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One month to go until Holkham Country Fair

With just one month to go until North Norfolk’s much loved biennial weekend Country Fair, preparations are underway to provide a weekend full of countryside fun.

In a matter of weeks, Holkham Country Fair will be welcoming visitors of all ages from across East Anglia for an action packed line up of attractions and displays. The two day event, which takes place on 22nd and 23rd July, aims to incorporate entertainment and education through a whole host of demonstrations and activities.
Set in the surroundings of Holkham Estate by kind permission of the Earl and Countess of Leicester, the fun-filled weekend boasts a huge array of Grand Ring entertainment and Showground events including:

• Jump4Heroes Extreme Human Flight Team – Dropping into the arena with smoke trailing and flags flying will be Jump4Heroes, the Royal British Legion Extreme Human Flight Team. All serving or former members of the Army, Jump4Heroes support charities which help the Armed Forces.
The Red Arrows* – As a first for Holkham Country Fair, representing the speed, agility and precision of the RAF, the Red Arrows will be displaying their trademark close formations and precision flying.
Get Hooked on Fishing – Whilst providing expert fishing advice from experienced anglers, Get Hooked on Fishing gives visitors of all ages the opportunity to enjoy fishing lessons and pond dipping sessions.
Dzhigitovka! – The Way of the Cossack Warrior – The Dzhigits of the Cossack people are legendary warriors, masters of the Shashka sword in knife throwing and pistol shooting with outstanding gymnastic skills all performed on the back of galloping horses. This new addition to the line-up promises to thrill visitors with a daring performance.

Sarah Green, Organiser for Holkham Country Fair, comments:
“Following months and months of planning, it’s exciting to know that we’re drawing closer to the event. The attractions at this year’s fair really are spectacular and with the weather warming up we’re keeping our fingers crossed for a weekend full of sunshine.”

Dotted around the Showground will be various trade stands providing a range of different products and services as well as the new Woodforde’s Food Village where visitors can meet artisan food producers and enjoy a selection of local produce including cheeses, pies and chocolates.

Sarah continues:
“We work hard to ensure Holkham Country Fair is a fun, educational yet affordable event. It’s the perfect excuse for spending some quality time out in the beautiful North Norfolk countryside with friends and family especially when children aged 14 and under gain free entry. Even your four-legged friends are invited too! We really are looking forward to welcoming you all next month.”

Day tickets will be available to buy on the gate or visitors can purchase day, weekend and camping tickets online. For more information or to book tickets please click here.

* Sunday Only. Weather conditions permitting. (All activities, especially those in the air, are subject to weather conditions).

20th June 2017 - World-class musicians at Holkham Hall in north Norfolk for an autumn series of Chamber Music Concerts

The Marble Hall at Holkham has been filled with the sounds of international musical talent during 2017 and the final three concerts of the year are no exception. Enjoy an enchanting evening of chamber music at its finest in a magnificent setting. Guests can complete their concert evening with a stay at The Victoria Inn, located just five minutes from Holkham Hall, and take advantage of special concert rates.

Friday 15th September at 7pm Carducci Quartet and Simon Roland Jones, viola to complete a programme by Haydn, Shostakovich and Dvořák. The Carducci Quartet is recognised as one of today’s most successful string quartets, performing over ninety concerts worldwide each year. Described by The Strad as presenting “a masterclass in unanimity of musical purpose, in which severity could melt seamlessly into charm and drama into geniality.” The quartet also run their own record label Carducci Classics; an annual festival in Gloucester and, in September 2014, directed their first Carducci Festival in Castagneto Carducci (Livorno, Italy): the town from which they took their name. Winners of several international competitions, the Anglo-Irish quartet regularly appears at prestigious venues across the globe including Wigmore Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York. The Carducci Quartet was recently gifted with the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Award for chamber music and song for their Shostakovich 15 project. At the centre of their programme at Holkham is the anguished but stunningly beautiful 4th quartet by Shostakovich, flanked by Haydn’s ‘Sunrise’ and Dvořák’s delightful string quintet, composed immediately after the ‘American’ quartet and of a very similar joyful and uplifting nature.

