That’s Entertainment by Andy Tyler: Friday, July 31st

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It appears the column will take the form of a “what’s gone”, “what’s on” and “what’s coming on” this week as there has been so much to report and enjoy in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk lately, so, without more ado let me just highlight a few events I have enjoyed recently before moving on.

At the King’s Lynn Festival my highlight was the dazzling recital given by young piano virtuoso Benjamin Grosvenor and meeting him briefly afterwards (see my review on this page) and then learning more about Margery Kempe of Lynn in the dramatic tale directed and performed by Joanna Swan and written by Gareth Calway. Dr. Paul Richards made a special guest appearance as Geoffrey Chaucer (see Helen Thirkettle’s review also on this page).

Next day, once again King’s Lynn Town Centre was buzzing with visitors shopping, but also enjoying free entertainment; I heard such groups as The Thorne Wind Trio, King’s Lynn Festival Chorus and Hoofbeat, the lively jazz and folk street band. All in good tune! I have no doubt there will be more to look forward to in the very near future.

I also dropped into the new exhibition of works by Ellen, and her father, Nick Sampson at The Greyfriars Art Space, St James Street, Lynn. This was special, and the good news is, the exhibition remains to view until next Saturday,

August 8 and opens 10am -4pm Tuesday to Saturday.

Now to the present and future. Currently, lovers of great shows can visit Westacre Theatre and enjoy A Chorus Line. Amazingly it’s the 40th anniversary of it’s Broadway premier and there are several performances to choose from, so for more information or to book tickets call 01760 755800 or visit now!

Don’t forget Sandringham Food and Drink Festival next weekend (Saturday and Sunday, August 8-9) on the estate near King’s Lynn PE31 6AZ. Food will take centre stage, of course, but there will be much to entertain and enjoy such as live folk and jazz music, crafts and an area for the younger ones. You should call 01283 820 548 or visit for further details.

Also, during next weekend, I notice that on Sunday, August 9, Downham Market is holding it’s annual Water Festival and Dragon Boat Race. Once again you should head down to the banks of the Great Ouse Relief Channel. This is now a fixed and popular event for the Downham area and as usual there will be stalls, a fun fair, and much to see on the water Contact 01366 387770 for details.

I notice several exciting events at the following venues over the next few days, so here ( in chronological order, I hope!) are brief details: a Magna Carta themed event at Castle Rising Castle this Saturday and Sunday; also this weekend a Civil War re-enactment at Oxburgh Hall (11am-4pm); Heacham Carnival parade and fete this Sunday; also events at Welney Wetland Centre and Lynn Museum; and an outdoor production of The Three Musketeers at Holkham Hall next Wednesday, August 5, starting at 6.15pm. For details of these events I suggest you visit the respective websites.

Lastly, watch out for details of a Nigel Ogden organ recital at King’s Lynn Minster. This is scheduled for Friday, September 4, starting at 7.30pm. Nigel is presenter of BBC Radio 2’s “The Organist Entertains”, it’s got to be good!