Packed Diamond Jubilee weekend in King’s Lynn, Hunstanton, Downham Market and West Norfolk

West Norfolk's Royal connections date back centuries. And the Queen herself will be joining one special celebration at Sandringham.

Diamond Jubilee celebrations coincide with the launch of Festival Too in King's Lynn on Monday, June 4.

Queen tribute band The Bohemians will top the bill in the town's King's Staithe Square before the beacon is lit.

After the beacon-lighting, between 10pm and 10.30pm, the famous Festival Too fireworks will light up the skies over The Wash.

On Sunday, June 3, King's Lynn Lions Club is staging a major fun day in The Walks.

There will be fairground rides, entertainment in two arenas and a dog show. More than 300 young people are expected to take part in the opening parade, from noon. Admission is free.

On Saturday, June 2, a Diamond Jubilee Gala Variety Concert is being staged at King's Lynn Corn Exchange at 7.30pm, featuring King's Lynn Town Band and King's Lynn Male Voice Choir. Seats priced �9 (concessions �6) are available from the Corn Exchange box office on 01553 764864.

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Lynn's royal connections are also being celebrated in a special photographic exhibition at Lynn Town Hall, from Saturday, June 2.

A special church service will be held at King's Lynn Minster at 6.30pm on Sunday, June 3. It will incorporate the annual civic service and the inauguration of the new borough mayor.

On Tuesday, June 5, there will be a Jubilee Treasure Quest and tea party at Lynn Arts Centre.

The quest map will be available from the arts centre from 10am and quests will begin at 20-minute intervals until 1.20pm.

Windsor Road is set for West Norfolk's biggest street party. Families are planning to close the street off for an afternoon of merry-making on Monday, June 4.

A full day of entertainment is planned in Hunstanton on Monday, June 4, with stalls and entertainment from 10am in High Street and on The Green. There will be a barbecue, hog roast, craft market, stalls and live bands.

It all leads up to a beacon being lit on the Lower Green at 10.15pm, followed by a firework display on the beach.

The jubilee weekend also coincides with Lifestyles – the resort's annual extreme sports festival.

That means the Prom and the beach will be bustling all weekend with kite-surfing, skate and BMX events.

At Downham Market, there will be a jubilee street party on Tuesday, June 5 from 11am to 4pm.

Events will be taking place at the Town Square and town hall including stalls, a bouncy castle, rides and crafts. There will be live music from local band Jesse's Ghost from 1pm to 2pm.

In the evening, there will be a Jubilee Party Night, with music and entertainment at the town hall. People attending the event are encouraged to bring their own drinks. Tickets, priced �2 each, are available from the town council office in Paradise Road or from Lewks in Wales Court.

Sandringham will take centre stage in the jubilee celebrations on Tuesday, June 12, when the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh give a garden party for 4,000 invited guests at their West Norfolk estate.

Norfolk's young chefs of the future will be showcasing their talents, with 300 catering students from the College of West Anglia (COWA), Norwich City College and Great Yarmouth College providing the refreshments.

Steve Thorpe, head of the hotel, hair and beauty school at City College, said: 'It's fantastic, it's probably one of the highlights of the year.'

He said the menu for the occasion was still being decided.

'It's going to be an afternoon tea, sandwiches and pastries,' he said. 'It's going to be locally-sourced, from the best that Norfolk has to offer.'

Jayne Walpole, COWA's head of faculty for creative arts, said: 'We're delighted to have been asked. It's a wonderful opportunity for our students and staff to be involved in a such a prestigious event.'

Hunstanton Town Band, Taverham Brass Band and Norfolk Youth Orchestra Symphonic Wind Band will be performing at the party.

Earlier, caravanners from across the country will be taking part in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the number of people simultaneously wearing a paper crown.

Members of the Camping and Caravanning Club will be co-ordinating efforts from around the UK from Sandringham, on Monday, June 4.

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