King’s Lynn is celebrating International Hanse Day on May 17 with a programme of activities to showcase the town’s Hanseatic links both past and present.

There are 182 cities in 16 countries which make up the modern Hanse network. Each year, all member cities are encouraged to celebrate their Hanseatic heritage.

This year’s celebrations centre on the Hanseatic tradition of music. All events will take place on or near the town’s historic waterfront on the South Quay, King’s Lynn, and in the Saturday Market Place.

The day will begin with a guided walk of the hanseatic waterfront. There will be a medieval market with crafts, demonstrations, story telling and an archery tournament.

Music will be by the Hermitage Ensemble, local band Jessie’s Ghost, Paabel, Eplemoya Songlag and headline act, Mediaeval Baebes.

Activities will also include medieval dance demonstrations in the Town Hall, a Hanse car rally display and street entertainers including fire breathers and minstrels.

On May 18, the Medieval Market will continue on South Quay.

Nick Daubney, borough council leader and English Commissioner for the Hanse League, said: “Being a member of the modern Hanse is really important as it provides us with great opportunities to develop business and cultural links.

“We hope people will join us on the quayside to enjoy the ambience, visit the craft stalls, listen to the story telling and support local businesses.”