Saturday 21st October at 7pm, pianist Tim Horton will perform a programme by Schumann, preludes by Rowland-Jones and Schubert’s sonata in B flat D.960. Tim takes to the stage at Holkham once again following his memorable recital in 2013. He is well known to Norfolk audiences from his multiple performances at the North Norfolk Music Festival, both as a solo recitalist and as one of the top chamber music pianists in the country. Tim is the pianist of Ensemble 360, formed in 2005 to take over the residency at the Crucible, Sheffield from the Lindsay Quartet. He also has a duo partnership with cellist Adrian Brendel with whom he has given tours of Spain, Germany, Italy and the UK, including appearances at Wigmore Hall. Tim has collaborated with leading chamber musicians Paul Lewis, Peter Cropper, the Elias String Quartet, the Vertavo String Quartet and members of the Kungsbacka Piano Trio. He also performs regularly as guest pianist with the Nash Ensemble. Tim gave his first solo recital at Wigmore Hall in July last year. His programme at Holkham includes some new preludes by Simon Rowland-Jones especially composed for him and concludes with Schubert’s final masterpiece for solo piano, the deeply affecting Sonata in B flat D.960.

The Castalian String Quartet perform a programme by Haydn, Schumann and Beethoven at Holkham on Friday 10th November 7pm. The Castilian Quartet is rapidly emerging as the exciting new voice on the international chamber music scene. Over the last three years they have won top prizes at major international competitions including first prize and three special awards at the 2015 Lyon International Competition, both first prize and the audience prize at the Kammermusik Hannover Next Generation Competition in 2013 and third prize at the prestigious 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition. Engagements this year include recitals at Wigmore Hall, concerts in Germany, France and Italy as well as appearances at the North Norfolk Music Festival and the Aldeburgh Festival. Their programme comprises three of the greatest string quartets in their repertoire, closing with Beethoven’s late Op.132 and its luminous ‘Song of Thanksgiving of a Convalescent to God’.

Tickets for the chamber music concerts cost £25 and include a glass of wine in the Saloon during the interval and an opportunity to view some of the other state rooms in Holkham Hall. To book online click here

To complement Holkham’s 2017 season of Chamber Music, ticket holders can take advantage of a special offer to continue their evening with a stay at The Victoria Inn. Ticket holders have the opportunity to stay two nights with the second night half price. This special offer includes breakfast and is based on two people sharing a standard double room. Rates at The Victoria start from £155 per night. For further information guests can call 01328 711008 or email

For more information please visit the Chamber Music Concerts page click here

9th June 2017 - Play equipment makes farming fun

Holkham Estate in north Norfolk has recently entered into a unique venture with East Anglia’s premier agricultural, construction and grounds care equipment retailer, Ben Burgess. The partnership aims to inform visitors to the estate’s latest visitor attraction, the Field to Fork Experience, about the importance of farming and where your food comes from.

Two new, exciting pieces of play equipment have been installed for families to interact with. The latest edition can be found at the children’s woodland adventure play area at Holkham and is a scaled model of a combine harvester. The play equipment was built by Dersingham based company Flights of Fancy as a bespoke piece and has been handmade from sustainably-sourced FSC certified timber and aluminium. Ben Burgess has also generously donated a John Deere tractor cab which the team at Holkham has modified to create a virtual tractor driving experience for visitors to the Field to Fork Experience. It’s a chance for to climb on board and to learn how to steer a tractor along the road and over fields, changing gears and ploughing a furrow

Sue Penlington, Holkham’s Education Manager comments, “The Field to fork Experience is a great way of getting over a very important message; where your food comes from. Having the tractor driving experience is a fantastic way of showing young people how high-tech the agricultural industry is and gives our visitors a real insight into farming practices and managing the countryside. Hopefully it highlights the various opportunities of a future career in agriculture. We hope the combine harvester play equipment will sow this seed at an early age as well as providing more for toddlers to do here.”

Martin Fuller, Director of Ben Burgess said, “As a company, we are very keen to educate the next generation and get them excited about farming and agriculture. This is something we share with Holkham Estate and our partnership allows us to achieve this together. We were therefore very happy to support their introduction of a John Deere combine and the tractor simulator. Both projects are an excellent addition to the unique experiences Holkham offers.”

