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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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Forties Lynn is just days away!

This Sunday, Forties Lynn is back, and everyone is invited to come along and join the fun!

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk’s popular event Forties Lynn: Life on the Home Front returns on 17 July from 10am to 4pm. Once again, the town centre of King’s Lynn will host fun free activities that explore what life was like for those who kept the home fires burning during the Second World War.

Fans of the television series ‘Dad’s Army’ can meet the team from the Dad’s Army museum in Thetford on the Tuesday Market Place, and see Corporal Jones’ butcher’s van, along with a range of other vintage vehicles.

Music performances from Timescape at 10am, 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:45pm will set the 1940s tone. Visitors can meet British and American wartime characters – including Winston Churchill – as they browse the vintage market.

Visitors will also have a rare chance to explore the air raid shelter beneath the Tuesday Market Place. The tours will be led by the Bridge for Heroes Living History Civil Defence Group. Entry will be free, but there will be a voluntary collection for Bridge for Heroes.

On Baxter’s Plain in the Vancouver Quarter, a 1940s army camp will set up with enactors from the Royal Norfolk Regiment.

In the King’s Lynn Town Hall garden, visitors can meet enactors such as an evacuation billeting officer and an ARP (air raid precautions) warden, and get into the ‘Make Do and Mend’ spirit of the time, by getting tips on surviving on rations, planting a seed as they ‘Dig for Victory’, and collecting a fun ‘sweets ration card’.

Lynn Museum is offering free admission as part of Forties Lynn, and will be offering a range of activities for all ages, including the ever-popular mini-makeover and hairstyling tips from Flamingo Amy. Younger visitors can make a plane for the Spitfire fund, try out Morse code, and collect their sweet rations.

Everyone is encouraged to come along in their best 1940s clothes, and get into the swing of things!

For more information, visit www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/fortieslynn

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Free entertainment in town with a 1940’s twist

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Photo: Eric Richmond Harrison Agency

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Photo: Eric Richmond Harrison Agency

There’s an exciting start to kick off the King’s Lynn Festival season this year – On Saturday 16th July, visitors can enjoy free entertainment in various town centre locations with a 1940’s twist including:

Hoofbeat Street Band– 11.30am – 1.30pm playing jazz, folk and classical music outside RBS Bank (next to Argos)

Travelling by Tuba– 12.30pm-2.30pm Featured on Channel 4’s Okey Cokey Karaoke, their performances are fun for children of all ages, playing outside Newlook area.

Springwood High School Jazz and Concert Bands – 1pm-3.30pm Talented young musicians will showcase their skills with some familiar feet-tapping tunes and popular classics. Dance if you dare! Playing in Tuesday Market place Marquee.

Silent Disco– 10am-3.30pm This is the latest craze that is sweeping across London and the UK. Participants wear wireless LED headphones, which can connect to multiple music sources guaranteeing everyone leaves with a smile. Come and dance or relax in a deckchair and listen in Tuesday Market Place.

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: Tots event
World-class musicians from OAE Education with a flair for the extraordinary are on a mission to get your little ones hooked on classical music with these fun and interactive workshops for pre-schoolers. See their work here: oae.co.uk

11.30am-12pm – Tuesday Market Place Marquee

1pm-1.30pm – Kings Lynn Museum

2.15pm – 2.45pm – Upstairs Bar at the Corn Exchange (n.b. No Disabled Access)

Norfolk Knitters presents The Wool Workshops – 10am-11am For all ages to come along and have a play with wool including jewellery making and pompoms! In the Marquee in Tuesday Market Place.

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Vamps to headline Festival Too 2016

British indie rock band The Vamps are set to headline this year’s free Festival Too series of concerts on Saturday 2nd July.

Their debut single “Can We Dance”, debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart in 2013. They followed with chart hits “Wild Heart” and “Last Night” in 2014. More hits followed with “Somebody To You”, “Oh Cecilia” , “Wake Up” and “I Found A Girl” in 2016.

Also included in the Festival line-up are multi-platinum selling English singer Gabrielle , British alternative rock band The Wonder Stuff and seventies dance and soul band Odyssey best known for their 1977 hit “Native New Yorker.”

Festival Too kicks off on Sat 25th June at 8pm on King Staithe Square featuring party covers band Bear Club. There’s also the usual fairground rides, food stalls and fireworks display.

The following concerts will all take place on the Tuesday Market Place.

FULL PROGRAMME

Saturday, June 25 from 8pm (King Staithe Square) – Bear Club (ultimate party covers band), fireworks.

Friday, July 1
from 7.30pm – St Clement’s High, Soft Tone Needles, Phats and Small, Kym Mazelle, Oddysey.

