That’s Entertainment with Andy Tyler: Friday, January 1

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Let me be one of the first to wish you all a very Happy New Year. We in West Norfolk and surrounds have been blessed with a fairly peaceful winter so far and, as always, can look forward to good quality entertainment in 2016.

Like many others I have recently been to see the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, and can recommend it as good entertainment for all the family. Let me also then hope the force will be with you all in 2016. I will continue to suggest good films to watch in the coming year, at whichever is your local cinema, mine being Lynn’s Majestic.

For those interested in art and painting I have been reminded that workshops are being held at Norfolk Creative Arts, Grimston, this New Year. Here is a chance to spend useful and rewarding time learning more about art and improving your skills. Very enjoyable. To book, visit the Norfolk Creative Arts website and learn more.

I have not mentioned locations where visitors can go and enjoy wild life and superb habitats recently, so let me now put that right. Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve and Welney Wetland Centre are well worth visiting. Welney offers floodlit swan feeds and hare walks and Titchwell guided bird walks and skydiving marsh harriers. Sounds excellent for those interested, so, as usual, visit the respective websites for all the details.

On my recent visit to see the excellent pantomime, The Adventures of Robin Hood, at Lynn’s Corn Exchange, I picked up a copy of the new brochure of events coming our way provided by Alive Leisure.

It’s a rich mix of shows, music and entertainment, including, Jim Davidson, another fun Comedy Club, The Classic Rock Show, and much more. Like me you can pick up a brochure at the venue itself or go online and choose what appeals to you; variety is certainly the spice of life.

Now for something very special and the chance for you to go along and take part in the 2016 Chinese New Year celebrations.

The venue is Lynn’s historic Town Hall and the festivities take place between 11.30am and 3pm on Sunday, January 31. Traditional buffet food will be available and all the Chinese entertainment and traditions will be performed including that famous Lion Dance and Chinese Fire-Crackers.

These colourful annual festivities are marvellous and great fun, so contact True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum now for tickets on 01553 770479.

All proceeds from the event will go to the museum with a donation to The Mayor’s Charity.

And so to my pantomime of the week. There is just time to get over to see Cinderella at The Sheringham Little Theatre as the last show is being staged at 6pm tomorrow evening. Performances also take place today 2pm and 6pm and the same tomorrow . Call on 01263 822347 for tickets and further information.

Don’t forget the forthcoming productions of The Yeomen of The Guard by members of West Norfolk Gilbert and Sullivan Society coming to The Guildhall Theatre at Lynn Arts Centre in early February. Call on 01553 764864 for tickets. It’s going to be great.

I finish on a sad note this week. I have learnt of the death of Lynn artist Robin Elvin, well known for his paintings of leading figures from the sports and entertainment worlds. I knew him and will miss his warm and friendly personality. A great loss.