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Holkham Hall

Holkham Estate

Wells-next-the-Sea

Norfolk

NR23 1AB

51.248766, 0.630642

Details

01328 710227

01328 713105

www.holkham.co.uk

enquiries@holkham.co.uk

Holkham Hall Overview

Built between 1734 and 1764 by Thomas Coke, the 1st Earl of Leicester, this elegant Palladian style mansion which is based on designs by William Kent, has been home to the Coke family since that time. The building reflects the first Earl’s natural appreciation of classical art developed during his Grand Tour and Pevsner described the hall as “The most classically correct house in Britain”.

The Marble Hall provides a spectacular entrance to this imposing house with its 50 ft pressed plaster dome ceiling and walls of English alabaster, not marble as it name implies. The stairway leads up to magnificent state rooms with superb collections of ancient statuary, original furniture and tapestries. As you stroll through the rooms you will find wonderful works of art including works by Rubens, Van Dyck, Gaspar Poussin, Claude and Gainsborough.

One of the last rooms to visit in the hall is the old kitchen which was refurbished in the 1850s and used right up until the outbreak of World War II. The vast number of copper pots, pans, moulds and other utensils on show demonstrate the large numbers catered for in the 19th century.

To the west of the hall is the walled garden; 6 acres of gardens originally laid out by Samuel Wyatt during the late 1700s. The gardens are part of a restoration project to sensitively restore them to their former glory. Visitors are invited to see how the work is progressing.

The interactive Field to Fork Experience tells the story of Holkham’s unique farming history and the fascinating, complex and interwoven stories of crop production, gamekeeping and conservation and how this all contributes to producing the food on your fork. Starting at the very beginning with Thomas William Coke, better known as the agricultural pioneer ‘Coke of Norfolk’, then travelling through time to modern day farming at Holkham, you will find out all about historical farming techniques as well as discovering which crops we grow at Holkham in the 21st century and just how they end up on supermarket shelves.

New for 2017, the exhibition in the hall, delves into the fascinating archives at Holkham to take a look behind the scenes at the lives of the staff who have lived and worked here. Using unseen photographs and original uniforms, alongside historic documents, Holkham will explore the different staff roles, how the use of the hall has changed over time and the personal experiences and colourful stories of the people who have helped to keep this great house running over the last 200 years to the present day.

There is a gift shop offering souvenirs and crafts made by skilled local artisans, the Courtyard Café where you can enjoy delicious local produce, cycle and boat hire, an exciting woodland adventure play area for children and a varied programme of events for all ages. Outside of the park lies Holkham National Nature Reserve and Beach, one of the most unspoilt and beautiful stretches of sand in the country.

Holkham Hall Location

By Road

Holkham is two miles west of Wells-next-the-Sea on the main A149, within easy reach of Norwich on the A1067, King's Lynn on the A148, and London and Cambridge from the M11 and the A10.

Brown tourist signs indicate the route from Fakenham following the B1105 and A149 road from Wells-next-the-Sea. The main entrance for the public, cars and small coaches to Holkham Park, the Hall and other attractions, is via the north gates of the estate in Park Road.

Sat Nav for Cars: For satellite navigation, NR23 1RH will bring you to the almshouses at the north gates entrance to Holkham Park.

By Train

The nearest train station is King's Lynn (approximately 23 miles away), which has hourly trains running from King's Cross, London via Cambridge and Ely.

By Bus/Coach

By coach:

Height and width restrictions at the north gates to Holkham Park (2.9m wide, 3.3m high), require all coaches and other large vehicles to follow the designated route off the B1105 Fakenham to Wells road, following the brown tourist signs indicating 'Holkham Hall Coaches' and enter Holkham Park via the automated south gates.

Sat Nav for Coaches: For satellite navigation, NR23 1RU brings you to the south gates/Longlands area of Holkham Park. To reach Holkham Hall, please enter the gates and proceed north along the south avenue through the park.

 

By bus:
The Norfolk Coasthopper runs from King's Lynn and Hunstanton to Sheringham and has two stops at Holkham. The main bus stop is on the main road in Holkham village. In the summer the service is surprisingly frequent. The Hall is reached via Park Road, approximately a 3/4 mile walk away.

Other Transport

By bicycle:
Holkham Park is on National Cycle Route 1. Cycle hire is available during the visitor season. Check our website for details.
 

On foot:
Pedestrian access is available everyday except Christmas Day at the North, South, East and West Gates.

