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Press Release

Press Release 28th June 2017

King’s Lynn Town Guides have a busy week ahead, and it’s never been easier to get to know your town’s history.

As Lynn gets into Festival mood for the month of July, King’s Lynn Town Guides have a busy schedule in the next few days.

Bob Price, Chair of the Town Guides told us, “There are a variety of walks in the coming days, covering daytimes and evenings, midweek and weekend, so there’s something for everyone. We hope this will provide opportunities for both locals and visitors to get to know Lynn better.”

On Saturday 1st July, Ivor Rowlands leads the next of the new morning walks to mark the first Saturday of the month. This Historic walk commences at 11.00am from Saturday Market Place. “Putting on a guided walk in the morning has been popular with visitors who want to explore the town and then return to one or two sites later in the day,” said Ivor. “Offering the walk on Saturday morning makes it a good way for weekend visitors to get familiar with Lynn at the start of their visit.”

Then on Monday 3rd July, Chris Shipp leads the next summer evening walk – Lynn Maritime Trial. Chris explained, “King’s Lynn has a rich maritime heritage some of which is exhibited in True’s Yard Fisherfolk Musuem, The Custom House, Lynn Museum and Marriott’s Warehouse but this walk provides an opportunity to follow a route through the town and see many of the buildings and locations associated with this heritage.”

Chris added “Our Monday evening walks have had record attendances this year, so anyone who would like to join this walk should book ahead to guarantee a place. People can turn up on the night and pay, but we will have to give priority to people who have pre-booked if numbers exceed our capacity.” The walk commences at 7pm outside True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum.

Monday evening walks continue until 17th July, commencing at 7.00pm.

The remaining schedule is:

10 July Gaywood Walk, led by Doreen Leventhall

17 July             Betjeman Walk, led by Richard Morley

On Tuesday 4th July there are two walks. First is the regular 2.00pm Historic Walk, led by Bette Hopkins and commencing from Saturday Market Place, then, at 6.00pm, is the latest Restaurant Walk in association with The Rathskeller. This is a short, 45 minute walk in the vicinity of the restaurant, followed by a 2-course supper.

Lucy Lee of the Rathskeller told us, “As the only remaining Hanseatic building in England, Lynn’s Hanse House is a unique place and we are really pleased that the Town Guides will be helping us promote this to our restaurant customers”. The evening starts at 6pm in The Rathskeller bar for a pre-walk drink and introductory talk on the history of Lynn followed by a 45 minute historic tour of the vicinity including:

– Lynn Trading History

– Hanseatic League and Hanse House

– Hampton Court

– Nelson Street

The cost of the talk and 2 course dinner is £25, including a £5 donation to support Lynn’s heritage organisations. Booking is essential, by calling The Rathskeller on 01553 773713. Spaces are limited so please book now to avoid disappointment!

To secure a place on a any of the Town Guides’ walks, tickets should be purchased in advance from the Tourist Information Centre in The Custom House (01553 763044). You may also simply turn up and pay the guide at the start of any walk if places are still available. Prices are £5 for Adults, £4 for concessions and £1 for under 16s. The King’s Lynn Town Guides give their services entirely voluntarily and the money from the walks goes directly to conservation projects in the town.