That’s Entertainment by Andy Tyler

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With plenty of great entertainment being held in West Norfolk at present (isn’t there always?) I thought I’d start this week with two events especially with young people in mind.

It seems Robin Hood is leaving Sherwood Forest and visiting The Walks in King’s Lynn on Tuesday, July 28, hosted by the borough council. Robin, his Merry Men and other characters from this famous legend will be making an appearance, and, I notice, a workshop for five-to-10-year-olds will be held at 1pm, the show starting at 2.30pm. It all sounds great fun and for tickets contact Lynn’s Corn Exchange on 01553 764864.

Starting tomorrow and continuing to September 30, families are able to follow the flight of the Spitfire Trail in Lynn. This will especially appeal to children as it involves following a new sculpture trail, consisting of 24 Spitfire sculptures, each uniquely decorated and sponsored by local businesses. You can also enter into a prize draw by finding the hidden motto within the displays. Maps for the trail are available at Lynn’s Tourist Information Centre. The trail commemorates the 75th anniversary of The Battle of Britain and will be launched at The Freedom of The Borough Parade and is designed by the 42F (King’s Lynn) Squadron Air Training Corps.

At the parade the 42F Squadron will exercise their freedom for the very first time and music to celebrate the occasion will begin in King’s Staithe Square at 11.30am, the formal parade takes place at 12.45pm and two exciting honorary fly pasts will take place at 1pm and 2.40pm. A unique event not to be missed!

And so to art and music! We have been able to see exhibitions connected with Lynn’s famous Mart before, but from Saturday, July 25, we have the opportunity to view art connected with Savages, the town’s famous fairground makers at the Lynn Museum running until July 2 next year. We should now be able to view work not displayed before, so for all those interested, visit the museum’s website to gather more information. Art of The Mart is the catchy title!

Over at Greyfriars Art Space, again from July 25 and up until August 8, work produced over the past 10 years by father and daughter Nick and Ellen Sampson will be on display. Opening times are 10am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday and Nick will be offering a dry-point printmaking workshop on Sunday, August, 2. For further information please visit:

Attending The King’s Lynn Festival Service recently, and listening to the superb tones of the Snetzler Organ at The Minster, reminded me to mention the regular lunch-time recitals, Tuesdays from 12.30pm. Next week (July 21) Adrian Richards should be performing on the keyboard, so the standard will be high. Refreshments at The Minster will be available from 10.30am.

Westacre Theatre is to screen the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Merchant of Venice live from Stratford Upon Avon on Wednesday at 7pm and on the next evening an encore screening of Everyman from the National Theatre.

Are you reading Go set a Watchman yet? Don’t forgo the chance to discuss that other Harper Lee novel at Waterstones, Lynn, on July 29 at 4pm; refreshments always available.

So far the 65th King’s Lynn Festival has been a great success; don’t forget to go along to some of the tremendous events and compare your views with our Lynn News reviewers!