The Field to Fork theme has also extended to Holkham’s 18th century walled garden where the team of volunteers have taken the story further and have built a new tractor-shaped chicken coop for the flock of chickens housed in the garden. The wheels on the coop were kindly supplied by Ben Burgess.

17th May 2017 - What's On for children at Holkham Country Fair

North Norfolk’s biennial Country Fair is offering fun for all the family with an action packed line-up of child friendly activities and attractions across the two-day event on 22 and 23 July. And what’s more children aged 14 years and under will be able to enjoy all the entertainment absolutely free.

Originally set up by the 7th Earl of Leicester, Edward Coke, Holkham Country Fair has always been an event to educate children about country life in a fun, cost-effective and memorable way. The much-loved event will be welcoming back some of its popular attractions as well as offering some brand news ones too, including:

• The 60 meter long Zip Wire which is a first for 2017. Suitable for all ages, children can enjoy an adrenaline rush as they speed through the grounds of Holkham Hall.
• Charlotte Hill’s Birds of Prey. Families can enjoy performances taking place in the Grand Ring or visit the falconry area to listen to talks and displays about the birds.
• Exotic Animal Encounters. Children will have the chance to meet and interact with exotic animals which would normally only be seen in a zoo. Enjoy learning about the animal kingdom before meeting meerkats, skunks, coatimundi, snakes and much more.
• Children can enjoy the Old Tyme Fairground complete with Galloping Horses, a Helter Skelter, Chairs-o-Planes and a Ferris wheel.
• To encourage participation, the Children’s March Past gives younger visitors the opportunity to march with the band around the Grand Ring. One lucky child will also be named Drum Major and lead the march.
• Ferret Racing and Showing. The Cambridgeshire Ferret Welfare and Rescue Society will be joining the Fair to allow children to learn more about the animals and possibly even pet them.

Sarah Green, Organiser for Holkham Country Fair, comments: “More and more children today have less contact with the countryside because modern-day technology, as much as it offers many benefits, is consuming their time and energy. Holkham Country Fair is all about encouraging children to put the smartphone down and embrace the great outdoors in a fun environment with the whole family. We appreciate these type of events can be quite a pricey affair so we do allow children 14 years and under to enter for free.”

Dotted around the showground, families can enjoy countryside favourites such as Dog Agility, Archery, Beekeeping and much more. The Grand Ring will also be boasting a full programme of events taking place including Dzhigitovka! – The Way of the Cossack Warrior, a Gamegoer Gundog Display and The Red Arrows* to name a few.

Holkham Country Fair aims to provide children with the opportunity to learn something new and this year sees the introduction of a Family Fishing area in association with the charity Get Hooked on Fishing. Children can have a go at basic coarse fishing sessions; learn some top tips about how to catch more fish from angling experts and enjoy pond dipping to find out what lurks under the water.

Sarah continues: “We work really hard in the lead-up to the two-day event so we can offer an abundance of activities suitable for all ages and abilities. The great thing about Holkham Country Fair is the fun doesn’t have to stop after the event closes its gates as we offer camping / caravanning pitches so families can really get back to nature.”

Tickets for day, weekend and camping are now available. For more information or to book tickets visit:

*Sunday only. Weather conditions permitting. (All activities, especially those in the air, are subject to weather conditions).

Press Contact for Holkham Country Fair Amanda Bunn, Social Media and PR Manager.
Telephone: 01284 337539 Email:

19th April 2017 – British reggae legends UB40 to perform at Holkham Hall, Sunday 27th August as part of Grandslam UK Summer Tour 2017

UB40 - featuring Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey Virtue.

LHG Live and Live Promotions are delighted to announce that Holkham Hall will host UB40 on Sunday 27th August 2017 as part of the band’s summer Grandslam UK Tour. UB40, featuring original members Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue with a fantastic eight-piece band, will be bringing their inimitable blend of reggae and pop greatest hits to the forefront of the summer calendar at one of England’s grandest stately homes.

The UB40 Grandslam Tour will run from Friday 19th May throughout the summer in diverse venues all over the UK, finishing with the newly announced concert at Holkham Hall on Sunday 27th August. Each of these shows promises concertgoers a first-hand experience of an outdoor event, with the addition of a real festival vibe; the result of the unique Grandslam format of the tour.

