Win LITTLE MIX Tickets



The world’s biggest girl band LITTLE MIX will be coming to Norfolk in July as part of their Summer Hits Tour 2018, and here is your chance to join them!

Kicking off in Hove on 6th July, the run of 15 live shows ends in Inverness on 29th July. The shows will see Little Mix perform their greatest hits, including 'Touch', ‘Shout Out to My Ex’, ‘Black Magic’,'Wings', ‘Move’ and 'Power'.

Brit and Global award winners Little Mix released The Platinum Edition of their smash hit album 'Glory Days' late last year. The original version of the album spent five weeks at the top of the UK Albums Chart surpassing any other album released by a female group this millennium and becoming the longest reigning girl group No.1 album since Spice Girls’ debut 20 years ago.

RAK-SU are a four-piece group from Watford who triumphed in The X Factor, in December 2017. They were not only the first male band to win the competition, but also the first ever X Factor act to have had three of their singles top the UK iTunes chart while being on the show, including original tracks Mona Lisa and I’m Feeling You.

Dimelo, the group’s winners duet with Wyclef Jean and Naughty Boy, debuted at No.2 and has now been certified silver, spending three weeks in the Top 10 of the Official UK chart. The day after being crowned the winner also saw RAK-SU achieve an incredible five songs in the iTunes Top 6 at one point, including Dimelo at No.1.

Australian sisters Germein have the kind of close musical partnership that can only be shared by siblings, and are kicking off 2018 with a brand-new sound. Whether jamming together at their home in the Adelaide Hills, playing alongside Arcade Fire and Catfish & the Bottlemen at the Isle of Wight.

To win a pair of tickets (worth £96) to see the show at Earlham Park in Norwich on Saturday 21st July, all you have to do is email us with the names of all four girls in the band. Please use the subject line LITTLE MIX COMP and include your name and a contact number.

The winner will be chosen randomly by computer on Friday 6 July 2018.


Michael Portillo to give talk in Lynn

Visiting Kings Lynn station in 2014

Michael Portillo will be in appearing at St. George’s Guildhall, King’s Lynn on Tuesday 21 March to give a talk about his life in politics. He will be to give a talk called ‘Life – A Game of Two Halves’.

It took Michael Portillo little more than 10 years to get a seat in the Commons and then rise in power and esteem to a point where he was a favoured leader of his party and possible future PM.

A track record like that suggests to many a privileged friend of the rich and famous with little or no understanding of or care for the ordinary citizen.

But since leaving the house almost a decade ago Michael has endeared himself to many with his obvious respect for solid workmanship and creative energy, as found in our great Victorian Railways, and the daily toil of the working man, as well as the underprivileged (Michael becomes a Single Mum) and the troubled (Death of a School Friend).

A historian at heart, listen to his extraordinary story and then feel free to question him about it.

This is a 90-minute talk with no interval. There will be a book signing before and after the talk.

Life – A Game of Two Halves
Tuesday 21 March 2017
7.30pm • St. George’s Guildhall • £19


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.”

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

Honey you’re so retro! Super 8 Film Night

super 8 retro fionallamas 29Greyfriars Art Space is presenting an evening of lo-fi Super 8mm movies. Artist Chris Mizsak (BellArt Labs, Cambridge Super 8 Group) will be spooling up a random selection of vintage newsreels, cinema ads, documentaries, abridged features, cartoons, and other oddities in glorious, grainy cine film.

Got any old home movies you’d like to screen? Dust off your old reels and bring them along.

As part of the forthcoming exhibition by the Bell Art Laboratories at Greyfriars Art Space (8-22 October), Chris is also looking for donations of any old, unwanted home movies (Super 8mm and Standard 8mm).

The film night takes place on Friday 16th September from 7-9pm at Greyfriars Art Space, 43 St James Street, King’s Lynn PE13 1LU

Free Admission (Adults Only) Contact:

Win 14 Festive Films

vancouver quarter dvdsIt’s an age old question, what IS the greatest Christmas film? Maybe you are a fan of Elf? Maybe you love Miracle on 34th Street.

