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West Norfolk Counci has announced its programme of events this summer.

Popular events, organised by the borough council and partners, will return including the Hanse Festival, Folk in the Town, the Hanseatic Festival of Watersports, the Mini Meet, Mods and Rockers and Classic Car Day.

Graham Middleton, deputy leader of the borough council and cabinet member for business, culture and heritage, said: "The events season starts with a bang with fireworks, beacon lighting, activities for children, live music and entertainment for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee over the long bank holiday weekend from June 2."

Hanseatic ski racing in King's Lynn. (49783637)
Hanseatic ski racing in King's Lynn. (49783637)

Afterwards, many established summer events will return to Lynn alongside new ones this year that include Soulful Sunday, 90’s-00’s music and Simple Sounds.

Mr Middleton added: "This programme of events being held in King’s Staithe Square, South Quay or the Tuesday Market Place will encourage people back into Lynn town centre to support their local retailers and hospitality businesses.

"We’ve added to the variety of events available to ensure that the town feels attractive and vibrant.

Hanseatic ski racing in King's Lynn. (49783638)
Hanseatic ski racing in King's Lynn. (49783638)

"In this way we hope that visitors who may have only come for the event, will want to return again and again to enjoy what the town has to offer."

The full programme will be regularly updated to the events page of the borough council website and can be viewed here

Stuart Dark, leader of the council, said: "We know west Norfolk is a great place to live and visit over the summer and these additional events in our principle historic town will give residents and visitors alike more reasons to visit King's Lynn.

Karen Cooper from Ely was the judges' favourite. (50977402)
Karen Cooper from Ely was the judges' favourite. (50977402)

"It's a special year with the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and the borough council has been very proactive to mark this historic occasion through the Loyal Address which was presented to Her Majesty The Queen, the borough coin which will be given to every primary school aged child in the district and the many events throughout the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend in June.

"The borough council has also awarded over £11,000 in grants for local parishes and communities to celebrate the occasion and offered support to Downham Market and Hunstanton Town Councils.

"We love West Norfolk and these summer events held in King's Lynn are aimed at supporting our great local businesses and give people an additional reason to visit."

Classic Car Show on the Tuesday Market Place. (51159611)
Classic Car Show on the Tuesday Market Place. (51159611)

The events announced are starting on Thursday, June 2 and Friday 3 with a Platinum Jubilee celebration in King’s Staithe Square.

The long weekend starts with children’s activities, live music, the national beacon lighting and fireworks.

A Queen's Jubilee Parade will march through Lynn, led by bagpipers and will include cadets, guides, scouts and St John Ambulance and it will be the largest parade to ever march through Lynn.

Mods and Rockers bike show..Charlie Baldwin 5. (51391202)
Mods and Rockers bike show..Charlie Baldwin 5. (51391202)

There’s more live music on stage in King’s Staithe Square and activities for children and live music in King’s Staithe Square on Saturday, June 4.

Also the Alive Corn Exchange will open its doors for free entry to watch a film about the Coronation in 1953, called A Queen is Crowned.

Following that, on Sunday, June 5 there will be further Platinum Jubilee celebrations at The Walks, consistig of a Jubilee picnic and fun day, in partnership with the King’s Lynn Lions and Radio West Norfolk.

Classic Car Show on the Tuesday Market Place. (51159609)
Classic Car Show on the Tuesday Market Place. (51159609)

Furyher celebrations will take place on Sunday, June 12 with the Hanse Festival, when, following a flag parade through town, there will be children’s games, dancing and music on King’s Staithe Square. Boat racing on the river.

The borough council is pleased to be supporting Festival Too, a free, unticketed, event held in Lynn over three weekends.

More details about this year will be given by the Festival Too committee when this year it will be held on King's Staithe Square on Saturday June 25 and Sunday 26 .

Classic Car Show on the Tuesday Market Place. (51159610)
Classic Car Show on the Tuesday Market Place. (51159610)

Then the Tuesday Market Place will host live music on Friday 1, Saturday 2, Friday 8 and Saturday 9 July.

Music lovers will be able to on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July see Folk in the Town with two days of traditional folk, Americana, folk rock, bluegrass and everything in between, all live and free in the Tuesday Market Place.

After all this there will be tie to chill out on Sunday, July 31 at Soulful Sunday taking place in the Tuesday Market Place.

The Fried Pirates will perform at Folk in the Town (49437691)
The Fried Pirates will perform at Folk in the Town (49437691)

On Saturday, August 6 and Sunday 7 there will be the Hanseatic Festival of Watersports on the South Quay.

Motorboats race up to 100mph along the Ouse, in this high-octane spectacle and people can watch the action from the historic waterfront.

For bike enthusiasts there is a chance on Sunday, August 14 to see the Mods and Rockers in the Tuesday Market Place when scooter and motorbike enthusiasts gather for a look back at these 60s subcultures.

Presentation at King's Lynn Town Hall Platinum Jubilee Coins to West Norfolk School Pupils. Pictured Pupils of Green Park School.. (56218576)
Presentation at King's Lynn Town Hall Platinum Jubilee Coins to West Norfolk School Pupils. Pictured Pupils of Green Park School.. (56218576)

There will be on Sunday 21 August a 90’s/00’s Day, Tuesday Market Place where people can enjoy music from the 90’s and 00’s in the Tuesday Market Place.

On Sunday, August 28 with Simple Sounds, Tuesday Market Place and sit back in the Tuesday Market Place and enjoy.

Fot those who love cares, on Sunday, September 4 they can go to the Mini Meet in the Tuesday Market Place.

The King's Lynn Corn Exchange on the Tuesday Market Place.. (56237018)
The King's Lynn Corn Exchange on the Tuesday Market Place.. (56237018)

Filled with vintage and modern examples of this iconic car people can sign up here west-norfolk.gov.uk/minimeet

To top off this summer of events will be on Sunday, September 11 the Classic Car day in the Tuesday Market Place.

This very popular event returns, as part of Heritage Open Day organised by King's Lynn Civic Society and people can sign up here



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