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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.

 

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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.

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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.”

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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, sophie.broomfield@norfolk.gov.uk

For more details on upcoming events at the museum please visit www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/Lynn-Museum or call 01553 775001.

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Heritage Skills Study Day Returns

New locations, guest speakers, behind-the-scenes tours and more…

On Saturday 14th October history and heritage enthusiasts are invited to go ‘behind the scenes’ and learn about some key buildings in King’s Lynn. Last year, the Heritage Skills Study Day was a great success, so this year it is back – bigger and better.

Starting at 10am at St Nicholas’ Chapel, the varied agenda includes visits to Greyfriars Tower, the Stone Hall and King’s Lynn Minster. Talks and tours will be delivered by experts including Susan Lee of Eskdale Restoration who will be demonstrating paint conservation techniques. Morning and afternoon tea, and a buffet lunch are all included. The day is due to end at 3:30pm.

All this is on offer for the amazing price of just £20 per person thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This is a fantastic opportunity to explore some unique historic buildings and learn about their care and restoration.

To book a place, please contact Steven King: Steven.King@West-Norfolk.gov.uk or 01553 616892

This event is being delivered through the partnership of St Nicholas’ Chapel, Stories of Lynn and St Margaret’s Townscape Heritage Initiative, which are all supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

About St Nicholas’ Chapel, King’s Lynn

The largest Chapel of Ease in the country, St Nicholas’ Chapel in King’s Lynn was originally founded by William Turbe, the third Bishop of Norwich around 1140. The building we see today is mostly the result of a substantial re-building between the late 14th and early 15th centuries, with the sole exception of the tower which dates from around 1225, and was comprehensively reordered in 1852.

The chapel is in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust, the national charity saving historic churches at risk, and in September 2015, it was reopened following a £2.7m regeneration, in partnership with the Friends of St Nicholas’ Chapel and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Since reopening, the chapel has begun a new life as a cultural venue for events, concerts, fairs and exhibitions.

For more see – www.stnicholaskingslynn.org.uk

About The Churches Conservation Trust

The Churches Conservation Trust is the national charity saving historic churches at risk, charged with protecting 347 beautiful church buildings which attract almost 2 million visitors a year. The Trust’s collection includes irreplaceable examples of architecture, archaeology and art from 1,000 years of English history.

The Trust is the operator of the third largest heritage estate in charitable ownership in the UK and has an international award-winning reputation in heritage conservation and regeneration. All churches in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust are listed, mostly Grade I and II*, and some are Scheduled Ancient Monuments.

Without the care of The Churches Conservation Trust, the buildings they look after might have disappeared entirely. Instead they are enjoyed as social, tourism, educational or cultural resources, kept open, in use, and living once again in the heart of communities. All the Trust’s churches remain consecrated and are used for occasional worship.

For more see www.visitchurches.org.uk

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk @heritagelottery @HLFEoE

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Baden Powell – last trips this year

On Saturday 14 October, King’s Lynn historic boat Baden Powell will be taking passengers on river trips for the last time this year.

The afternoon high tide on Saturday is 2.49pm, so the first trip will be at 1pm, and there will be other departures at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.

But only if the weather is reasonable. Baden Powell is an open boat, so no fun in heavy rain or strong winds – as any fisherman will tell you.

The trips will start from the pontoons on the quayside. Eight passengers can be taken on each trip. There is no charge, but each passenger is asked to make a suggested donation to the King’s Lynn Worfolk Boat Trust of £10. And if they enjoy the experience they can leave tips in the bucket afterwards to help pay for the sails when they are fitted early next year.

Seats can be booked by phoning 07934 562909, or through Twitter or Facebook using ‘floatourboat17’.

Passengers will get a new perspective on the town’s waterfront before the full sailing programme begins in Spring next year.

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Deepdale Christmas Market 2017

Deepdale Christmas Market is a wonderful celebration of the festive season on the beautiful North Norfolk Coast. Dalegate Market, Deepdale Backpackers & Camping and St Mary’s Church welcome over 120 local artisans and producers to the little coastal village of Burnham Deepdale, creating one of the East of England’s largest festive markets in a tiny village of just 30 permanent residents.

Old favourites like Candi’s Chutney, James Buttifant’s penguins, Marsh Pig, Nelson & Norfolk Tea Company, Breckland Orchard, Cushion Cottage, Gourmet Brownies, Ollands Farm Foods, Boo Boutique, Norfolk Brewhouse, Bringing The Outside In, Holkham Forge, Lilac Nuseries and Reclaimed Time will be returning with their wonderful produce.

“I’m looking forward to welcoming many new additions this year, artisans like Oak & Antler, pud’Eng, Ferndale Cheeses, Marshes & Flint, Saffire Handmade Chocolates, Molten Aqua, St Elvan Mead and Unsimply Stitched. The full list of the 120+ stalls can be found on the website – www.deepdalechristmasmarket.co.uk”, said Estelle Townshend.

