List of Organisations that appear in the diary — click organisation for more information
Church of The Holy Transfiguration
Crafts Just For You
Fenland Orchid Society
Friends of Lynn Museum
Friends of St Nicholas’ Chapel
Friends of The Walks
Harding’s Pits Community Association
Heritage Open Days
King’s Lynn Arts Centre
King’s Lynn & District Astronomy Society
King’s Lynn & District Camera Club
King’s Lynn & District Trades Council
King’s Lynn & District Osteoporosis Support Society
King’s Lynn Civic Society
King’s Lynn Climate Concern
King’s Lynn Decorative and Fine Arts Society
King’s Lynn Festival
King’s Lynn Festival Chorus
King’s Lynn Film Festival
King’s Lynn Horticultural Society
King’s Lynn Lions
King’s Lynn Literature Festivals
King’s Lynn Male Voice Choir
King’s Lynn Minster
King’s Lynn Music Society
King’s Lynn Organ Club
King’s Lynn Players
Kings Lynn RPG and Wargames Club
King’s Lynn Society of Arts & Sciences
King’s Lynn Town Band
King’s Lynn Wine Appreciation Society
Marriott’s Warehouse Trust
Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers
Norfolk Symphony Orchestra
Phoenix Judo Kwai
Refley Art Group
St. John’s Church
Stories of Lynn
The King’s Morris
The Friends of Hardwick Road Cemetery
Time Machine King’s Lynn
True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum
West Norfolk & King’s Lynn Archaeological Society
West Norfolk Artists Association
West Norfolk Jubilee Youth Orchestra
West Norfolk National Trust Association
All Saints is a beautiful church, and the oldest church in Kings Lynn but it is not well known and it takes some finding. It is in Hillington Square and can be reached via the Millfleet or Valingers Road. Those who seek it out are richly rewarded, that’s why we call it ‘the hidden pearl’. Jesus compared the kingdom of heaven to being like dealer in fine pearls who spent all his life looking for the perfect pearl. When he found it, he sold everything he had and bought it. To have faith in God is a priceless gift. We hope that you will come and find Him here as we welcome you to our services and events, or just come and visit and enjoy a moment of peace.
During the summer the church is open on Saturdays, 9am-5pm, and around service times through the week. Further of Services are on the website.
The Church of The Holy Transfiguration is a Russian Orthodox Church based at Walsingham with services in English and has regular services at All Saints Church in Lynn.
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The Group will be a great place for members to meet like-minded people who can enjoy the morning doing their crafts alongside other members while having fun. We meet for group sessions on the last Friday of every month 1pm-3pm at the Tesco Extra Community Room, Hardwick Road, Kings Lynn.
It will cost just £4.00 per session with one Guest morning at £4.00 to decide if the group is suitable for you.
The group will allow members to bring along their crafts and enjoy making them around others, share advice on where to buy products, show other members how to make items of the subjects they are making themselves.
Open to anyone interested in growing orchids.
Meetings and talks are held in Terrington St Clements Village Hall, Churchgate Way, Terrington St Clements, PE34 4LZ
Meetings are held monthly, on the first Wednesday of the month apart from January.
New members always welcome. Annual membership fee £15
Festival Too is celebrating its 29th year in 2014 of bringing FREE entertainment to King’s Lynn.
We provide FREE street entertainment on the Saturdays of the Festival so that families visiting the town can enjoy such activities as clown shows, jugglers, puppets and balloon modelling whilst shopping and getting ready for the evening’s entertainment.
With help and support from the local press as well as local radio, we publicise the event well in advance of Festival Too, ensuring as many people come along and enjoy the free event as much as possible. Regular crowds of over 10,000 have seen acts such as Lemar, Atomic Kitten, Toyah Willcox, Deacon Blue, The Stranglers, Bad Manners, The Human League, 10cc, Heather Small of M People thrill the audience.
Come along and enjoy one of Europe’s largest FREE festivals!
The Friends organisation was formed in 1957 to help promote and support the museum and facilitate the acquisition of artefacts at the request of the Museum. The Friends play an important role in supporting our local heritage.
