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Hanse Festival 2017

Another Medieval Market is planned.

Two days of exciting events and activities have been organised to celebrate International Hanse Day and the 12th anniversary of King’s Lynn’s membership of the new Hanse on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May.

During the festival, there will be a rare chance to see inside the incomparable Elizabethan tower at Clifton House. The owners of this historic merchant’s house are opening the tower especially for the festival. A small fee is payable.

Hanse Walks will explore the fascinating history of King’s Lynn’s links with the Hanseatic ports. The walks will be led by Kings’ Lynn Town Guides, and will be an hour-long tour of the town’s key Hanseatic buildings. The walks are free to attend but must be pre-booked through the Tourist Information Centre. Both walks take place on Saturday 20 May.

The History and Archaeology Symposium comprises a lecture and a book launch at Marriott’s Warehouse. The Lecture by Robert Kenny shines a light on medieval ships and trade and in particular tells the fascinating story of the Newport ship. Tickets are £3 and must be booked from True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum. After the lecture Cllr Nick Daubney will be launching a new book ‘Six Essays in Hanseatic History’. The book, published by Poppyland, is based on talks given by historians at previous Hanse Festivals.

Hanse Musik, an hour-long concert celebrating King’s Lynn’s Hanseatic, nautical and fishing heritage, takes place in All Saints Church at 5pm on 20 May.

On Saturday at 5pm, the focus of the festival moves to King’s Staithe Square, where an evening of live music begins. A line-up of international acts will perform until 10.00pm including Georgia Shackleton Trio, Victor Menace and Trad.Attack.

Estonian band Trad.Attack

On the second day of the festival, Sunday 21 May the programme of events is even more extensive. There will be fun activities for children at the town hall. Children can make a cardboard Hanse ship (cog) with local Artist Emma Jarvis. Meet a medieval trader’s wife, and find out what was being traded from where, in the time of the Hanse. They will also be able to make a medieval circle braid to take home.

The ever-popular medieval dancing in the Stone Hall at the town hall will return – delighting audiences and getting everyone tapping their toes.

Live music will take place on Sunday in King’s Staithe Square from 1pm to 6pm. Local band the Fried Pirates will be first up, followed by Remi Harris Trio, Ruth Theodore and Band and Flats and Sharps.

Cllr Nick Daubney, English Commissioner for the Hanseatic League and borough council cabinet member, said: “Since we began holding a Hanse Festival, it has drawn attention to King’s Lynn’s rich Hanseatic heritage, and celebrated our links with the modern league. Historically the waterfront has been crucial to Lynn’s trade and the festival gets people into the area, to reflect on its past and think about its future. I hope this year, that many of our colleagues and acquaintances from the Hanse, who live here, will come and join the celebrations with us. I am delighted that we have been able to use our strong Hanseatic links to build effective business networks.”

Honorary Alderman and Local Historian Dr Paul Richards said: “The Hanse Festival celebrates Lynn’s maritime heritage and how it is alive today inspiring us to make the most of our exceptional port town for the future.”

Saturday May 20 – Timetable of events

11:00 to 15:00 Clifton Tower 17 Queen Street
From noon Skiff display and try rows King’s Staithe Square
12.00 and 20.00 tbc Medieval Market King’s Staithe Square
11:00 and 14:00 Hanse Walks & Talks Custom House & Marriott’s Warehouse
from noon Newport Ship King Staithe Square
15:00 to 22:00 BBQ & drinks King Staithe Square
15:00 to 22:00 Coffee & Cake King’s Staithe Square
17:00 to 18:00 Hanse Musik concert All Saints Church
18:00 to 22:30 Live music King’s Staithe Square
22.00 Fireworks King’s Staithe Square

Sunday May 21 – Timetable of events

10:00 to 16:00 Fun activities for children Stone Hall – King’s Lynn Town Hall
11:00 to 18:00 Medieval market King Staithe Square
11:00 to 15:00 Medieval dancing Stone Hall – King’s Lynn Town Hall
12:00 to 18:00 Live music King’s Staithe Square
14:00 to 16:00 Clifton Tower 17 Queen Street
from noon Newport Ship Exhibition King Staithe Square
12:00 to 18:00 BBQ & drinks King Staithe Square
10:30 to 13:00 & 13:00 – 16:00 Coffee & cake King’s Staithe Square

www.kingslynnhansefestival.co.uk

Road closure details

South Quay will be closed from 3pm until midnight on Saturday 20 May and from 11am until 7pm on Sunday 21 May.

