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It’s a historic day again in King's Lynn


By Lynn News Reporter


Heritage Open Day and Classic Car Show - Members of the Regiment of the East Norfolk Militia outside the Custom House. (4112457)
Heritage Open Day and Classic Car Show - Members of the Regiment of the East Norfolk Militia outside the Custom House. (4112457)

In just a few years it has become a highlight of the calendar for millions of families and once again, this Sunday, Heritage Open Day is here again.

This is the day in which old favourites and new surprises throw open their doors for free to the public to come on down (or up in some cases!)

Organised in West Norfolk by King’s Lynn Civic Society, in conjunction with West Norfolk Council and the Red Badge Town Guides, the day is packed with events.

At the South Gate, it will be King’s Lynn Under Siege with civil war costumed characters.

Hardwick Cemetery will host a guided walk at 2.30pm.

London Road Methodist Chapel will be open all day with the Lavender Hill Mob Theatre Company performing at 2pm.

All Saints’ Church by Hillington Square is open 11am-4pm with a rector’s tour at noon.

Those going to St John the Evangelist Church will find refreshments and a quiz for children, a bric-a-brac stall and home-made preserves.

Lynn library is open 10am to 2pm for a chance to see some of the books and archives not normally available to public gaze. Some of the books from the library’s older collections will be on show, such as the original Stanley collection, and some parts of the building itself normally off-limits to the public will be open.

The Jewish cemetery in Millfleet is open and stewards will be there to answer your questions.

In The Walks, you can pick up a Walks Tree Trail leaflet and get tree spotting, ride on the miniature train (for a small fee) and enjoy the Phoenix Medieval Re-enactors.

You’ll know the re-enactors have started as at 10am they will fire a cannon!

There is a chance to try archery or to enjoy a picnic. In the afternoon from 1pm there will be a projectiles through the ages display and hand-to-hand combat in the arena.

More peaceably there will be the King’s Lynn Town Band on the bandstand at 2pm.

For those who want to see behind the scenes at the art-deco Majestic Cinema, you’ll need an early start as it is open 9am-noon.

Greyfriars Art Space, at 43 St James Streeet, is hosting an exhibition Gasworks 8 and is giving a chance to watch artists at work in their studios.

King’s Lynn Town Hall and Guildhall is hosting the mayor at home with teas and coffees sold in aid of his charity. There will be dancing by Baroque Dance Unmasked from 11.30am. Chant We and Sing It Madrigal group perform at 12.30pm and there are soloists from the Norfolk Music Centre.

Stories of Lynn is hosting an exhibition about the WRVS and there is a Victorian schoolroom for those brave enough.

The borough archives at the town hall has a display of local documents from the Civil War.

There will be bell tower tours of King’s Lynn Minster at 12, 1.30 and 3pm. A donation is suggested forthis and timed tickets may be obtained in advance as places are limited.

Birds from Fenland Falcons will be on display in the Minster churchyard.

Hanse House has a full programme of events with Fenland Ukuleles performing at 1.30pm. The Pentland Phezants will be performing in the yard at noon.

On the South Quay, the King’s Morris will be dancing at noon, followed by Nelson’s Shantymen. At 2pm Wyldes Noys will probide popular music on authentic instruments and in period dress covering 600 years.

Town historian Dr Paul Richards will give a talk on Hanse House in the Hanse Suite at 11am.

Those visiting historic Thoresby College will find a short film on in the undercroft, A Short Walk Through Time, about the Preservation Trust’s work in Lynn.

A visit to 21 Queen Street promises to be interesting. See how two flats have been restored to one house. Once the Three Crowns pub it is now once again a modest town house.

Clifton House is open from noon. Numbers to the tower are restricted.

Go to the Custom House for free guided town walks at 11am and 2pm and also see exhibitions of lavender lace makers and photographs by Simon Brett.

Along the river the Ferry Lane Club, Pilot Office and tower, TS Vancouver will all be open and at the pontoons the restored Baden Powell will take passengers out on water at 10am, 11.30am and 1pm.

There is skiff racing from the Purfleet between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

And the ferry will be running river trips from 10am to 3.30pm every half-hour.

The East Norfolk Militia will be seen on Purfleet Quay.

New this year is Evershed House, on King Street, open 10am to 1pm. A former merchant’s house dating from the ate 17th century.

There is plenty going on at the Guildhall nearby, with art workshops, demonstrations and drop-ins between 10am-4pm, in the courtyard, Fermoy gallery, Shakespeare barn and Red Barn.

You can make a mosaic with John and Helen Walker, artists and printmakers, between 10am-12pm. From 2-4pm make hand-made prints without a press with Kit Price Moss, printmaker.

Call 01553 767557 to book workshops but if they are full there is lots of other artistic endeavour taking place all day here in drop-in studios. everything from plasticine modelling to a demonstration of painting after a stroke.

At the Corn Exchange there are tours and events between 10am and 2pm..

St Nicholas Chapel hosts bell tower tours and there is also children’s crafts and trails on here.

Nelson’s Shantymen. At 2pm Wyldes Noys will provide popular music on authentic instruments.

Town historian Dr Paul Richards will give a talk on Hanse House in the Hanse Suite at 11am.

Those visiting historic Thoresby College will find a short film on in the undercroft, A Short Walk Through Time, about the Preservation Trust’s work in Lynn.

A visit to 21 Queen Street will show two flats have been restored to one house. Once the Three Crowns pub it is now once again a modest town house.

Clifton House is open from noon. Numbers to the tower are restricted.

Go to the Custom House for free guided town walks at 11am and 2pm and also see exhibitions of lavender lace makers and photographs by Simon Brett.

Along the river the Ferry Lane Club, Pilot Office and tower, TS Vancouver will all be open and at the pontoons the restored Baden Powell will take passengers out on the water at 10am, 11.30am and 1pm. There is skiff racing from the Purfleet between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

And the ferry will be running river trips from 10am to 3.30pm every half-hour.

The East Norfolk Militia will be seen on Purfleet Quay.

New this year is a former merchant’s house dating from the 17th century, Evershed House, in King Street, open 10am to 1pm.

There is plenty going on at the Guildhall nearby, with art workshops, demonstrations and drop-ins between 10am-4pm, in the courtyard, Fermoy gallery, Shakespeare barn and Red Barn.

You can make a mosaic with John and Helen Walker, artists and printmakers, between 10am-12pm. From 2-4pm make hand-made prints without a press with Kit Price Moss, printmaker.

Call 01553 767557 to book workshops but if they are full there is lots of other artistic endeavour taking place all day here in drop-in studios.

At the Corn Exchange there are tours and events between 10am and 2pm. St Nicholas Chapel hosts bell tower tours and there is also children’s crafts and trails on here.



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