The Lookout, Holkham wins a RIBA East Award 2019

May 2019 - We are proud to announce that The Lookout, on Holkham National Nature Reserve has won a RIBA East Award.

RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) describe their awards as being ‘internationally regarded as a mark of excellence, recognising the best architecture, architects, research, and students. For 50 years, the RIBA awards and prizes for buildings have championed and celebrated the best architecture in the UK and around the world, no matter the form, size or budget.”

Officially opened in October 2018, The Lookout sits on Lady Anne’s Drive and looks out over the Holkham National Nature Reserve. It was built as an understated visitor centre, comprising lavatories, a small café and an orientation exhibition explaining the adjacent wetland and wider nature reserve.

It was designed by architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Lucas+Western.

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Finalists in Norfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards

February 2019 - Last night, Holkham attended the Norfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards in Norwich. Hosted by Archant, the awards celebrated the best of East Anglia’s tourism industry in categories such as Best Bed & Breakfast, Family Event of the Year, Eco-Tourism, Food and Drink Tourism Attraction and many more.

Last year, we entered into the category of Best Large Visitor Attraction and we were delighted to make the shortlist. After welcoming a panel of judges to Holkham for a show around, we made it to the final!

Our customer-facing businesses at Holkham have grown enormously over the last few years and not only are we welcoming more and more visitors each year, we are expanding our offering with extra events and additional facilities such as The Lookout, on the Holkham National Nature Reserve which officially opened last autumn.

Also in the category of Best Large Visitor Attraction were The English Whisky Company, North Norfolk Railway and Africa Alive! who took home the title last night.

We are proud to have made the final and we look forward to another great visitor season here in north Norfolk.

Holkham Estate Wins North Norfolk Business Award

February 2019 - Hosted by North Norfolk District Council, the North Norfolk Business Awards celebrate the best of business in the district. The awards include eight categories, giving large and small businesses alike the chance to shine, highlighting their diversity and excellence within their division.

Holkham Estate was nominated for an award in the category Young People and Skills, in association with New Anglia LEP.

NNDC describe this award as one in which recognises local businesses which are working to raise aspirations, provide opportunities for young people and improve the skills of their workforce. The award looked for examples of strong leadership, and innovative ways to promote the diverse range of career opportunities across the district.

Against two other worthy finalists, Windboats Marine and C T Baker Ltd, Holkham Estate scooped the award at a dazzling awards ceremony held at Gresham’s School. Education Manager, Sue Penlington and HR Manager, Alex Triplow were in attendance to pick up the award.

As one of north Norfolk’s largest employers, our strategic plan to promote, support and nurture young talent in the county is paramount and one in which we will continue to foster to ensure a strong future for the next generation. We are very proud to have been given this award.

Holkham Farming Company picks up a Norfolk Farm Business Award

June 2018 - Holkham Farming Company is placed top of the class in the Norfolk Farm Business Awards! The Norfolk County Farm Business Competition brings judges from across the country to judge the commercial operations of entrants of all types and sizes. The competition recognises outstanding farming practices and places winners in a first-class category against their peers. Holkham Farming Company placed first in the Class 1 category which covered large farms.

Judges assess the farm’s standards of cropping and livestock husbandry whilst evaluating the farming system used given the resources of the farm such as land type, irrigation and facilities. When the judges came to Holkham, they were shown all areas of the business, including the potato business in the park and the livestock on the marshes, meeting various members of the team.

The competition is organised by the Aylsham Agricultural Show Association since 1979 and the county’s top farm businesses compete for the supreme title! The winners of each class go into the championship the following year, so the team at Holkham Farming Company are looking forward to a successful 2019!

Belted Galloway Wins Royal Norfolk Show Award

27th June 2018 - Our Farm’s Livestock team were thrilled to have won two 1st place awards and one 2nd place award at this year’s Royal Norfolk Show. Jon smith Livestock Manager and his team won with the Belted Galloway - ‘Champion female Galloway’; ‘Reserve champion in Galloway breed category’ and ‘Best Norfolk born and bred’.

Winner of BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018 – Beach of the Year

We are delighted to announce that Holkham National Nature Reserve and beach have picked up BBC Countryfile Magazine’s award for Beach of the Year 2018.

This year almost 180,000 votes were cast by nearly 30,000 people and we are grateful to all voters who recognised the beauty in our stretch of the north Norfolk coastline.

The judges commented, “Stretching for four glorious and sandy miles, Holkham Beach was a clear winner in this category. Both a beach and a nature reserve, Holkham is home to diverse and fascinating species of flora and fauna, such as great white egrets, common terns, peregrines, ringed plover, dark green fritillary butterflies and ghost swift moths.”

Judge Fergus Collins said: “There is something exotic about this great strand of sand backed by pine trees, sand dunes and marshes – a place for a serene beach holiday and intimate encounters with such a wide variety of wildlife.”

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