That’s Entertainment with Andy Tyler: Friday, July 15th

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As if we were in any doubt, King’s Lynn, and indeed West Norfolk as a whole, is the place to come for quality entertainment in plenty. We are certainly the Festive Borough, and proud of it.

Festival Too was, once again, a great success and many enjoyed the water skiing and we have the King’s Lynn Festival and Forties Lynn celebrations to look forward to.

Focusing on Forties Lynn for a moment, Life on the Home Front is taking place between 10am and 4pm this Sunday and is described as a free, family fun day. The locations to visit are Lynn’s Tuesday Market Place, the Vancouver Quarter, Lynn Museum, and Lynn Town Hall. There will be much to enjoy as you travel back in time to the 1940s with music of the period, a tea dance, Jones’s Butcher’s Van from Dad’s Army, and those famous and popular air raid shelter tours. There will be much more to enjoy so visit www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/fortieslynn for all the details.

On the subject of the 1940s don’t forget the Tornado Trail in Lynn. Model Tornado aircraft are displayed along a walking ‘arts trail’, thus showcasing the town’s historic core and celebrating RAF Marham’s 100th anniversary. Trail maps are available from Lynn’s TIC. It was great to meet local Scouts from the 12th Lynn and 3rd Marshland enthusiastically following the trail recently.

Now a call for volunteers to come and help keep the Red Mount Chapel and South Gate open to visitors over the summer period.These historic buildings are opened every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from mid-May until September from 1pm to 4pm. Enthusiastic folk are very welcome to email cleanup@west-norfolk.gov.uk to find out more and perhaps get involved.

As usual there is much to enjoy at the Princess Theatre in Hunstanton ... If it’s Laughter You’re After, for example, is produced on July 21 at 2.30pm and then again in September. It’s great variety entertainment.

Over at Westacre Theatre there is also plenty to enjoy including a Jazz picnic this Sunday with the DixieMix Jazz Band. The picnic is held between 12noon and 3pm; tickets are £10, ages 10 and under go free. Do visit the Theatre’s website to see all that is on offer.

I note there’s a chance to join Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Reffley Community Association and the Gaywood Valley Conservation Group for a fun-packed wildlife morning of walks, wild craft activities, pond dipping, minibeast hunting, bird box making and much, much more. It’s being held on Saturday from 10am to 1pm, just go along to Reffley Community Hall and Reffley Spring Wood in Lynn (PE30 3EQ) and go wild. There is no need to book, just turn up and join in. Entry is free although there will be a small charge for some activities such as bird box making.

I also hear that Reffley Spring Wood will be surveyed this summer by community surveyors, to monitor the flora of the site as part of a 20 year management plan to ensure that the woodland is protected for future generations.

Some reminders to conclude this week: Over at The Greyfriars Art space in St James’ Street, Lynn, do view 7 In Their Element featuring textile art and then, of course, The West Norfolk Artists Association’s Summer Festival Exhibition starting on July 23 in St. Nicholas’ Chapel, every day (not Mondays), between 10.30am and 4pm until August 6.

The King’s Lynn Festival starts on Sunday with the Festival Service at The Minster at 11.30am, and there’s much, much more to follow.