Published: Monday, 14th May 2018
This Sunday, 20 May 2018, sees the annual Hanse Festival take place in King’s Lynn with free entertainment and activities for all the family.
Coinciding with the royal wedding celebrations, the Hanse Festival also has a royal connection as it will be officially opened by Her Majesty’s representative Countess Romney, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk.
This year the festival also sees the launch of a Royal Regatta on the Great Ouse, reinstating the boat race on the river for the first time in over 100 years!
The regatta, organised by King’s Lynn Coastal Rowing Club, will include boats from all over the country taking part in a series of races along the town’s quayside and culminating in a prize presentation in King's Staithe Square.
The Hanse Festival marks the start of the town’s festival season and is a celebration of King’s Lynn’s maritime history, so it is fitting that a boating event is part of this year’s programme. The regatta is one of many events taking place including a flag parade, pirates and knights, treasure trail, medieval market and live music.
Helping to make it a weekend full of royal celebrations, King’s Lynn Festival presents a recital from the Hanse Band, at All Saints Church on Friday 18 May at 7pm. A further concert, “A Heroic Golden Age”, will be performed by Norfolk Symphony Orchestra at St. Nicholas’ Chapel on the evening of Saturday 19 May.
On Sunday, the day of festivities starts at 10am with pirates and knights at True’s Yard, and a grand parade through the town beginning in Tuesday Market Place. Music, including performances by Nelson’s Shantymen, Fried Pirates and DixieMix, will entertain crowds in King's Staithe Square, and talks, tours and music will delight around King's Lynn throughout the weekend.
The King’s Lynn Hanse Festival promises to be a fun-packed event to be enjoyed by the whole of west Norfolk and the perfect start to a summer of established festivals including King’s Lynn Festival and Festival Too, truly establishing King’s Lynn as a 'festival town'.
Issued by Steele Media