After all the recent election and festival excitement locally, I promise not to mention either after my first paragraph!
Well, it’s really the Festival reminder that I want to highlight and this weekend’s Hanseatic Festival, celebrating Lynn’s 10 year membership of The New Hanseatic League, is going to be a cracker. I personally can’t wait, and recommend visiting the Kamper Kogge, a 14th Century style Hanseatic Ship, calling in on us over the festival period, and I shall be carefully selecting which of the varied musical events I shall attend. Don’t forget the History and Archaeology Symposium being held tomorrow on the second floor of Marriott’s Warehouse. The morning session is running between 9.45am-12.00 and the afternoon session from 2-4pm; tickets are just £3 per session or £5 for both, students half price with tickets available from Lynn’s TIC (01553 763044). There are also guided walks, fireworks, dancing and art exhibitions. Visit www.kingslynnhansefestival.com for all the details of the festival and www.marriottswarehousetrust.co.uk for information on the symposium. Enjoy!
Now let’s ‘rock‘n’roll! A day with a difference is promised on Bank Holiday Monday, May 25 between 10am-5pm at Gressenhall Farm and Warehouse. There will be the chance to sit back and enjoy period fashion shows, learn tunes and the dance steps of that time, see classic cars, visit the vintage market and even learn how to hula hoop! Call on 01362 860563 or visit www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/gressenhall
Sue Burge has been in touch and she tells me the King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club is running an education event on the films of Billy Wilder next Thursday, May 21, in the Great Hall at Thoresby College, Queen Street, from 7.30-9.30pm. This fascinating talk is illustrated with film clips and mixed with discussion and you will certainly be given the low-down on Billy Wilder (famous for films like Some Like it Hot and The Seven Year Itch). Tickets are £6 for non-members and includes a glass of wine or juice.
David Jackson, bagman of The King’s Morris, reminds me of the Morris Dancing on Fridays this month. The Swan Inn at South Wootton is the venue for tonight’s session at 8pm; next Friday at The Crown, Downham Market (8pm) and The King’s Arms, Shouldham (8.45pm); and Spring Bank Holiday Monday (May 25) at Bircham Windmill from 11am. For more information contact David on 01553 768930 or visit www.facebook.com/thekingsmorris
The excellent Pocahontas Players of Heacham celebrate 20 years of performing this month. The Players were formed in 1995 and in celebration “And now for the best bits”is being staged. You can enjoy the show tonight and two performances tomorrow at Heacham’s Public Hall. For tickets call 01485 570402 or 01485 571267. Congratulations Pocahontas Players!
I have been asked to include in the column notification of North End Guided Walks being provided right throughout the spring and summer period; contact True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum on 01553 770479.
Lastly, don’t forget the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra concert tomorrow at Lynn’s Corn Exchange, starting at 7.30pm, including music by Brahms, Elgar and Dvorak (with Simon Smith as soloist in Brahms Violin Concerto) and the superb series of lunchtime recitals at The Minster, Lynn, Tuesdays, 12.30pm, with the café opening at 10.30am. Entry is free. As I write I listen to music by Charles-Marie Widor and no doubt some of his music will be included in the recitals at some point!