In keeping with the time of year I thought it would be appropriate to start the column this week with a bang! Halloween is upon us this weekend and Guy Fawkes celebrations take place next week, so there is much in our area to enjoy or to send shivers down our spines.
Space is obviously limited, but I will mention firework displays at Snetterton (and motor racing ) next Sunday, November 8, and at Castle Rising Castle tomorrow, where the gates should open at 5pm with the display starting at 7.15pm, call on 01553 631330 for details.
Two major displays in the locality are at Hunstanton, organised by the Round Table, that’s next Saturday, November 7, at the Cliff Top car park, with gates opening at 5pm, bonfire lit at 6pm and fireworks starting at 7pm!
Lastly, we must not forget Fawkes in the Walks, here in Lynn. It’s next Friday, November 6, and as usual a funfair, bonfire, stalls and refreshments will be on site in The Walks for all visitors to enjoy. The festivities start at 6pm with the display due to be let off at 8pm. Call on 01553 782079 for all the details. That’s enough fireworks for now ,but wherever you go I hope you will enjoy a safe and rain-free time!
Now from all those bangers and crackers to sweet music. I have been reminded by Derek Oldfield of The West Norfolk Reeds, to mention what promises to be a superb concert at St Nicholas’ Chapel tomorrow evening starting at 7.30pm. Derek Harrison will also be there directing The Hertford Voices and the programme will include pieces from the 16th to the 21st centuries. Both groups come together in the final piece: The Londonderry Air and, I understand, suitable for Halloween, Saint-Saen’s famous and popular Danse Macabre will feature. Tickets are £5 at the door and heating, a bar and refreshments will be available; what luxury!
On a musical theme I must briefly mention an excellent concert I attended at The Minster Church recently. A visit from The Lubeck Chamber Choir was very welcome, not only performing their programme consisting of music by Mendelssohn, Eric Whitacre and John Sheppard with great style, but also bringing with them greetings from a principal Hanseatic Town, just like King’s Lynn!
Talk of The Hanse reminds me to promote a Hanseatic Warehouse Tour coming up at The Hanse House next Wednesday, November 4, starting at 2pm. Entry is free and Dr Paul Richards will be your distinguished guide!
And so to art. A group of talented artists, based at Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum in Wisbech, will present a marvellous exhibition of oil paintings at Greyfriars Art Space in St James Street, Lynn PE30 5BZ. Admission is free and everyone is welcome; this exhibition opens tomorrow and continues through to Monday, November 9; the opening times are Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm.
Lastly, don’t forget to get on that train sometimes, you don’t always know what awaits you in the Big City! On a recent visit to The Barbican, attending a concert given by one of the world’s great orchestras, The Leipzig Gerwandhaus, conducted by the amazing Riccardo Chailly, I had hardly got in the door when I was greeted by fellow visitors from Lynn and earlier in the day I found myself yards away from Justin Bieber! What more can I say.....?