 

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King’s Lynn Mart 2017



This year the King’s Lynn Mart runs from Tuesday 14th Feb till Sat 25th Feb.

Family Day (all rides reduced) is on Wednesday 15th February.

Opening times for the Period Tuesday 14th to Sat 19th will be Noon till late.
The Mart is closed on Sundays.

The official opening is 12 noon Tuesday the 14th on the Tuesday Market Place, which is preceded by a civic parade through town. Come and join the crowd and see the official opening of the oldest Fair in the UK.

Unofficial FaceBook Page

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Children’s choir to entertain shoppers in King’s Lynn

Shoppers in King’s Lynn will be brought some extra extra festive cheer this Saturday (10 December), by West Norfolk Youth Choir. The choir will be performing a range of songs, including some Christmas favourites, at Marks and Spencer, King’s Lynn, from 10.30am to 11.30am.

There is no charge to shoppers, who can drop in for as much of the performance as they wish. There will be a collection, and any funds raised will be shared between the East Anglian Air Ambulance and West Norfolk Music Centre, both of which are charities whose work benefits local people.

The Youth Choir is part of West Norfolk Music Centre, and it rehearses on Saturday mornings at Springwood High School. The choir is open to all children and young people between 7 and 14 years of age, and new members are always welcome.

Members of the choir will also join with ensemble musicians from the Music Centre on Sunday 18 December in the foyer of Tesco Hardwick, King’s Lynn.

Derek Stringer, Chairman of West Norfolk Music Centre, said, “We are always very pleased to be invited to perform in public and to support other charitable causes where we can. Our young singers are gaining confidence and the choir continues to grow.”

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King’s Lynn Christmas Lights Switch-On 2016

Christmas Lights in New Conduit Street. Photo: Calendar Club

Christmas Lights in New Conduit Street. Photo: Calendar Club

The Big King’s Lynn’s Christmas lights switch-on will be an afternoon of festive fun from 12noon to 4:30pm on Sunday 20 November.

The Big Switch-on begins at noon, with street entertainers performing around the town centre.

Also strolling around the town will be the festive Fairy Tale Prince and Princesses. They’re back by popular demand after their phenomenal success at last year’s switch-on.

Youngsters shouldn’t forget to pay a visit to Father Christmas in his grotto on New Conduit Street in the Vancouver Quarter.

Mums, dads and grandparents can come and meet the afternoon’s special guest, Paul Barber: ‘Denzil’ in the beloved BBC comedy ‘Only Fools and Horses’. Paul also appeared in the hit comedy film ‘The Full Monty’.

From 2pm the Tuesday Market Place will be abuzz with live entertainment as the main stage opens. KLFM’s Simon Rowe, Charles Dennett and Ross Garrigan will host a selection of special guests and live entertainment, including some top local bands.
There will also be funfair rides for the little ones, as part of this afternoon of fun for all the family.

From 4pm the Prince and Princesses and Father Christmas will join Si, Charles and Ross on the Tuesday Market Place stage.

Cinderella and the Ugly Sisters, stars of Cinderella, this year’s pantomime at the Alive Corn Exchange, will also be on stage, after saying hello in the town centre to get everyone truly in the Christmas spirit.

The countdown will begin, and shortly after 4pm, the switch-on will be done by the Mayor, Cllr David Whitby, and the Mayoress, Mrs Linda Whitby.