Membership is open to all. Join today and receive the following benefits:
- Free entry to the Lynn Museum all year round.
- 10% admission discount at all other Norfolk Museum Service Museums.
- 10% discount in the Lynn Museum shop and the café at Norwich Castle and Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse.
- A free newsletter.
- Private viewings of exhibitions.
- Coffee mornings and afternoon lectures.
- Opportunities to visit places of interest.
- Free entry to all children’s events for Young Members.
- A fantastic opportunity to support YOUR local Museum and YOUR local heritage!
The Friends invite those who admire and care about the Chapel to join them. Since 2002 we have been actively supporting the use of this outstanding medieval church for all kinds of community uses, as well as for visitors, family events and tours. The architecture and fittings of the Chapel are of national significance. Members assist the Churches Conservation Trust in opening and managing the building, and in its hiring especially for concerts and exhibitions. The time commitment and skills of volunteers are most welcome.
The Chapel reopened in September 2015 following extensive roof work, repair and conservation of doors and other woodwork, and the installation of lavatories and kitchen facilities, heating and improved lighting, aided by a £2.3M award from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Friends undertook the repair and re-hanging of the 8 bells as a separate £46,000 project.
The Friends’ aims are to help in ensuring that The Walks is sustained, for present and future generations, as a precious green space which is a pleasure to pass through or spend time in at leisure, recreation or simply as part of day-to-day life. They are also involved in preserving the historical promenades and ancient monuments, including the Red Mount Chapel and the South Gate, and protection of the trees and wildlife.
The Harding’s Pits Community Association Ltd. is a volunteer body managing the 5.5 acre Harding’s Pits Doorstep Green, a public open space which lies between King’s Lynn town centre and South Lynn and between the rivers Great Ouse and Nar. We have regular work-days during the year, the dates for which are on the website.
The Association arranges guided bird and plant walks on the Green during the summer months.
Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.
Every year in September for one Sunday, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors. It is a once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.
The historic building in which the Arts Centre is based contains all kind of treasures. The exhibitions are always really different and there is something for everyone! When the galleries are open to the public, visitors can enjoy a coffee and a piece of cake in the Shakespeare Barn from Tuesday to Saturday.
Theatre, Comedy, Films and musical shows are regularly presented in the Guildhall Theatre which is the most complete and largest surviving Guildhall in the country. A recent research has even indicated that it is likely that Shakespeare himself performed there.
This year the “Café des Langues” opens its door regularly and Barter Parties are organised for bargain hunters.
Kings Lynn and District Astronomy Society our aim is to promote all aspects of Astronomy for all ages beginners and experienced alike and to provide a suitable location where all can meet and share knowledge and experiences
Our aim is to advance, improve, and develop the practice and appreciation of photography through illustrated talks, discussions, competitions and exhibitions.
Our programme comprises a mixture of talks, competitions, inter-club events and practical sessions.
We welcome new members and visitors. Membership of the Club is open to all adults aged 18 years and over; those under 18 may join as a junior member.
King’s Lynn and District Trades Council is the Trades Union Council (TUC) for the West Norfolk area. As well as taking action to mobilise workers in support of campaigns TUCs work with trade union branches and take a lead in forging links with other parts of the community: crucial to this is identifying issues on which unions and other organisations share a common agenda — an agenda based on the pursuit of social justice.
It is estimated that around 3 million people in the UK have osteoporosis. This can lead to bones becoming fragile and breaking easily, resulting in pain and disability. Much can be done to treat osteoporosis and prevent fractures. The King’s Lynn group is affiliated to the National Osteoporosis Society, the only UK-wide charity dedicated to ending the pain and suffering caused by osteoporosis.
The group provides a programme of activities, events and medical updates. It meets every fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm in the London Road Methodist Hall, County Court Road, King’s Lynn PE30 5PU. Everyone is welcome.
Visitors — £2 payable on the door.
Exercise classes are held at the same venue each Monday and Friday.
Details: Barbara Blacklock 01553-672527 or society group secretary Edith Finbow 01553-773309
The King’s Lynn Civic Society was founded to protect our town’s rich heritage which has been left to us from the past and to influence the way our town evolves to meet challenges and change.
