It’s always interesting, I think, during this busy festive period, to take a little time to learn more about the customs and traditions which we have taken from the past and have incorporated in our own modern celebrations for Christmas and the New Year.
I certainly enjoyed and learnt from the recent Mediaeval Christmas Weekend held in King’s Lynn ( as well as picking up some seasonal Mediaeval gifts!), but I notice there is a further opportunity to celebrate Christmas past and learn about it’s influence on the present if you take some time out to visit Lynn’s Customs House before January 2, next year. Lindsay Abel has provided a collection of superb Christmas Memorabilia in a seasonal exhibition well worth a visit. Opening times are: Mon-Sat, 10.30am- 3.30pm and Sunday, 12pm-3.30pm. Call on 01553 763044 or visit www.visitwestnorfolk.com
All over West Norfolk there is plenty of live Christmas music to enjoy both in secular and sacred settings; having recently spent time in the Hunstanton and Heacham area I notice The West Norfolk Singers are giving a concert at Heacham Methodist Church, 7.30pm on the evening of Wednesday, December 23. It’s sure to be an enjoyable event and you can find out more by contacting Heather on 01485 542960.
And now for something a little more energetic and different! How do you fancy some Christmas skating on The Green at Burnham Market? I understand a rink will be set up there today and this weekend. Prices are modest and Christmas refreshments will be available to keep out the cold! Times are as follows: Today, 1pm-6pm, Saturday, 12pm-8pm and Sunday, 11am-4pm. Tickets can be bought on the day for that day only. For more visit www.visitwestnorfolk.com
Come on, get your skates on!
Some reminders of forthcoming events before my panto choice of the week! The King’s Lynn Festival Winter Season continues again in the New Year with a couple of events connected with Polar exploits ( which fits in nicely with BBC Radio 3’s recent Northern Lights Season). Both take place on Tuesday, January 26, at 2.30pm and 7.30pm respectively. The venue is Lynn’s Arts Centre. Later in the season there will be two musical recitals to look forward to including music by Schubert, Schumann and Mozart, this time taking place in Lynn’s Town Hall.
Don’t forget The Norfolk Symphony Orchestra’s Shakespeare Concert on January 21 at Lynn’s Corn Exchange; for details of this popular orchestra’s new season visit: www.nso-uk.co.uk
I am looking forward to seeing The Adventures of Robin Hood at The Corn Exchange ( see review), but lastly I would like to mention two other pantos coming to a village hall near you soon.
Watch out for Dick Whittington, presented by The Watlington Players at their Village Hall between January 7-9; tickets are £8, conc £6, and children £5
www.ticketsource.co.uk/watlingtonplayers or call on
0845 052 9645.
The Pocahontas Players in Heacham are presenting Dame Dolly Dumpling Tangled in Heacham written by Joshy Chilvers at their public hall between January 21-23. Phone Janice on 01485 570402 or Jim on 01485 571267 for details.
Very best wishes to all my readers for Christmas and the New Year and here’s to much more great entertainment for the coming months in West Norfolk!