day out with thomas 2019

North Norfolk Railway – Day Out with Thomas

Over the weekend you’ll get a chance to have a ride behind a real steam engine, shake the hand of the Fat Controller and explore a range of Thomas related activities at the specially transformed Imagination Station.

Come along and explore all of our stations during your Day Out with Thomas, why not start off with a ride behind Percy in Irene, travel behind one of the Fat Controllers Very Useful Engines and ride behind Thomas himself at Holt! You can enjoy your Thomas rides as well as other activities including the Imagination Station,  but the fun doesn’t end there! You can travel on our trains all day and visit our stations as many times as you wish. There’s so much to see, hear and experience at a Day Out With Thomas.

Holt Bookshop

George Szirtes at The Holt Bookshop



George Szirtes at The Holt Bookshop on Friday, April 26th, at 6.30pm…….

In July 1975, Magda Szirtes, mother of the award winning poet George Szirtes, died in the ambulance on the way to hospital after trying to take her own life.  She was 51.

This moving biography recounts her exile in England, her flight with her husband and two young boys from Hungary in 1956, and her time in two concentration camps.  It also describes her girlhood as an ambitious photographer and the unknowable fate of her vanished family in Transylvania.

This is Holt

Welcome to Holt

Holt an Independent Town

Why choose Holt? Well, the town of Holt is one of the finest independent retail centres in East Anglia. It’s close proximity to the stunningly beautiful North Norfolk Coast and Countryside makes it the perfect location for a wonderful day out and an ideal base to stay. The majority of the 200 shops and business services in Holt are independently owned and the sense of pride within it’s close knit community is a constant attraction to visitors.

The town centre is beautifully compact and contains some fine Georgian buildings. A disastrous fire in 1708 wiped away all the wooden mediaeval market stalls so the shops off the Market Place remain to this day at strange angles occupying their original footprint.

Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker …. Yes! There all here! You will need to spend time discovering all the yards and alleyways that lead off the vibrant Market Place and High Street for they house a surprising number of speciality shops. Holt is a cultural town too and if your interest is for Antiques, Books and Art Galleries, you will certainly be spoilt for choice!

Holt Owl TrailWhile visiting Holt, you may like to make time to visit the Holt Owl Trail. You can follow the trail by picking up a free copy of the guide which is available in many of the businesses and the tourist information centre in Holt, or you can go on line and visit the Holt Owl Trail website,

A very warm welcome awaits you.

We would like to thank the following people for allowing to use their photographs
Valerie & Bernard Dawson
Rodney Smith @Photographers Gallery

Bircham Gallery Exhibitions – Chris Harrison – Paintings & Photographs

Chris Harrison, born in Great Yarmouth in 1953, studied Art & History of Art at Reading University. After a career teaching art, history of art and photography Chris went on to become a full-time painter and then from 1998 to run the Bircham Gallery.

Chris is inspired by a desire to capture moments when the beauty of the natural world seems to be intensified, often through the close study of incidental, easily overlooked subject matter. He looks for the play of light and shade on different surfaces and textures, the interaction of man’s activity with natural processes, the brilliance and subtleties of colour, and the abstract qualities of underlying structure.

‘The paintings are all made in the studio. A typical working day would begin by laying out materials to use – ranging from a gesso panel to work on, paints, brushes and tools, fillers and mediums, different papers, boards, sand, grit and other textural materials. The process is then very intuitive. There will be a fair bit of layering, cutting, sanding back and re-working, with each stage leaving its mark until the final image emerges. Where to stop? Never an easy one – when and if the painting has acquired what I can only call an iconic value.’

“My photographs are a way of investigating the nature of things, of trying to discover the miraculous that lies everywhere within the ordinary. A day out with the camera can be filled with either excitement or disappointment,
depending on how tuned in I am to see what is all around. Back in the studio, I’ll work on the images, editing them until they reflect something of those moments of excitement.”

All the images are produced using archival materials – Epson Ultrachrome K3 inks printed onto 100% cotton rag papers – that are guaranteed to last without perceptible fading.

Curious Cooks – Byford’s Christmas Hamper

Byford’s most popular evening join us for a night of festive fun which will include Christmas morning cinnamon rolls, Butter beer and more.

£27.50 per ticket (£25 for Norfolk Passport holders) includes demonstration, tasters, recipe sheets, 2 course meal + coffee. To book please call Byfords reception on 01263 711400