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Packed programme of events planned for West Norfolk

Hanse Festival in Kings Lynn'Farren Hart ANL-150518-064352009
Hanse Festival in Kings Lynn'Farren Hart ANL-150518-064352009

Beacons, flappers and tornadoes are just some of the things which feature in an exciting calendar of events planned in Lynn this year.

West Norfolk Council has released a fun-packed programme which offers something for all the family and aims to boost tourism numbers to the town.

Heritage Open Weekend, Classic Car Show and Beer, Butchers and Barbers weekend in King's Lynn ANL-150913-233726009
Heritage Open Weekend, Classic Car Show and Beer, Butchers and Barbers weekend in King's Lynn ANL-150913-233726009

A mixture of events has been organised ranging from celebrations for the Queen’s 90th birthday along with a sombre vigil to mark the sacrifice made by West Norfolk men in an important First World War battle.

Cabinet member Elizabeth Nockolds said the new programme follows on from last year’s successful season.

She said “More people than ever visited our town centre last year, and with such a varied and exciting line-up of events, that’s no surprise. Some events last year proved so successful that they’re returning this year. Some events are new, like our celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday, so there really is something for everyone.”

The schedule kicks off on Thursday, April 21, when beacons will be lit in Lynn, Downham and Hunstanton as part of a national event to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The Hanse Festival returns on Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, to celebrate the town’s heritage with live music, archery demonstrations, craft workshops, traditional dancing along with food and drink stalls.

A plant fair will be blossoming in Tuesday Market Place on Saturday, May 21, as part of the Lynn in Bloom 2016.

RAF Marham’s 100th anniversary will be marked with a Tornado Trail, following on from last year’s Spitfire walk, which will be launched on Sunday, May 29.

Visitors will be transported to the 1920s during an event, completed with flappers, on Sunday, June 12, to celebrate the Queen’s birthday.

An overnight vigil to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme will be held on Thursday, June 30.

While the popular Forties Lynn: Life on the Home Front will return on Sunday, July 17, when activities included exploring the air raid shelter and finding out how residents lived in the war years.

The Mods & Rockers Scooter and Motorbike Meet will be returning on Sunday, August 7.

A folk festival, including a range of bands and soloists, will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14.

The Fairytales and Legends event returns on Sunday, August 21, when children can meet all their favourite heroes and heroines.

The King’s Lynn Civic Society will hold its Heritage Open Day on Sunday, September 11, and this once again coincides with the Classic Car Show. Anyone interested in showing their vehicle is asked to email classiccar@west-norfolk.gov.uk to register their interest.

Fawkes in the Walks will return to The Walks on Friday 4 November.

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