Holkham Hall up for prizes this month

Holkham Hall exterior
Holkham Hall exterior

Holkham Hall has once again been nominated in the prestigious Hudson’s Heritage Awards.

Lady Cobham, chairwoman of VisitEngland, will present the awards on Tuesday, March 14, at Goldsmiths Hall in London.

Invited guests include owners and managers of the winning entries, representatives of the heritage tourist industry and the media.

Holkham has been nominated in the Best Family Day Out category along with Battle Abbey and Battlefield, in East Sussex, Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Warwickshire.

It is also nominated in the Jarrold Publishing Award for Best Shopping, along with Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House, Cumbria, Durham Cathedral, and Sherborne Castle, in Dorset.

Established in 2011, the awards are an independently judged annual national scheme open to historic houses, gardens, museums and heritage sites and celebrate the very best visitor experiences.

The lunch will be hosted by an independent judging panel of heritage experts including chairman Norman Hudson, heritage consultant; Lucinda Lambton, writer and broadcaster; Jeremy Musson, architectural writer; Simon Foster, heritage consultant, Helen Rosslyn, art historian & trustee of Rosslyn Chapel and Ken Robinson, , tourism business consultant.

The shortlist includes 38 heritage venues, including country estates, townhouses and heritage sites. The awards are made in 10 different categories which reward a range of visitor experiences.

Sarah Greenwood, of heritage guide Hudson’s Historic Houses & Gardens, said: “We are not just talking about beautiful places but about giving visitors exactly what they want, whether it’s a day out, a great cup of coffee or an unforgettable place to stay.”