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.”

The Victoria wins prestigious 2018 UK Heritage Award

A celebration at Goldsmith’s Hall on 6th March celebrated the best heritage experiences and places to stay in the UK. The competition is arranged by Visit Heritage, the UK’s leading heritage, tourism and destination marketing company, who also publish Signpost, an independent hotel guide.

The Victoria at Holkham is delighted to announce that is has been crowned the winner of the ‘Wonderful Places to Stay’ category. Thirteen categories had winners including nine UK Heritage Awards and four hotel awards. Leading the panel of judges was Norman Hudson OBE, joined by Ken Robinson CBE, author and TV presenter Lucinda Lambton, architectural writer and author Jeremy Musson, Director of Visit Heritage Paul Bridle and more.

The judges’ principle comment was that “The Victoria at Holkham was still an example of an all-round wonderful place to stay. The Victoria Inn’s location couldn’t be better; less than a mile from England’s best beach, views over Holkham National Nature Reserve and with brilliant access to Holkham Hall. The 20 bedrooms are named after shooting drives on the Holkham Estate and beef and lamb from the estate, along with game from the shoot when in season, feature on the menu.”

The Lady Elizabeth Wing wins a Bridebook Badge of Excellence

Out of hundreds of participants, The Lady Elizabeth Wing won the Silver Bridebook Wedding Awards 2018 Badge of Excellence. Badges go out to those who received the most reviews and testimonials from their community of couples on the site which recognise effort and hard work, dedication to great customer service and providing unforgettable experiences in 2017.

The Lady Elizabeth Wing at Holkham provides a stunning, contemporary space perfect for weddings, receptions, anniversary and birthday parties, concerts, conferences, dinners and all types of celebrations.

The team were very pleased to receive the award on 15th February 2018 and are very much looking forward to another busy 2018 full of exciting weddings and events.

The Lady Elizabeth Wing wins a Bridebook Badge of Excellence

New visitor facilities project wins prestigious RIBA East Award for architecture and conservation

​Thursday 18th May 2017

Hopkins Architects, the architectural company behind the new visitor facilities project at Holkham, has won a prestigious RIBA East Award as well as the RIBA East Conservation Award. The awards were presented in recognition of the £4.5 million redevelopment project at Holkham to provide new visitor facilities. The major transformation of the former pottery factory and stables buildings has created exciting, new and improved facilities for visitors and a new events venue, The Lady Elizabeth Wing.

The awards were presented in a ceremony at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge on Thursday 18th May and recognise the best in new architectural projects throughout the region. Speaking of the project RIBA East commented “Overall the detail is of a high standard and the conversion is a clever and bold reuse of the existing buildings, giving Holkham Hall another venue of which it can be truly proud.”

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