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Holkham Hall Launches New Exhibition

Delve into Holkham’s archives with a behind the scenes look at the staff who have lived and worked on the estate for the past 200 years.
1 April – 31 October 2017

From this April, visitors to Holkham Hall in Norfolk will have the opportunity to view a new exhibition titled ‘What the Butler Saw’. This fascinating exhibition will give visitors a unique insight into the lives of the many staff who have lived and worked on the family-owned estate. Launching on 1st April and running throughout the summer until 31st October 2017, visitors, whilst exploring the magnificent state rooms, will have the chance to discover how this vast house was kept running like clockwork.

Experiencing Holkham from the perspective of the Butler and other staff, learn what it takes to lay a table for a stately dinner party and what food guests of the Earl of Leicester would have been served 100 years ago. Coming face to face with key Holkham characters such as Surridge the Butler, Paterson the Head Gardener and Scrivener the Chauffeur, visitors can explore Holkham’s archives to find out more about the intriguing lives of the staff, such as who the Ladies Maid fell in love with, and what the Kitchen Boy dreamt of.

The exhibition incorporates unseen photographs and original uniforms, alongside historic documents and personal memories to showcase the various staff roles at Holkham. Throughout history, royalty, leading society and political figures of the day have stayed in Holkham Hall, with the servants’ quarters adapting to the demands of these important guests. From a staff of over 50 in 1914, find out how many staff it takes to run the hall today. Explore personal experiences and colourful stories of the people who have helped to keep this great house running over the last 200 years. Visitors to the hall will have the unique chance to walk in the shoes of those who have worked at Holkham, with dressing up for children, mystery objects to explore and ‘hidden’ passages to be discovered. ‘What the Butler Saw’ offers a great family day out for all generations.

Entrance to the exhibition is included in standard admission to visit Holkham Hall, Field to Fork Experience and the Walled Garden.
Tickets: £15 adult, £7.50 child, £41 family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children).

Open 1 April to 31 October 2017
Holkham Hall is open on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays 12 – 4pm. *
The Walled Garden, Field to Fork Experience, Courtyard Café and Gift Shop open daily 10am – 5pm.
*The hall is also open on Good Friday and Easter Saturday for Holkham’s Easter event plus 27 & 28 October for the Halloween event. Please note that the hall will be closed 28 and 29 May during the Pedal Norfolk Cycling Festival and 23 July for Holkham Country Fair.

2017 Coastal Bioblitz all set to be Norfolk’s largest wildlife survey

Over the course of one weekend this summer (22 & 23 July) individuals and communities will be able to take part in 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.

Norfolk Coast Partnership officer Lucy Galvin said: “The Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a mecca for wildlife. The Partnership is delighted to be part of this exciting and fascinating chance to get involved in recording the sheer bounty of nature on the coast – and ensuring its long-term protection.”

In 2015 the National Trust hosted Bioblitz surveys in 25 coastal locations around England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Two sites at Brancaster and Blakeney came first and second respectively for the record of species found; showing just how valuable and important the Norfolk Coast is for nature conservation and richness of biodiversity. These previous surveys also recorded a handful of wildlife firsts on the Norfolk coast.

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.

“We want the public to get involved and join us identifying plants and animals in fun activities along the coast. It requires absolutely no prior knowledge and we will be encouraging as many people as possible to take part. Together with the help of nature experts and volunteers we hope to discover as many species as possible.” Said Rachael Wright, Cley Community Education Officer, Norfolk Wildlife Trust

This much loved stretch of coastline attracts millions of visitors every year to its shores, many of who visit to experience the fantastic and diverse wildlife found here. But it is a coastline that is at the mercy of the sea with the threat of climate change causing rising sea levels and more frequent storms.

Ajay Tegala, National Trust Coastal Ranger said: “The North Norfolk Coast is protected by many national and international nature designations with the whole stretch being a single Special Site of Scientific Interest. Even though it is owned and managed by different landowners and organisations, each shares the same aim and goal of conserving and preserving the area for the benefit of the wildlife. But wildlife has no concept of ownership boundaries so the need for everyone to work together to look after this special coastline and its rich biodiversity has never been greater.”

The sea’s unpredictable power and the damage it can cause was brought firmly to the public’s attention on the night of 5 December 2013, when a tidal surge of the magnitude not seen for sixty years caused widespread devastation along much of the east coast of England including here on the Norfolk Coast. We are again reminded of this threat more recently with the recent flooding at Cley Marshes, Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s flagship reserve in January.

