Ten reasons to visit King’s Lynn 2018

Spring is here and as the better weather means we can get out more, why not visit King’s Lynn? From March to May there’s plenty going on in the historic Norfolk town. Here are 10 events you won’t want to miss:

Cocktails

Cocktail Week, technically the week that celebrates the cocktail, starts on 23 February, but it carries on until the first weekend in March. With tastings, talks, walks and quizzes held in the bustling selection of Kings Lynn’s finest wine bars and pubs, you are bound to find the right alcoholic concoction to tickle your taste buds. Visit www.klcocktailweek.co.uk for a full list of participating venues and events. Wristbands priced at £5 are now available to purchase online and open the wearer up to fantastic offers every day and evening throughout the week.

If Cocktail Week left you wanting more King’s Lynn Gin Festival begins on 9 March. For two days only, St Nicholas Chapel is hosting the annual boozy bash offering visitors both local, national and international gins. Visit www.facebook.com/KLGinFestival for full details.

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I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want! King’s Lynn is getting ready to welcome the Spice Girls Show to the Kings Lynn Corn Exchange on 10 March. Join Ginger, Posh, Scary, Sporty and Baby Spice for a touring sensation not to be missed. Performing 90s classics, if you want to get with them, gather your friends and dance the night away and zig-a-zig-ah! Visit www.spicegirlsshow.com. Tickets cost £21.

Kings Lynn Fiction Festival takes place between 16-18 March and a series of talks by some of the most contemporary writers will be on offer. Visitors can read up ahead of their visit as the website provides literature lovers with a reading list so you can join in talks and get involved. Tickets are priced at £8 per session or £37.50 for a weekend pass, more information can be found at www.lynnlitfests.com.

Fast Love, a tribute to George Michael is coming to Kings Lynn
Fast Love, a tribute to George Michael is coming to Kings Lynn

Are there any George Michael fans out there? On Friday 23 March, the Corn Exchange is hosting Fastlove: a tribute to George Michael, one of the world’s most-loved singers. Known for tracks such as ‘Careless Wisper’ and ‘Faith’, well known and some not well know sounds will fill the venue with this musical talent for one night only. Tickets are on sale now, priced at £26.95. Book online at www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

If you are just looking for a great night out, to dance, have a few glasses of fizz and not worry what time it is, throughout March, April and May, Bar and Beyond claim to host the best night out in King’s Lynn. Bar and Beyond blur the lines of bar and club offering a tasty menu, extensive drinks menu and late-night music. Entry is by ticket only ranging from £2 to £4 and you can even reserve your own private table. Find out more at www.barandbeyond.co.uk.

Jazz lovers will not want to miss Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, all the way from London, take to the stage to present The Great American Songbook. The band will perform at St George’s Guildhall on 6 April, combining narration, archive photos and world class jazz in their performance. Tickets are on sale now, priced at £22, call the box office on 01553 764 864 or visit www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk.

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From 26 April, Kings Lynn local tennis league is inviting budding tennis players to sign up to take part in local league matches. Now in its 11th year the league starts in April and matches are played until 20 June. So, grab your racket and a clean set of whites and sign up now to see if you have what it takes to win point, set and match. www.localtennisleagues.com.

Now, for those fitness fanatics the town is hosting The Grand East Anglia Run on 6 May in partnership with the Borough Council of Kings Lynn. Online entries for the 10km distance are now open. Entrants must be 15 years and over and tickets cost £22 which includes chip timing, finisher’s goodie bag, a t shirt and exclusive medal. Visit www.runforall.com.

If art is more your thing or you just want to explore your creative side, local artists in Kings’ Lynn will be opening their studio doors during Norwich and Norfolk Open Studios Festival between 26 May and 10 June. More than 400 artists will be displaying work including textiles, paintings, prints, sculptures and ceramics for visitors to browse. Some artists will also be running workshops and demonstrations so you can put your creative side to work. Visit www.nnopenstudios.org.uk for full details.

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