Sian Hogwarth and Ian Pycroft at the Custom House. Picture: Tony Jones.

Hanse celebrations will be taking place around King’s Lynn later this month.

The event, on May 16 and 17, will also mark the tenth anniversary of Lynn belonging to the new Hanse.

There will be interactive activities, music food and drink  along with a medieval procession and fireworks,

The replica Hanseatic trading ship Kamper Kogge will also be docking.

“As this year is the tenth anniversary of our membership we have planned our most ambitious Hanse Festival yet,” said West Norfolk Council’s economic development officer Ostap Paparega.

“We are delighted to announce that, thanks to generous sponsorship from ABP Ports, Greenworld and the Dutch Embassy in London, the 14th century replica trading ship will be visiting from the Netherlands and people will be able to jump aboard and take a tour of the vessel to get an understanding of what it was like for medieval seafaring traders in Hanseatic times,” he said.

The Saturday Market Place will be bursting  with local food and drink producers.

There will be music on King’s Staithe Square from 5pm with Jessie’s Ghost, Marga Musika, Roving Crows and Arstidir with the fireworks at 10pm.

The town’s Arts Centre will have interactive arts and workshops throughout the weekend. Visitors to the Hanse House will be able to meet medieval crafts people including the alchemist, cordwainer and spicer.

The Lynn Town Guides will be offering town walks. Sunday May, 17 will see 70 pupils from Whitefriars school perform pieces with the Hanse Orchestra of King’s Lynn.

For more information about the festival, see the www.kingslynnfestival.co.uk