A group for people in the King’s Lynn area concerned about climate change. Our aim — to raise awareness about the urgency for action on climate change both locally and nationally ahead of the vital Paris Climate Summit.
All are welcome to come to meetings and discuss the issues there or on the website blog.
The Community Cinema Club is an independent, not-for-profit, organisation set up to cater for film enthusiasts in the area. We aim to show a varied programme of films which reflect the tastes and interests of our members and we also have education and social events, details of which can be seen on our website.
KLDFAS is affiliated to the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Society (NADFAS).
Our core programme of lectures runs monthly from September to May on a Thursday afternoon at 2.15pm at West Winch Village Hall (just south of King’s Lynn, off the A10). Our lecturers are accredited specialists and never disappoint — their accompanying images are stunning.
King’s Lynn DFAS has a Church Recorders’ Group and a Heritage Volunteers’ Group, both providing members with the opportunity to be actively involved in worth-while projects. We support Young Arts in the community and there is an Art Group which meets weekly.
Special interest days and outings to art galleries, historic houses and other artistic venues are arranged during the season.
Membership is £38 single or £72 joint at the same address. Visitors are welcome at £6 per meeting.
For more than 60 years the King’s Lynn Festival has been attracting top names from the worlds of music, arts and entertainment. It also prides itself in introducing talented younger artists to the town, many of whom are fast establishing a reputation in the classical music world.
The festival dates for 2017 are from 16th to 29th July and the 2016/7 Winter Season runs from October 2016 to April 2017.
Kings Lynn Festival Chorus is a dynamic and friendly community choir based in King’s Lynn that draws members from Norfolk and adjoining counties. Rehearsals are weekly and there are 3 or 4 concerts a year, both locally and further afield.
The chorus performs a range of music from the great choral masterpieces of the last 400 years to jazz and pop classics. Anyone who can sing (nearly everyone can), has a willingness to learn and who can commit to weekly rehearsals is welcome to audition for the chorus.
The King’s Lynn Film Festival will be running from the 2nd to the 4th of October 2015. Our programme is based around the theme of food, recalling the important role that Lynn has played both as a fishing port and an important centre for agriculture over the centuries. We hope our programme oers something for everyone — from a gala launch recreating a trip to the cinema 100 years ago, screenings of world cinema classics, popular animation “Ratatouille” and a young persons’ film-making workshop.
Society founded 1889 (now 125 years old). Open to any one interested in gardening. Meetings and talks held in Royal British Legion Club.
Several events being held this year to celebrate 125th Anniversary.
Show held every August and new Members always welcome
Are you prepared to put something back into your local community? If so and you would enjoy making some new friends along the way, the King’s Lynn Lions and Lionesses want to hear from you.
The King’s Lynn clubs are part of the world’s largest Community Service organisation specialising in voluntary work. Each club meets on average twice a month in King’s Lynn, one evening being a business meeting, the other a social which could be a meal, a visit to the theatre or occasionally a speaker meeting.
The Lions assist with transport to the Local Gateway Club, bring Santa to Town and sell hot dogs at Festival Too. The Lionesses fund raise through charity stalls, fashion shows and other promotions. Some of their profits buy soft toy lions for the local ambulance service to offset trauma in children who have been in accidents.
The King’s Lynn Literature Festivals are held during a single weekend in March (Fiction) and September (Poetry) each year. Our guiding principle, initiated by King’s Lynn’s finest, Tony Ellis and co-founder, the late George MacBeth, is to present some of the best contemporary writers in a congenial and informal setting.
You will see writers of international repute alongside new, from all age ranges and from locations across the world. Meet the authors, hear them reading and buy their books.
These festivals have been running in an unbroken annual series since 1984.
The Choir was formed in 1957 and provides enjoyment to many in the Kings Lynn and the surrounding area and helps other organisations and charities raise funds. We meet once a week to rehearse on a Wednesday night at Springwood High School, between 19:00 and 21:00, during our season that starts in September and finishes around the end of May. During the season we perform concerts at different venues around the local area that we put on ourself and also at the request of others. These include our regular Christmas and Spring concerts, singing once or twice a year in the SNCO’s Mess at RAF Marham, The Free Masons and participating in local events.
