Holkham to reopen in style
Following the successful, careful and phased reopening of Lady Anne’s Drive at Holkham and the car park and Beach Café as a takeaway at Wells-next-the-Sea, Holkham will reopen the majority of its much-loved attractions on Saturday 4th July.
Behind the scenes, the team has been busy preparing the grounds and visitor experiences to ensure an impressive and warm welcome back to everyone this summer. In addition to new enhancements to the Walled Garden and suitably re-named Holkham Stories Experience, visitors will also be able enjoy Feast in the Park, which will consist of a beverage and ice-cream offering during the week, with a greater offering of fabulous local food and drink concessions at weekends. Scrumptious takeaway options for lunch, and supper on selected evenings, will include tasty creations from The Vic’s Belted Beef Bar, Fat Teds, The Bucket List, The Cabin, The Village Van, Food Dude, Duck Truck, Woodland Pizza, Mooshakers, Cuppa Jo’s, Dann’s Farm Ice Creams and an outside bar from none other than Adnams, with more partners to be confirmed. With views out over the lake and historic parkland, who could ask for a better spot to dine outside?
Gardening enthusiasts will be keen to visit the newly designed and planted Square Two in the Walled Garden – titled The Ornamental Garden. The new formal planting and colourful displays perfectly complement the historic conservation and newly cast bell of the Thomas Messenger Building.
Appreciators of heritage will enjoy the new rooms and additions to the Holkham Stories Experience (formerly named Field to Fork), whilst the active amongst us will relish the opportunity to hire cycles and explore the park and country lanes, test our head for heights on the high ropes course and give children the chance to explore the Woodland Play Area.
The Courtyard Gift Shop will also reopen on 4th July, together with a newly created Discovery Trail for children and mapping for those exploring by foot or pedal. The opening of the Courtyard Café will hopefully follow in the coming weeks, whilst the hall will remain closed until further notice. Down at the beach, The Lookout, enviably positioned on the Holkham National Nature Reserve, will also reopen in early July offering takeaway options together with some of the best, and nature-rich, views in the country.
Plus, those wishing to stay longer than a day will be keen to keep up-to-date with the reopening plans of The Victoria Inn, which is due to open mid-July, and also Pinewoods Holiday Park - which opens to caravan owners on 4th July, then following with the reopening of their hire fleet from 13th July and caravan or motorhome touring site from 22nd July (both with reduced capacity).
As managing director, Peter Mitchell, explains, “The 4th July feels like a significant turning point for tourism, and our team at Holkham has been working hard to ensure that we can reopen safely, yet with confidence. We have focused our efforts on creating a revised proposition for visitors – one that feels suitable to our new climate and makes the most of our big, open spaces. I look forward to seeing the park come alive once more with people enjoying everything Holkham has to offer.”
Whilst the opportunity to get out and explore the wide, open expanses and unique attractions that somewhere such as Holkham provides is exciting and the perfect tonic after months of lockdown, visitors can rest assured Holkham has their safety as a priority. The necessary risk assessments and additional special measures have been put in place to help keep visitors, staff and the local community safe: Holkham Park will be a cashless site, welcoming only card-based transactions, with contactless preferred; visitors will be encouraged to keep clean with the provision of hand sanitising stations at key touch points; toilets will undergo deeper cleaning regimes and signage guidance has been installed to aid and maintain social distancing.
There is no doubt that the 4th July is an important date for many businesses, and one from which visitors to Holkham will be guaranteed an exciting, yet safe, experience delivered with the warm and friendly welcome Holkham is renowned for.