“Visitors will recognise the usual setup with a few major improvements for this ninth annual market. Regulars will know we adjust the stalls each year, so no tent is ever quite the same.” said Jason Borthwick

The Dalegate Tent in front of the shops, with various outside stalls around it, will remain as it has been in previous years. There’s plenty of space to sit, have a drink and recharge, and enjoy the live music.

St Mary’s Church will offer some high quality stalls, hot drinks and cakes in aid of the church building fund, and there will be live entertainment there too.

All the stalls have been booked for a few months, giving the artisans and producers time to prepare for the market. The entertainment programme is forming at the moment, as Jason Borthwick and Chris Haycock gather performers for the weekend.

Parking is free and as usual the Coasthopper buses will be stopping outside the door, so you can always leave the car at home.

The ninth Deepdale Christmas Market takes place on Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December, open from 10am to 5pm each day.

Full details of the whole event are available on the website: www.deepdalechristmasmarket.co.uk

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King’s Lynn Heritage Day 2017

A wonderful FREE day out. 60 places of interest in King’s Lynn will open their doors to the public on Sunday.

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Lego Lynn is coming to town!

The Lego version of Trues Yard Cottages.

On Tuesday 1st August True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum is launching its Lego Lynn project. The Museum will be encouraging visitors to build some of the town’s iconic buildings, from the Custom House to the True’s Yard cottages.

Trues Yard Cottages

The Museum hopes that this will increase visitors’ appreciation for the town’s wonderful historic buildings, as well as being great fun!

King’s Lynn has a rich architectural legacy, with 300 listed buildings in the town. Figures from the town’s past include the Lynn born architect Henry Bell, who was responsible for designing the Duke’s Head and the Custom House, described by Nikolaus Pevsner in one of over 30 volumes on The Buildings of England as “one of the finest late [17th century] public buildings in provincial England”.

As Deputy Manager Rebecca Rees explains, “Lego is a classic children’s toy which appeals to all ages. We hope parents and grandparents will have fun helping children try to create some of Lynn’s buildings. Who knows, we might have the next Henry Bell!”

Lego Lynn will run from 1st August to 2nd September and is free with Museum admission. Visitors are encouraged to share their creations on social media using the hashtag #LegoLynn.

True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum is a community museum and heritage site which was officially opened in 1991. Its survival in the 1980s was due to the success campaign of Museum founder Pat Midgley, MBE, who was supported by the Northenders and Borough Council. The Museum is currently undertaking a Heritage Lottery Funded project to improve its archives and is coming to the end of its Silver Jubilee fundraising appeal.

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Restored “Baden Powell” to sail on the Ouse again

The Baden Powell as it was …

The rejuvenated vessel Baden Powell is set to sail the Ouse again in August.

Volunteers have been busy working on the boat at Terrington St John and will transfer the vessel to King’s Lynn Docks in July for final preparations.

On an appropriate August tide Baden Powell will come through the dock entrance and into her normal home, the River Great Ouse. There will be a naming ceremony for the boat at the pontoons near Marriotts Warehouse and Hanse House. Lynn’s historic boat will then tie up to a buoy in the public eye off the quay.

In September the first passengers will join the Baden Powell at the pontoons and go up and down the river to learn of the importance of the river to the establishment of the town and its prosperity as a trading port from the 11th Century or before.

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Father’s Day Workshop will bring fun to town centre.

Families are being invited into the Vancouver Quarter on Saturday 17 June to attend a special Father’s Day workshop.

Following the success of their Mother’s Day workshop, children will be able to make trophies and decorate plaques to help the shopping centre celebrate all the amazing dads in town.

Running from 10am to 3pm in the unit opposite to Wilko in New Conduit Street, this free drop-in session is perfect for little ones to make a handmade surprise for their dad. It is suitable for children aged between three and eight years old but they must be supervised by adults at all times.

“Our Father’s Day workshop will be ensure kids have a fun-filled time in the he​art of King’s Lynn,” said Vancouver Quarter’s marketing and events assistant David Blackmore. “This workshop is designed to bring some fun to the town centre but will also give parents some free activities to do with their children whilst also supporting the town centre.

“There will be plenty of other free events in the Vancouver Quarter this year, including the return of our very popular Halloween event and Christmas Grotto. ​Follow us Twitter, like our page on Facebook and keep an eye on our website for details of events when they are confirmed.”

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Water Ski racing on the Ouse

For the third year running the Historic waterfront of King’s Lynn and the river Great Ouse will play host to the Hanseatic Water Ski Race. The event has grown in stature each year and is now ranking as one of the best venues in the UK and Europe.

This year’s event will see the return of Formula 1, 2 and 3 water-ski racing to the South Quay with racing on Saturday 17 June and Sunday 18 June.

Six races will be staged each day over the two days including an under 8s race which was new and very well received at last year’s event, with competitors travelling from far and wide to take part.

The Hanseatic Race has firmly established itself and now in its third year matches the famous Diamond Race which takes place in the Hanseatic town of Antwerp in Belgium.

