Flashback to last year’s Heritage Day. Pictures: Paul Tibbs

A host of historic buildings and sites in King’s Lynn will open their doors and gates on Sunday in celebration of Heritage Day.

Hundreds of people have visited the town on previous Heritage Days and this year’s event, from 10am to 4pm, will provide another opportunity to explore the town’s rich history.

As well as buildings, the free day will include music and dancing, talks, walks, exhibitions at various venues, miniature train rides in The Walks, free vintage bus tours, activities on the River Great Ouse, the West Lynn ferry will be running and there will be art workshops in St George’s galleries. 

Houses, offices, historic buildings, gardens, churches, cemeteries, towers and tunnels will be open to the public and people have been encouraged to make sure they visit areas of interest outside the town centre as well. King’s Lynn Academy will also open its doors for tours.

West Norfolk Council will also stage its Classic Car Show on the Tuesday Market Place when more than 200 vehicles are expected, including some rare models.

Heritage Day will include baroque dancing in the town hall, displays by the King’s Morris dancers and re-enactors at various locations.

The air raid tunnels under the Tuesday Market Place will be open along with the tower and crypt at Clifton House. There will also be the chance to visit the wine vaults at Bank House and climb the bell tower at The Minster.

Red Mount Chapel in The Walks will be open, as will the South Gate and St Nicholas’ Chapel. There will be guided walks around town and the Hardwick Road Cemetery, and the Jewish cemetery in Millfleet will be open. 

The Saturday Market Place will host a Norfolk Heritage Market with stalls, entertainment, food and drink. There will be music in King’s Staithe Square, rowing races on the river and trips on the restored Baden Powell boat. 

The Vancouver Quarter will host a circus spectacular event on Broad Street when families can create their own sideshow.

Heritage Day has been organised by the town’s Civic Society working with the borough council, Town Guides and other partners and sponsors.

Lynn’s civic society was formed more than 60 years ago and its message in the brochure says the day is an invitation to “enjoy our lovely town and have an interesting and fun day”. 

Details of venues, times, events and a map can be found in free Heritage Day leaflets from the tourist information office at the Custom House and other town attraction venues. Call the Tourist Information Centre on 01553 763044 or email kings-lynntic@west-norfolk.gov.uk

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