past

22 July – Forties Lynn
Activities all across the town centre explore life on the Home Front

5 August – Mods & Rockers
Scooter and motorbike enthusiasts gather for a look back at these 60s subcultures

11 & 12 August – Folk in the Town
Two days of free live folk, country and Americana performed by local bands

18 & 19 August – Hanseatic Ski Race
Motorboats race at 100mph along the Ouse, in this high-octane spectacle

26 August – Fairytales & Legends
This family favourite turns Lynn into a storybook wonderland

2 September – Mini Meet
The Tuesday Market Place fills with vintage and modern examples of this iconic car

16 September – Classic Car Day
This very popular event returns, as part of Heritage Open Day

23 September – Hunstanton Soapbox Derby
Homemade karts race along the streets of Hunstanton

2 November – Fawkes in The Walks
Lynn’s famous firework display

Christmas lights switch-on 2017

King’s Lynn’s Christmas lights switch-on is an afternoon of festive fun from noon to 4:30pm on Sunday 26 November.

Christmas in King’s Lynn officially begins at noon, with street entertainers performing around the town centre.

Strolling around the town centre will be the festive fairy-tale princesses; back by popular demand after their phenomenal success at last year’s switch-on, and the stars of the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange pantomime.

Father Christmas will be in his grotto on New Conduit Street in the Vancouver Quarter, so any youngsters who’ve been good this year should make sure they pay him a visit!

From 3pm the main stage, hosted by KLFM, opens to fill the Tuesday Market Place with live entertainment, including local band DNA and a festive Motown tribute from The Fascinettes.

There will also be festive stalls, and funfair rides for the little ones, as part of this afternoon of fun for all the family.

From 4:30pm the movie princesses, the stars of Jack and the Beanstalk, and Father Christmas will join the KLFM DJs on the Tuesday Market Place stage.

The countdown will begin, and shortly after 4:30pm, King’s Lynn’s Christmas lights will be switched-on by the Mayor, Cllr Carol Bower, and her consort, Mr Simon Bower.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, borough council deputy leader and cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “Our Christmas lights switch-on marks the start of a packed festive season for King’s Lynn. This afternoon of free family entertainment should get everyone in the Christmas spirit, and highlight what our town centre has to offer.”

After the lights switch-on, the ‘Free After Three’ parking promotion, courtesy of Discover King’s Lynn, begins on 30 November. Every Thursday until 21 December, you can park for free after 3pm in borough council car parks, making Christmas shopping in King’s Lynn easier than ever”.

Abbie Panks, Vancouver Quarter centre manager, added: “The Christmas light switch-on is one of the town’s most popular events, so whether you want to listen to some live music, check out the Light-Walkers or visit Father Christmas there will be something for everyone to enjoy.”

The switch-on event is organised by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and the Vancouver Quarter Shopping Centre.

Fawkes in The Walks 2017

Fawkes in The Walks, King’s Lynn’s annual free firework display, returns on Friday 3 November.

Now in its ninth year, this highlight of the town’s winter events calendar promises to be just as impressive as always. Thousands of local residents, and visitors from near and far, will gather in Lynn’s beautiful park, The Walks, to see a traditional bonfire and a dazzling firework display.

The fun will begin at 6pm, when the park will be packed with stalls and rides. Cllr Carol Bower, the Mayor of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, will light the bonfire at 6:30pm, and the firework display is scheduled to begin at 8pm.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, borough council deputy leader and cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “If you’ve started thinking about where to celebrate Bonfire Night, Friday 3 November is the date for your diary! Fawkes in The Walks is set to be as spectacular an event as usual, and I’d urge everyone to come along and join us. We’ve planned an amazing firework display for everyone to enjoy in a safe and controlled environment – don’t miss it!”

For the first time ever, Fawkes in The Walks will have its own Snapchat filter. Between 5pm and 9pm users can add the official filter to their snaps and let their friends know they’re enjoying the event! The borough council will also be sharing any snaps that are saved and posted to Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #FawkesinTheWalks.

Fawkes in The Walks is organised by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, and is free to attend. A voluntary collection will be made on the evening to help cover the cost of the event, and every donation is appreciated. Charges may be made for other activities.

Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.

People are advised not to bring pets to the park during the evening.
This is an organised display, and private fireworks are not permitted in The Walks.

Please do not bring firewood for the bonfire as this will not be accepted.

The entrance to The Walks from Seven Sisters/Extons Road will be closed on the evening from 7:45pm, and those planning to enter the park from that end are advised to use the Tennyson Avenue entrance instead.

The most convenient car park for the event is the St James’ multi-storey, and attendees are advised to use this.

Anyone planning to attend the event is advised to listen to 96.7 KLFM on the evening, as cancellation information, should it be necessary, will be announced there.

Halloween Spooktacular

Families are being invited to get dressed up in their Halloween costumes and head to the heart of King’s Lynn on Tuesday 31 October for a Halloween spooktacular.

The Vancouver Quarter and the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk have once again teamed up to celebrate Halloween with a special trail around the town centre.

Between 3pm and 5.30pm, children and their parents should go to the Halloween HQ on the Tuesday Market Place, to collect a special Halloween map before making their way around the town centre collecting codewords from retailers as they go.

There will also be a photobooth situated in the Vancouver Quarter for youngsters to get photographed in their costumes in front of a spooky backdrop as well as street entertainment including two giant witches who are learning their craft, not always with the best results.

Those who complete the trail will be rewarded with a goodie bag on their arrival back at Halloween HQ. They will also being entered into a prize draw to win £200 to spend in the town on toys

Abbie Panks, Vancouver Quarter centre manager, said “This is one of the highlights of the year for the centre and we once again look forward to welcoming hundreds of children and their families to this year’s event.

“The event is so well supported every year and it’s a great opportunity for town centre businesses and attractions to work together to provide yet another fun and free event. And if that’s not enough, one lucky child will win £200 to spend on toys in the town.”

Organisers are also calling on families to carve a pumpkin and enter it into their competition as part of this event. Entries will need to be submitted to the Halloween HQ by 5pm on 31 October.

Councillor Elizabeth Nockolds, Cabinet Member for Culture, Heritage and Health, added: “This is another great, free event for King’s Lynn town centre, which follows on from our successful programme of events this summer.

“I hope many families will come into town and get into the ‘spirit’ of the occasion. We’re all looking forward to seeing the children and their parents dressed in the Halloween costumes. It’s a great way to have some Halloween fun, in a safe environment and to help support local high street retailers.”

Free fun during the half-term at Lynn Museum!

On Tuesday 24th October Lynn Museum will be hosting a family event day to celebrate everything pre-historic! Join the team at Lynn Museum between 10.30am-1pm for a range of exciting activities to suit visitors of all ages.

The event will provide visitors with the opportunity to learn more about pre-historic life and the people who built the mysterious Seahenge. There will be a chance to handle real Stone Age, Bronze Age & Iron Age artefacts and meet a Bronze Age man who will discuss how the amazing monument might have been constructed over 4000 years ago.

Those wanting to get creative can learn the art of braiding, a common activity for people of the Bronze Age era. For anyone with a sweet tooth, come along and try to construct your own Seahenge with cake and chocolate.

As well as all these amazing activities there will be a family trail running from 21st October to 28th October, complete the trail to win a small spooky surprise.
This event is completely free, a brilliant way to entertain the family at the start of the half-term.

Lynn Museum is open from Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm
Free Admission

For further information contact:
Sophie Broomfield, Front of House Supervisor, Lynn Museum, 01553 775001,

For more details on upcoming events at the museum please visit or call 01553 775001.