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Population: 3,550

Nearby Towns: Cromer, Fakenham, Sheringham

Modern day Holt was shaped in 1708 when a fire destroyed most of the medieval town, and saw it replaced by the Georgian street scene that is part of its charm today.

Its famous independent school Gresham’s dates back even further to 1555, and boasts former pupils ranging from composer Benjamin Britten to bagless vacuum cleaner inventor Sir James Dyson

The town is a Mecca for shoppers due to its range of independent traders including department store Bakers and Larners.

On its doorstep is Holt Country Park and one end of the North Norfolk Railway heritage railway line.

An award-winning country park in north Norfolk has been closed on police advice due to the numbers of people driving there, despite the coronavirus outbreak.

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It was almost 60 years ago to the day that Pat and Brian Cottrell strode arms in arm out of the doors of Saxthorpe church after saying their vows.

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Holt Festival has been cancelled due to the government’s social-distancing order during the coronavirus outbreak.

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A steam engine escorted George Cushing’s coffin through Holt to the church as last respects were paid to a giant of sport in the region.

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The funeral of Holt Rugby club founder George Cushing will still go-ahead on Wednesday, March 18, despite the coronavirus outbreak.

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A chef who grew up and trained in Norfolk and has already had a “whirlwind” career is in the running for a national prize.

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A housing development in north Norfolk is going full steam ahead with the next phase of sales soon to start.

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An exquisitely illustrated children’s book by Norfolk artist Fiona French has been 40 years in the making

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A new play area at a country park includes a modern zip line, bug see-saw, and three different swings.

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A visitor to Holt library stole a purse containing cash.

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Controversial plans to build a new school and more than 100 homes in north Norfolk blasted as “detrimental” by an MP have been refused by councillors.

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Experts from Antiques Road Trip visited north Norfolk for their latest series.

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A prominent listed building in the centre of Holt could be converted into seven flats.

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A much-missed restaurant could be heading back to a north Norfolk town.

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Demand for seats on a heritage railway’s first-ever Norfolk Lights Express has soared with 10 further trains being added.

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Measures to combat vandalism at toilets in a north Norfolk town will be discussed by councillors.

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An award-winning youth project is fighting for survival and needs to raise £58,000 annually for the next three years.

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Bosses at a north Norfolk rugby club are hoping that interest in the World Cup will inspire youngsters to become the Ben Youngs of the future.

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The national Pig Farmer of the Year title has come to Norfolk for the second year running – but what does it take to become a champion pork producer? CHRIS HILL reports.

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The sixth Holt 1940s weekend last month raised a profit of more than £3,000 and cheques have been presented to Holt Women’s Institute and Community Centre.

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An all-conquering north Norfolk farmer has been crowned supreme barley champion by his club for an unprecedented third year in a row.

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The national Pig Farmer of the Year trophy has been brought back to Norfolk for the second time in two years.

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John Bradburne was the son of Cawston Anglican vicar Thomas Bradburne, and as a youth spent time there and at Gresham’s School in Holt, where he was very happy.

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Plans for a new care home which would create 60 jobs were turned down despite it being dubbed a ‘golden opportunity’ to kick-start a commercial development.

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Developers are trying to force a council into paying for a new school site as part of a 110-home development, a resident has claimed.

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The style, culture and character of the wartime era will again be celebrated as north Norfolk steps back in time for the annual 1940s weekend in Holt and Sheringham.

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A Spitfire memorial project in north Norfolk won’t now be completed until next spring.

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Students and staff across north Norfolk are celebrating excellent A-level results.

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The Georgian town of Holt was set alight by performers and musicians, with art exhibitions and literary events also drawing in the crowds, at the annual festival.

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A family-friendly café is set to open in Holt, offering cooking, music and gardening groups for young children, their families and the community.

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New plans have been drawn up for a 66-bed care home for older people in Holt.

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It’s one of the hottest July days on record in Norfolk, and now there are reports that tarmac is melting.

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A South African artist, now based in north Norfolk, won Holt Festival’s Sir John Hurt Art Prize and a cheque for £1,750.

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A burst water main that was causing problems for families in Holt has been fixed.

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There was only one topic of conversation in Holt on Monday, July 22, and that was the sad death of one of its most prominent citizens, Michael Baker.

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A north Norfolk man will be tackling the second of the seven mountains he has pledged to climb when he heads for Europe’s highest peak.

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Being legendary actor Sir John Hurt’s widow never allowed Anwen, Lady Hurt much time to grieve in private after he died.

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There were a lot of tears but also smiles as a D-Day veteran relived some of the happiest times of his Second World War service.

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Gallery artists were asked to produce works inspired by their response to Blickling Hall, and the results comprise a new exhibition in Holt.

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Two underused areas in a north Norfolk town have been earmarked as possible sites for new recreational facilities.

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An award-winning Norfolk youth project has been awarded National Lottery funding of £333,593 over three years.

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Time is running out for artists to enter one of the East of England’s top competitions, the Holt Festival Sir John Hurt Art Prize.

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A new tearoom at Holt Country Park comes after public feedback made it clear that a café was the addition people wanted.

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The new mayor of Holt has been the official photographer for the town’s festival for 11 years.

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Former Holt mayor Duncan Baker was appointed Group Leader of the Conservative Party at the first meeting of the new council at North Norfolk District Council.

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Thousands of pounds worth of damage has been caused to a Norfolk church by vandals.

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Classic Fiat 500s are renowned for putting smiles on people’s faces and they are doing the trick in Holt town centre today.

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Revised plans for a 110-home development in a Norfolk town plus two hectares of safeguarded land for a new primary school have been submitted.

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A Norfolk family whose daughter suffers from a skin blistering condition were VIP guests of Falklands war veteran Simon Weston on his UK motivational speaking tour.

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Tributes have been paid to a former Norfolk publican, who has died at the age of 96.

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The full programme for the 11th Holt Festival, north Norfolk’s award-winning, international feast of the arts has been announced.

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Entries are now being sought for one of the east of England’s top art prizes.

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A post office and store that were ram-raided are rising from the ashes just in time to celebrate 50 years being run by the same family.

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An award-winning Norfolk youth project has gone “back to the future” and is being run by its home town once more.

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Twenty-two new homes including 12 affordable are being built in a north Norfolk village.

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A well-known speaker, judge and photographer shared his tips on technical details with members of North Norfolk Photographic Society.

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Two long-standing businesses are leaving Holt town centre for different reasons.

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