The Vancouver Quarter are offering the chance to win 14 great festive films.

Films in the bundle are:

A Christmas Carol (PG)
It’s a Wonderful Life (Original and Colour Versions) (U)
Nativity (U)
Santa Claus The Movie (Celebrating 30 Years) (U)
Holiday Inn (2 Disc Special Edition) (U)
Arthur Christmas (U)
The Holiday (12)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947 and 1994 versions) (U)
The Grinch (PG)
The Polar Express (U)
The Snowman (30th Anniversary Edition) (PG)
The Muppets Christmas Carol (U)
Home Alone (PG)

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New Film Festival offers something for everyone

"Colour Comes To The Movies"

“Colour Comes To The Movies”

The King’s Lynn Film Festival promises to offer “something for everyone.”

The new festival is due to be launched on Friday 2nd October, and will take place in various venues across town across the whole weekend.

The programme is based around the theme of food, recalling the important role that King’s Lynn has played both as a fishing port and an important centre for agriculture over the centuries.

The gala launch will recreate a trip to the cinema 100 years ago, screenings of world cinema classics, popular animation “Ratatouille” and a young persons’ film-making workshop.

The organisers aim is to give the people of West Norfolk a chance to embrace film as an art form and to enjoy a wider range of cinematic offerings.

“This might be our first film festival, but we hope with your support it won’t be the last. We would love to establish the film festival to add to the other offerings on the local calendar, enhancing the reputation of King’s Lynn as ‘the Festival Town’.”

Full details at

Featured Charity ~ Hospital Radio Lynn

Richard Tree presenting the Tuesday evening Folk programme Folkus

Richard Tree presenting the Tuesday evening Folk programme Folkus

Hospital Radio Lynn is a registered charity which broadcasts solely to the patients of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn 7 days a week. They receive no funding from government and are staffed entirely by volunteers. Not one of them receives personal expenses or any form of payment. They are proud to say that every £1 that is donated to their Charity goes directly towards its’ running costs.

Hospital Radio is proven to promote recovery in patients. It relieves boredom during a stay in hospital and hearing a favourite piece of music can help with emotional wellbeing. Additionally they visit the wards to collect requests for their most important daily broadcast; the 2 hour Request and Dedication show each evening. Chatting to patients, some of which have not had any visitors for days or at all, is a welcoming distraction for them.

2014 Hunstanton Kite Festival, for which they provide PA services.

2014 Hunstanton Kite Festival, for which they provide PA services each year.

They also provide PA services in the community; not just to raise funds but also to provide smaller events (such as school or village fetes) with an affordable service.

The organisation is continually seeking volunteers of all ages to help out with a wide range of activities including Ward Visiting, Broadcasting, Fundraising and helping out with general preparations for broadcast.

For full details visit their website:
Facebook Page:
Twitter: @HospRadioLynn

If you would like us to play a request to a patient in hospital please email

To find out more about joining Hospital Radio Lynn please contact Wayne Fysh, Personnel Manager on

For further details about ways to help with Fundraising or to talk about their PA services please contact Anna Greyson, Fundraising Manager on

Full List of Featured Charities

Picnic on the Park 2015 – Fun for all the family

Picnic on the Park

Picnic on the Park

Popular free family event Picnic on the Park is back for another year on Saturday June 6.

The local community event, held at Wootton Park, includes lots of live music from local bands and singers, charity and craft stalls, food, drinks, local cake makers, fun fair rides, laser games, demonstrations and a dog show.

The event supports the running of the park and facilities in the area, with 50% of all funds raised going to the The Woottons Football Club which is celebrating its 30th year.

The Fun Dog Show starts at 2pm, with an entry fee of £1 per dog per class entered, and rosettes awarded up to sixth place.

