Covering the coast, Burnham Market, Wells, Holt & surrounding villages

Child’s play

30th November 2021

Holt caters to all ages, with a wealth of things for children to do, says Harriet Cooper

Young and old alike will enjoy the Owl Trail, designed to take visitors on a circular tour of the town using 24 bronze pavement plaques, which are numbered and bear the name of each specific location. A free illustrated guide accompanies the trail, packed full of anecdotes and fascinating facts. 

History lesson over, head to Doodle Pots on New Street, a fun and friendly pottery painting studio open to all ages and abilities. The team also specialises in capturing hand and footprints with paint or clay, making truly unique gifts with the littlest painters. 

Afterwards, let them run off steam at Holt Country Park. Set in 100 acres of mixed woodland and a Green Flag award winner, the Park is criss-crossed with waymarked walks. 

They run fun outdoor events for families during the year – keep an eye on their Facebook page for details.

The Norfolk Lights Express © Steve Allen – North Norfolk Railway

Hop aboard the magical Norfolk Lights Express, a traditional steam train adorned with twinkling fairy lights, that will take you through the countryside from Sheringham to Holt. £18 per person. Under 3s travel free.

When: until Monday 3 January 2022, advance booking essential.

No guide to Holt would be complete without Gresham’s. Founded in 1555, the boarding and day school provides a fully rounded education to boys and girls from the age of two to 18. The school is set on a 200-acre site in town, and in September saw the opening of the Dyson Building, the innovative new centre for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education enabled by Sir James Dyson, a former pupil at the school.

Details correct at the time of going to press.