10 great reasons to visit the historic Norfolk town this autumn
Written by Bob Cox Wrightson | Twitter @bobcw
The ancient Norfolk port town of King’s Lynn is full of history. It’s a great place to discover and explore this autumn.
Stories of Lynn
Immerse yourself in the world of the Hanseatic League, a group of powerful trading towns and cities around the Baltic and North seas, whose merchants and traders brought wealth to the town. Visit The Treasury, which showcases some impressive artefacts, such as the 14th century King John Cup, lavishly decorated in gilt and enamel.
Guided Walks of Historic King’s Lynn
King’s Lynn has over 400 Listed Buildings, and until the end of October you can explore them with the help and enthusiasm of an expert guide. Walks include The Darker Side of Lynn, the Maritime Trail and The Custom House to St Nicholas’ Chapel.
Explore the history and heritage of King’s Lynn, with over 50 places of interest to see. There are walks, talks and exhibitions, heritage tours, plus many interesting buildings to explore.
Poetry Festival, 27-29 September
The annual festival of poetry is a celebration at which the best contemporary writers give three days of readings and dissuasions in a friendly and informal setting. Attended by authors of international repute alongside newer writers, the poets cover all age ranges, from locations across the world.
Norfolk Restaurant Week, 28 October – 8 November
Celebrate Norfolk’s vibrant culinary scene, fine food, and the people who produce it. The restaurant week menu is available from Monday to Friday across two weeks, and King’s Lynn eateries already signed up include Bank House, Goldings Public House, Marriott’s Warehouse, The Rathskeller, Riverside Restaurant, and The Soul Cafe & Restaurant.
Comedy at the Corn Exchange
27 October – Jack Dee: ‘Off The Telly’, his first solo tour in six years, sees the star of TV and radio bring his grumpy persona to the town.
5 November – Ed Byrne: Ed takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has any traits that are worth passing on to his children, in this brand-new masterclass in observational comedy.
Reffley Wood is 130 acres of broadleaf woodland interspersed with planted areas of Scot’s pine and other species. Owned and managed by the Woodland Trust, there is a 1km circular walk, as well as a longer route of about 3km, but the number of different paths means you can make your own way through the trees on the woodland trails, looking out for all the colours of autumn.
Bawsey Country Park
This park is set amongst acres of woodland, hills and lakes, which were created by quarrying. Walking distances range from 1km to 4km, from which you can see many types of birds, as well as muntjac, roe deer, stoats and weasels. Hillsides of birch and pine, lakeside walks and sandy beaches form a distinctive autumn landscape.
Home to Seahenge, a 4,000 year old Bronze Age timber circle discovered in 1998 on Holme beach, Lynn Museum is also home to many artefacts and objects relating to the social and maritime history of the town.
An historic urban park in the heart of King’s Lynn, this is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing stroll and explore the history of the area. In the centre is the Red Mount chapel, a 15th century Grade I listed building. For the best fireworks show in Lynn, Fawkes in the Walks, head to The Walks on 1 November to see a traditional bonfire and a dazzling display.