That’s Entertainment with Andy Tyler: Friday, February 17th

The civic opening of King's Lynn Mart this week
The civic opening of King's Lynn Mart this week
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By the time you read the column this week The Mart should have been officially opened and, weather permitting, people should be enjoying the rides and entertainment provided.

I was impressed with the short film youngsters had made about the 800-year-old Mart now showing at Stories of Lynn in The Trinity Guildhall, Saturday Market Place. There is, of course, much else to enjoy at the venue, including viewing the famous King John Cup and civic regalia. For further details visit The Stories of Lynn website.

If you fancy something a little less ‘helter skelter’ perhaps a snowdrop walk at Ryston Hall near Downham on Sunday could be the answer. The gardens and woodlands are open to admire a beautiful display of snowdrops and also just a short stroll away is the famous and historical Kett’s Oak Tree which dates back 900 years. There is a tearoom open for tea and cakes; gates are open from 11am- 4pm and admission is £4 for adults with under-16s free. All proceeds will go to Ryston Church.

On the local art scene, I can highly recommend the current exhibition at Greyfriars Art Space in Lynn which I viewed recently. It’s certainly all a bit ‘fishy’ and indeed the well-known local artist Tony Bellars has named his exhibition ‘A Fishy Business’. It’s a great show, and includes both recent and retrospective paintings, sculptures and assemblages of fish and fishing. The highly original presentation runs until February 25 and opening times are Monday-Saturday from 10am-4pm.

It’s been an exciting time at True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum, Lynn, lately celebrating in various ways its Silver Jubilee, and I have a couple of events to promote. Firstly, the fourth Pat Midgley Memorial Lecture given by Tim Clayton and Dr Paul Richards talking about The Baden Powell 1900-2017. The Mayor will be hosting the event at the Town Hall, starting at 7pm on Thursday, March 30, tickets are just £5.

Now for a party ... it’s the True’s Yard Silver Jubilee Supper Party. Fundraising will be part and parcel of the proceedings which consists of a two-course meal (dessert supplied by the Friends of True’s Yard); tickets are £15 and the event takes place at the Hanse House on March 31 at 7pm. Contact the museum on 01553 770479 for all the details.

My local society of the week this time takes the form of a workshop for young people. For those youngsters interested and enthused by drama and theatre, regular workshops are run by Westacre Theatre. The sessions are led by experienced leaders and tutors, so please do contact the theatre box office on 01760 755 800 to book your place.

Local amateur theatre and music societies welcome new members. There are plenty to choose from in our area and your local library should be able to help in locating them for you.

The East Anglian Ex-Forces Big Band is taking to the stage tomorrow at 7.30pm at the King’s Lynn Academy for their annual concert in aid of Help for Heroes. Tickets are £10 and can be reserved by phoning Daryle Taylor on 07840 120112. You can also buy them in advance from King’s Butchers in South Lynn, Moleys, Norfolk Street and from the KL Academy … or on the door.

Lastly, don’t forget all those exciting spring steam railway events rolling along at a steam railway station near you!

And talking of railways, I note that Michael Portillo (of Great Railway Journeys television fame) is at Lynn Arts Centre on Tuesday, March 31, at 7.30pm with his stage show A Game of Two Halves. Tickets are £19 and available now from the Corn Exchange box office, or call 01553 764864.