That’s Entertainment, by Andy Tyler, August 12, 2016

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For any of you who may have been inspired by the current BBC2 social-history series on the Victorian railway, Full Steam Ahead, now is the time to ‘take the train’ for a day trip, holiday or to indulge an interest in steam. Don’t forget there are usually events going ahead, museums to visit or journeys to be made on the Bure Valley, Mid-Norfolk or North Norfolk Railways. Look at the respective websites for details. If you want to support an organisation looking to improve conditions and services for passengers on our local Fenline, visit: www.flua.org.uk and for a very modest fee you can join.

Having been to a show, prom, museum or exhibition, why not get back in time for the North Norfolk Music Festival running between, August 15 and 27? Most events (all though not all) are held at St Mary’s Church, South Creake, and there is a wealth of quality musical events and others of cultural interest. Visit North Norfolk Music Festival website now for all the information.

GASWORKS VI is the grand title of the members’ annual exhibition at Greyfriar’s Art Space, opening this weekend in their St James’ Street, Lynn, venue, and also their sixth annual festival, taking place in the Tower Gardens on Sunday, August 21 . There will be much to enjoy including free live music, poetry, art challenges stalls and a raffle, noon-4pm. Fundraising is for King’s Lynn Samaritans, so it’s well worth attending and popping into the members’ exhibition as well. The exhibition does, however, not finish until September, 11.

Although the local West Norfolk Gilbert and Sullivan Operatic Society held an open evening this week I understand there are still places available for those interested in joining. Best thing to do is visit the society’s website for details, you won’t be disappointed.

Calling all string players! The Norfolk Symphony Orchestra is holding a special String Workshop Weekend. This annual event is being held at the beautiful Yorke Trust in South Creake. The pieces to be worked on are Benjamin Britten’s Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge and Warlock’s Capriol Suite. Things start off on the Friday evening (September 16). There are two sessions on the Saturday and an early evening public play-through at St Mary’s Church. For an application form, visit www.nso-uk.co.uk – sounds an exciting experience.

Once again I notice lots of fun events at our local libraries; Splendiferous Dahl Crafting sounds fun at Gaywood Library between 10am and noon on Wednesday, August 17.

For Shakespeare fans, how about the Heartbreak Production of The Tempest, again on August 17 at 7.30pm. Gates open at 6.30pm. It’s open air, so please bring picnics, rugs and low back chairs. It’s a magical, late Shakespeare play so why not get over to Thornham Village Hall on the night? Contact Ann on 01495 533933 for more details.

Lastly, details of a great opportunity to sing Messiah with The King’s Lynn Festival Chorus and a famous classical soloist ... details of the event and open rehearsals to follow soon.