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King’s Lynn Mart is here for the 818th time





In his weekly That’s Entertainment column, Andy Tyler welcomes the annual fun fair to town...

No prizes for guessing the first item in this week’s column, it has to be the arrival of The Mart; yes, it’s that time of year already. It’s the 818th King’s Lynn Mart, running through until Saturday, February 24. New rides, stalls, and all the fun of the fair, can be enjoyed currently on The Tuesday Market Place; Children’s Day, with reduced prices on most rides, is held this coming Monday, February 19. Just ‘Google’ King’s Lynn Mart for all the fun details.

Just a reminder there are more fun activities for youngsters to enjoy taking place at Lynnsport, St James, Downham, Oasis and Glebe House School, Hunstanton this half-term between February 17 and 25. As in the past, booking is essential.

The mart is back in Lynn’s Tuesday Market Place
The mart is back in Lynn’s Tuesday Market Place

The King’s Lynn Festival series of coffee concerts has already started, the next is held on Friday, March 1, with a cello and piano recital given by Toby White and Ryan Drucker.

Details of the Festival Spring Series are available by visiting www.kingslynnfestival.or.uk and it won’t be long before details of the main Summer Festival will be revealed - something to look forward to.

More music of the intimate kind is performed in Norwich regularly, so if you’re visiting the city or in that area, why not attend a recital? The next is taking place on Sunday, February 25, given by Johan Dalene, violin, and Nicola Eimer, piano. The venue is The John Innes Centre. Details are available by visiting norwichchambermusic.org.uk

If you are no longer in full-time work or raising a family, and are looking to make new friends, and perhaps develop interests or experience new ones why not join u3a?

Monthly meetings are held at The Gaywood Community Centre, 10am on the second Friday of each month. Visit kingslynnu3a.org.uk for more information.

Something warm and funny is needed at this time of year and this is how critics have described the latest film from Alexander Payne with the amusing title ‘The Holdovers’, featuring a thrown-together, makeshift family. How it all works out is yet to be seen, but the movie is released now and should be screening locally.

Watch out too for screenings from The Royal Opera, Ballet and National Theatre now regularly streamed to cinemas locally.

Another opportunity to enjoy great movies is attending a showing organised by The King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club. Films are usually shown at The Guildhall of St George, starting at 7.30pm. The club also holds special events and there’s the chance to meet other film buffs. The next film to be shown is Scrapper, on March 14. klccc.uk is the email address.

My book recommendation this week is especially aimed at those who enjoy an exciting crime thriller but have not read any of Jo Nesbo’s work yet. Jo is a very successful bestselling Norwegian novelist and ‘Killing Moon’ is his excellent, exciting novel just out in paperback. Do give the thriller a try, and perhaps explore some of his other stories.

It’s not every day we can touch a fragment of moon rock and learn about our nearest heavenly neighbour. The Lynn Museum’s lunar exhibition is now open to view for free until March 31 and then continues until September 15. A must for all interested in things astronomical.

There’s also plenty of interest to explore at The Stories of Lynn Museum and True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum.

Lastly, for art lovers, do take a look at the excellent art programmes regularly to be seen on the Sky Arts TV Channel, and I notice The Bircham Gallery has a new exhibition starting tomorrow entitled ‘Beyond the Surface’. It’s all happening in Holt!



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