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

Tuesday Market Place

Tuesday Market Place

Norfolk Street

Norfolk Street

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Halloween spooktacular in King’s Lynn

halloween-spooktacular-is-returning-to-kings-lynn-on-october-31Families are being invited to get dressed up in their Halloween costumes and head to the heart of King’s Lynn on Monday 31 October for a Halloween spooktacular.

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and the Vancouver Quarter 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 Halloween HQ on Baxter’s Plain, opposite Argos and Costa Coffee, to collect a special Halloween map before making their way around the town centre collecting stamps from retailers as they go.

Those who collect at least 15 stamps will be rewarded with a goodie bag on their arrival back at Halloween HQ on Baxter’s Plain. Those who collect all 20 stamps are also being entered into a prize draw to win £250 to spend 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 the town to work together to provide yet another fun and free event”

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. And if that’s not enough, one lucky child will win £250 to spend on toys in the town.”

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Fawkes in The Walks 2016

Last year's fireworks display at Fawkes in The Walks

Last year’s fireworks display at Fawkes in The Walks

Fawkes in The Walks, King’s Lynn’s annual free firework display returns on Friday 4 November.

Now in its eighth year, the spectacular display is a highlight of the town’s winter events calendar and this year’s event promises to be just as impressive. Thousands of local residents, and visitors from near and far, 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. At 6.30pm the borough mayor, Cllr David Whitby will light the bonfire, and the main firework display is scheduled to begin at 8pm.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, borough council cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “The Walks makes a fantastic venue for this popular event, giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy an amazing firework display in a controlled and safe environment. Fawkes in the Walks is the perfect way for the whole family to celebrate Bonfire Night”.

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. Private fireworks are not permitted in The Walks.

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

People planning to attend the event are 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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Scenes of King’s Lynn on display

kings-lynn-ezone-photosA Superb Photography Exhibition of Scenes of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk will go on display at Greyfriars Artspace this Tuesday.

The photos were produced by members of the Photography Group of Ezone and Forward, a charity that supports adults with learning disabilities

This inspiring show will be open at Greyfriars Art Space, 43 St James Street, King’s Lynn from this coming Tuesday, 4 October until Thursday, 6 October from 10am-4pm.

greyfriarsartspace.co.uk

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Memories of childhood at Lynn Museum

little-lives-posterWhat are your memories of childhood? What were your schooldays like? What childhood games did you like to play?

A new exhibition at the Lynn Museum touches on the stories of childhood over the last two centuries. Childhood objects from the museum collections together with photographs and paintings offer snapshots of the changing experience of childhood.

Four local children from the last 200 years were chosen to illustrate Little Lives.

The first child is Beatrice Monement. She was a child in the 1850s and 1860s, one of a large family. She used a dolls house made by her father and played the games of croquet and chess with her sister. The Monement family dolls house is on show as well as a photograph of Beatrice’s mother and brother at the woodworking bench where the dolls house was made. Beatrice’s uncle was William Bolding, an early pioneer of photography in Norfolk and on display in the museum is a selection of family photographs by Bolding.

The second child is Elaine Lowerison. She was a child in the 1900s and 1910s. Elaine went to the Ruskin School in Heacham and enjoyed their creative approach to learning. On display are portraits of Elaine and her brother Gordon together with photographs and ephemera from the museum collections to help tell the story of this unconventional school.

Ian, Mike, David and Alastair Breen grew up in the 1950s and 1960s. The Breen brothers went to King Edward VII Grammar School in King’s Lynn and have kindly supplied the Museum with their recollections of the time. These include memories of working at Lin-Can, the cannery in King’s Lynn as a holiday job and playing Cowboys and Indians in the woods. On display is a school uniform worn by Ian Breen from the 1960s complete with cap, blazer and tie.

Emma Morse was a child in the 1990s and 2000s. She recalls the excitement of newly published Harry Potter books and films and her time as a Brownie. To go with this most recent section the museum has assembled a collection of toys and games of the period including Pokemon Monopoly, a Game Boy and Beanie Babies.

