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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.

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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A flagship business in a north Norfolk town could be getting an extension.

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An historic house has been restored to its former glory to become a Norfolk town's new tourist information centre (TIC).

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Punk princess Toyah and music legend Georgie Fame are among the first highlights announced for the Holt Festival 2019.

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A Norfolk schoolboy was praised by Prince Charles who presented him with a top prize for his skill in speaking from the Book of Common Prayer.

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Thousands of pounds worth of tools and a trailer were stolen from a construction firm in north Norfolk.

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Moorhens in aerial combat is one of the photographs picking up plaudits in a cup competition.

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A man was spat at through a car window in a road-rage incident.

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Revised plans for 52 new homes in Holt have met with online opposition from the town council.

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The Conservative's prospective parliamentary candidate for North Norfolk at the next general election, Duncan Baker, has been setting out his priorities and laying down his marker. The man he will most probably have to beat to become the MP is Lib Dem Norman Lamb, who has been in office since 2001, and will take some beating. Reporter DAVID BALE spoke to them both...

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More than two dozen cockerels were heartlessly dumped by the side of the road in Kelling, near Holt.

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An award-winning chamber music group will be trying out the new Fishmongers' Recital Hall at Gresham's School, which has been crafted with the highest acoustic specifications in mind.

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The topic of women bishops is again a talking point after a Holt rector said he was against a female replacing the retiring Bishop of Norwich.

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Interactive events at Holt Country Park will keep the children occupied over the half-term holidays.

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Radioactive material has been found at a derelict barn where military equipment was stored in north Norfolk.

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A dementia group has reached a new milestone after becoming a registered charity, which means it can now benefit from a variety of tax reliefs.

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Police are renewing an appeal for information after a tea room in Holt was broken into.

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The Stody classic vehicles day is returning to north Norfolk by popular demand.

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Thieves smashed a window to break into a tea room in Holt and stole about £200 from inside.

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A Norfolk-based food hall has been named as one of the finalists in the Guild of Fine Food's annual Shop of the Year awards.

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Stunning images of Holt Country Park have already won prizes in a photography competition.

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Fire crews were called to a blaze at a private property in Holt today.

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Desperate people at a food bank were given a cash boost by a Norfolk rotary club.

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Gresham's Girls have recorded a third single, Christmas Day with You, to help raise money for school charities.

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Music lovers who enjoyed a night of Northern soul have helped a little boy with a congenital heart defect.

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North Norfolk's C T Baker Group continues to be nominated and win awards.

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Fifteen organisations shared a £69,360 windfall as north Norfolk's largest social landlord announced its biggest ever grants round.

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A Norfolk couple who are house builders have won a national award at a ceremony likened to the 'Oscars of the construction industry.'

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A new First World War memorial stone at Gresham's school in Holt includes the names of 15 students and staff who were originally omitted.

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Updated Fire rips through flat in north Norfolk town

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Fire ripped through a flat in a Norfolk town this afternoon.

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Three life-size Tommy silhouettes have been installed in north Norfolk as part of the centenary commemorations of the end of the First World War.

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Break-in at house in Holt

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Burglars broke into a house in Holt, but it's unknown whether anything was taken.

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A concert featuring the Taverham Brass Band and the Vocalights Choir will be held at Cromer church.

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East Anglia Children's Hospices' (EACH) nook appeal has received a boost of £3,310.45, thanks to Cawston Triples League and Reepham Nomads Bowling Club.

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A 15t Christmas tree and a log fire will greets visitors at the Holt Hall festive fair.

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Norfolk solicitors Hayes and Storr have raised more than £1350 for cancer charities through a series of events including a golf day in Cromer, a coastal hike from Wells to Hunstanton and a coffee morning in Holt.

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A controversial proposal to build four huge silos within 30 metres of a country park has been withdrawn.

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A trio of siblings has organised a fundraising extravaganza to raise money for a trailer trike, so they can go out as a family with their little sister, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy.

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It was a match made at sea for newly-married Sheringham lifeboat crew member Paul Harding, whose bride is a local Coastguard who accepted his proposal on board a two-man kayak in Italy.

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A businessman who lost thousands of pounds worth of designer menswear when his shop was broken into has thanked the community for rallying round to support him.

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Environmental chiefs are working with nature to protect Norfolk's communities from the damage caused by flooding.

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Neighbouring businesses have spoken of their shock after a concrete block was used to break into a menswear shop in Holt.

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Thieves used a stolen car to escape with thousands of pounds worth of designer menswear from a shop in Holt.

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A new application for more than 100 homes on the edge of Holt has the added bonus of providing land for a new primary school.

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Members of the public are urged to nominate the community heroes who have made a difference in north Norfolk.

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An MP will talk about the Holt he knows and loves as part of an interview series.

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A school bus was held up at roadworks by contractors who had been told to let it through, making many of the pupils on board late for their first day.

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A regional accountancy and business advice firm has welcomed its newest cohort of trainees.

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A special exhibition celebrates the contributions that students at one of Norfolk's most famous public schools have made in the field of design, engineering and the arts in the 20th century.

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The fourth Holt 1940s Weekend, which is part of North Norfolk Railway's (NNR) popular attraction, is set to be the best yet.

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North Norfolk has become the full-time home of two of the fabulous GoGoHares that have taken the region by storm.

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