img_4891Georgian Holt, situated just four miles inland from our stunning coastline, has a unique blend of refreshingly independent stylish shops and small country town charm.

Why ‘Georgian’? The extensive Great Fire of Holt in 1708 sparked a rebuilding programme that has come to characterise the town. Although it’s perfectly possible to explore Holt by simply strolling around its compact centre, here is Our Norfolk’s top 5 things to see and do.

1.The pineapple-topped Obelisk

On the High Street, one of a pair of gateposts moved from the nearby estate of Melton Park (therefore all road distances are wrong! ). The other was given to Dereham and, in order to avoid assisting the enemy during an invasion, they flung theirs down a deep well! Holt whitewashed theirs, thus its good condition has been preserved.  It is the iconic emblem of The Holt Society. The neighbouring Lamp Post was given to the town during Queen Victoria’s Jubilee year of 1887. Originally situated in Market Place, its nickname is ‘Blind Sam’ as due to the town’s sporadic gas supply, it was often not illuminated. img_2995

2. The Methodist Chapel Gardens
It is opposite the entrance to Albert Street Car Park and a perfect place to enjoy a picnic lunch. Compile your own with bakery bits from Bull Street’s The Crusty Loaf, fruit from Crowes greengrocers virtually next door and deli delights from Byfords.

3. Spout Hills
A nature reserve for a relaxing stroll… Just yards off the High Street, a special place of streams, ponds, marsh orchids and wild mint. Walk past Obelisk Plain (see above) and continue right leaving the High Street. Immediately opposite, you’ll see a wide entrance with houses and cars parked. Cross the road, walk straight ahead, and Spout Hills will open up before you! You can read about Spout Hills, a High Street oasis in another Our Norfolk story online!

North Norfolk Railway, Our Norfolk, Holt4. North Norfolk Railway
The station setting and watching the train is as fun as the ride to Sheringham itself! Read Bruin’s railway adventure in his blog. A fifteen minute walk from town, follow the high street left around the war memorial, and the Post Office on the  left. Keep walking, past Gresham’s school and a wooded area.  The station will be found on your left.

5. Independent shops and galleries
Holt is well-known for its lovely boutiques and independent shops, and proud of it too. ‘Our Norfolk’ favourites include the High Street’s ‘Richard Scott Antiques’, an ‘institution’ of china, Lees Yard’s ‘The Red Dot Gallery’, because everything Colin does is simply ‘just so’ (he wrote a story for Our Norfolk –  ‘Apple inspired art‘ a few years ago). And Holt has a new addition: Tess Ainley gallery (November 2016).

For a good read, ask Miss Willey for their ‘newspaper’, ‘The Evening Star’! …And what’s your favourite shop and hideaway in Holt?

Our Norfolk, Top 5 ThingsDon’t miss:
Holt Christmas Lights
the town festooned with white fairy lights from end November till 12 January.
Holt Festival was in July and will be back next summer! 

…And did you spot Holt’s Lion?

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6 Responses to Top 5 things to do: Georgian Holt

  1. Jan Pettifer says:

    Fantastic way of keeping up to date on whats happening in and around the area. Lots of variety to suit all ages and interest – should be rolled out across the country. Many thanks, looking forward to yet another visit to Holt and surrounding area in late March.

    • ournorfolk says:

      Thank you Jan for getting in touch. We are persuing the notion here at Our Norfolk that content should come first, over adverts and an overtly commercial angle so it’s great to get feedback on how you find us online! Let us know what you get up to end of March and look out for our Easter edition of our weekly e-postcard which will feature the top 5 things to do this Easter! Sarah.

  2. Phil and Karen Davies says:

    I am disabled and use a wheelchair and a mobility scooter. We are staying there for a week in mid September. What is disabled access like?

  3. Andrew Hooper says:

    Ahh… Holt and Cromer and childhood memories of my grandparents (and their Norfolk accent) who lived there happily and shared their delight with us grandchildren. I must return soon, age and decay permitting. Does Richard Scott have a website for his wonderful shop? I’m still on the hunt for two particular Wedgwood items to complete my collection…

  4. Neal Marchetti says:

    Georgian Holt is an ideal place to visit for peaceful strolls, pleasant sightseeing, and overall, an awesome cultural holiday experience.

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