If you think you would like to come and join us then come along on a Wednesday night or go to the contact page on our website for a list of people who can give you more information. We are a non audition choir, you just need to be male, be able to hold a tune and enjoy singing. If you are not sure where you would fit into a male voice choir then we would be happy to assess your range and slot you in to one of our four vocal sections.
The Minster is situated in the historic surroundings of the Saturday Market Place in the heart of King’s Lynn. Founded by the first Bishop of Norwich, Herbert de Losinga, in 1101, the Minster has offered a welcome to pilgrims and visitors for over 900 years.
The Minster is open all day, every day.
Visitors are welcome to join us for any service or just walk around and enjoy the atmosphere of this Historic and Holy Church.
You can contact us at The Minster Office, St Margaret’s Vicarage, St Margaret’s Place, King’s Lynn, PE30 5DL
The King’s Lynn Music Society was reconstituted in 1996 having been established in 1891 as the King’s Lynn Musical Society. It has been a chorus, an orchestra and now is a music appreciation society with an annual series of talks and recitals from September to May, excluding December. We meet usually on the third Wednesday of each month in the elegant Georgian Assembly Room of the Trinity Guildhall (Town Hall) in the Saturday Market place opposite the Minster. The adjacent Card Room is used for artists to change. The Society part owns a Boston Grand Piano.
Doors open at 7pm when tea/coffee is available. Meetings start at 7.30pm and finish at 9pm.
The Society is a registered charity, our president is Peter Donohoe, CBE.
Founded in 1976, the King’s Lynn Organ Club arranges celebrity concerts on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, open to everyone, and member’s evenings on the 1st Wednesday of each month.
Our concerts are held at St. John’s Church King’s Lynn (nr Railway station) commencing at 7.30pm.
King’s Lynn Players is a thriving amateur theatre group based in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, now in its 70th year. We aim to present first-class theatrical productions. We put on one musical and one play a year. We also run a thriving Youth Group which puts on productions some years and a drama club which puts on studio productions most years.
The annual membership is £20 for over 18s and £10 under 18s.
Kings Lynn RPG and Wargames Club meets Sunday afternoons at the Scout Hut, Beulah Street, Gaywood, Kings Lynn, PE30 4DN, between 1pm and 6pm. £2 per session.
We play a wide variety of tabletop RPGs as well as trading card games such as Magic The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh etc. We also play tabletop wargames such as Warhammer 40k. We welcome new members of all ages, although we ask that anyone under the age of 13 is accompanied by an adult. Contact Steve on 07392-231244
The King’s Lynn Society of Arts and Sciences was formed in 1913 for “the encouragement and pursuit of arts and sciences”. Subjects and speakers are wide and varied within the remit of Arts and Sciences, and the Committee endeavours to provide something for everyone with some unusual titles to grab the imagination. Our aim is to be informative and entertaining.
Formed in 1894 by former members of the Volunteer Corps Band, the King’s Lynn Town Band was originally a brass and reed band and became a brass band in 1903.
Reputedly it won its first contest within months of its formation and went on to win many more including national contests. It became Champion Brass Band of East Anglia in 1954 and won the title several times in subsequent years.
The band gives 20 performances throughout the year — indoors and in the open air and is especially busy at Christmas time with carol services and festive concerts.
Visit the website www.kingslynntownband.co.uk
The Society was founded in 1992 to organise meetings at which members could taste and learn about a wide range of wines presented by knowledgeable wine merchants and educators, to increase their knowledge of the wine making process and to widen their horizons of the wines available which match their palates and preferences as well as their budget. We are a relaxed and friendly group who learn from each other and we welcome casual wine drinkers as well as committed connoisseurs.
The Society meets bi-monthly, starting January, on the second Friday of the month at 19:30. The usual venue is Thoresby College in King’s Lynn. Six to eight wines are presented at the meetings, usually in a themed fashion. Their production and characteristics are discussed. Biscuits and cheese accompany the tastings. There is often the possibility of ordering the wines presented at a discount. There are 6 meetings a year. 4 tutored tastings, the annual dinner during which wines are presented and the Annual General Meeting following which members enjoy snacks, a variety of wines and a quiz for which there are prizes.
