That’s Entertainment with Andy Tyler: Friday, June 24th

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Being one of those folk who does all he can to promote the virtues of a visit to King’s Lynn by non-locals, I was delighted recently to read an article by Tim Hayward in the FT Weekend Magazine, enthusing over a meal he enjoyed at The Market Bistro, Saturday Market Place, Lynn, and the warm and friendly service he received from staff.

I can only add my thanks to Bistro owners Richard and Ruth Golding for doing their bit to encourage (we hope) more visitors to come to Lynn and enjoy its delights.

As regular readers know, I like to give brief details of West Norfolk fetes and fairs, as they provide great family entertainment and pleasure to many young and older people alike. This week I would like to encourage a visit to the Watlington Grand Village Fete taking place tomorrow at the Recreation Ground, Glebe Field and Village Hall, Church Road, Watlington, between 11am and 5pm. There is much on offer, stalls, games, Punch and Judy, pony rides, archery, refreshments and a car boot sale (to name but a few); proceeds will go toward various village causes, so for more details and the chance to book a pitch call on 01553 813020 now.

I have heard from Pat and Richard English about an event for West Highland white terriers and their owners. This is an annual reunion and picnic of The East Anglian section of the Westie ReHoming, a charity dedicated to the love and care of West Highland white terriers that are in need of help or rehoming. Go along to Sandringham Country Park PE35 6EH on Friday, July 1, at noon. The meeting place is the car park opposite the visitors centre. There will be free treats for the dogs and a fundraising raffle and plenty of fun laid on, no doubt. Please bring your own picnic and chairs, but no cats! The East Anglian volunteers’ contact is Jan Baynes on 01354 693144.

Time for a quick mention of three musical events coming up very soon. Firstly, Festival Too gets off to a grand start tomorrow evening from 8pm at King’s Staithe Square (don’t forget to make a bucket donation if you can) and visit Festival Too website for all the details; there is Norfolk Symphony Orchestra Friends’ concert this Sunday at 3.30pm at St Nicholas’ Chapel (featuring music by Tchaikovsky); and the continuing series of organ lunchtime recitals at Lynn Minster on Tuesdays starting at 12.30pm. Refreshments are available in the church beforehand.

I also regularly feature exhibitions to be viewed at Greyfriars Art Space in St James’ Street, Lynn, and I recommend you pop in on the off-chance there is usually something interesting to explore.

I notice there are yet more open gardens to enjoy, this time at Congham on Sunday between noon and 5pm. I understand there are five gardens and a vineyard to visit; a £3 pass will allow entry to all gardens and the youngsters go free. There should also be events to enjoy at St Andrew’s Church, so come on sun, please shine in the East of England.

Turning to cinema, I should like to remind you of the live relays of opera and theatre taking place at our main local cinemas (a highly-praised production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet from the RSC was recently shown), and also the fine and fascinating programme of events presented by the King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club. Recently, an evening focusing on the director Francois Truffaut was given and an evening commemorating Shakespeare on Screen is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, July 14, between 7.30 and 9.30pm. For details of events and trips and how to join the club, visit it’s website. A feast of film!