Events
Open Air Cinema - Grease

Open Air Cinema - Grease

1st July 2017

Round up your Pink Ladies and T Birds as “Grease” is the word. We’ve a very special screening of the greatest musical of all time, starring the legendary pairing of John Travolta and Olivia Newton John as Danny and Sandy. Grab your picnics, or enjoy fabulous food and a full bar on site. Capacities are strictly limited and all tickets must be booked in advance, so don’t miss out on the cinematic event of the summer! Tickets: Book online at www.thelunacinema.com

Outlaw Half Triathlon

Outlaw Half Triathlon

1st July 2017 to 2nd July 2017

Holkham will be hosting the Outlaw Half Holkham for a second year running. The swim, both transitions and the entire run will take place within the grounds of the estate. The swim takes place in the lake with a simple out and back course around a small island. The bike course will be a single loop taking in the coastal road as well as quiet country roads. For those that took part in 2016, there are a few diversions to enhance the competitor experience. The run will be three loops around the estate, passing and finishing in front of the hall, perfect for spectators who do not want to move much! There will be plenty of on-site camping organised specifically for competitors and their family and friends and, as camping is only permitted in Holkham twice a year, this is a fantastic opportunity. This will be a very high quality racing experience and an escape from everyday life. For more details about this event visit www.osbevents.com

Photography Workshop - Landmarks and Landscapes

Photography Workshop - Landmarks and Landscapes

8th July 2017 to 9th July 2017

This two-day event will set new and exciting challenges allowing you the opportunity to photograph a range of subjects around the estate. Specialist photographic techniques will include traditional landscape, close-up, natural history, flora, architecture and abstract. Professional photographer, Nigel Downer, will give you guidance and help on a one-one basis on how to use your camera to produce pictures that show flair, imagination and aesthetic quality. On the second day, you will be given access to the interior of Holkham Hall offering you the opportunity to photograph its breathtaking architecture. During your visit you will be given a number of thematic assignments to choose from which will later be analysed and discussed in a group critique session. Prior to the event, Nigel will contact you to discuss your equipment needs. However, some equipment will be available during the event should you require it. The course is suitable to both the beginner and the more experienced in photography. We suggest that you wear suitable footwear for walking around the parkland and come prepared for all weathers. Tickets: £95, includes lunch. To book telephone Holkham Ticket Office on 01328 713111 or visit www.holkham.co.uk

Holkham Country Fair

Holkham Country Fair

22nd July 2017 to 23rd July 2017

Enjoy two days of countryside pursuits, rural crafts, displays, performances and great fun for all the family at this hugely popular event which is returning to Holkham Park. Enjoy delicious local produce at the Fine Food Village and shop ‘til you drop at over 100 trade stands. Holkham Country Fair prides itself on the quality of the entertainment on offer throughout the day in the Grand Ring and this year does not disappoint with two firsts for Holkham. Dhzigitovka! The Way of The Cossack Warrior will wow and amaze with their horsemanship, precision and skill in a fast-paced stunt riding extravaganza and the RAF Aerobatics Team, The Red Arrows will take centre stage on Sunday. For more information visit www.holkhamcountryfair.co.uk

BioBlitz on Holkham National Nature Reserve

BioBlitz on Holkham National Nature Reserve

22nd July 2017 to 23rd July 2017

Over the course of one weekend this summer join in with the largest wildlife survey ever carried out in Norfolk. A partnership of nature conservation teams made up of the National Trust, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, RSPB, Natural England and the Holkham Estate, supported by the Norfolk Coast Partnership will come together to hold a BioBlitz. This will be a race against time to identify and record as many species as possible along the coast over a 24 hour period from Holme-next-the-Sea to Salthouse. It is hoped that this much larger nature survey with other conservation teams, together with the public will uncover many more wildlife treasures that may have been previously unknown. For more information please visit www.holkham.co.uk

Field to Fork Tractor Trailer Tour

Field to Fork Tractor Trailer Tour

24th July 2017 to 5th September 2017

Farming without having to put your wellies on! Families, hop aboard a fascinating tractor trailer tour after a visit to the Field to Fork Experience to see exactly where your food comes from. Discover the variety of crops that are grown in Holkham park, the livestock that Holkham keeps and how these change through the seasons. Tickets: £4 per adult, £2 per child (3-16 years incl.). To book telephone Holkham Ticket Office or visit www.holkham.co.uk

Pond Dipping

Pond Dipping

25th July 2017 to 26th July 2017

Pop along to Holkham Park for some hands on, fun family activities exploring the wildlife you can find there. Fancy a dip? Have a go at pond dipping and discover what lies beneath the water in Holkham Lake. Sessions last from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. Tickets: £3 per child per session, accompanying adult free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Children aged 3 years and under are free of charge if they are accompanying an older participant. No need to book, just drop in. Car parking charge applies in Holkham Park.

