Hundreds of people enjoy the Hanse Festival in King’s Lynn

PUBLISHED: 20:00 17 May 2015 | UPDATED: 08:55 18 May 2015

The Hanse Festival parade makes its way through the streets of King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The Hanse Festival parade makes its way through the streets of King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt


King’s Lynn returned to the medieval era to celebrate the town’s heritage.

Visitors were transported back to a time of great importance for King’s Lynn with a replica 14th century trading ship docked on the South Quay and demonstrations of customs from the Middle Ages.

Hundreds of people enjoyed the festivities, which included a medieval parade in full traditional dress, live music and dancing performances.

Aside from the activities around the historic quarter, there was live music throughout the weekend on King’s Staithe Square.

Saturday’s events closed with a spectacular fireworks display over the quayside.

Nick Daubney, leader of West Norfolk Council, said: “The weekend has been absolutely terrific. Tours of the Kamper Kogge, the Hanseatic trading ship, have been a particularly popular attraction.”

He added: “As well as the festival bringing people into King’s Lynn, we’re also celebrating an important part of the town’s heritage.

“It’s great to see people here enjoying themselves; it’s a big statement for the town we live in.”

The festival also marks the town’s 10th anniversary as a member of the new Hanse, which is reinventing the trading networks that were traditionally very important for business in King’s Lynn.

On Friday, the town hosted the first Hanse Business Convention to introduce to West Norfolk companies exporting opportunities and help them connect with other businesses in the Hanse network.

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