Nature is rather resilient and many of the coastal locations, some of which were under seawater for many weeks, soon bounced back and continue to recover. But this threat, never far from our minds, is likely to have a significant effect on our wildlife. So, now is a great opportunity to survey every species from the smallest insects to the largest mammals to gain a more accurate view of what nature is present on our precious coast.

For more information on the BioBlitz please see http://bit.ly/NCBioBlitz

* This press release is on behalf of the National Trust and is not a representation of the Holkham Estate.

Get On Your Bike at ‘Pedal Norfolk’

Sky Sports Cycling Correspondent, Orla Chennaoui, is to return to interview participants.

Pedal Norfolk will return to Holkham Hall this May half term from Saturday 27th – Monday 29th May 2017, launching a brand new Eastern Counties closed road race and welcoming Sky Sports Cycling Correspondent and Presenter, Orla Chennaoui, who will be returning to tackle some of the routes covering 250 miles of stunning north Norfolk countryside.

Taking place on the first day of the festival on Saturday 27th May, the Eastern Counties closed road race will begin at 5pm and will circle a 10km loop starting outside Holkham Hall. With 75 category two, three and four riders racing nine laps of the course, totalling 113km or 70 miles, it will be an unmissable spectacle. Organised and run by specialist online bike business ‘Fatbirds’ and its cycling team, Managing Director, Peter Flett, commented: “There are very few closed road races across the country, so being able to run one on such a great cycling weekend in such incredible scenery is very special. With British Cycling, we’ve ensured that it will be a challenging course, so it will be exciting for spectators to watch too.”

Holkham Hall will be the incredible backdrop to Pedal Norfolk – the action packed three-day family friendly cycling festival in aid of Walking With The Wounded. Over 2,500 cyclists and more than 8,500 visitors are expected to attend including Orla Chennaoui, who will be replacing her microphone for a helmet once again. Commenting on the festival Orla said: “I can’t wait to come back to Pedal Norfolk again this year. With a young family of my own, events like this are such a treat as they allow me to combine my love of cycling with quality time with my husband and daughter. They both had an absolute ball last year, what with all the activities away from the actual cycling, and with such beautiful roads to ride for me, all three of us are really excited!” Orla will also be interviewing budding Bradley Wiggins’ and Chris Hoys, having interviewed the World and Olympic Champions herself, most recently at the Rio Olympics, she knows how to make participants feel like champions.

During Pedal Norfolk, festival goers will have the opportunity to ride 20, 50 or 100 mile signposted safe and supported routes along north Norfolk’s scenic country and coastal roads with feed stations along the way. From the gentle and easygoing flat routes to the more gruelling up hills, the roads are virtually car free, allowing participants enjoyable and safe riding conditions. For the ultimate challenge, in the Blue Ribbon Event, experienced riders will have the opportunity to conquer the full 250 miles over three days.

Once off their bikes, avid and amateur cyclists alike will also be able to test out the latest techy cycling products, and meet and chat with professionals showcasing the very latest kit. For children, within the grounds of Holkham, there will be an ultra-safe 7-mile car free bicycle route, a cycle academy for ages four to 12 years, balance bike training for children aged one year and up, grass track training and a mountain bike course through the woods.

There will be plenty of activities for visitors with the brilliant children’s woodland adventure play area, ‘Field to Fork’ Experience, games, rides, lakeside fun and music, all tying into a great family day out. The entertainment will continue into the evening in the Adnams’ beer tent with more competitions, talks and live bands.

At the end of the day, visitors will be able to camp in the grounds of Holkham Hall, a rare occasion and an exciting experience for little ones. Camping by the stunning lake, the campsite is safe and secure with facilities and showers for guests to feel right at home.

How: To enter into the British Cycling Eastern Counties closed road race, guests can book online on the British Cycling website here. Early bird Tickets for the Saturday road race can be booked for £25 online with a £1 booking fee or they can be bought on the day for £35.

Tickets for Pedal Norfolk can be booked online on www.pedalnorfolk.co.uk. Prices start from £6.50 per day for the 20-mile ride. A 3-day package deal costs from £95. Day admission to Holkham park for visitors to enjoy the festival will be £5 per adult and children 16 years and under will be free.

For further information on Pedal Norfolk please visit www.pedalnorfolk.co.uk

Slow Food Sagra and Feast at the Holkham Estate

On Saturday the 8th of April 2017 the first Slow Food Anglia Festival and Sagra event will held at the historic Holkham Estate in north Norfolk.

The estate’s event venue, The Lady Elizabeth Wing, will play host to a market with up to 26 producers and street food traders during the day from 10am to 5pm interspersed with talks and cookery demonstrations from several of the participating producers and invited guests.