Pond Dipping

Pond Dipping

1st August 2017 to 2nd August 2017

Pop along to Holkham Park for some hands on, fun family activities exploring the wildlife you can find there. Fancy a dip? Have a go at pond dipping and discover what lies beneath the water in Holkham Lake. Sessions last from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. Tickets: £3 per child per session, accompanying adult free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Children aged 3 years and under are free of charge if they are accompanying an older participant. No need to book, just drop in. Car parking charge applies in Holkham Park.

Pond Dipping

Pond Dipping

8th August 2017 to 9th August 2017

Pop along to Holkham Park for some hands on, fun family activities exploring the wildlife you can find there. Fancy a dip? Have a go at pond dipping and discover what lies beneath the water in Holkham Lake. Sessions last from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. Tickets: £3 per child per session, accompanying adult free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Children aged 3 years and under are free of charge if they are accompanying an older participant. No need to book, just drop in. Car parking charge applies in Holkham Park.

Pond Dipping

Pond Dipping

15th August 2017 to 16th August 2017

Pop along to Holkham Park for some hands on, fun family activities exploring the wildlife you can find there. Fancy a dip? Have a go at pond dipping and discover what lies beneath the water in Holkham Lake. Sessions last from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. Tickets: £3 per child per session, accompanying adult free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Children aged 3 years and under are free of charge if they are accompanying an older participant. No need to book, just drop in. Car parking charge applies in Holkham Park.

Pond Dipping

Pond Dipping

22nd August 2017 to 23rd August 2017

Pop along to Holkham Park for some hands on, fun family activities exploring the wildlife you can find there. Fancy a dip? Have a go at pond dipping and discover what lies beneath the water in Holkham Lake. Sessions last from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. Tickets: £3 per child per session, accompanying adult free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Children aged 3 years and under are free of charge if they are accompanying an older participant. No need to book, just drop in. Car parking charge applies in Holkham Park.

Pond Dipping

Pond Dipping

29th August 2017 to 30th August 2017

Pop along to Holkham Park for some hands on, fun family activities exploring the wildlife you can find there. Fancy a dip? Have a go at pond dipping and discover what lies beneath the water in Holkham Lake. Sessions last from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. Tickets: £3 per child per session, accompanying adult free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Children aged 3 years and under are free of charge if they are accompanying an older participant. No need to book, just drop in. Car parking charge applies in Holkham Park.

Bat Walks

Bat Walks

29th August 2017 to 31st August 2017

Join a guided bat walk and find out the truth about British bats. Using detectors you can listen out for bats, active at this time of year in Holkham Park. Please wear suitable footwear for walking in parkland and come prepared for all weathers. Tickets: Adult £5 Child (5-16 years) £2.50. Tickets are available from Holkham Ticket Office on 01328 713111 or visit www.holkham.co.uk. Booking is essential, as numbers are limited. Tickets will not be available to purchase on the day of the event after 4.30pm. Please meet outside the ticket office in Holkham Park, 10 minutes before the walk begins. Please do not bring your dogs.

North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival

North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival

2nd September 2017 to 3rd September 2017

This festival is a celebration of all that is best about food grown, reared, caught, made or sold in north Norfolk. With north Norfolk’s finest food and drink producers attending, you’ll find everything from loin of venison to real ale with plenty of tastings and samples to tempt your taste buds. Tickets: Free entry. Car parking £3

Holkham Plant Fair

Holkham Plant Fair

30th September 2017 to 1st October 2017

A wide variety of plant nurseries, local artisans and gardening suppliers from across the breadth of East Anglia are set to come together for Holkham’s popular annual two-day plant fair in the estate’s 18th century, six acre walled garden. The Plant Fair will include a vast range of plants, perfect for sprucing up gardens as autumn arrives, from many regional nurseries which will be showcasing their horticultural supplies. There will also be gardening essentials to be snapped up with everything from pots to specialist tools, along with talented, local artisans with their unique garden accessories. With all this and much more in store at Holkham’s Plant Fair, there will be specialist products and ideas aplenty for visitors to take back to their own gardens. The beautiful setting of the walled gardens themselves will also rouse gardening enthusiasts and offer a chance to see the progress of the recently planted vineyard, herbaceous borders in the arena of plants with its banks of seasonal blooms, the espaliered fruit trees and the organic vegetable garden. Tickets: Entry is included in standard admission.

Deer Safari

Deer Safari

30th September 2017 to 1st October 2017

An exciting opportunity for families to explore the park on a fun-filled tour where there will be a chance to see the amazing deer herd up close and learn all about their lives in Holkham Park. Please meet outside Holkham Ticket Office 10 minutes before the safari. Tickets: Adult £5, Child (3-16 years) £2.50 To book telephone Holkham Ticket Office on 01328 713111 or visit www.holkham.co.uk.

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