The small village of Holkham is next to the Earl of
Leicester’s estate Holkham Hall and Holkham National Nature Reserve. The
nature reserve is the biggest nature reserve in England incorporating
extensive salt marshes backed by corsican pines and grazing marshes.
The 10 mile stretch of Holkham sands known as the Holkham Meals, are in
summer a popular place for the family with its extensive golden sands on
which can be found at low tide, a number of pretty purple and orange
shells. At all other times of the year bird watchers congregate to
admire the huge flocks of winter migrating birds. On the Holkham Estate
is the Bygones Museum and nearby the Holkham Pottery and tea shop, and
also a large village inn.
Round the coast is Wells-Next-The-Sea where working fishing boats can be
seen on its small picturesque harbour front, here you will find a few
amusement arcades, lots of fish and chips and good general shops. A
single track train runs you down to the beach or you can walk along the
pretty causeway admiring the boats on the quayside. Stalls selling
local mussels, dressed crab, cockles and samphire are on the quay.
When Horatio Nelson was back in his home village of
Burnham Thorpe he wo/uld visit Thomas William Coke at Holkham
who would sign his pension forms.
oscar winning film Shakespeare in Love used
Holkham Beach for some of its scenes.
There is a prehistoric fort on these
marshes believed to have been used by the Iceni.