This will be followed by an evening Sagra Feast for up to 200 guests, starting at 7pm,with the menu prepared by Slow Food Chef Alliance member Mark Matless from Bite The Bullit Catering in Norwich.

Amongst the producers attending during the day and who will also be included into the evening menu will be Camcattle with their Red Poll beef, Norfolk Saffron and Fen Farm with their Baron Bigod raw milk cheese.

Slow Food is a global movement with over three hundred thousand individual members and two million supporters in over 160 countries across the globe. It is a way of eating and living which brings together people who have a passion about good healthy food and who also have a strong commitment to local communities and the environment, following the Slow Food ethos of Good, Clean and Fair food for all.

Entrance to the day event is free. A £3 charge for car parking at Holkham applies.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the evening dinner visit www.slowfoodanglia.org

For press enquiries contact Slow Food Anglia by email info@slowfoodanglia.org

* This press release is on behalf of Slow Food Anglia and is not a representation of the Holkham Estate.

The Holkham Estate Hosts Pedal Norfolk 2017

Spring Bank Holiday fun at the UK’s most family friendly cycling festival.

  • A rare opportunity to camp in the stunning grounds of Holkham Hall.
  • Take part in 20, 50 or 100 mile routes along north Norfolk’s scenic coastal country roads.
  • Watch a landmark British Cycling sponsored Eastern Counties closed road race.

Holkham Hall, in north Norfolk, will be the incredible backdrop to the action packed three day family focused cycling festival, Pedal Norfolk, from Saturday 27th to Monday 29th May 2017, working with charity partner Walking With The Wounded.

Pedal Norfolk aims to be bigger and better than ever in 2017. The festival has moved from the early May bank holiday weekend to the Spring bank holiday. The new dates will allow guests to enjoy a fun filled weekend with their family over May half term and a rare opportunity to camp within the stunning grounds of Holkham Hall. Peter Flett, director sportive of the festival and managing director of Norfolk cycle business Fatbirds, comments “Now in our fifth year, we think that we’ve built the ultimate cycling festival for the whole family. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve ridden a bike in years or not, you’ll still have a brilliant time.”

Over 2,500 cyclists and more than 8,500 visitors are expected to attend the three-day event including Sky Sports Cycling Correspondent, Orla Chennaoui, who will hanging up her microphone once again to tackle some of the routes. There will be a number of individual cycling events and activities on offer aimed at all ages and levels of ability; from first time cyclists, to Lycra-clad professionals, as well as plenty to entertain spectators of the sport.

Festival goers will have the opportunity to ride 20, 50 or 100 mile signposted safe and supported routes along north Norfolk’s scenic country and coastal roads with feed stations along the way. From the gentle and easygoing flat routes to the more gruelling up hills, the roads are virtually car free, allowing participants enjoyable and safe riding conditions. For the ultimate challenge, in the Blue Ribbon Event, experienced riders will have the opportunity to conquer the full 250 miles over three days.

For the first time this year, supported by British Cycling and run by the Fatbirds Cycling Team, an Eastern Counties closed-road race will take place on Saturday 29th May at 17:00. Starting in front of Holkham Hall it will take serious competitiors on a route through some of the park’s key landmarks at speed on a 9.8km loop. Once off their bikes, avid and amateur cyclists alike will also be able to test out the latest techy cycling products, and meet and chat with professionals showcasing the very latest kit. For children, within the grounds of Holkham, there will be an ultra-safe 7-mile car free bicycle route, a cycle academy for ages four to 12 years, balance bike training for children aged one year and up, grass track training and a mountain bike course through the woods.

For all Pedal Norfolk visitors, there will be any number of free activities to get involved with. The Field to Fork experience will be open for all and there will also be music, the brilliant children’s woodland adventure play area, the stunning Holkham beach, games and rides, lakeside fun and competitions all tying into a great festival day out. The entertainment continues into the evening in the Adnams’ beer tent with more competitions, talks and live bands.

At the end of the day, visitors will be able to camp in the grounds of Holkham Hall, a rare occasion and an exciting experience for little ones. Camping by the stunning lake, the campsite is safe and secure with facilities and showers for guests to feel right at home.

How: Early bird tickets can be booked online at http://www.pedalnorfolk.co.uk. Prices start from £6.30 per day for the 20-mile ride. A 3-day package deal costs £85.50 before 1st January 2017 and £95 after. Day admission to Holkham park for visitors to enjoy the festival will be £5 per adult and children 16 years and under will be free.

For further information on Pedal Norfolk please visit www.pedalnorfolk.co.uk

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