LITTLE LIVES: Snapshots of Childhood 1800 to the Present Day – opens 24th September, until 11th June 2017

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Heritage Open Day 2016

Heritage Day Leaflet 2016

Join in England’s annual celebration of local history and architecture. On Sunday 11th September it’s your chance to have a wonderful FREE day out exploring King’s Lynn’s historic buildings.

The King’s Lynn Civic Society working with the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and
West Norfolk, the Red Badge Town Guides, businesses, residents and Friends groups have arranged a great programme so you can visit houses, offices, gardens, churches, chapels, interesting cemeteries, towers, tunnels and even a temple not normally open to the public.

Look out for special events, colourful re-enactors, music, dancing, classic cars and exhibitions. Heritage Open Day is England’s most popular grassroots cultural event. It is also your chance to see good and innovative new build, renovation and plans for the restoration of our historic town.

Full details available for Download Here.

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Summer Fun at Lynn Museum

Lynn Museum GallopersEvery week of August at Lynn Museum there are three different activities to keep the whole family happy – a themed trail, a hands-on activity morning with crafts and object handling and an afternoon storytelling event. With themes changing each week there is always something new to enjoy.

For your budding mini Palaeontologist head down on Tuesday 9 August to get hands on with our fantastic fossil collection and create a range of dinosaur themed crafts including flying dinosaurs!

Discover how children played in the past on Tuesday 23 August. There will be chance to handle real toys and games from the past. Visitors can try their hand at a range of traditional games and make a traditional optical illusion toy to take home. If fairground sideshows are more your style roll up on 16 August and discover how fairground rides were made. Plus enjoy a freshly made mini candy floss!

If you prefer walking like an Egyptian, visit between 9 and 14 August to try your hand at Where My Mummy? Ancient Egyptian trail for a chance to win a small prize. On Thursday 25 August visitors can enjoy Ancient Egyptian Myth from our storyteller who will draw illustrations as he tells tales.

There’s more mythical storytelling on 11 and 18 August with Roman and Anglo-Saxon themes.

For budding pirates visit on Tuesday 30 August and discover things All at Sea. Handle real maritime artefacts, meet our costumed pirates and create some piratical crafts. Any wannabe Captain Ahabs can hurt for whales between 16 and 21 August – if you find them claim your small prize.

All events are included in museum admission. Museum Pass Holders, Friends of Lynn Museum, Under 4s and Children’s University Passport Holders are free!

Lynn Museum Family Events (10.30am – 1pm)

Free with museum admission

Tuesday 9 August – Deadly Dinosaur Crafts and Fantastic Fossils

Tuesday 16 August – All the Fun of the Fair

Tuesday 23 August – Toys and Games from the Past

Tuesday 30 August – All At Sea: Pirate and Sailors

Thursday Story Time (12.30 to 3.30pm)

Free with museum admission

Thursday 11 August – Roman Myths

Thursday 18 August – Anglo-Saxon Tales

Thursday 25 August – Ancient Egyptian Myths

Family Trails
Free with museum admission. 10am to 5pm
Try a different trail for each week of the summer holidays.
Complete five trail and get invited to our Trails Stars Party on Saturday 17 September!
9 – 13 August – Where’s My Mummy? Egyptian Trail
16 – 20 August – Whale Trail
23 – 27 August – Victorians
30 August – 3 September – Twitching Trail
8 – 11 September – Paintings Trail

Lynn Museum Admission Fees
Tuesday – Saturday 10am to 5pm Sunday 12 noon to 4pm
Admission Fees
Adult £4.20
Conc* £4.00
Child £3.20
Family Ticket (1 adult & all children) £10.50
Family Ticket (2 Adults & all children) £14.30
Pop in for £1 from 4pm
*Concession visitors with disabilities, unwaged, over 65s or in full-time education
Free Admission – **Museum Pass Holders, **Friends of Lynn Museum, Museum association and Art Fund members with a valid card, Children’s University members and Under 4s.

