The last International Hanse Day festival took place in King’s Lynn on 21st and 22nd May 2016, the grand two-day event celebrating the town’s membership with the New Hanse League.
The programme for the 2016 King’s Lynn Hanse Festival is still available online.
That year’s fun-packed weekend of celebrations included fireworks display, a colourful medieval market and a full roster of bands playing jazz, folk and classical music. For much more information, please visit the official King’s Lynn Hanse Festival website.
The annual Hanse Day celebrations in King’s Lynn all began as we know it in 2009 when the Borough Council organised the town’s first ever Hanse Festival, and maritime merriment was had by all. During the festival weekend visitors enjoyed the sound of sea shanties and songs of the sea along the quayside, street theatre, an al-fresco food fair, heritage walk and much more maritime merriment. The majestic Lisa von Lubeck, a 15th Century caravel reconstruction, cruised up the River Great Ouse from its port in Lubeck, Germany to greet the crowds on the King’s Lynn quayside.
As seen in the above video, for 2014 the International Hanse Day in King’s Lynn was a massive three-day celebration, with people being entertained by a rich and colourful selection of dance, music, activities for all the family and food & craft markets, culminating with the headlining internationally-renowned classical choral ensemble The Mediaeval Baebes.
Celebrations started with authentic historical dances and fun children’s activities in the stately Town Hall, Hanse-themed guided walks around the town, storytelling and markets in the Hanse House, and a whole host of family activities along the South Quay, including horses & riders, firebreathers, minstrels, and an archery tournament outside the Hanse House – with many of the activities presided over by the Black Knights.
The celebrations for these 2014 Hanse Day concerts began at King Staithe Square with Jessie’s Ghost, Paabel and the Eplemoya Songlag. Once The Mediaeval Baebes performed their exquisite set of mediaeval choral songs, the town’s day of historical celebrations went out with a bang in the evening with a spectacular fireworks show at the South Quay Pontoons.
Expanding from all previous celebrations, This year’s International Hanse Day will be a truly spectacular weekend for the town, celebrating the historic town’s international connections and rich maritime heritage.