Medieval baebes headline day of fun, fireworks and Hanse history in King’s Lynn

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Children’s activities including making herring kites and making signal flags take place all day in the Stone Hall at the Town Hall and Medieval dancing takes place in the Assembly Rooms at the Town Hall throughout the day.

Clifton House Tower, the only surviving merchant’s tower in King’s Lynn (originally one of four), will open to visitors from 11am–4pm. Entrance is from King Staithe Lane; admission is £3.50 for adults and £1.50 for children under 16. Clifton House Tower was built in around 1570 for the merchant George Walden and contains a museum, period rooms and has a spectacular view of the town from the roof.

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Music is a big feature tomorrow with local band Jessie’s Ghost, a five-piece acoustic pop-folk band from East Anglia on stage at King’s Staithe Square from 4.30pm.

Estonian band Paabel will be performing from 5.30pm, a group of versatile musicians displaying warmth, ferocity and youthful energy.

Norwegian group Eplemoya Songlag build on the Norwegian music tradition of combining bizarre stories with beautiful and enchanting melodies.

The Mediaeval Baebes, an exquisite English classical choral ensemble are headlining the concert at 8pm. They began in 1996 when a group of friends broke into a North London cemetery and sang together, clad in flowing white gowns and crowns of Ivy; sourcing lyrics from medieval and romantic texts and setting them to original scores using medieval and folk instruments, whilst singing in an impressive array of obscure and ancient languages, the Baebes offer a beguiling musical beauty and outstanding talent.

The fireworks will begin at 9.30pm from the new pontoons on the South Quay, providing a fitting finale to the day of celebrations.

Cllr Nick Daubney, leader of the Borough Council and the English Commissioner to the Hanse, said: “This is our biggest International Hanse Day celebration yet. There really is something for everyone and we hope people will come along to enjoy the atmosphere and take part in the activities.

“International Hanse Day is all about raising awareness of the Hanse League and getting people to celebrate the links past and present that help the 182 cities that form the Hanse to thrive.

“We will be hosting two VIP guests from the Hanse League, Manfred Schürkamp, manager of the Westphalian Hanseatic League and member of the presidium of the International Hanseatic League, and Marion Köhn, director, Business Hanse. We are looking forward to showing them how King’s Lynn celebrates this important day.”

Most of the activities are based around the historic quarter, providing lots of opportunities for food and drink in local establishments.

There will also be seating for the concerts along with a cocktail bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, hog roasts and a barbecue. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis.