King’s Lynn light festival to kick off exciting year of events

Historic building conservation at work in the St Nicholas Chapel restoration programme. ANL-150120-114324009

Historic building conservation at work in the St Nicholas Chapel restoration programme. ANL-150120-114324009

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Street entertainers will be adding an extra spark to grand switch on of a spectacular light festival later this month.

Lynn Lumiere, which will see six of the town’s most historic buildings such as St Nicholas Chapel become a canvas for fun light projections, kicks off an exciting calendar of public events to take place during 2015.

The light project, created as part of the Art, Cities and Landscape collaboration between West Norfolk Council and the Maison de la Culture d’ Amiens, will be switched on during a ceremony on Friday, March 27.

Street entertainers will be providing a carnival atmosphere from 5.30pm which will build to the count down in Tuesday Market Place at 7pm. Trail maps highlighting the light shows are available from the town’s tourist information office.

The celebrations will continue on Saturday, March 28, with live entertainment in venues around the town centre.

Lynn Lumière runs from dusk until 10pm from March 27 daily throughout the year.

While in May, the town centre will be playing host to the Bespak Grand East Anglia Run and the Hanseatic heritage will be at the heart of the Hanse Festival, which runs over Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17.

Lynn will mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta in a two-day event in June.

The fun family event, which runs on Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14, will include street re-enactments and a King John treasure trail. Activities will be based at Lynn Museum and Tuesday Market Place from 10am-4pm.

This event is part of the Stories of Lynn project, which has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

On Saturday, July 18, 42 F King’s Lynn Squadron Air Training Corps will parade through the town (as highlighted on page 3 today). There will be a flypast by a spitfire and a trail of the iconic planes.

Visitors will be able to step back to the 1940s during the Lynn at War event, which takes place on Sunday, July 19.

The event captures what life was like on the home front during the Second World War. The day includes events in the Tuesday Market Place, Lynn Town Hall and Lynn Museum from 10am-4 pm.

People can explore the air raid shelter beneath the Tuesday Market Place, meet British and American wartime characters, including Winston Churchill, try their hand at make-do-and-mend and enjoy some 1940s music. There will also be a display of military and civilian vehicles from the period and a Vintage Market.

Butchers, barbers and beer celebrates the most prevalent historic industries in the St Margaret’s Townscape Heritage Initiative area. The event takes places on Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13 in Saturday Market Place.

The day will include hairstyling demonstrations and a food and ale market.

The Classic Car Day will make a welcome return to the Tuesday Market Place on Sunday, September 13, once again coinciding with Heritage Open Day, organised by King’s Lynn Civic Society.

Last year the Classic Car Day attracted over 200 exhibitor and the 2015 event is set to be even better. Anyone interested in showing their vehicle is asked to email classiccar@west-norfolk.gov.uk to register their interest.

Fawkes in the Walks,Lynn’s free firework display will return to The Walks on Friday, November 6. The fun begins at 6pm, when the park will be packed with stalls and rides. The bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm and the main firework display begins at 8 pm.

In November, Lynn also gets set to start the festive season with the annual Christmas light switch-on.

Elizabeth Nockolds, the borough’s cabinet member for tourism and marketing said: “Lynn has built a reputation for being a festival town, thanks to the efforts of the organisers of events like Festival Too and the King’s Lynn Festival.

“We’ve tried to build on that reputation over the years, providing a range of public events.

“2015 will see our most ambitious and full calendar of public events to date, which we think has something for everyone, and which we hope will bring even more people to the town, helping to support our local economy and showcasing Lynn to a wide audience. ”