The Hanse Festival returns to King's Lynn on Sunday 20 May, with a packed programme of events
On Sunday 20 May 2018 the ancient port of King's Lynn celebrates its past and present membership of the Hanseatic league, its maritime history, and the multinational make‐up of the town today, with a day of parades, music, film and events.
The King’s Lynn Hanse Festival marks the start of the town’s festival season and is a celebration for everyone in and around King's Lynn to get involved in. In particular, local community groups and schools are being asked to join the parade, carrying flags representing different countries. Local businesses are being invited to offer their services or provide sponsorship to ensure the day does justice to the town’s status as member of the Hanseatic League for over 700 years.
Local community groups, schools, and businesses are encouraged to register their interest in getting involved as soon as possible by calling Gary Pooley at Steele Media on 01553 886388 or visiting https://www.steelemedia.co.uk/hanse.php
The Festival will start at 10:30am with a parade of flags through the town, beginning in Tuesday Market Place, going along the High Street, past the Custom House and along the quay side to finish at the Hanse House.
A rowing race and royal regatta will take place on the Great Ouse, and a fanfare with music from local and international performers will take place along the South Quay, including East Anglian jazz band DixieMix, following on from their enormous success in last year’s Festival Too Jazz Sunday. Bring deckchairs and dancing shoes! The day will continue with numerous activities for children around the town including a Hanseatic treasure trail, a rampage of pirates, the opportunity to shop in the recreation of a Hanseatic shop in the Hanse House.
Meanwhile a medieval market will be trading in Purfleet Quay and the High Street, and performers, music and dancing groups will be performing throughout the town, and on the stage in King’s Staithe Square.
Archive footage of King's Lynn’s fishing, trading and sea-going past will be screened in the town hall, as well as talks and tours about King's Lynn and its role as a member of the Hanseatic League over the centuries. Over the weekend other events will also take place including the concert, “A Heroic Golden Age”, performed by Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, at St. Nicholas’ Chapel on the evening of Saturday 19 April.
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.