Here at the King's Lynn's Festival, we aim to provide a  mix of community workshops and education projects which provide exciting opportunities to work with a variety of artists and musicians. Our year-round programme includes workshops, activities, talks and exhibitions offering a diverse range of fun and educational events for all.

To stay informed and discover information on our new and upcoming projects be sure to regularly check this page. 

We are pleased to offer 50% discounts for under 18s on the majority of our concert tickets.  This initiative is supported by  The Ruth Fermoy Memorial Fund. 

Previous Projects

Pump It Up - Wind Pipe Organ Project: 7 to 12 October 2018

Sarah Kenchinghton (artist, maker, musician and performer) is brought her wonderful and whimsical unique Wind Pipe Organ to King's Lynn for 6 days of workshops and music making. The organ workshops took place in St Nicholas' Chapel which was the perfect venue for this beautiful instrument

School Workshops (KS2): Participating schools created their own musical composition on this colourful Wind Pipe Organ instrument and then explored how sound is generated through organ pipes by making their own instrument to take away. School workshops ran from Monday 8 to Thursday 11 October at a variety of times through the school day 

Family Workshop:  Families are welcome to come down to this interactive workshop and create beautiful music on this uniquely colourful and fascinating instrument. Family workshops are run on Sunday 7 October from 2pm to 4pm, tickets are £2.50 per person and must be booked in advance. All children must be accompanied by an adult 

If you are interested in booking any of these workshops for you, your school or your family please contact Louise at King's Lynn Festival on 01553 767557 or see our events pages for these for more information 


Children's Art Workshops 2018:

This season at the King's Lynn Festival we have a variety of different workshops run specifically for children

Tickets for all workshops are available from calling the Festival Office on 01553 767557 or booking online through their respective events page (apart from the family event Art Time Before Bedtime)

  • Family Event - Art Time Before Bedtime: Friday 12 October
    (Suitable for ages 8+)
  • Come and join us for an exciting evening! Starting at the Museum you will be guided along a historic route to the Fermoy Gallery to have a private view of the paintings. You will then create your own modern response to the work of the artist L.S. Lowry before taking a guided tour around King's Lynn's light shows. Finally arriving back at Stories of Lynn we will have a hot chocolate, a bedtime story and create a sky-silhouette to take home. 
    Wear your warmest onesie, a winter coat and some sensible walking shoes (you're welcome to bring a blanket or toy too!) 
    From 6pm until late
    Tickets are £5 per child, with accompanying adults free and are sold through the Stories of Lynn Reception, please call 01553 774297 to book 

  • Children's Workshop - Lost and Found with Alison Dunhill, Artist: Saturday 13 October
    (Suitable for ages 8-12 years) 

Go rummaging through your old bits and pieces and find little hidden treasures no bigger than a 50p - they might be buttons, badges, pieces of ribbon, bottle tops, sweet wrappers, beads or tiny toy figures. Bring them along and stick or sew them into your very own special and unique 'wondermesh' cloud. At the end of the workshop all the clouds will be hung for everyone to admire before taking them home
From 1pm to 4pm in the Shakespeare Barn 
Tickets are £10 per child, with accompanying adults free

  • Children's Workshop - Matchstick Men and Matchstick Cats and Dogs with Rachael Williams, Artist: Friday 19 October 

(Suitable for ages 8+)
Taking inspiration from our 'Place' Exhibition in the Fermoy Gallery, Rachael will take a closer look at the Lowry painting on display and inspire the children to create their own local street scene. Come and see what you think of the L.S. Lowry painting "Landscape with Farm Buildings" and create your own modern masterpiece response to take home.

This workshop will be repeated at 10:30am and again at 2pm, the workshop lasts approximately an hour and a half and is in the Shakespeare Barn
Tickets are £5 per child, with no accompanying adult necessary 

Taking inspiration from the paintings in the PLACE exhibition children will explore colour, style and techniques to produce their own works of art. 
From 10:30am to 12pm in the Shakespeare Barn

Tickets are £5 per child with accompanying adults free



For more information on any of our upcoming educational events be sure to check out our "WHAT'S ON" page

Previous Educational Programmes/Events

Working throughout the years to develop our educational programmes and projects, the following highlight some of our past amazing community-based achievements, bringing various professional musicians to the children of King's Lynn's primary schools: 

  • The King's Lynn Summer Festival of 2014 saw the Orchestra of St Johns visit Churchill Park School.
    After the performance, the students were able to interact with both the instruments and musicians. 
  • As part of our year-round programme in November 2016 pupils from St Martha's  Catholic Primary School at our Coffee Concert, where they performed with the  Snowden-Sir Duo (pictured right).
  • Following this success in November 2017, pupils  from St Michael's Academy worked with flutist Anna Rosa Mari and violinist Kamila Bydlowska on a piece based on a traditional Hungarian Czardas, and inspired by the rhythms of things the pupils longed for (unicorns-and-ice-cream!)

Since then we have continued to work with  Norfolk Music Hub's Jessica Berners and local composer and musician Jane Wells to support classical music workshops in local primary schools supported by  Arts Council England.  Every November, we feature the results of the hard work of local young musicians at our Coffee Concerts, where the pupils and the professional musicians do a short performance ahead of the main programme. 

Family Art Workshops on Heritage Open Day 2018

The West Norfolk Artist Association in partnership with King's Lynn Festival put together a wonderful range of family art activities to celebrate Heritage Day; including drop-in creative sessions, workshops, demonstrations, and a heritage treasure trail for all ages, including: 

  • Heritage Photo Treasure Trail with Cynthia Jackson, Artist:  A photo treasure trail of Heritage Day sites that were used for the Heritage banner
  • Heritage Banner - PVA Photo Printing with   Esther Boehm, Sculptor: Creating a cultural collage in the form of a Heritage Day Banner with pictures and selfies
  • Magical Morphing Plasticine Sculpture with   Tom Sharp, Sculptor: Building a Heritage Day sculpture using playful, pliable plasticine
  • Restoring Photographs Using Digital Software with   Jo Halpin-Jones, Photographer: How software can change and enhance photography
  • Painting on Silk - Demonstration by   Helena Anderson, Artist & Painter: A rare opportunity to see this exquisite form of painting using silk as the medium
  • Painting after a Stroke - Demonstration workshop by   Maxine Byron, Fine Artist: Maxine worked with a small number of stroke patients who benefit from art as an aid to recovery
  • Make a Mosaic with  John and Helen Walker, Artists and Printmakers: A colourful group workshop where participants got to create a stunning piece of visual art
  • Handmade Prints Without a Press with  Kit Price Moss, Printmaker: A create your own 2D Heritage Building, using new, recycled material and water-based printing inks


Image result for adrian flux logo ยป Flux Family FundNorfolk Community FoundationAfter being awarded the Flux Family Fund to expand our education programme festival team member Louise has taken on the role of Education Worker, meeting with music education specialists in Norfolk to see how we can work together to improve music-making
and performance opportunities in local primary schools. 
If you are an educator and would like to know more about our ongoing projects, please email Louise.
We are always open to offering group discounts to schools for various concerts, so please  get in touch if you would like to arrange a trip or find out more about our education offer.  
Contact theBox Office now 01553 764864