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What to do in Holt?

In Holt:
Eating out: we are asked this question regularly, and our usual answer is - we are spoilt for choice. Here is a list of a few suggestions:
- Kings Head in Holt owned by the same people who run Byfords. Stake house has just been opened, looks very nice;
- Byfords in Holt - very posh and very tasty;
- Wine bar Balthazars in Holt (read glowing reviews here) It is a very cosy place to just pop in;
- Butlers in Holt. This is my personal favorite, and it is a very short walk away;
- The Lawns Hotel in Holt. Nice bar there;
- Indian restaurant "Taste of India" The restaurant seems to be always full, but I cannot offer any comment, as I have not been there for a very long while;
- Chinese takeaway "Sunny" - very nice.

Shopping: again, we are spoilt for choice here. One of the most commended shops is Bakers and Larners (known as Norfolk Harrods). There are many other attractive shops in Holt, be that fashion (our favourite is Oola Boola on the High Street), galleries, antiques and many other kinds.

Others worth noting: Holt steam train and friendly low-cost cycle hire.

Outside of Holt

Just across the road there is Spouts Common with a small stream, and a peaceful walk to Leatheringsett village, (~1.5miles), where there is superbly recently refurbished Kings Head family pub (do book places in advance, as it is very popular).  The Pigs in Edgefield is another popular option (less than 5 minutes drive away). They won Country Pub of the Year 2010.
To the south there is Holt Country Park, with large stretches of wood, and a couple of small ponds and a great children's playground. 

Drive away:
Cley (Fish Smokery and Groceries)
as well as art galleries and a wind swept pebble beach is 5 miles away,
Morston with seal trips to Blakeney Point is 10 miles away,
Holkham beach and estate is 15 miles away,
Cromer pier
is 10 miles away,
Blickling Hall
(National Trust) is 10 miles away,
is 6 miles away, where they serve sea food platters at Cookie's Crab Shop, (this place should be kept a secret, really, because it is so good).
Norfolk Broads
20 miles away,
Sheringham Golf Club and  Sheringham Park with superb rhododendron display in early summer and cycle hire are 8 miles away, 
Sandringham estate is 18 miles away,
Norwich is 21 miles away,
Swimming pool and Gym, £5 per person is 10 minutes away by car,
Splash Tropical leisure family swimming pool with slides and wave machine is 8 miles away in Sheringham
Walsingham Shrine,  an interdenominational world-famous place of religious pilgrimage is 10 minutes drive /> Award winning Back To The Garden farm shop is a charming place to get some locally produced goodies.
Berber interiors -  a new and very stylish shop featuring premium decor items of Moroccan design is 2 miles away.