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Not just Christmas-themed events coming up in King's Lynn area

In his weekly That’s Entertainment column, Andy Tyler takes a look at the West Norfolk arts scene...

Everyone agrees there’s plenty of festive entertainment to enjoy currently in West Norfolk, but I start this week with my recommendations for those quiet moments when we’ve time to get our heads buried in a good book.

My book of the year recommendation is popular historian Mary Beard’s new book: Emperor Of Rome, a fascinating informed look at the lives of selected Roman Emperors from all angles. A must for all those interested in ancient history. Mary will be signing copies of her book at Ely Cathedral on the evening of Thursday, January 11, starting at 7.30pm, organised by Topping and Co. Booksellers.

The Mediaeval Baebes’ torch-lit procession
The Mediaeval Baebes’ torch-lit procession

For those interested Mary Beard’s recent radio series, Being Roman, is available to hear on BBC Sounds, investigating the lives of real Romans from slaves to emperors.

The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak is the next book to read and discuss at the book club that meets at The Stuart’s House Hotel, Goodwin’s Road, Lynn. The date for your diary, is Wednesday, January 31, starting at 5pm. New members always welcome, and as always refreshments are available.

Getting out and about again, don’t forget The King’s Lynn Festival Chorus’s family carol concert tomorrow night at Lynn’s Minster Church, starting at 6pm. For tickets contact 01553 764864.

Just moving away from West Norfolk briefly, if you’re visiting Great Yarmouth soon the panto there is Robin Hood, being presented at St. George’s Theatre from today until December 31, and at Cambridge’s Arts Theatre Mother Goose is the show to see, on until January 7. Variety is the spice of life!

It’s always worth taking a look at Westacre Theatre’s current and future programming. Live theatre, films and special events always feature, so do get hold of their current programme booklet or visit: www.westacretheatre.com for further details.

Our local libraries and museums also hold many entertaining and educational events.

I notice a fun family event entitled: Judith Kerr’s Tiger Who Came to Tea is being held on Saturday, January 13, between 10am and 12:30, at Lynn Museum. Admission is free. For more details contact the museum or visit museums.norfolk.gov.uk

A meeting of the newly formed Record Club will meet at Lynn Library at 5.15pm, on Monday, January 8, the album to be played and discussed is to be decided soon. Watch this space!

If you’ve not visited The GroundWork Gallery in Lynn yet, do go along and view their current exhibition, but hurry, it closes tomorrow! Visit: groundworkgallery.com for more details.

Post- panto there’s naturally plenty to enjoy at Lynn’s Alive Corn Exchange; I notice there’s Comedy Club 4 Kids (January 14), and a Comedy Club for adults ( January 18), as well as Michael Jackson, Rolling Stones and Simon and Garfunkel events later in the month.

Over at Hunstanton’s Princess Theatre it’s: Bacharach, Showaddywaddy, and Jim Davidson later in January; there’s no let-up in great live entertainment here in West Norfolk, not forgetting the Medieval Baebes amazing torch-lit procession just before their gig at St.Nicholas’ Chapel last weekend!

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