That’s Entertainment by Andy Tyler: Friday, December 2nd

King's Lynn Corn Exchange
King's Lynn Corn Exchange

I seldom have any problem finding excellent entertainment to write about being held in West Norfolk, but at this time of the year we are all very much spoilt for choice, so it’s a good job there is a lot more space available in this paper to mention more!

Picking up my copy of the new King’s Lynn Corn Exchange Alive brochure for January- April, 2017, I naturally spotted many great things featured (including two pantomimes), and coming up on the evening of Thursday, January 12, to lighten these darker winter evenings, is another of those successful Comedy Club sessions, with doors opening at 7pm and the comedy starting at 8pm. Tickets are very reasonably priced at £9.50 for unallocated seating. Go for it, but strictly for the over 18s.

And so to this week’s panto spot and I’ve chosen the two at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange to mention. Firstly, we have the festive Cinderella, being held between December 9 and 31 (it’s going to be huge), and then at Easter an amazing (I’m sure) version of The Wizard of Oz, starring Bobby Davro and Britain’s Got Talent winners Ashleigh and Pudsey, with two performances at 2pm and 6pm on Thursday, April 6.

You should call the box office on 01553 764864 for ticket details for the pantomimes and for the feast of new shows coming our way.

We must not forget that over at the Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, performances of Jack and the Beanstalk commence from tomorrow until Sunday, January 1, 2017. To book, go online or contact the box office by phoning 01485 532252.

Also, do take a look at the other first class range of entertainment being presented at The Princess – second to none.

From time to time I recommend one of our grand halls or houses to visit in our part of the world, and this week I settle on Blickling Hall, especially as this was praised by a friend recently.

I see that from today until Sunday the grounds are open between 11am and 8pm and the house opens from 2pm with a last entry at 7pm. The superb seasonal lighting of the trees and house is a sight to behold and, if you choose to visit the house, more delights will await. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk for details.

Two museums to mention, briefly, which are always worth a visit.

King’s Lynn Museum is currently holding a Christmas Museum Trail, while the Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum of Norfolk Life is presenting a Victorian Family Christmas. The Gressenhall event is on Monday and Tuesday, December 19 and 20, with opening times of 10am-2.30pm; booking is essential and call the box office on 01362 860563 during weekday office hours.

All Saints’ Church in Hillington Square (Lynn’s oldest church, apparently), is once again holding a first class musical event. On the afternoon of Saturday, December 10, at 3.30pm, the York Waits will feature and a key member of the group is Lynn-born Lizzie Gutteridge, whose father is Chris Gutteridge, a well-known Lynn musician. Some fascinating Christmas music from ‘Old England’ will be performed on all sorts of ancient instruments from Tudor and medieval times. Tickets can be bought on the door; visit the church’s website for further details!

Lastly, let’s get on that Christmas railway again! This week I suggest you take a look at the North Norfolk Railway website for details of their Santa Specials services throughout December. Also, if you fancy visiting Santa by vintage tram why not visit the East Anglia Transport Museum at Carlton Colville near Lowestoft? Go to www.eatransportmuseum.co.uk for details or call on 01502 518459.