Lynn Museum
Market Street
Kings Lynn
Norfolk
www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/LynnMuseum
Tel: 01553 775001
Email: lynnmuseum@norfolk.gov.uk.
www.facebook/LynnMuseumNorfolk

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Songs from the Sea and Lynn Ballads

trues yard frank-castletonSongs from the Sea & Lynn Ballads is coming to True’s Yard on the 2nd of September at 6-8pm.

Lynn ballads by the talented Mr Gareth Calway of Room at the Hanse and local band The Fried Pirates who’ll be performing history through folk song.

Tickets cost £10 and are available at the museum. Refreshments are included and will be served during the interval.

Please support the Museum in its last outdoor event in Silver Jubilee Calendar. Help them in the final push to reach their target!

Call 01553 770479 or email info@truesyard.co.uk to book.

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Fairytales and Legends returns

Fairytales Weekend characters 600Fairytales and Legends returns to King’s Lynn town centre on Sunday 21 August for a day of magic, enchantment, princesses and superheroes!

After last year’s success, Fairytales and Legends is back. This fun free event is a great day out for children and families, packed full of things to see and do. Activities take place from 10am to 4pm at locations around the town centre.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, borough council cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “We’re delighted Fairytales and Legends is returning this year – it was so popular last year we’re expecting more people than ever. The day’s programme has something for children of all ages, from soundplay classes for toddlers, to craft workshops for older children. We’d also like to invite all children to come along in fancy dress!”

Abbie Panks, Vancouver Quarter centre manager, said: “Every event is free of charge, making this the perfect day out for all the family. Some activities need to be pre-booked, and I recommend you do so as early as possible – places will go fast!”

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Summer activities at Stories of Lynn

A junior pirate dressing up at Stories of Lynn

A junior pirate dressing up at Stories of Lynn

Stories of Lynn is holding two fun activity days for children, over the summer holidays.

Stories of Lynn is King’s Lynn’s new and exciting attraction, exploring the town’s 800-year history. Based at Lynn’s beautiful and historic town hall, it offers a great day out for all the family. And now it’s offering two special activity days for children.

Pirates – Wednesday 10 August, 10am to 4pm

An exciting day of activities aimed at all junior swashbucklers. Young visitors can meet a pirate hunter, and learn all about the past pirates of King’s Lynn. They’ll make their very own pirate hat and eye-patch to take home. They’ll also hunt for pirate booty along a treasure trail.

Gaol Break – Wednesday 24 August, 10 am to 4pm

Bring the kids to explore the real Old Gaol House at Stories of Lynn. They’ll meet scallywags in the cells and their bossy gaolers, and hear tales about crime and punishment in the past. They’ll discover a prisoner’s artwork on the stone walls, and make some artwork of their own. Then they’ll complete all the clues on the dungeon trail to break out of gaol, just as prisoner John Cooper did in 1901!

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, borough council cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “If you’re looking for something to keep the kids or grandkids entertained over the summer holidays, the Pirates and Gaol Break activity days are perfect. They’re fun, interactive and educational, and there are prizes to be won! So bring them along, and let their imaginations run wild”.

Exploring the Hanseatic league map at Stories of Lynn

Exploring the Hanseatic league map at Stories of Lynn

Ruth Farnan, Learning and Engagement Officer, added: “There will be loads of fun activities at both events, and the chance to see the atmospheric spaces in the undercroft and old gaol cells bought to life by costumed characters. Creative visitors of all ages can try their hand at something new and make something to take home with them. Those that manage to complete the special museum trails will win prizes. Plus there’s all the great stuff that’s normally here at Stories of Lynn like dressing up and interactive museum displays”.

All activities are free with admission to Stories of Lynn.

Stories of Lynn is open seven days a week from 10am to 4:30pm, with last admission at 4pm. Tickets are £5 for adults, £3.50 for children and concessions, and a family ticket costs £13.50.

Stories of Lynn can be found at King’s Lynn Town Hall, Saturday Market Place, King’s Lynn, PE30 5DQ

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Mods and Rockers – the bikes are back in town!

