That’s Entertainment with Andy Tyler: Friday, 24th March

Gayton Hall
Gayton Hall
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Mothering Sunday this weekend is the perfect time to treat your mother to a visit to the splendid Gayton Hall gardens in Gayton, which is opening as part of the National Gardens Scheme in Norfolk.

There are some two miles of paths, as well as lawns, lakes, streams, bridges and woodland, plus a variety of unusual trees many of which are labelled, and shrubs have been planted over the years.

The gardens are open from 1-5pm, entrance is £5, children free. This event is part of the National Gardens Scheme in Norfolk, which supports nursing charities in the country.

As I have often mentioned in this column the world of amateur theatre is well served in West Norfolk, so in drawing attention to the KLODS forthcoming production of Hairspray (based on The New Line Cinema film ), I also nominate them as my ‘local club of the week’.

This production by King’s Lynn Operatic and Dramatic Society – to give the full name – plays at King’s Lynn Arts Centre between Wednesday, April 19 and Saturday, April 22, starting at 7.30pm, with a matinee on the Saturday at 2.30pm. For ticket details and bookings call on 01553 764864.

I have now been notified of details for the next Lynn Waterstones book club meeting when Margaret Atwood’s slightly surreal novel ‘The Heart Goes Last’ will be discussed. Wednesday, April 26, is the date and the session begins at 4pm. Do come along, enjoy tea or coffee and biscuits and perhaps make some new friends. The book is not bad either! Waterstones in Norfolk Street is the venue.

Back to the theatre and to a play I much admire – Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece ‘Waiting for Godot’ which, in my opinion has as one of it’s main themes, hope and expectation. Described as a tragi- comedy, the play is being presented tonight and tomorrow night, then on Friday and Saturday, March 31 and April 1 at Westacre Theatre, performances from 7.30pm and suppers are from 6pm. Tickets can be booked on 01760 755 800. To become a ‘Riversider’ (or friend of the theatre) do visit the Westacre website, if interested.

Now details of some talks and lectures. The King’s Lynn Society of Arts and Sciences present this very evening a talk on the many lives of Matthew Arnold, Dr Kate Campbell being the speaker. Looking much further ahead, the society’s annual meeting will be held on Friday, October 20. All meetings start at 7.30pm in the lecture room of Marriott’s Warehouse on Lynn’s South Quay.

Also at Marriott’s Warehouse, The Marriott’s Warehouse Trust starts it’s new series of Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Talks this Sunday, featuring Dr Julian Litten, talking on ‘Restoration of the Monuments at Hardwick Road Cemetery’ starting at 3pm. The talks are free and booking is not necessary.

Let’s think about Easter for a moment. There will, of course, be plenty of Easter Egg hunting for the youngsters but I also recommend you take a look at the special events being held at local steam railway venues such as the North Norfolk Railway and Mid-Norfolk Railway. Galas and Easter train specials are on offer so visit their websites.

The Bircham Windmill is opening from April 1 and here again is a venue well worth a visit; special Easter events are planned!

Don’t forget the King’s Lynn Music Society always has an interesting programme (Marta and I would like some Chopin sometime!) and I look forward to a visit to the Snettisham RSPB Reserve sometime, but at present it’s the latest exhibition at London’s National Gallery that beckons!