Published: Wednesday, 4th May 2022
The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk has announced its programme of King’s Lynn events for 2022.
Popular King’s Lynn events, organised by the borough council and partners, will return including the Hanse Festival, Folk in the Town, the Hanseatic Festival of Watersports, the Mini Meet, Mods and Rockers and Classic Car Day.
Cllr Graham Middleton, Deputy leader of the borough council and Cabinet Member for Business, Culture and Heritage, said: "The events season starts with a bang with fireworks, beacon lighting, activities for children, live music and entertainment for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee over the long Bank Holiday weekend from 2 June."
Afterwards, many established King’s Lynn summer events will return alongside new ones this year that include Soulful Sunday, 90’s/00’s music and Simple Sounds.
Cllr Middleton added: “This programme of events being held in King’s Staithe Square, South Quay or the Tuesday Market Place will encourage people back into King’s Lynn town centre to support their local retailers and hospitality businesses.
"We’ve added to the variety of events available to ensure that the town feels attractive and vibrant. In this way we hope that visitors who may have only come for the event, will want to return again and again to enjoy what the town has to offer."
The full programme will be regularly updated to the events page of the borough council website and can be viewed here: west-norfolk.gov.uk/events. Borough council social media channels will also be frequently updated.
Cllr Stuart Dark MBE, Leader of the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, added: "We know west Norfolk is a great place to live and visit over the summer and these additional events in our principle historic town will give residents and visitors alike more reasons to visit King's Lynn.
"It's a special year with the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and the borough council has been very proactive to mark this historic occasion through the Loyal Address which was presented to Her Majesty The Queen, the borough coin which will be given to every primary school aged child in the district and the many events throughout the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend in June. The borough council has also awarded over £11,000 in grants for local Parish's and communities to celebrate the occasion and offered support to Downham Market and Hunstanton Town Councils.
"We love west Norfolk and these Summer events held in King's Lynn are aimed at supporting our great local businesses and give people an additional reason to visit."
The events announced are:
Bank Holiday Thursday 2 June: Platinum Jubilee Celebration, King’s Staithe Square.
The long weekend starts with children’s activities, live music, the national beacon lighting and fireworks.
Bank Holiday Friday 3 June: Platinum Jubilee Celebration, Town and King’s Staithe Square.
A Queen's Jubilee Parade will march through King’s Lynn, led by bagpipers and will include cadets, guides, scouts and St John Ambulance. It will be the largest parade to ever march through King’s Lynn.
There’s more live music on stage in King’s Staithe Square and activities for children.
Saturday 4 June: Platinum Jubilee Celebration, King’s Staithe Square and Alive Corn Exchange in the Tuesday Market Place.
More activities for children and live music in King’s Staithe Square. Also the Alive Corn Exchange will open its doors for free entry to watch a film about the Coronation in 1953, called A Queen is Crowned.
Sunday 5 June: Platinum Jubilee Celebration, The Walks.
Jubilee picnic and fun day, in partnership with the King’s Lynn Lions and Radio West Norfolk.
Sunday 12 June: Hanse Festival, Town and King’s Staithe Square.
Following a flag parade through town, there will be children’s games, dancing and music on King’s Staithe Square. Boat racing on the river.
The borough council is pleased to be supporting Festival Too. A free, unticketed, event held in King's Lynn over three weekends. More details about this year will be given by the Festival Too committee. This year it will be held on King's Staithe Square on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June. Then the Tuesday Market Place will host live music on Friday 1, Saturday 2, Friday 8 and Saturday 9 July.
Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July: Folk in the Town, Tuesday Market Place.
Two days of traditional folk, Americana, folk rock, bluegrass and everything in between, all live and free in the Tuesday Market Place.
Sunday 31 July: Soulful Sunday, Tuesday Market Place.
A day of soulful music in the Tuesday Market Place.
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August: Hanseatic Festival of Watersports, South Quay.
Motorboats race up to 100mph along the Ouse, in this high-octane spectacle. People can watch the action from the historic waterfront of King’s Lynn.
Sunday 14 August: Mods and Rockers, Tuesday Market Place.
Scooter and motorbike enthusiasts gather for a look back at these 60s subcultures.
Sunday 21 August: 90’s/00’s Day, Tuesday Market Place.
Enjoy music from the 90’s and 00’s in the Tuesday Market Place.
Sunday 28 August: Simple Sounds, Tuesday Market Place.
Sit back in the Tuesday Market Place and enjoy some simple sounds.
Sunday 4 September: The Mini Meet, Tuesday Market Place.
The Tuesday Market Place fills with vintage and modern examples of this iconic car. Sign up now at west-norfolk.gov.uk/minimeet
Sunday 11 September: Classic Car Day, Tuesday Market Place.
This very popular event returns, as part of Heritage Open Day organised by King's Lynn Civic Society. Sign up now at west-norfolk.gov.uk/classiccarday