Holt highlights, discover Norfolk’s prettiest town

Holt, Norfolk

The nearest town to West Beckham is the lovely Georgian town of Holt. Just five miles away from our holiday barns, Holt highlights include the host of activities that take place throughout the year and the town is also home to a number of independent shops, galleries and restaurants.

Holt itself is just three miles from the coast and manages to combine old world market town charm with the feel of an upmarket coastal destination.

Here are just a few of the Holt highlights

Shops and galleries

Butcher, baker, even candlestick maker – with more than 200 shops and galleries, mostly independent, Holt is a shopper’s paradise. Among the shops that grace the charming back streets are a number of antique shops, art galleries, such as the Red Dot Gallery, and the fantastic Holt Bookshop.

Besides the main high street, there are a number of back streets, all lined with a variety of shops and galleries. There are also four hidden flint stone yards which used to be the social area for the smallVictorian worker’s houses. These are now home to cafes and shops. The four yards are: Chapel Yard, Hoppers Yard, Appleyard and Lees Yard. All four are worth a visit.

Holt Festival

One of the Holt highlights is the nationally acclaimed Holt Festival which runs for the last week in July every summer. The programme includes a diverse range of events including music, theatre, comedy, dance, fine art and cinema. There is also a large programme of workshops for budding creatives!

There is a real buzz to the town throughout the event as the town’s streets and venues play host to the artists from morning to late evening. Visit the website for further details.

Holt Country Park

The Country Park is just a 10 minute walk from the town centre. It comprises more than 100 acres of mature woodland and the heathland of Holt Lowes – a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The River Glaven darts through the Country Park.

The woodlands themselves play host to more than 30 species of tree. These include Scots Pine, Oak and Silver Birch. The woodland management is working hard to increase the number of broadleaf indigenous tree species in order to enhance habitat diversity.

The Country Park has a number of walks, including some specially designed for people with reduced mobility.

The North Norfolk Railway

Holt is the stopping place for the North Norfolk Railway line which opened in 1887. Although it closed in 1964, it has since been restored and the Poppy Line was born. The railway is a heritage steam line running from Sheringham to Holt, stopping at Weyborne on the way. The train journey itself is a step back in time, from the 1950s waiting room to the beautifully restored carriages. This is a true celebration of the Age of Steam and is a fantastic way to see North Norfolk in all its glory.