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What’s coming up in the local arts scene

After a very successful period of festivals and special events there’s only a brief period of comparative quiet in the area, before the Autumn season is upon us, and I’ll be highlighting much of the entertainment that’s lined up as the time goes by, starting pretty well straight away.

I must just mention the pleasure I’ve had recently visiting the various art exhibitions at local venues, several of which I’ve recommended to readers in this column. Thanks to all concerned for their sterling efforts over the past weeks.

A forthcoming exhibition and opportunities to meet the artwork creators is being held over three days at Thornham Village Hall, PE36 6LX, tomorrow, Sunday and Monday. The opening hours are 10am- 4pm and some lampshade making courses are also available, as well as tea and cake. The artists work in a variety of creative disciplines and the exhibition is indeed entitled: Coastal Creatives. Why not visit and enjoy the day in this lovely area? Contact: 07979693025 to find out more.


During this holiday period many have a little more time for reading, and the local book club that meets at The Stuart House Hotel on September 20, 5pm are currently reading John Boyne’s recent novel, now in paperback, All The Broken Places. It’s a thought-provoking novel describing how a retired lady’s past is evoked by her befriending a neighbour’s little boy. Boyne is well known for his book ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’. Do come along, having read All The Broken Places, and discuss the book in friendly company; refreshments are available.

I have now seen, and been impressed with, that long, but thoughtful and serious film ‘Oppenheimer’. With first rate acting (specially from Cillian Murphy as J.Robert Oppenheimer), I can recommend the movie for all those interested in ‘the father of the atomic bomb’. The film is based on Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin’s biography of the scientist.

For lighter entertainment there’s always Barbie or those Teenage Mutant Turtles- enjoy!

For quality live theatre there’s plenty to be had over at Westacre Theatre. Do visit their website for all the fine entertainment being presented. There’s something for everyone, and plenty of Shakespeare. westacretheatre.com is the address.

The visit by The Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage to Lynn, as part of The Festival, was exciting for all poetry lovers, so I’m pleased to report the 37th King’s Lynn Poetry Festival will be held at Lynn’s historic Town Hall between September 22 and 24. Physical programmes are now available and details of the appearance of more than ten poets to the events are now to be seen at lynnlitfests.com

Details will follow, but I flag-up a string quartet concert for lovers of chamber music to be held at Gressenhall Church, on August 26, organised by The Chaos Collective!

A Quiz Night with proceeds going to The Lynn Foodbank is being held at The Nightingale Bar, Ferry Lane on the evening of Friday, September 8, starting at 7.30pm. Entry £5 per head, teams are of six, or if you register as an individual a team will be found for you. To register or for more information contact Ros on: 01553 716890 or email r.harre@btinternet.com

Lynn Museum is holding two super summer family events on Thursday, August 17 and Thursday, August 24, entitled Victorian Fairground and 1940s Home Front respectively.These events run from 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm. For details contact: 01553 775001 or email lynn.museum@norfolk.gov.uk

Lastly, don’t forget The College of West Anglia Fun Day, held on Wednesday, August 16, between 10am and 4pm. There’s all sorts of fun activities lined up, including face painting, live street entertainment and sporting activities in the old Shoezone unit offered by Linnets in the Community. Events are free, no need to book, so get down to the Vancouver Quarter next Thursday.

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