Norfolk painter Brian Lewis will be at The Holt Bookshop on Saturday, May 17th, between 11am and 1pm…….

Come and meet Norfolk painter Brian Lewis who will be signing copies of his book Blue Skies and Boat Trips at The Holt Bookshop between 11am and 1pm on Saturday May 17th.

The book comprises superb paintings of Cromer, Sheringham, Cley, Blakeney, Morston, Wells, King’s Lynn, Norwich, Holt, Fakenham and more.

Brian Lewis was born in 1947 and moved to Norfolk in 1981.  He lives and works in a bright yellow converted church hall in Sheringham called Bees Hall, where he paints largely Norfolk scenes using acrylic on board.
This is his first book, which highlights the work of the past 20 years.

Fourth Major one man exhibition for Ian Mcmanus

Picturecraft gallery are delighted to host the fourth major one man exhibition for Ian Mcmanus.


Ian McManus AIEA is rapidly becoming one of East Anglia’s finest exponents in the medium of watercolour. He recently had his work pre-selected for the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour (RI) and has been awarded associate membership of the Institute of East Anglian Artists (IEA). Ian also won the Ruth Hill Memorial Award for the finest painting at the first IEA open exhibition in March 2013. Having exhibited original work successfully for three annual major one-man exhibitions at the Picturecraft Gallery, Ian has now prepared over 50 new watercolour paintings for release this year.

Ian’s work has developed an immediacy of style through applying paint  directly to the paper without overlays of washes normally associated with watercolour painting. Ian believes this gives each finished painting a transparency and a freedom of expression. “It’s a continual learning experience, but is incredibly rewarding when it all comes together and you finish a painting that you are happy with.”

Of particular note are Ian’s paintings that convey bustling street scenes where dramatic effects of light and shade are enhanced by his confidence to incorporate complex figurative studies. Ian unashamedly confesses to have been greatly influenced by some of the finest Impressionists Painters, and holds particular high regard for Edward Seago, Edward Wesson and John Yardley.

The exhibition will open at 3pm on the 16th of May and will continue until the 21st. 9:00am-5:00pm daily (Sunday 18th 11:00am – 4:00pm only)

17th Poetry-next-the-Sea Festival

The Holt Bookshop is delighted to be providing books for the 17th Poetry-next-the-Sea Festival which runs from Friday, May 9th to Sunday, May 11th.

The underlying theme of the festival, which is being held at The Maltings, Straith Street, Wells-next-the-Sea, is the commemoration of the centenary of the First World War.

Among this year’s contributors are former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion.

For details of the festival please visit

Bircham Gallery Exhibition

3 May – 4 June 2014

Leigh Davis / Barry Stedman ›

Paintings by Leigh Davis, Ceramics by Barry Stedman

Easter Sports Camps

Easter Sports Camps taking place at Gresham’s which are open to children between the ages of 5-14 years from 7th – 17th April 2014

Gill Sports deliver a variety of sports camps during the Easter and Summer holidays at Gresham’s. The camps are run under the expert leadership of Darren Gill, who has been organising and running sports courses for children for the past 20 years. Each year they have been instrumental in helping thousands of children enjoy a range of different sports.

Set in the picturesque and safe grounds of Gresham’s Senior and Prep Schools, the day camps offer a range of sporting activities suitable for children aged 5-16. Choose daily from a wide range of sporting activities from football, tennis, cricket and athletics. Whether you fancy yourself as a budding Andy Murray or Lionel Messi, or just like the idea of meeting new friends and having some fun, these courses have something for everyone! All courses include sporting equipment and coaching.

Holt’s Huge Howl Needs You!

On 22 March 2014 from 8.00am to 9.00 am Holt High Street will be closed to stage the first ever Holt’s Huge Howl.  Anyone who lives, works, studies, or plays in the Holt area is invited to join the biggest choir Holt has ever seen led by Tom Appleton.

HoltsHugeHowlRehearsal_Feb2014Tom Appleton has lots of experience of running choirs; he is the Guest Conductor of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Musical Director of the King’s Lynn Festival Chorus and the new Music Outreach Director at Gresham’s School in Holt.  Tom said, “Singing is something everyone can do whatever your age or ability.  This is a unique opportunity to bring the local community together for the first time to sing the town’s praises, meet new people and most importantly have fun.  So let’s all ‘Howl for Holt’!”

In 1964, ‘Beatlemania’ was at its height. The Beatles wrote some of their most iconic and well known, pop songs of the 20th Century and to celebrate 50 years of John, Paul, Ringo, and George, Tom thought it would be a great idea to get the local community together to sing some of their best known numbers.  The songs which the choir will sing will include Hey Jude, Imagine and With A Little Help From My Friends.

Tom is looking forward to working with as many local people as possible, whatever age or ability and developing a huge choir for Holt.  Open rehearsals will take place leading up to the event.

If you have any questions about the choir or you would like further information, please email or visit for details of all the rehearsal dates.

Collections will be taken on the day with all donations being given to one of Holt’s local charities, The Holt Youth Project.