Our aim is essentially to make that visit to the wine merchant or supermarket aisle a more challenging, interesting and hopefully informed experience.
We are a charity dedicated to the restoration of boats built by the Worfolk family in King’s Lynn, and are starting with the Baden Powell, the first boat built by Walter Worfolk when he moved to King’s Lynn in 1899 with his wife Lily and children including Gerald and William. His sons joined him in the business when they left school at 12, and continued boat building into the 1970s, completing some 600 boats in that time and countless repairs and conversions.
The Trust was set up to advance the education of the public by establishing an exhibition and interpretation centre, to promote the historic landmarks of King’s Lynn, to increase the public’s knowledge and awareness of the town’s heritage as The Warehouse on the Wash.
There are now 2570 members and 121 groups around the county knitting and stitching for charity. We support many charities from orphanages and families abroad to small projects at home. Age is no barrier — members range from the young to some well over 100. We have groups in diverse situations reflecting the whole community. Get in touch if you are interested — there’s room for everyone!
The Norfolk Symphony Orchestra has a central role in the musical life of Norfolk. We perform five concerts a year, mostly in the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, a high quality venue seating over 700. We work hard to produce music of the highest quality, producing varied and exciting programmes in an area of Norfolk that does not have many opportunities to hear symphonic music.
We also contribute to the community in the following ways:
- We give local musicians the opportunity to play in an ambitious, full symphony orchestra. Some of our players are very advanced musically, some less so. Our orchestra has been a hot house for local musical talent for many years.
- We give advanced young musicians the chance to step up to a different level as part of their musical development; several of our young players have gone on to music college and then into the music profession.
- We offer reduced price tickets to Friends of the orchestra, making our music as accessible as possible to the local community.
- We currently offer 100 free tickets to our Young Concert Goers for each concert; this is a scheme for school age children, and is designed to encourage youngsters and their families to experience the excitement of hearing a full sized symphony orchestra, and virtuosic soloists, playing wonderful music in King’s Lynn.
The club is registered with the BJA (British Judo Association) and meets every Tuesday evening 6.30pm-8pm (juniors) and 8pm-9.30pm (seniors) at Reffley Community School, Reffley Lane, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 3SF
The Art group meet every Wednesday morning at the Reffley Community Hall, Reffley Lane PE30 3SF, between 10am and 12pm. £3 per session. Coffee, Tea and biscuits provided, bring your own art materials or just come along for a chat.
St John’s Church, Blackfriars Road, affectionately known at the Church in the Walks, was built in 1846 and was the first Anglican church in Lynn to have free seating. We welcome all denominations at our services. Please contact the church office for further details of services and other events.
Stories of Lynn brings King’s Lynn’s fascinating history vividly to life.
Set within the magnificent, newly-revealed vaulted undercroft of the 15th century Trinity Guildhall at King’s Lynn Town Hall, Stories of Lynn invites you to discover stories of the seafarers, explorers, merchants, mayors, magistrates and miscreants who have shaped King’s Lynn, one of England’s most important medieval port towns, over more than 800 years of history.
Stories of Lynn is open daily 10am – 4pm on the Saturday Market Place.
The King’s Morris were formed in 1978. Like most modern teams, they are a revival side: that is, a team based in a town which does not have a tradition of Morris dancing. They are members of the Morris Ring — the national association of men’s Morris teams, which has about 250 member sides.
The King’s Morris present dancing tours in North West Norfolk on Bank Holidays and on some Friday evenings during the Summer they dance at local pubs. Like many other teams they perform on Boxing Day — but the most important day of the year is May Day when they dance the dawn up and then, at noon, process through King’s Lynn carrying May Day garlands and blowing on cows horns.
For full details and contacts go to the website: www.thekingsmorris.co.uk
Bisected by Hardwick Road the cemetery provides a distinctive landscape to one of the key entrances to the town. A brief history of the site can be found on the History page of our website. Although little used for burials today it remains a site well cared for by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk who administer and maintain the cemetery.
