Arthur Howell, local butcher

Community

The estate is inseparable from its local community and our goal is to promote a sustainable local economy for the benefit of all the people who live and work in our community. For many generations we have provided village halls, scout huts, meeting rooms and playing fields rent free for groups and villages that fall within the estate. We support and
sponsor local events and activities that foster a sense of community, like the Wells Triathlon and the Norfolk Superhero Challenge.

We like to support local businesses and suppliers, and wherever possible this is reflected in places such as our gift shop, cafes and at The Victoria Inn.

Local community and the thousands of people that are attracted to Holkham, the nature reserve and beach bring significant income to local businesses. We promote free community events like the preview of our annual summer season when everyone living in towns and villages is invited to a preview of the summer exhibition. We host a spectacular annual bonfire party and hog roast for all our staff, volunteers and tenants. Our building team maintain the church and occasionally step in to help local charities like Heritage House in Wells-next-the-Sea and the RNLI. We operate an estate discount scheme for our tenants and we give free season tickets and car parking passes to people living in Holkham village.

Holkham Charitable Foundation

Back in 1979, the 7th Earl of Leicester set up the Viscount Coke Charitable Fund to support and gain support for his philanthropic projects in the community, supporting local charities and elderly residents of the estate facing financial hardship.

Inherited by the current Earl of Leicester, the financial support Holkham has been able to generate for local charities and good causes has grown steadily in the last decade – totaling nearly half a million pounds. The fund has evolved in a slightly disjointed way, and so a new foundation, The Holkham Charitable Foundation, has been launched to become more transparent about the causes Holkham is able to support and to be more ambitious in the impact the estate can have.

The Holkham Charitable Foundation has inherited the legal status of the Viscount Coke Charitable Fund, as well as its charitable aims. This gives a sense of history and continuity, connecting the foundation to its roots.

Lord and Lady Leicester have launched the foundation with a generous £100,000. Their wish is for the Charitable Foundation to make a noticeable, positive impact to causes that can be accessed widely in our communities or to help disadvantaged groups in the NR23 and PE31 areas. This is to be achieved by supporting small local charities, social enterprises, voluntary groups, not-for-profit organisations, clubs, societies, and schools.

In parallel to this strong local focus, the foundation will continue Holkham’s long-running support for these specific causes, close to the family’s hearts:

  • Wildlife and Conservation
  • Historic Buildings
  • Injured members of the Armed Forces
  • Caring for the Elderly

To Apply: Applications for grants should be made for the attention of The Trustees of the Holkham Charitable Foundation and should be sent by post to the Holkham Estate Office.

Please click here to download the Grant Making Policy for more information on eligibility and how to apply. (PDF)

Raffle Prizes and Small Donations

The Holkham Estate regularly supports local charities, schools, and businesses with raffle prizes, such as family tickets to Holkham attractions.

If you wish to apply for a small donation or raffle prize, please write to us at Holkham Marketing Department, Holkham Estate Office, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB or send an email to marketing@holkham.co.uk.

Please note, we are only able to offer raffle prizes to schools and causes within a 20-mile radius of Holkham, and to those that tie in with our charity policy outlined above.

Events and Sponsorship

We are often contacted by organisations who would like to use the Holkham Estate to stage charitable events. Holkham park is suitable for a wide range of outdoor events and activities such as walks, runs, swims and cycles, as well as concerts and fairs. The hall is suitable for small concerts, recitals and talks, as well as receptions and dinners, as is our dedicated events venue, The Lady Elizabeth Wing which has a much larger capacity.

If you would like to hold an event at Holkham, please write to Sales Manager, Belle Hutton with plenty of advance warning, at b.hutton@holkham.co.uk.

Holkham sponsors several events each year, particularly those taking place on the Estate. Please contact Holkham Estate Office for sponsorship requests.

Go Help

In 2020 Holkham launched Go Help in recognition of the contribution an employee volunteering scheme can make to the community, allowing staff to ‘give something back’ whilst at the same time providing development opportunities for individuals. A Go Help body was elected to work alongside the Holkham Charitable Foundation, with an aim of guiding the support Holkham provides. What will follow is that every member of staff will be able to take up to one day per year to partake in ‘Go Help’ volunteering in order to support our local community and causes. The ‘Helping Hands for Hungry Heroes’ was the first example of what a positive difference this type of work can deliver. We look forward to sharing more projects and activities as the programme develops.

Education

Education and learning is a feature of all that we do at Holkham. We aim to share all we can offer on the estate with schools and to make visits relevant, not only from an educational perspective, but also for school children to experience a little bit of history and to understand the workings of a traditional country estate that has had to adapt with the times. Click here to find out more.

In addition to curriculum-based activities that we arrange for schools, we try to ensure that every event or activity has an educational angle, so the Education Team feature in our seasonal events such as Easter and Halloween, at Open Farm Sunday and the Holkham Country Fair. The team also creates a variety of specific interest workshops and talks for a wide age range and audience.