Ali Campbell of UB40 said, “These are great new venues for us and we can’t wait to play this Grandslam Tour. See you there. Big Love!”

Support artists for UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue at Holkham Hall will be announced shortly.

UB40 have released hit after hit since they formed in 1979, achieving four UK Number Ones (Red, Red Wine, Baby Come Back ft Pato Banton, I Got You Babe, ft. Chrissie Hynde and I Can’t Help Falling In Love with You) not to mention 17 Top 10 tracks (including One In Ten, If It Happens Again, Breakfast in Bed, Kingston Town and Homely Girl) and a constant stream of singles over the decades, each of which continue to delight fans. The release of their brand new Unplugged album in November 2016 presented an inventive new spin on UB40’s early gems plus the huge hits with which they later wooed the world, underlining UB40 - featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey – as one of the most iconic reggae bands to hail from the UK. Since reuniting three years ago, Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue have developed into a formidable touring outfit. 2016 has seen them return to the States, play Australia and visit the vineyards of New Zealand for a Red Red Winery Tour. They also made an emotional return to UK in April 2016, when they performed songs from the first two Labour Of Love albums on an arena tour that included sell-out shows at London’s O2 Arena, the Brighton Centre and the Barclaycard Arena in their native Birmingham.

The Grandslam UK Tour presents an excellent opportunity to see UB40 – featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue - at their best as they bring their enthusiasm, passion and winning combination of chilled and upbeat tracks to the centre stage.

Colin Ward MD of Live Promotions, promoter said, “We have worked with Holkham Hall for several years on a number of very successful concerts and are delighted to be bringing one of the world’s greatest bands, UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue to Norfolk with LHG Live, in July. This will be a fantastic show and appeals to all ages.”

The Earl and Countess of Leicester commented, “Holkham Park is a popular setting for our open-air concerts. We are delighted to be holding our second concert here in 2017 welcoming UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue over the August bank holiday.”

Liz Doogan-Hobbs MBE, CEO of LHG Live, promoters for the Grandslam UB40 UK Tour said, “Grandslam is a summer event series combining stunning outdoor venues with superb concerts. It is ideal for Holkham Hall who we are thrilled to be working with again. We are delighted to present UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue who are simply one of the best bands to see live. The beautiful outdoor spaces at Holkham Hall are perfectly placed to offer an incredible backdrop for this summer concert.”

Tickets for the UB40 concert - featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue – on Sunday 27th August at Holkham Hall, go on general sale on Friday 21st April at 10am.

Tickets are available in person from Holkham Ticket Office from Friday 21st April 2017 daily between 10am–5pm or telephone 01328 713111. Tickets bought from Holkham direct are priced at £40.00 (General Admission) and £55.00 (Platinum Enclosure). Prices include booking fees. The Platinum Enclosure includes an unrestricted view of the stage and access to a premier bar and catering concessions in addition to providing designated lavatories.

Tickets are also on sale through:

Tickets are standing only, but concert-goers are encouraged to bring along a blanket or canvas chair so they can relax and enjoy the exquisite setting of the parkland, whilst UB40 enthral on the stage. There will be ample concessions for food and drink.

Tickets for people with disabilities are available from Ticketmaster. Please call Ticketmaster’s Accessibility line on 0800 988 4440.

Ticket holders are permitted to bring one blanket or canvas chair.

Full details on the UB40 Grandslam tour are available from

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Notes to editor:
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UB40 – consists of Ali Campbell (lead vocals/guitar), Astro (vocals) and Mickey Virtue (keys) plus their 8-piece band.

Promoter – LHG Live, part of the well-known Liz Hobbs Group, is the UK’s leading producer of ‘music with sport’; one of the country’s premier producers and promoters of a range of outdoor and indoor music events, and a key developer of music partnerships with British sport.

Promoter – Live Promotions have since 1972 been promoting very successful concerts and events. They are the leading outdoor automotive event organisers in the UK with a strong musical heritage.

For press enquiries on the Holkham Estate please contact Tamsin Graham on: or telephone 0207 078 0295.

For all artist enquiries please contact: Ruth Parrish on: or telephone 01636 555 666, ext. 1 or Gemma-Louise King on: or telephone 01636 55566, ext. 3.

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