The transformation of the former stables and pottery buildings at Holkham has created new and improved facilities for visitors to the hall and park

Planning & Development

Visitor Facilities

The major transformation of the former stables at Holkham has created exciting, new and improved facilities for visitors to the hall and park, opening late March 2016. Working with one of the UK’s leading names, Hopkins Architects, the project has created many new features.

The redevelopment now offers a new café which has doubled the amount of indoor seating as the former café was no longer able to accommodate the number of visitors coming to Holkham park, which is estimated to have risen by more than 50% over the past four years.

A larger shop with a spectacular glass frontage looking out onto the cobbled courtyard, has extended the opportunities to showcase the local suppliers and producers who provide most of the gifts and items for sale in the shop.

The courtyard has also made way for the brand new Field to Fork Experience, offering visitors the opportunity to discover the estate’s unique agricultural heritage. The interactive exhibition, designed by Drinkall Dean, has become the focal point of the estate’s education programme. The aim of the exhibition is to show how the land is linked to food production and explores themes of nutrition and cookery, which are increasingly relevant to young people.

Summer 2016 has seen the completion of the conversion of the former pottery into an indoor events facility which has created a space capable of seating over 250. The Lady Elizabeth Wing will enable the estate to host weddings and corporate events, which will extend the visitor season beyond the busy summer months and support local accommodation providers in low season.

Thursday 18th May 2017
The visitor facilities project has been awarded a prestigious RIBA East Award as well as the RIBA East Conservation Award. To find out more click here.

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