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Heritage Open Day is back better than ever




A full programme of events and displays is planned for this year’s King’s Lynn Heritage Open Day (HOD) which will be held on Sunday, September 15.

And the event, which is organised by King’s Lynn Civic Society, in association with the West Norfolk Council, may now be one of the largest events of its type in East Anglia.

Anna Gunn, one of the Civic Society HOD co-ordinators, said: “We have almost 50 heritage buildings open for visitors this year, as well as a market, music, dancers, buses, trains and boats.

Heritage Open Day (15791859)
Heritage Open Day (15791859)

“We extend thanks to all the people and organisations who have agreed to open their doors.”

Buildings open this year include old favourites like St George’s Guildhall (with live performances on stage throughout the day, run by Shakespeare’s Guildhall Trust, and art workshops in St George’s Yard, run by West Norfolk Artists Association) and the Town Hall (music and dancing, as well as teas and coffees in aid of the mayor’s charity).

Some new venues like Greyfriars Chambers (formerly the Rummer Hotel, now newly renovated), 5 St Ann’s Fort (venue of the nightshelter, formerly a hotel and music hall for sailors) and St Faith’s Church, Gaywood; as well as the event’s first venue in West Lynn – St Peter’s Church.

Greenland Fishery (15791864)
Greenland Fishery (15791864)

The market returns to the Saturday Market Place showcasing the best of local Norfolk products, and there will be music (Nelson’s Shantymen, Wylde’s Noyse) and dancing (Massed Morris Dancing by the King’s Morris, and Baroque Dance Unmasked).

East Norfolk Militia will be on the Purfleet, and the Knights of Skirbeck are setting up camp in The Walks – with an archery display, dressing the knight and hand-to-hand combat.

The programme will be available soon from a range of venues around the town.

Vintage buses will be on hand to take people around the town, and the West Lynn ferry will be running.

And don’t forget the Classic Car Day taking place in the Tuesday Market Place.

Look out for the HOD’s programme around town.

As part of Breckland’s Heritage Open Days, Narborough Bone Mill will be open on September 14-15, 10am-4pm.

There are guided tours and a chance to see the new visitor centre recreating the original mill.



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