I was not surprised to see in last Friday’s Lynn News a pretty much ‘rave review’ for this year’s Thursford Christmas Spectacular – a show now in its 40th year.
I have happy memories of visits to see this superb seasonal entertainment and like last week’s reviewer I remind and encourage readers to take a look at Thursford’s official website and book; performances continue until December 23. I have also enjoyed learning more about the history of John Cushing’s ground-breaking and amazing extravaganza!
I have now had the chance to visit Lynn’s Custom House and can thoroughly recommend you pop in and view the fascinating and nostalgic display of Christmas memorabilia spreading over several decades as mentioned by me last week. Happy memories were certainly rekindled and I also learnt a lot about Christmas celebrations and how they developed. For all the details visit the TIC website.
Attending the recent annual meeting of The Fenline Users Association (the organisation always seeking and pressing for improvements to services on the Fenline), I was reminded to mention to readers about various local and regional heritage railways providing special Christmas trains with all sorts of Yuletide family fun on offer.
I have room to include two organisations this week: the Mid-Norfolk Railway is running a Lapland Express Santa Special Train throughout December (including Carol and Christmas Jazz Trains), and the Bure Valley Railway is sending steam trains to Santa, a special magical journey including a personalised present for each youngster. Advanced booking is required, of course, but well worth the effort! Do visit the respective railway websites for more information.
A brief musical reminder. All the details were published in last week’s Lynn News, but the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra’s Music of War concert is being held this Sunday at Lynn Corn Exchange, starting at 3.30pm. Music by Butterworth, Ravel and Nielsen is included and free tickets may still be available for young music lovers. Contact the box office on KL 764864 now!
You could, of course, visit Santa by Tram, this time from the East Anglia Transport Museum in Chapel Road, Carlton Colville, Suffolk, NR33 8BL on selected dates in December. There is again much on offer including the usual facilities that a museum provides. Pre-booking is once again essential, so to avoid possible disappointment contact the Transport Museum on 01502 518459, or visit it’s website.
I have been asked (quite rightly) to feature the King’s Lynn Society of Arts and Sciences, which has flourished locally since 1913. As usual, the society presents a diverse and extremely interesting series of lectures with tonight’s subject The Capability Men: Lancelot Brown in context, given by Professor Tom Williamson. The venue is the Lecture Room, Marriott’s Warehouse, on Lynn’s South Quay. 7.30pm is the start time. Visit the society’s website for further information.
I relish the opportunity to give The Lavender Hill Mob Theatre Company and local performers generally a plug in the column, and lo and behold, I see A Christmas Music Night is being held at Lynn’s Town Hall next Friday, December 2, at 7pm. The event is in aid of The Mayor’s Charity, and students from Greyfriars School Choir and Hunstanton Community Choir, as well as ‘The Mob’, are performing. Tickets are £5 and include mulled wine (or fruit juice), and mince pies, and the tickets can be bought at the door, or booked through the Civics Office on 01553 762124. Festive fun for all!
As regular readers will know, at this time of year I feature local pantos, and this week I give advance notice for a production of Sleeping Beauty being held at Terrington St Clement Village Hall on December 1, 2 and 3. Details can be obtained from the hall, and the entertainment should provide an excellent December diversion. Call on 10553 827136 for details of all that’s going on.
Lastly for this week, I am pleased to report True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum is holding an exhibition Christmas in the North End - a theme of special interest to me! Here is another fascinating locally-based exhibition and it can be viewed during opening hours from next Friday, December 2.