Saturday, July 2 from 6.30pm (more acts to be confirmed) – Springwood High, Battle of the Bands runner-up, Phoenix Calling, The Vamps

Lazy Sunday, July 3, from noon with presenters Louis La Roche and Sophie Little – Battle of the Bands solo/duo finalists, Jamie Moon, Killamonjambo, Jake Morrell, Kingdom Keys, Rebelation

Friday, July 8 from 7.30pm – Thinking Men, Aladdinsane, The Wonder Stuff

Saturday, July 9, from 6.30pm (more acts to be confirmed) – Battle of the Bands winner, Heir, Gabrielle.

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Celebrating King’s Lynn at The Walks

celebrate kings lynn posterCelebrate King’s Lynn takes place in The Walks on Saturday June 11. It’s a free and fun event to Celebrate the amazing town and community we live in. The day will be full of exciting activities including fete type stalls such as face painting and balloon dressing.

There will be sports activities, inflatables, live music from talented UK artists & free refreshments. There’s also the “The Big and Bold Roadshow” for children with many more independent activities provided by local people.

Celebrate King’s Lynn is a Christian based event, which coincides with Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday Celebrations. Her Majesty has requested that all the Churches in King’s Lynn join together for this special day.

Further details available at celebratekingslynn.com

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Celebrate the Roaring Twenties !


The Roaring Twenties is a free family event that is being held to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

On Sunday 12 June 1920s-themed events will take place from 10am-4pm, at the Tuesday Market Place, Baxter’s Plain in the Vancouver Quarter, Lynn Museum, and the town hall gardens.

On the Tuesday Market Place The Ragroof Players will hold a tea dance, and DJ sets throughout the day from 10.30 to 4pm. A cocktail bar will be serving 1920s-inspired cocktails and mocktails,a 1970s Citroen van will serve cupcakes, and tea will be available. Fairground stalls will set up on the Tuesday Market Place so visitors can try their luck at games including a coconut shy, ring toss and can stack. Tokens for the games can be collected at Lynn Museum and sweet prizes will be given. Traditional stalls will sell candy floss and popcorn.

Throughout the day costumed characters will stroll around the town, bringing the fashions of the 1920s to life.

At 3.30pm at the Tuesday Market Place there will be a celebration for the Queen’s birthday including the cutting of a birthday cake, and judging of the homemade fancy dress competition. The Ragroof Players and the Bee’s Knees dance troupe will also perform.

The Bee’s Knees Dance troupe will be based on Baxter’s Plain in the Vancouver Quarter, and their performances will include short Charleston classes for people to join in with at 10.30, 11.15, 12.30, 1.15, and 2.30pm.

During the Roaring Twenties event, Lynn Museum will be open with free admission. Visitors can get a flapper-makeover from Flamingo Amy, or try Egyptian-themed craft activities linked to the Norfolk-born archaeologist Howard Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922.

From 10am to 4pm in the town hall gardens visitors can watch spectacular falconry displays from Out on a Wing; meet costumed character Florence Ada Coxon, first lady mayor of Lynn; or try their hand at making tricorn and bicorn hats, or Art Deco brooches.

The town hall’s wonderful new exhibition Stories of Lynn will host talks on 1920s fashion at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, in the education room accessible via the town hall garden. The talks will last approximately 20 minutes.

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Lions Fun Day 2016

 

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Covent Garden street performers coming to Lynn

Granny Turismo

Granny Turismo Photo: Becky Cantrell

Covent Garden’s street performers are world-famous, and a selection of the best will be swapping London for King’s Lynn this summer.

Eleven acts will perform shows across six Saturdays from June 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 said: “The Covent Garden street performers were such a success last year that we’ve brought them back this year.”

Vancouver Quarter Manager Abbie Panks added: “The varied mix of events and performances this year will hopefully encourage even more people to come along and see what King’s Lynn has to offer.”

The season of entertainment begins on Saturday 11 June, when Felicity Footloose and Granny Turismo perform. Felicity Footloose is a juggler, dancer and acrobat, and her show is hilarious and exhilarating. Her daredevil antics even include hanging upside down by her toes and juggling knives! Granny Turismo are the world’s first and only shopping trolley dance display team. This unforgettable act features spectacular dance routines and showcases the grannies’ delightful personalities – when these girls arrive on their souped-up shopping trolleys, everyone takes notice.

On Saturday 2 July, DynaMike brings his internationally-renowned act to King’s Lynn. DynaMike has been performing his unicycle act around the world for decades, and it’s full of head-turning tricks and dazzling stunts. Watch him warm up by juggling chain saws, before his finale which involves riding a sixteen-foot-high unicycle and juggling machete knives!

On 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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