Holkham Hall has won two 2017 Hudson’s Heritage Awards


Published at 11:59am 5th April 2017. (Updated at 12:52pm 5th April 2017)

Holkham Hall has won two of the prestigious 2017 Hudson’s Heritage Awards which were announced on Tuesday 14th March. Holkham picked up the awards in the categories of Best Family Day Out and Best Shopping, sponsored by Jarrold Publishing. 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 awards are a wonderful acknowledgement of Holkham’s exciting new visitor facilities following a £4.5 million refurbishment programme in 2016. These include the contemporary events and wedding venue, The Lady Elizabeth Wing, the stylish new Courtyard Café and Gift Shop and the fantastic permanent interactive exhibition ‘Field to Fork’.

The new exhibition has been designed to demonstrate in a fun and engaging way the complex relationship between land and food production. Pitched to attract all ages, visitors are taken on a journey through time with the display of artefacts, interactive exhibits and audio visual. The exhibition cleverly illustrates the interweaving stories of gamekeeping, conservation and crop production and clearly demonstrates how a traditional estate has embraced state-of-the-art modern technology and farming techniques with great success. Lady Leicester said:

“We are delighted to have won these 2017 Hudson’s Heritage Awards. They demonstrate the high standards and commitment we offer our visitors to ensure their experience is the very best. We are delighted to have the acknowledgment and recognition that Holkham Hall and our Gift Shop are amongst the elite of heritage attractions in the UK.”

Of the winners Sarah Greenwood, director at Hudson’s and publisher of Hudson’s Historic Houses & Gardens said:

“The finalists in 2017 showcase an amazing range of experiences just waiting for us all to enjoy at Britain’s heritage places. This year they include three World Heritage Sites but also iconic castles, public buildings, unusual gardens and stunning country houses several of which are not well known. We at Hudson’s would like to congratulate them all on setting the standards for others to follow”.

Penelope, Viscountess Cobham, CBE, Chairman of VisitEngland presented the awards at Goldsmiths Hall in London with invited guests including owners and managers of the winning entries, representatives of the heritage tourist industry and the media. The lunch was hosted by an independent judging panel of heritage experts including Chairman Norman Hudson OBE, heritage consultant; Lucinda Lambton, writer and broadcaster; Jeremy Musson, architectural writer; Simon Foster, consultant to Channel 4’s Country House Rescue and Ken Robinson, CBE, tourism business consultant.