Cinders will come to King’s Lynn for fairytale day

Fairytales and Legends. FLtoR Emily Cooper. ( Cincerella ). Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds. Aaron Sismey. ( Prince Charming ) ANL-150408-150519009
Fairytales and Legends. FLtoR Emily Cooper. ( Cincerella ). Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds. Aaron Sismey. ( Prince Charming ) ANL-150408-150519009
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A dragon is set to roam the streets of Lynn and a giant beanstalk will take root in the town’s Tuesday Market Place later this month.

But, before anyone gets too worried, they are just two of the attractions being offered to youngsters attending a Fairy Tales and Legends event around the town centre.

Cinderella and Prince Charming came to the town today to launch the festivities.

And many more characters from classic children’s tales will be in the town for the event itself on Sunday, August 23.

West Norfolk Council officials have teamed up with managers of the Vancouver Quarter shopping centre to host the entertainment.

The day, which is primarily aimed at youngsters aged two to eight, is part of the authority’s campaign to stage a range of free entertainment during the summer in a bid to bring more visitors into the heart of Lynn.

Venues including the Corn Exchange, the Arts Centre, Hanse House and Custom House will be among the landmarks where families can enjoy a wide range of activities.

And Elizabeth Nockolds, the council’s cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, said: “There’s such a lot for people to do, the only trouble will be fitting it all in.

“We’re delighted that so many venues from across the town have joined in the event.”

Among the highlights, the Corn Exchange will be transformed into Sherwood Forest for the day, while a giant beanstalk will be in the Tuesday Market Place.

Workshops and activities including story writing and puppet making are being offered at several sites, including the Arts Centre and Hanse House, while a host of street theatre performances will be staged around the town centre.

Cinderella and Prince Charming will also be among a host of children’s favourites who will be meeting people around the town, including Frozen’s lead character Elsa, while Baxter’s Plain will become a lair for Emico the Dragon.

Vancouver Quarter manager Abbie Panks said: “This is a great way for different venues across the town to link together and provide yet another fantastic and free event for King’s Lynn.

“The programme for the event is good for children of all ages, with activities such as sound play workshops for toddler’s right up to writing classes for pre-teens, as well as plenty of other things to make, see and do.

“We are particularly looking forward to welcoming Epico the Dragon to Baxter’s Plain in the centre and hope that he can be tamed!””

Although all activities are being provided free, places at some sessions will need to be booked in advance.

Visit www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/fairytales for full details of the programme.