More than one Magna Carta ?
King’s Lynn will celebrate its unique connection to King John of England,
the Magna Carta monarch,at a special festival this weekend, 13-14 June.
While the national focus will beon Runnymede in Surrey on 15 June,
for the 800th anniversary of the charter,the Norfolk port will celebrate its
role as a refuge for the controversial king.
The monarch was so indebted to the town for its loyalty, he granted it a Magna Carta of its own, a decade earlier in 1204. The King John Charter gave the town the right to rule itself, transforming it into one of the most powerful ports.
This weekend’s two-day festival, centring on the Tuesday Market Place, will include medieval-themed activities, such as a knights’ tournament, falconry displays, and craft demonstrations. At the Lynn Museum which will be free to enter for the duration – visitors will be able to find out about the town’s role as a mint for King John Pennies during his reign and strike their own on replica equipment as a souvenir of the day.
The tourist information centre at the Custom House features an exhibition about the anniversary and King John’s connections with the port. As King John is said to have lost the crown jewels while trying to cross the nearby Wash, a children’s treasure trail, with prizes to win, has been created around the town, with maps available from the tourist office.
Visitors to the festival can stay just outside town at Congham Hall Hotel, a luxurious 26-room hotel, set in a Georgian mansion. Rates start from £120 per night room only and £199 per night for dinner, bed and breakfast.
Lisbon, sounds in the sun
I know we have a long history of music festivals, but one thing that sticks out for me is the mud, the weather being so unpredictable in summer in Britain, I know it really shouldn’t matter and that everyone enjoys it regardless, and it probably didn’t matter when I was younger, but now I find it a bit of a drag, so music lovers, if you want to almost guarantee it won’t rain on your parade, why not visit Lisbon. With pleasant summer temperatures in the early to mid-20s, Lisbon has established itself as one of the must-visit destinations for those wishing to catch some rays of sun and the best sound waves.
Super Bock Super Rock
Parque das Naçoes, 16th – 18th July 2015
With a privileged location in Lisbon’s modern Parque das Naçoes, the 21st edition of the Super Bock Super Rock festival is featuring some of the big international names in rock. Sting, Blur, Florence & the Machine and The Vaccines, amongst many others, are some of the artists confirmed for the three-day rock extravaganza. One-day ticket: £36; three-day ticket: £68.
Direct flights to Lisbon operate from London, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Bristol with TAP Portugal, British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair.