This town owes its distinctive architecture to the Great Fire of Holt, which tore through the majority of its medieval foundations in the space of just three hours in 1708. Fortunately this was followed by the large scale Georgian reconstruction which makes the labyrinth of streets so attractive to visitors today. The town has come a long way from its entry in the Domesday Book, at which time it boasted 90 adult males, 60 pigs, 1 carthorse, 5 mills and a market.
Holt has several antiques shops in the town that are well worth exploring don’t miss Richard Scott Antiques on the High Street. As you wander round do pop in you might just stumble on a treasured find.
Another draw to the town are the variety of art galleries, ranging from the Red Dot Gallery with its eclectic collection of contemporary work to Bircham Gallery, Jeremy Barlow Fine Art and Adrian Hill, a gallery held in great local affection.
Driftwood Glass Studio, situated in the cosy Feathers Yard near Holt town centre, is home to two young entrepreneurs, Rose and Keiran, who specialise in the on-site design, manufacture and sale of a variety of original glass products and original artwork.
Rose studied Glass and Ceramics, specialising in Architectural Glass at the National Glass Centre, whilst Keiran studied Photography and Digital imaging. Together their knowledge of glass and design allows them to create beautiful bespoke pieces of fused and stained glass inspired by the North Norfolk coastline and countryside, using vibrant colours and textures.
This is fully complemented by Keiran’s selection of his original artwork featuring local scenes.
Whether you are seeking an original souvenir, such as a Fused Glass coaster or are looking to commission a larger bespoke piece of Stained Glass to grace your home, Rose and Keiran will be happy to advise you, so do visit or call.
The Studio offers you the opportunity to have a go at making either fused or stained glass under the guidance of both Rose and Keiran. Regular courses are offered to both children and adults, though sampler sessions may be possible on spec.
Are stockists of beautiful and stylish wax, tweed and fur clothing with sumptuous accessories and footwear. They hold extensive ranges of modern tailoring that retain a strong commitment to classic British heritage. Stockists of a large range of popular British and European labels such as Aigle, Barbour, Belstaff, Matchless, Bonart of Onley, Cirrus, Chrysalis, Dents, Dubarry of Ireland, John Smedley, Ilse Jacobsen, Really Wild, Stetson and Stones. Above all, Morston Town & Country offer you understated luxury.
Another draw to the town is Bakers & Larners the biggest department store outside Norwich.
Just outside Holt in Letheringsett not only has an extensive range of local produce but if the weather is warm we highly recommend the cafe at the back of the barn set in a flower garden, it is very calming and a great place to kick back.
If you have a property to let in the region then The Norfolk Cottage Company like to do things differently.
They are small enough to give individuals attention, but large enough to ensure a great level of bookings by quietly focusing on the details. Little touches that make your property stand out – and they have the experience to get these right time after time.
A skilled photography and media team capture the unique characteristics of your property forming the basis of the presentations within their brochures and websites. Why not visit their office in Holt?
Established in 1988, Bircham Gallery is situated on the Market Place in the delightful Georgian town of Holt. Owned by Christopher and Deborah Harrison, the gallery has developed an enviable reputation for exhibiting the best of modern and contemporary British art from East Anglia and beyond.
"Our focus is divided between encouraging talent among the current generation of emerging artists and showing the work of established artists, with equal commitment to both"
Max Tannahill is an established wood sculptor who carves unique fish and other creatures from the plentiful supply of driftwood gleaned from the shoreline and estuaries nearby.
Lynn Muir is a Cornish artist. Her workshop which overlooks the Atlantic is an ideal location for collecting the driftwood with which she makes the painted driftwood figures. She uses saws and sanders to carve the figures. Each piece evolves in the making and sometimes ideas are found in the wood itself.
Richard Batterham is one of the most highly respected and admired potters of his generation and has been making pots, on his own, for 55 years.
His work has a wonderful, earthy and practical appeal, and should be used and held every day.