Holt Hall: 70-years of school trips and more
- Credit: Archant Library
Holt Hall has been providing outdoor education day and overnight trips to youngsters from Norfolk and beyond for 70-years.
The Grade II listed Victorian country house, located to the north of Holt in north Norfolk, boasts 75-acres of woodland, lakes and gardens.
The hall was purchased by Norfolk County Council in 1947.
Three years later it became the first residential co-educational school to be opened by an education authority in England, with the first coach-load of pupils arriving on April 17, 1950.
At the time, this newspaper reported: “Yesterday Holt Hall welcomed the first pupils of a new type of school – the only school of its kind in the country.
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“The aim is to make the children self-reliant and they will be encouraged to do as much as possible for themselves and for each other”.
Since then, the facility has provided residential stays and day visits for schools, public events, holiday activities for families and camping.
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