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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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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.

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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.

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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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