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Aria’s Echo

Local performers will include:

The Puppeteers 1.30pm
Fazed 2.20pm
Kingdom Keys 3.10pm
Aria’s Echo 4.50pm
The Extons 5.40pm
Jimmy Rockit 6.50pm

Kelly’s Dance Crew will be performing in the arena at 1.30pm

On the food side, there’s a Hog roast, Barbeque, Duck Truck, Ice creams, Fish & Chips plus other food and drinks.


Waiting for Stanley in Lynn!

Waiting for Stanley

On Friday 10th April, Finger in the Pie and Greenwich Theatre bring their stunning show Waiting for Stanley to King’s Lynn Arts Centre’s Guildhall Theatre.

The show takes us back to 1945 and a railway station platform where a wife is anxiously waiting for her husband, Stanley, to return from the Front. The train arrives full of homecoming soldiers but Stanley doesn’t appear…

Throughout this touching production, clowning, puppetry and innovative stagecraft are combined to paint a vivid picture of life for Britain’s women during the war. Based on real-life experiences and testimony, Waiting for Stanley intercuts flashbacks and fantasies to convey experiences both on the Home Front and at home during a time of conflict.

With 2015 being the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe, Waiting for Stanley is a very fitting and poignant reminder of the varied and crucial role women played. There’s the getting by with ration book recipes, the ache of separation from husband at the front, and the heartbreak of having a child evacuated to the country, with only letters to hold on to.

★★★★★ Edinburgh Guide
‘hilariously funny as well as deeply poignant, this is a show that you simply have to see. A work of pure genius.

★★★★★ – Fringe Review
‘A first class performance delivered with panache, humour and warmth. Not to be missed.

Waiting for Stanley shows on Friday 10th April at 7:30pm in the Guildhall Theatre.
Tickets cost £12 (£10). Call 01553 764864 to book tickets.

For more information on upcoming exhibitions, workshops and theatre shows, call 01553 779095 or visit

Half-Term Fun at King’s Lynn Arts Centre!

Goblin King

On Saturday 21st February, King’s Lynn Arts Centre will be showing Goblin King — a fun, whimsical and entertaining interactive performance from MissAdventures Theatre Company. It’s the perfect half-term treat!

Down in Deep World, the Goblin King needs some help. ‘I am looking for my daughter, the princess Thomasina. Have you seen her? Oh, harrumph! Please stop by and help me find her! The Goblin Queen, who is very mean, will slime me into next week if I fail in my quest.’

Follow the kindly, and slightly grumpy, Goblin King and help him on his way to find the missing princess. You can learn all about Norfolk’s wildlife along the way, like the Hawker Dragonfly, Swallowtail Butterfly and Natterjack Toad. This show will delight the young and young-at-heart!

Camilla Scaiff, Director for MissAdventures Theatre Company, said ‘We are very much looking forward to bringing the Goblin King to the Arts Centre this half-term. It is a little known fact that the Goblin Royal family are fascinated by the Norfolk wildlife and will be on the look-out for lots of the native species on their adventures. If you can squeeze in any more half-term fun into your week then do come along!”

Goblin King shows on Saturday 21st March at 4pm in the Arts Centre’s Shakespeare Barn. Running time approx. 45 minutes. Tickets cost £6 (£3). Recommended age 5 – 8 years. To book tickets call 01553 764864

The Arts Centre is also offering a fun, sticky and messy (!) papier maché workshop for crafty little fingers on Friday 20th February. Local artist Karin Forman will be teaching participants to make some beautiful artwork which they can take home – all they need bring is their imagination!

Papier Maché takes place on Friday 20th February, 10:30am – 1pm. Tickets cost £5 and include a healthy snack. Recommended age 8 – 11 years. To book tickets call 01553 779095

Bollywood Night at the Carousel Cafe

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It was Bollywood Night at the Carousel Cafe in King’s Lynn on Tuesday, and as you can see everyone had a really great time!

