Hanse Festival sails back in to King’s Lynn
The ever-popular Hanse Festial is to return to Lynn on Sunday, June 12, with activities taking place throughout the town.
Lesley Bambridge, newly-elected mayor said: "The Hanse Festival is an opportunity to celebrate the rich heritage of King’s Lynn.
"The event starts with the colourful parade of flags, this is followed by entertainment in King’s Staithe Square for young and old to enjoy.
"We’ll have live music on stage, traditional Latvian dancing and the Hanse Festival Regatta on the river to finish the day off."
Nick Daubney, chair of the King’s Lynn Hanse group, said: "The Hanse Festival celebrates everything we have to be proud of about our town, its history, people, cultural events, international links and stunning architecture.
"It draws people to the historic waterside and naturally focusses on the town’s maritime past and its position as one of the country’s most significant ports in medieval times."
Graham Middleton, deputy leader and cabinet member for business, culture and heritage is delighted to see the festival return for a 12th time this year.
He said: "This festival celebrates the town’s past and current membership of the Hanseatic League.
"With lots to enjoy in King’s Staithe Square and the South Quay it’s another great reason to visit Lynn town centre and enjoy what the town has to offer."
The Hanse Festival Regatta, organised by Wells and King’s Lynn Coastal Rowing Club, will be held over both days of the weekend and will feature boats from all over the country.
At 2.30pm on Saturday, June 11 the Baden Powell will set sail and the first race on the River Great Ouse will be held at 3pm.
On Sunday, June 12, at 11.30am the parade of flags that showcases all of the Hanseatic countries will leave the Tuesday Market Place.
Supported by the Hanseatic Union, flag bearers from many countries will head through the town centre towards the historic Saturday Market Place and onto the quayside.
From 11.50am on King’s Staithe Square there will be traditional Latvian dancing, followed by live music on stage from the Pot of Gold Shanty Crew, Bruther Will and Good Company.
Music will be playing, people representing Hanseatic nations will be waving flags and thanks to Rachael Williams, the learning and engagement officer from Stories of Lynn, children can get involved with activities on King’s Staithe Square including a walking boat procession from the Tuesday Market Place through the town to King’s Staithe Square.
Rachael said: "I can’t wait for this year’s Hanse Festival.
"We have chocolate cakes to decorate, a range of fun outdoor games to play, Hanse badges to design and make and the popular junk model boat making where children can use the junk to build their own little boat and test it on the mini-river. It is going to be great."
When the bands stop, the second day of racing on the river begins, with the final race finishing at 6pm.
Popular events from previous festivals return, including Discover Hanseatic Lynn walks and lectures at Marriott’s Warehouse.
The King’s Lynn Town Guides will lead the Discover Hanseatic Lynn walks. Walks are free to attend but must be booked at the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) inside Stories of Lynn.