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No prizes for guessing the first item in this week’s column; it’s The King’s Lynn Festival, of course, which got off to a great start last Sunday and continues until July 28.

I’ve already highlighted some of the exciting events and reviews are being published in The Lynn News as usual. Don’t forget the Festival’s not just about high quality music but all the arts are represented and standards are high. Fringe events are a must and it will be a sad time when things are wound up, and the final bows are taken at the last concert given by The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on July 28. Luckily for us we seem able to enjoy King’s Lynn Festival events most of the year nowadays!

Festival Too 2018. Pictures by Jon Seymour. (2950122)
Festival Too 2018. Pictures by Jon Seymour. (2950122)

- Praise must be heaped upon Festival Too also. Another fine season, and the live acts certainly got my feet tapping! Thanks for excellent weather, too!

- I was delighted to see enthusiastic young people signing up to the Summer Reading Challenge launch last Saturday at Lynn Library. It sounds a great way to spend time over the holidays and your local library should have details for all potential ‘Mischief Makers’ – yes, that’s it’s title this year! A Norfolk Day Poppy Workshop is coming up on Friday, July 27, between 10am and 7pm at Lynn Library. Come and help make poppies, they can then be donated to The Norfolk-wide WW1 Commemoration Project. All ages welcome.

- As you may have gathered there’s a whole host of events taking place in Lynn this summer. The Forties Weekend is now upon us. Do pay the Tuesday Market Place, Town Hall and Lynn Museum a visit this Sunday and be prepared to meet ‘Mods and Rockers’ on August 5 at the Tuesday Market Place – it’s all happening!

- There’s also a Mini Beast Trail tomorrow between 10am and 3pm at 33 Broad Street (opposite Peacocks). That’s where you can collect your map. That’s all I can tell you, sounds fun at The ‘Vancouver’!

- Having watched small bats flying and swooping around at sundown in the garden at home this time of year, I was interested in reading that a season of guided bat walks is taking place on August 4 from 8.15pm, August 17 from 7.50pm and September 5 from 6.45pm. The Walks are free, starting from 29 Beulah Street, Lynn, but must be booked in advance; if interested please email sam.garrod@west-norfolk.gov.uk

- A very special local event takes place once again tomorrow. It’s The World Snail Racing Championship taking place at Congham Village Centre. This event has been held for more than 25 years (yes, I’ve even attended!), and it’s great fun. All welcome.

- Also tomorrow don’t forget the West Norfolk Artists Association’s 17th Summer Exhibition. St Nicholas’ Chapel, Lynn, is the venue and opening times are: 10.30am-midday. From then opening times are 10.30am-4pm until Saturday, August 4.

- There’s fun activities and challenges for Lego fans at Hunstanton’s Sea Life Sanctuary. Become a Lego Ocean Explorer and follow the nautical trail! It all starts on Wednesday and finishes on September 5, 10am- 5pm. For further details visit: www.visitsealife.com/ hunstanton

- There’s been great news at The Minster lately and now I can add the organ recitals are back, starting with Adrian Richards performing next Tuesday at 12.30pm.

- Lastly it’s Sandringham Flower Show – one of our most prestigious horticultural events. I can’t believe it’s in its 135th year; family entertainment is also on offer, so do get over to the show next Wednesday. Sandringham House is not open on Show day, unfortunately!

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