Delicious and authentic Indian cuisine was served up by Saira Karim, and later everyone was taught to dance “Bollywood Style” by her husband Arif.

Saira’s company Coriander and Lime also provide cookery workshops around West Norfolk for individuals or groups.

Owner of the Carousel Cafe Gary Kerr said: “Bollywood was great fun, and we have more theme nights to follow.”

The fully licensed cafe is offering a 3-course Christmas Meal throughout the whole of December, excluding the 25th, for £23.95.

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Festival Too 2014 ~ Line Up

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Expect to see Katrina “Walking on Sunshine”, while Toploader will be “Dancing in the Moonlight” at this year’s 29th Festival Too, bringing free entertainment to King’s Lynn.

Katrina (with the Waves) is best known for the 1985 hit “Walking on Sunshine”. They also won the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Love Shine a Light.”

Toploader are best known for their global hit “Dancing in the Moonlight”.

Also headlining will be indie rock band Scouting For Girls who had a number one hit with “This Ain’t a Love Song” in 2010, reggae band Aswad famous for their 1987 number one “Don’t Turn Around” and soul singer Jaki Graham, well known for her string of hits in the 1980’s including “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love”, “Round and Around” and “Set Me Free”.

Her are the full list of dates:


2014 Festival Too dates:

Saturday 28th June
King Staithe Square, from 7.30pm
The Rhythm and Blues Brothers

Friday 4th July
Tuesday Market Place, from 7.30pm
Katrina (from Katrina & The Waves)
The Shae Dons

Terrington St Clement High School

Saturday 5th July
Tuesday Market Place, from 6.30pm
Jaki Graham
Sandy Lamb
Battle of the
Bands runner up
Springwood High School

Friday 11th July
Tuesday Market Place, from 7.30pm
The Hoosiers
Rough Copy (X Factor Finalists)
The First

KL Academy

Saturday 12th July
Tuesday Market Place, from 7.30pm
Scouting For Girls
Luciee Marie Closier (from The Voice)
Under The Influence
Jake Morrell

Battle of the Bands Winners

As usual, there will be street entertainment on the Saturdays of the Festival so that families visiting the town can enjoy such activities as clown shows, jugglers, puppets and balloon modelling whilst shopping and getting ready for the evening’s entertainment.

Daytime Street Entertainment

Saturday 28th June
Clown Razz & Auntie Pearl
Clare Stilt walkers
Stevie Spud

Saturday 5th July

Lee Owenson
Bill Brookman
Murray The Monster
Crazy Bananas

Saturday 12th July

Clown Razz & Auntie Pearl
Bill Bailey’s Jazz Band
Magical Musical Bike
Alan Astra & Barbara
Bangers and Mash

Jesus Christ Superstar!

KLODS - King's Lynn Operatic and Dramatic Society with Grace 'Burt' Burton, Loubie Lou, Jenny Coleman, James Golder, Ross Christopher Woodhouse, Jill Catmull, Sara-Jane Brennock, Steve Yates, Gemma Gryko, Emma Louise Smallsmudge and Tobie Fysh.

KLODS – King’s Lynn Operatic and Dramatic Society with Grace ‘Burt’ Burton, Loubie Lou, Jenny Coleman, James Golder, Ross Christopher Woodhouse, Jill Catmull, Sara-Jane Brennock, Steve Yates, Gemma Gryko, Emma Louise Smallsmudge and Tobie Fysh.

Members of King's Lynn Operatic and Dramatic Society and been busily rehearsing for their latest production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

The ground-breaking and first professionally produced musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice has lost none of its excitement and exuberance. Jesus Christ Superstar, the dramatised version of the last seven days of the life of Jesus of Nazareth, is at the Guildhall Theatre from 23 – 26 April 2014.

Tickets are available from the King’s Lynn Arts Centre …