Treasures and Trophies

Posted: March 16th 2018

by Joanne Lewis, Marketing Assistant, with help from Lucy Purvis, Holkham Archivist

The year is 1712 and a young, impressionable Thomas Coke, heir to a great fortune, leaves Holkham to gunfire and a fanfare to set off on his grand tour of epic proportions. Where did he go and what did he see? More importantly, what was an 18th century Grand Tour?

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The Start of a New Season

Posted: March 16th 2018

by Alex Walpole, Beach Café Supervisor

After a cold winter and a snowy start to spring, we are all looking forward to a warm (fingers crossed) and exciting season. There haven’t been too many obvious changes to the Beach Café this year, but for those of you who have not been able visit us over the last 14 months, we did have a renovation in January 2017. It has received a lot of positive comments and we at the café love it as we feel it reflects the quirkiness and brightness that Wells-next-the-Sea has to offer. Do not worry, the fire place is still in full working use!

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Winter to Spring in the Walled Garden

Posted: March 06th 2018

by Dene Wood, Head Gardener

Winter was cold and it was wet, but we were busier than ever. They say you ‘should make hay whilst the sun shines’, but we couldn’t wait for mere astronomical events! We didn’t have the time. With spring upon us, we will be opening the gates to visitors for another season, we aim to make the gardens better each year so we hope you will join us to see for yourself.

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Spring Clean of Holkham Hall

Posted: February 16th 2018

by Jo Lewis, Marketing Assistant

Behind the scenes in Holkham Hall, runs a well-oiled machine which keeps the hall looking its best. Each year, Holkham’s team of housekeepers and housemen, undertake a deep spring clean prior to the start of the visitor season.

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The Elusive Cherry Cracker

Posted: January 16th 2018

by Andy Bloomfield, Reserve Warden, Holkham National Nature Reserve

Despite being a cold and unsettled period of the year with shorter daytime hours the winter can provide the avid naturalist with much to enthuse. Ordinarily, vast flocks of geese and wildfowl provide an over awing spectacle on the grazing marshes of the reserve yet at present our numbers seem well down on past years, a reflection of the mild autumn and early winter. There is, however, plenty of other sights to keep the enthusiasm levels up. One very elusive species in particular, the Hawfinch, is worthy of note at Holkham and I have been lucky enough to encounter it whilst doing routine work out and about on the reserve.

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