With origins dating back to the 12th century, the town’s past wealth and development is closely associated with maritime trading links – evidence of which still exists today. King’s Lynn has an impressive range of visitor attractions which tell of the town’s fascinating and often colourful past, with a host of spring and summer events that celebrate its rich heritage too.
What’s on during May
From 11 to 12 May the town centre and its quayside celebrate King’s Lynn’s past and modern links to the Hanseatic league of countries and its maritime trading links. King’s Staithe Square will be the hub for music. Fun activities for children will take place throughout the town and, with a parade of flags, regatta and free Hanseatic guided walks, there is something for everyone.
King’s Lynn Events in June and July
June and July are festival months for the town, with the King’s Lynn Festival being a mainstay of the town’s events calendar. The festival, now in its 67th year, continues to provide high quality performances of classical music, recitals, choral and jazz plus talks, exhibitions and films. The Festival (14-27July) features internationally renowned performers and uses beautiful historic venues around the town, including England’s largest surviving Mediaeval Guildhall.
Festival Too is a free, un-ticketed open-air event held in King’s Lynn over three weekends every summer. The event, which attracts many thousands of visitors to the town on each of the three weekends (29 June – 13 July), is held mostly on the historic Tuesday Market Place with some dates also held at King’s Staithe Square. Large crowds are always expected on the more popular nights as the town really enters into an almost carnival-like atmosphere during those summer evenings.
If you feel like taking a break from the heady summer festival atmosphere, walk through the popular shopping centre to find the Lynn Museum, where the displays of archaeology and history dating from pre-historic times – often in themed seasonal exhibitions – take you even further back into the town’s colourful past.
What’s on August in King’s Lynn
The massively popular Water Ski Racing event returns to King’s Lynn with a splash on the weekend of 24 – 25 August, always attracting large crowds along the town’s historic quayside on both days with its many fast-paced displays and competitions.
September Events in King’s Lynn
The annual King’s Lynn Heritage Open Day is the most popular heritage event of the town, bringing visitors from far and wide. This event (happening every year around the country) is a fantastic opportunity to explore King’s Lynn’s historic buildings. With over 60 places of interest to see during that day, it is a jam-packed programme of open buildings, cemeteries, towers and tunnels with lots of special events, talks and exhibitions. A guaranteed day of fun for all the family, and the chance to have a sneaky peek at buildings not normally open to the public, including the very popular World War II Air Raid Shelter underneath Tuesday Market Place.
In recent years the Heritage Open Day has been accompanied by a Classic Car Show on Tuesday Market Place and this year will be no exception, aiming to be a bigger and better display of vintage vehicles than ever before. Both events are held on Sunday 15 September – a perfect time to spend a late summer Sunday exploring the rich and varied history of the town.
The King’s Lynn Poetry Festival (27-29 September) returns to give a literary end to the summer calendar of events, for the 34th year running. This festival presents some of the very best contemporary writers of verse in a friendly, informal and historic setting. You will see writers of international repute alongside the new, from all age ranges and from locations across the world. Meet the authors, hear them reading and buy their books.
For more information visit www.visitwestnorfolk.com, download the Visit West Norfolk app from your device’s app store, or pop into the King’s Lynn Tourist Information Centre for the latest information. Event dates can be subject to change, so please check the dates before visiting the event venues.