The Friends were launched in 2006 for the public benefit, to promote the historic interest of Hardwick Road Cemetery, Hardwick Road, King’s Lynn, Norfolk by associating the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, and local and national statutory and voluntary amenity societies in a common cause to promote the Cemetery’s architectural, sculptural, landscape, natural and historical interest and to provide such facilities as required for the furtherance of the social welfare, education, recreation and leisure-time occupation of the site.
Explore the rich history of King’s Lynn, for over 10 centuries this town has seen its fair share of drama, development and revolution.
TMKL is a website that aims to shout about the wonderful, absorbing history of King’s Lynn. It is supported by Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter pages that will sign post social media users to the site.
The plan is to create a website that people will want to revisit time and time again as new, exciting visual and interactive media is uploaded.
We want the site to inform locals, the young in particular, about their heritage.
We want to entice people to visit Lynn and for those who have left to come back and immerse themselves in nostalgia, even if only through this medium.
True’s Yard Museum is a social history Museum in King’s Lynn, Norfolk. It is an independent Museum run almost entirely by volunteers and depicts the story of the old North End fishing quarter of King’s Lynn, most of which was knocked down in the slum clearances of the 1930s and 1960s.
The regional team organises and supports approximately 1,000 courses each year, which are taught by more than 300 professional course tutors within a quality framework.
Below gives you some ideas of the type of courses we have recently offered and we are always keen to develop new learning programmes and we welcome input and suggestions in regards to designing a programme to meet our students’ needs.
Functional Skills Maths and English
Employability Skills — INSPIRE, PRIME, English for work, self confidence, transferable skills,
Digital participation — Absolute Beginners IT, Introduction to social media, Staying safe online, Next steps in IT, Digital photography, Film making
Life Skills — Money management, Healthy living and eating, Cooking on a budget, Time planning, Confidence and self assurance
Personal development — Yoga, Music relaxation, Looking good & feeling great
Arts and Crafts — Pottery, Introduction to Art, Sculpture
If you are interested in Archaeology and the history of the local area come and join us. We welcome new members who share our interest in our heritage, so come along and attend a meeting.
The society is a group of people interested in West Norfolk and its history. We organise a series of lectures on archaeology topics which focus on West Norfolk although we do invite lecturers from further afield when the topic is relevant to our area. The lectures are once a month on the third Tuesday, with some exceptions over the Christmas period. Then, during the summer, visits are arranged to a set of historically interesting locations in the area.
The West Norfolk Artists Association was set up in October 2000 to promote visual art from this area of Norfolk. Now entering its second decade, the WNAA membership numbers around 120 and is open to artists of all abilities, from professionals to students. We embrace all forms of the visual arts, and our members include painters, printers, photographers, cartoonists, sculptors, potters, installation artists, and those working with textiles and jewellery.
The primary function of the Association is to support its members and to enable them to feel part of a community, rather than just working alone. To this end we have regular meetings, a monthly newsletter, and a Facebook page to enable members to exchange views and ideas.
Known to everyone as WNJYO, the West Norfolk Jubilee Youth Orchestra offers players in West Norfolk who are aged under 21 the opportunity to play music as part of a group and to give themselves a challenge. It also provides players with the opportunity to meet fellow musicians socially and build friendships through playing as part of a team.
WNJYO was originally setup in 1977, using funds from the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Appeal. The then President, Sir Malcolm Arnold said ‘WNJYO was to foster the musical education and training of young musicians in the area to encourage a high standard of musicianship’. From then, WNJYO has evolved and developed, and is now approaching its 40th birthday. WNJYO has undertaken a large number of international tours too, allowing players to travel all over the world.
The West Norfolk Association, formed in 1981, is a friendly group that shares an appreciation for the historic legacy left to us by previous generations.
Our involvement allows us to give greater support to the work of the Trust and many of our members are stewards at our local property, Oxburgh Hall.
We arrange a variety of events throughout the year, which we hope will encourage you to consider joining. Recent highlights have been the spring lunch at Sandringham Visitor Centre and our church tour during the King’s Lynn Festival.