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Heritage Open Day in King’s Lynn on Sunday





A wide range of historic buildings will be open to the public and lots of different activities on offer during Heritage Open Day in Lynn on Sunday.

The day runs from 10am to 4pm and there are a few new attractions this year, including the newly re-opened Crown & Mitre, the Lattice House, Pink House on Bridge Street and 97 London Road, which many locals know as ‘the doctor’s house’.

If you want to go up, climb the tower at the Pilot’s Office or at Clifton House, or book a Bell Tower Tour at the Minster (book on the day from 11.30am). If you fancy going underground, try the WWII air-raid shelters on Tuesday Market Place or the vaults at Bank House.

Knights of Skirbeck
Knights of Skirbeck

This year’s theme is ‘Creativity Unwrapped’ and there is plenty of art on show: Lynn Camera Club is at St Nicholas’ Chapel; Anita Carnell shows her unique pieces at Pink House; Arturo Limbo shows his art and Dr Paul Richards gives a talk about artists Henry Baines and Walter Dexter at Hanse House.

Plenty of old favourites are open too, including the Town Hall, which will feature dancing by Mr Gosk’s Dance Academy: 18th-century country dances and cotillions, as well as musicians from Norfolk Music Service. Teas will be available raising funds for the Mayor’s Charity.

Tours are available at the Majestic Cinema and All Saints’ Church, amongst others, or take a free guided walk around the old town with the Town Guides. Tour the town, free, on a vintage bus, or hop on to reach some of the more far-flung locations, like Hardwick Road Cemetery, St Faith’s Church, Gaywood or King Edward VII Academy.

Classic cars on show last year
Classic cars on show last year
Militia take Purfleet
Militia take Purfleet

There is a wide range of entertainment on offer this year, including Massed Morris dancers, Kentwell Players playing music from the 16th century, two shanty crews, the Town Band and a ukulele band. The Walks will be buzzing with action from Lynn Under Siege and the Knights of Skirbeck, as well as Fens Falconry and Lynn Town Band. And don’t forget to have a ride on the miniature railway… or try your hand at archery.

Visit the pontoons to see the Baden Powell and Lynn Coastal Rowers, or take a trip up the river. The ferry will be running so take a trip to West Lynn. There will be stalls in King’s Staithe Square, as well as entertainers, and the East Norfolk Militia will be mustering next to the Custom House. And there’s the usual local produce market on Saturday Market Place.

Alongside Heritage Open Day is the eighth West Norfolk Council-run Classic Car Day on Tuesday Market Place. Apart from the classic vehicles, there is plenty to see around Tuesday Market Place, including the Corn Exchange, 19 Tuesday Market Place, the WWII air-raid shelters and the Pilots’ Office.

The challenge on the day, as always, is managing to fit it all in. Programmes are available from the Tourist Information Centre – open every day 10am to 5pm – or for all of the listings, plus the bus timetable and a timetable of activities on the day, check the Civic Society webpage: www.kingslynncivicsociety.co.uk/heritage-open-day

St Nicholas Chapel
St Nicholas Chapel

For more information on Classic Car Day, go to www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/info/20195/events/462/kings_lynn_classic_car_day



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