Mods and Rockers 2015 1Last year’s extremely popular event Mods and Rockers Classic Scooter and Motorbike Meet returns to King’s Lynn on Sunday 7 August, 10am to 4pm in the Tuesday Market Place.

Once again, the historic market place will be lined with vintage and modern two- and three-wheeled vehicles, polished to perfection and ready to dazzle. Exhibitors and spectators will be invited to judge the bikes, awarding prizes for the Best Motorbike, Best Scooter, Best British Bike and Best Custom Bike. The overall favourite will wheel away with the prize of Punters’ Choice, so every vote counts!

Everyone is invited to come along in their best Sixties’ style, as there’ll be a prize for Best Dressed too. Whether a mini-skirted Mod, or a leather-clad Rocker, dressing to impress is key!

1960s band The Tornados, and indie rock band The Extons, will fill the Tuesday Market Place with sounds of the era, providing the perfect backdrop to an occasion with a real festival feel.

There’ll be plenty on offer for all the family too. As well as live music, there’ll be food and drink stalls, stalls selling clothes, accessories and memorabilia, and the opportunity for younger visitors to zoom around in kids’ carts.

mods and rockers bikes

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and the Vancouver Quarter have worked together to bring back this day full of entertainment – a must for both scooter and bike enthusiasts and fans of the Swinging Sixties!

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, borough council cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “If you attended last year’s Mods and Rockers event you’ll know it was such a success it almost surprised us! We’re hoping this year’s event will be even bigger and better, with more going on. So if you’ve got a scooter or a bike you want to show off, bring it along; there’s no need to book. Our free events across the summer are all about making King’s Lynn a great place to visit, with something for everyone – and this scooter and bike meet certainly has that.”

Abbie Panks, Vancouver Quarter manager, added: “Mods and Rockers celebrates two iconic 1960s trends that still fascinate people, fifty years on. British Sixties style led the world, and we’re celebrating it right here in King’s Lynn. Mods and Rockers had rival styles, but we say why choose? Come along and enjoy scooters and bikes, mod and rock music, parkas and suits and leather and jeans – you can see it all! This fab day out will be fun for all the family.”

No pre-booking is necessary for exhibitors, and there is no entry fee; during the day there will be a voluntary collection for SERV emergency blood bikes.

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Historic vessel prepares to launch onto the Great Ouse

Baden Powell restorationAn historic King’s Lynn vessel is preparing to moor close to the Custom House in final preparations for a permanent launch onto the river.

The Baden Powell, built in 1900 by Walter Worfolk, is currently having some
professional attention to her hull in a specialist boatyard in St Osyth, near
Colchester, paid for with a Heritage Lottery Fund grant. In August she will be
brought back home by road to a temporary mooring close to the Custom House.

The final work on her superstructure will be carried out there in full public view, before she sails out into the River Great Ouse in 2017 to moor at a buoy nearby.

Then the Baden Powell will start a programme of sailings up and down the
river with paying passengers. For the first time, people will be able to learn from the best possible vantage point how Lynn’s maritime history played such a major role in the development of the town as a trading centre.

She will also be available for sail training by local youth organisations, and
play a full part in river activities.

The King’s Lynn Worfolk Boat Trust is expanding its trustee team to prepare for the
arrival of the restored Baden Powell in the Outer Purfleet in August. New trustee Julie Williams becomes Secretary, while Ken Hill will continue with publicity and newsletters.

Julie brings a lot of experience to her new role, and has already been a great
help in our fund-raising events. Four years ago she took voluntary redundancy after
thirty years in banking, and is a volunteer fundraiser at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Julie Williams

Julie Williams

Tim Clayton, Project Leader, and Dr Paul Richards, Chairman, stay on
board to helm and navigate, while Ron Gray, Dave Hart, Chris Ward and John
Woodford continue to make the new parts that will complete the restoration over the
winter months, with guidance from ex-Worfolk apprentice Vic Pratt. College of West
Anglia engineering lecturer Mark Haizelden has also volunteered, to oversee the
installation of the renovated Thornycroft diesel engine that will provide the power
option for the Baden Powell out in the River Great Ouse and The Wash. Her first
engine was installed in the 1920s, and the Thornycroft is an identical model of the
engine that powered her in her last years as a working boat.

