That’s Entertainment: Friday, December 19th

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It’s been a week when (like many others) carols of one sort or another have featured prominently in my life!

There is still time left to hear carols and Christmas music performed live at local public venues and I would single out an intriguingly named Carol-a-thon taking place in Lynn Town Centre tomorrow where the King’s Lynn Festival Chorus will be raising money for Parkinson’s UK, and entertaining us at the same time!

Also tomorrow from 1pm Lynn Town Band will be playing at Tesco’s, Hardwick Road and I’m sure you will have no trouble finding carols to hear and sing a-long with where you live, or at your local church.

Don’t forget there’s the chance to blow away those Christmas cobwebs on Boxing Day as The King’s Morris will be Morris Dancing from 12 noon at The Swan Inn, South Wootton. It’s a great way to spend a little free time watching the dancing and, if interested, you could consider joining. Contact their bagman David Jackson on 01553 768930 or visit the website for details.

There is plenty of seasonal entertainment on offer over in the Hunstanton area; andI notice members of the Hunstanton Community Choir will be joining forces with the Delta Pilots at a special show on Sunday at The Princess Theatre and, of course, Rudolph’s Christmas Adventure is currently being presented at the Theatre until January 1, described as “a magical show with favourite Christmas songs and comedy for all the family”. Contact 01485 532252 for tickets.

Still in Hunstanton, don’t forget that Christmas Day Swim! Brave swimmers ( not me) in appropriate fancy dress will enter the icy waters in order to raise money for charity. It starts at 11am and for all the details of participating or just observing visit www.hunstantonroundtable.com Hunstanton Central Prom is the place to be Christmas Day morning!

Children and parents will be pleased to learn Father Christmas can still be visited at Church Farm , Stow Bardolph. Santa will be in his woodland retreat this weekend between 10am and 5pm and Monday and Tuesday next week . The setting is a nativity scene with real animals. The venue is well worth a visit at any time so do take a look at the website for details: www.churchfarmstowbardolph.co.uk

During any holiday period it’s good to catch up with reading for pleasure ( I’ve got a new biography of Caesar Augustus by Adrian Goldsworthy to catch up with), but just a reminder that it is expected the next meeting of The Waterstones Book Club, Lynn, will be mid- January so get a copy of Karen Joy Fowler’s popular novel, We are all Completely Beside Ourselves and start reading!

There is still a little time to catch up with the Christmas exhibition at Birdscapes Gallery, Glandford, Holt. This is open until Christmas Eve, 12pm-5pm with free admission. All sorts of work is available to view as well as sculpture and an exclusive range of Robert Gillmor Christmas cards and affordable prints available. For details call 01263 741742

It’s been a year packed with great things in West Norfolk entertainment-wise and next year looks just as good, with all those local pantomimes, historic houses, shows, concerts, exhibitions and gigs to enjoy, plus exciting Hanseatic events. In the meantime thanks to all my readers and those organisations and individuals that keep us entertained in West Norfolk for their support. A very happy and peaceful Christmas and successful New Year to all!