There will also be fun family activities happening on the quayside across both days. These will include food stalls, sweet stalls and ice cream, an outside BBQ and bar, face-painting, and more. Costumed characters will also be on hand to join in the fun.

The races will start at 10:00am each day through until 3:00pm with full details of the schedule published at www.kingslynnskirace.co.uk.

Jason Russell, president of Hunstanton Ski Club and chairman of the Hanseatic Ski Race, said: “Anyone who witnessed last year’s event first hand will want to come back for more and see this breath-taking spectacle again. Highly tuned power boats reaching speeds of 100mph plus, at the same time demonstrating the skill of the boat crews enhanced by the courage and fitness of the skiers being pulled behind. It’s rare to be able to see the racing from such a great vantage point, as most races take place at sea. This Ski race just gets better and will continue to go from strength to strength – it’ll be loud, exciting, and most of all, unforgettable.”

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Picnic On The Park 2017

The popular North Wootton event ‘Picnic On the Park’ is back again for another year.

Featuring local bands and performers, food and drink stalls, rides, inflatables and activities, local traders and charities. A great free family fun day out. Free parking at North Wootton School, PE30 3PT.

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New “Mini Meet” in the Market Place

With just three months to go ’til the council’s newest summer event – Mini Meet in the Market Place – event organisers are encouraging owners of these much-loved motors to register for the event.

Cllr Brian Long, Leader of the Council, said “People hold these iconic cars in their hearts with such fondness I thought it would be great to fill the Tuesday Market Place with them. It gives owners a rare opportunity to show off their pride and joy in a town centre location. Any make or model of Mini – new or old welcome. We want to create a real spectacle for people to come and see.”

The event takes place from 10am to 3pm on Sunday, 27 August 2017.

Live music, entertainment and trade stalls will make this a great family day out for all Mini owners and enthusiasts.

Cllr Brian Long, added, said: “This event builds on the success of our classic car show, which has become a real feature of our events programme. The Mini holds a special place in British pop culture; from starring in The Italian Job in the swinging Sixties to its reinvention as a modern classic today. So if you own a Mini, come and show it off! We’ll be awarding prizes for the Judges’ Choice and the People’s Favourite.”

Anyone wishing to show off their Mini should register online at www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/minimeet

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Local History Week at True’s Yard

Local History day is held at True’s Yard on the 1st Saturday in June every year. This year they decided to go one step further and hold an entire week dedicated to the incredible history of this town.

Tuesday 30th May- Free Family Fun Day at St Nicholas’ Chapel
Time travelling games, trail, dressing-up, puppets, prize draw, homemade cake and more. Suitable for all ages. Drop in between 10.30am – 2.00pm. True’s Yard along with many other organisations will have a stall at the Chapel with loads of historical games and activities.

Wednesday 31st May- North End Guided Tour 2pm £5
What better way to get to know your local history than to walk the streets and see the marks our ancestors left on the landscape? Hear the remarkable stories of the people of the North End and round it all off with a cup of complimentary tea or coffee in the newly restored Georgian Tearoom.

Thursday 1st June – 1pm-2pm Live History Theatre Workshop £5
All the way from Canada Live History are coming to True’s Yard! Live History workshops offer hands on experiences in theatre, mystery building, artefact identification, history lessons, and a Q+A with the Live History Team. Limited places so booking advised.

6pm- 7pm CIRCA- True’s Yard meets Night at the Museum! £10
An adventure through time! You meet a strange figure in historical dress who has no clue who they are. Help them avoid the security guard and discover their identity! Limited places booking advised.

Friday 2nd June – Exhibition Opening Historic Crimes 12noon
Pirates, Smugglers, Murderers and Vagabonds- their stories are all here in the latest exhibition. Why not join the rogues gallery and have your mug shot taken?

Saturday 3rd June- Family History Class with tutors Vic and Val £3 and Guided Walk 12noon £5
Includes a complimentary drink.

For more information or to book tickets call 01553 770479 or email info@truesyard.co.uk

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Spring Plant & Craft Fair 2017

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk’s Spring Plant & Craft Fair returns to the Tuesday Market Place in King’s Lynn from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May.

This popular event returns with a wide range of stalls, demonstrations and workshops that will appeal to both keen gardeners and families in search of a fun day out, including:

  • Plant/craft stalls
  • Children’s activities/craft workshops
  • Chainsaw carving demonstrations
  • Drop-in plant/tree surgery
  • West Norfolk & King’s Lynn Beekeeper’s Association (with observation hive)
  • Norfolk’s Master Composters

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, borough council deputy leader and cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said “Our Spring Plant & Craft Fair has something for everyone, whether you look after acres or just a window-box. A new addition this year is a visit from the RSPB: gardens are a haven for our feathered friends and you can learn how to encourage them. The Plant Fair once again coincides with the Hanse Festival, so there really will be lots to do and see in King’s Lynn town centre that weekend”.

The free activity and craft workshops are for all ages, but children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.

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