The boat’s first owners, the prominent Cook fishing family, gave her the name
Baden Powell because he was a major national hero at the time, following his
exploits during the Boer War, including the Relief of Mafeking. He went on to start
the Scout movement in 1907.

The recent Baden Powell Is Coming exhibition at the Custom House attracted
628 visitors, and raised £376.71.

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King’s Lynn welcomes more Covent Garden street performers

King’s Lynn’s summer of street performances continues, with the next act arriving this Saturday.

Eight talented and unusual acts are still to perform shows across four Saturdays from July to September, adding to an already packed programme of free events. The performers will be in Baxter’s Plain in the Vancouver Quarter, and shows will take place between noon and 3pm.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, the borough council cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “We brought the Covent Garden street performers back as they proved so popular last year, and the first three performances this year have been just as good. Dazzling acrobatics and unicycle tricks from Felicity Footloose and DynaMike, and hilarious shopping trolley dance routines from Granny Turismo have set a really high standard for the rest of the acts. We invite everyone to come along to the Vancouver Quarter, see these amazing free acts and explore our historic and beautiful town centre”.

Abbie Panks, Vancouver Quarter manager, added: “There’s always so much to see and do in King’s Lynn, and these street performers are such a fun, unusual, addition to the summer programme of events. We’re pleased we could work with the borough council to bring them back again this year. We know the programme of events last year increased the number of visitors to the town centre, which benefits everyone, and we’re sure this year’s will do the same. So if you’re in town shopping, make sure you come along to Baxter’s Plain and check out the performances!”

This Saturday, 23 July, the streets of King’s Lynn welcome Mr Vita and Maple Staplegun. Mr Vita is a real-life cartoon whose zaniness, juggling and lively physical comedy delights audiences of all ages. This lovable, self-proclaimed ‘professional stupid’ ends his show with an explosive finale involving rock’n’roll, a motorbike helmet and a striptease. Maple Staplegun is a hula-hoop performer who’s escaped from her humdrum office life and onto the streets! Armed with her hula-hoops, office equipment and a quirky attitude, Maple draws on traditional circus ring techniques to create a melodramatic show that will leave audiences amazed and weak with laughter.

On 30 July, Akira and George Orange will perform. Akira is one of the most unusual street performers to be seen anywhere around the world. He’s based in Japan but travels the world with his art. His amazing high-energy act combines dance and DJ mixing skills, and the creation of stunning artwork – all at the same time! George Orange is an eccentric clown and slack-rope dancer, a juggler and a circus performer. His one-of-a-kind act truly is an experience not to be missed. George has toured extensively for fifteen years and has performed at many street festivals.

On 27 August, Reuben Dot Dot Dot and Betty Brawn the Strong Lady will perform. Reuben Dot Dot Dot is an Australian acrobat who defies gravity and death in stunts that must be seen to be believed! This trained gymnast performed around the world, developing a show that has humour, handstands, hat manipulation, sticky pole, hand-balancing, and crowd interaction! Betty Brawn is known around the world as the Strongest Lady Alive. She presents an exhilarating array of feats of strength as she tears thick romance novels, twists solid metal, snaps steel chains and shatters genders clichés. Betty’s show is full of her signature feats, such as spinning two grown men in the ‘Human Carousel’.

The final performances, on 3 September, are from Pandora Pink and Mr Spin. Pandora Pink presents a physical comedy act that is engaging, hilarious and absurd. She performs a whirlwind tribute to the master of physical comedy W.C. Field, to Elvis Presley, and to all things pink and box-like! Mr Spin mixes traditional juggling with Chinese devil-sticking, contact juggling, madcap antics and an incredible sense of fun. His finale involves Mr Spin on an eight-foot zig-zag unicycle juggling three baseball bats with a glass of water balanced on his head – not one to miss!

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