King's Lynn and West Norfolk History Festival: 22nd October – 1st November

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The King’s Lynn and West Norfolk History Festival includes crafts, talks, walks, seminars and spooky tours – and is running every day to Sunday 1st November. From self-guided tours of King's Lynn Minster, to craft sessions at True Yard's Fisherfolk Museum and a whole series of Nelson-inspired activities organised by Stories of Lynn on Saturday Market Place, there will be something of interest for everyone.  

Organised by True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum and the Heritage Learning Forum, the festival will bring local history to life through digital and physical crafts, talks, walks, seminars and more.  

Lindsey Bavin, curator at Lynn’s True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum and chairman of the Heritage Learning Forum, has coordinated the event.  

“Given that the annual Heritage Open Days were not able to run this year because of the COVID pandemic, the Forum set about organising a varied and exciting range of activities – and making them accessible virtually where possible.”  

“We’re delighted to be bringing local history to life. There are so many different aspects to King’s Lynn and West Norfolk history and to have them all celebrated is wonderful. A key element of being able to run the Festival is the hard work of volunteers, who give their time, energy and skills to help make the events happen.”  

True’s Yard’s activities are themed around Weird History and ghost tours, in keeping with the flavour of All Hallows Eve. Email [email protected] for details.  

Elizabeth Nockolds, deputy West Norfolk Council leader and cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, emphasises the value of the virtual element of the festival. 

“Some events are virtual and can be enjoyed at home. Others involve a trip out, so please look online as most of these need to be pre-booked and have limited numbers to adhere to social distancing and government guidelines.” 

What’s happening and where? 

The Festival sees activities and events from True's Yard Museum, Stories of Lynn, St Nicholas’ Chapel, Lynn Museum, Lynn Minster, the town’s GroundWork Gallery and Historic England Heritage Schools, with support from support from Norfolk County Council, Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, Love West Norfolk, Discover Lynn, Community Action Norfolk and Visit Norfolk. 

The complete range of activities, events and venues can be found at True’s Yard’s website or contact the individual venues either online or via telephone at:  


About King’s Lynn and West Norfolk 

King’s Lynn & West Norfolk possesses a wealth of history from the extraordinary Bronze Age Seahenge from Holme-Next-The-Sea on display at Lynn Museum, to incredible medieval buildings like King’s Lynn Minster and the Hanse House. The earliest cannon to be discovered in England came from Castle Rising and is now on display in the Tower of London.  

King’s Lynn was home to Margery Kempe, whose autobiography was the first by a woman written in the English language. The town benefitted from international trade with the Hanseatic League. Boats were built there for Nelson’s navy and aircraft were built in fairground ride maker’s Savages during the First World War.  

Many of the digital events will be recorded and available on the King’s Lynn and West Norfolk History Festival YouTube page. 

CAN works closely with partner VCSE groups and the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk in delivering projects that support community projects and combat social isolation and rural deprivation.  We also support Love West Norfolk, a celebration of everything that is special about the places, history and landscapes of the area.