The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk is reviving the tradition of the Hunstanton Soapbox Derby, and is looking for teams to take part. The races will take place on Sunday 17 September in Hunstanton, and entries are open now. So if anyone has ever wished they could build their own soapbox kart and race it down the hilly streets of Hunstanton, now is their chance!
Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, deputy leader and cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “I’m sure lots of people remember the soapbox derbies held in Hunstanton during the 1960s, 70s and 80s; the events were hugely popular and drew big crowds. We’re hoping that our modern version will be just as successful."
On Friday 23 June the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk officially opened a new £130k play area in the Hunstanton Heritage Gardens.
The new play area is part of the £1.3m project to regenerate the Hunstanton Heritage Gardens, funded by the borough council and the National Lottery through a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund. The official opening of the play area marks the final phase of the project; with completion dates being finalised for all the project’s remaining elements.
A project to celebrate the vision of the founder of Hunstanton's seaside park - Henry Styleman Le Strange - has received a confirmed grant of £993,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund.
Hunstanton Heritage Gardens project centres around The Green and the adjoining network of public open spaces including The Esplanade Gardens and Cliff Parade.
The mains aims of the project are to preserve and enhance historic features including the refurbishment of the butterfly shelters and planting of a new rose garden adjacent to the Edwardian Pavilion. New footpaths and more accessible routes will be constructed to encourage more people into the area. Improved interpretation and visibility of the town's assets using historic photos and themed approaches will persuade them to stay longer and learn more about the town and it's heritage. An extensive engagement and activity plan will help people to explore, understand and appreciate this popular resort town.
Local people in Hunstanton have set out plans for how they intend to drive growth, jobs and prosperity. They are part of over 100 coastal communities across the country taking control of their futures.
The plans lay out practical steps including updating the 2008 Hunstanton Town Centre and Southern Seafront Masterplan, carring out a comprehensive visitor survey and continuing to develop the watersports offer. These plans which will help make Hunstanton a place where people choose to live and work for years to come.
Hunstanton will be the latest Norfolk resort to offer footgolf – the fastest growing sport in the UK.
Fusing football and golf, footgolf is played with a size 5 football. The aim of the game is to get the football into the hole in as few shots as possible, using only the feet to manoeuvre it.
On Friday 27 March children from local schools will try out the new 9-hole course on the cliff top at the Pitch and Putt facility.
On Saturday 4 October the United States Air Force’s 67 Special Operations Squadron (S0S) will be granted Freedom of Hunstanton in recognition of the lives they helped to save during the tidal flood of 1953.
Led by the Norwich Pipe Band, the squadron will parade through the town, starting at Sandringham Road at 11.45 am, proceeding through Westgate and arriving at the Spinney, where, at 12 noon, Hunstanton Town Mayor, Cllr Carol Bower, will present the Freedom Scroll to Lt Col John Peak, Commander of the current day 67th SOS, which is now assigned to the 352nd Special Operations Group at RAF Mildenhall.
On 4 October the United States Air Force's 67th Special Operations Squadron (SOS), assigned to the 352nd Special Operations Group at RAF Mildenhall, will be granted Freedom of Hunstanton in recognition of the vital role they played during the 1953 flood.
Whilst honouring the squadron, the town will also remember one particular member, Reis Leming, who single-handedly saved 27 people. Mr Leming’s widow, Kathy, and son, Michael will be granted Freedom of Hunstanton as a tribute to Mr Leming, who died in 2012.