That’s Entertainment with Andy Tyler: Friday, December 4

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It goes without saying that many of the items in the column right up to early next year will feature Christmas in some shape or form and I certainly make no apologies for this, especially bearing in mind the rich variety of festive events coming our way in West Norfolk.

Let’s get off to a musical start with Star Carols being presented by The King’s Lynn Festival Chorus at 5pm next Saturday evening, December 12, St Nicholas’ Chapel being the grand venue. The great news is the concert will feature St Martha’s Catholic Primary School Choir and John Byron will be at the keyboard. Once again the proceedings will be directed by the very popular Tom Appleton. Standards are always high and with a warm environment and refreshments available all is set for a fine festive evening. Contact 01553 764864 for tickets or book them online. For more information about this excellent chorus, visit its website. Tickets will, of course, also be available at the door on the night.

As regular readers will know, our local railways have been in the news lately so let’s now combine the railways with Christmas. It’s news of another Santa Express! This time I recommend an exciting trip from Wells to visit Santa on the longest 10¼” narrow gauge steam railway in the world. The fare includes a gift for every child, a festive drink and mince pie. The trips are going ahead every weekend until Christmas so, if interested, contact 01328 711630 or visit wellswalsinghamrailway.co.uk; what a way to go this Christmas.

Just a reminder of the excellent showings of live opera and ballet at Lynn’s Majestic Cinema coming up over this holiday period. I single out the The Royal Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker, that marvellous masterpiece by Tchaikovsky, suitable for all the family to enjoy. There is a live screening at 7.15pm on Wednesday, December 16. There will also be an encore at 2pm on the afternoon of Sunday, December 27. If you enjoy a good spy film why not take some time out and see the new Spielberg movie starring Tom Hanks entitled Bridge of Spies ( 12A)? They say variety is the spice of life! Once again details can be found on The Majestic’s website.

Next Friday another “Messy Church” event will take place between 4.30 and 6.30pm at St Faith’s Gaywood Church Rooms. Once again relaxing family fun is on offer with worship, food, and a session of crafts available , so why not get stuck in? Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Joyce Banham on 01553 761604. As with all our local churches there is much to enjoy and details of all that’s going on can be seen on the respective websites.

Panto season has almost arrived and there will be many productions at a theatre or hall near you, no doubt. The Adventures of Robin Hood will be performed at The Corn Exchange, my local hall, from next Thursday, December 10, but I hope to plug some others over the next few weeks for you.

Local libraries and museums will be holding special seasonal activities. Gaywood Library, for example, is holding an event between 10.30am and 11.30am this Sunday, December 6. Festive stories and activities will take place and if that interests you and your family then contact 01553 768498 now for further details.

There will also be plenty of festive fun to be had at venues such as Lynn’s Custom’s House, Lynn Museum, True’s Yard Museum and similar places throughout the borough. Trails, exhibitions, talks, music, film and theatre will be on offer in abundance so watch this space for all the latest.