Vikings, pirates and barber surgeons head to King’s Lynn

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Newly-discovered undercrofts, vintage buses, a mobile cinema and barber surgeons will all be part of the fun for this year’s Heritage Open Day.

Lynn Civic Society has once again arranged a wonderful free day out for all the family on Sunday, September 13, from 10am to 4pm.

Classic cars, West Norfolk Lion Dancers, Elizabethan pirates and the East Norfolk Militia are among the attractions planned for this year’s event.

Society chairman Alison Gifford says the Lynn open day has been highlighted as a national example.

She said: “ The Lynn event is a celebration and we like to have a festive air with everyone in town on one day.”

Churches in the town will be opening up for the day along with the South Gates and the West Norfolk Islamic Centre in London Road.

Visitors will be able to Meet The Victorians during a guided walk in Hardwick Cemetery every hour.

The Victorian theme will continue at the United Bowls Club, in London Road, when members will dress up in period costumes.

It is hoped that Thumper, the Lancaster from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, will make an appearance after spending the summer season on the ground following a fire.

Lynn Town Band will be performing in The Walks from 2pm, plus families will be able to complete a tree trail.

A vintage mobile cinema, which is the only one remaining of the seven made, will be setting up in Baxters Plain.

Exhibitions will be set up around the town including at Lynn Museum and the Greyfriars Art Space.

West Norfolk Council will be celebrating the traditional trades of Saturday Market Place with the Beer, Butcher and Barbers event.

Visitors will be able to get make-overs from the Elizabethan era to the swinging 60s, plus the gory world of the Barber Surgeon will be brought back to life.

Other attractions at Saturday Market Place include artisan butchers, craft breweries and live music.

Families will also be able to enjoy a magical poetry-led tour around the nine realms of Norse mythology with the Vikings Ahoy group, which will be at the Hanse House.

Dr Paul Richards will be giving a talk on Elizabethan pirates from 2pm at Marriott’s Warehouse, plus a host of visiting boats will be moored up at the pontoons.

Baroque dancing will be displayed in the town hall and Boats on Legs will also be returning.

Historic homes in the town will also be opened on the day, including Clifton House.

The owners of 2 King Staithe Square will be opening up their newly discovered undercroft. The large cellar runs under the square and is linked to those at the Bank House, which will also be open.

East Norfolk Militia will be giving drill displays and the Second World War air raid shelter in Tuesday Market Place will also be open. Vintage buses will be giving tours.

The programme is available from the tourist information offices.