That’s Entertainment with Andy Tyler

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Many of the exciting events taking place locally at present are, of course, under cover, so I should like to highlight a few taking place in the open air, hoping they can be enjoyed in dry, sunny conditions!

This weekend the ever-popular Festival Too promises some great acts and I am pleased to report two local schools are on stage, Lynn KES Academy tonight and The King’s Lynn Academy tomorrow, as well as all the headline acts. It’s all happening, these great, free gigs start from 7.30pm tonight and 6.30pm tomorrow, on Lynn’s Tuesday Market Place.

Still in the open air, as promised and concerts being given by King’s Lynn Town Band, firstly at Hunstanton Bandstand this Sunday from 2-4pm, and then at Sandringham Visitor Centre from 3-5pm on Sunday, July 26.

Going inside now and travelling a little further, why not book tickets for the band’s concert at St Nicholas’ Church, Blakeney, July 18? A wine reception starts the evening off at 7pm and the concert begins at 7.30pm. The concert is a fundraising event in aid of East Anglia Air Ambulance, organised by Steve Ingham, former musical director of the band. For details of ticket ordering visit the band’s website: www.kingslynntownband.co.uk

It’s hard to believe The King’s Lynn Festival is only two days away, Viva Vivaldi! Sunday at 7.30pm, starts the ball rolling, after the Festival service in the morning, 11.30am at The Minster.

It’s a dazzling Festival again this year, lot’s to enjoy, and I noticed, no sooner had the Lynn News highlighted the appearance of that young lion of the keyboard, Benjamin Grosvenor, on July 23 at Lynn’s Minster, then BBC Music Magazine featured him on its front cover, describing him as Britain’s greatest young pianist. Why not read the magazine interview and try to book a ticket for his recital? indeed, for details of all KL Festival events visit www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk The box office is on KL 764864

A brief reminder to make sure you have read (or re-read) Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird in preparation for the launch of the American novelist’s other book Go Set a Watchman, on July 14, written before her famous masterpiece. Details of the Waterstones Book Club meeting (July 29), discussing this book to follow.

Staying with literary matters for a moment, I notice a Picnic and Pledge event over at Downham Market Library this Saturday between 1.30-3pm, and one at Gaywood Library on Sunday between 10-11.30am.

It’s the chance to take part in a National Guinness World Record attempt! The idea is to bring your family along with a picnic and blanket, enjoy some stories and activities, and then make a reading pledge as part of the Guinness World Record attempt. You can also sign up to the Record Breakers Summer Reading Challenge and borrow your first books.

Booking is essential and children must be accompanied by an adult. Entry is free; and for details at Downham call on 01366 383073, while for the Gaywood event you should call 01553 768498 to book.

Two summer exhibitions to promote, the obvious one involves getting on that train or coach and visiting the exhibition at The Royal Academy of Arts in London, being held currently until August 16, this has received rave reviews and is well worth a visit (check the Royal Academy’s website for details). Closer to home there’s Gallery Plus at Warham Road, Wells for a varied collection of work to be viewed and enjoyed; admission is free! Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm; call 01328 711609 or visit: www.gallery-plus.co.uk