A message from Holme-next-the-Sea Parish Council
We have every reason to be optimistic as the number of Covid-19 cases continues to come down nationally and the vaccination programme continues. It is important that everyone still continues to follow the basic messages
of hands, face, space, fresh air as more parts of normal life start to reopen and we encourage everyone to continue to follow these preventative measures when visiting Holme-next-the-Sea.
With high numbers of visitors to the village being expected some organisations have introduced plans to manage access. Norfolk Wildlife Trust, who manage Holme Dunes, are introducing a pre-booking system for their car park. The timed entry system will run at weekends, public holidays and school holidays (1st - 4th June 2021 and 22nd July - 3rd September 2021). For full details please go to:
NWT car booking system or telephone the Visitor Centre on 01485 525240 (open 10am to 4pm daily).
Other information to note is that both car parks at the lower end of Beach Road are operating as normal. Please observe all parking restrictions where indicated and park responsibly to maintain safe access for residents, emergency and utility vehicles plus other visitors. Parking Enforcement officers will be patrolling the village.
Hides managed by the Norfolk Ornithological Association will remain closed until at least the 17 May pending the next date for the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions. For updated information please go to their website at The NOA.
Some areas of the beach are cordoned off . We are particularly fortunate in Holme to have habitats which support internationally rare species of birds but in order to limit disturbance to threatened species during the breeding season it is necessary to adopt these measures which we ask you to respect.
We also ask you to be alert to the risks associated with lighting fires / BBQ’s and remember that fire can spread very quickly and that this is a very real danger in the often dry and windy conditions we experience in Holme during the summer months.
We thank you for your co-operation and wish everyone a safe and pleasant experience whilst visiting Holme’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
29th April 2021
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The pretty little village of Holme-next-the-Sea is located within the North Norfolk Heritage Coast and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The larger town of Hunstanton is nearby about 3 miles to the south-west.
Many of the houses in the village feature two of the local stone types - Clunch, a hard form of white chalk and Carr stone an attractive, rust-coloured sandstone. These materials are frequently combined with brick, flint and cobbles resulting in the variety of individual patterns featured in this part of the county.
Much of the land here is very flat and only a few metres above sea level. To the south of the village agriculture is evident everywhere with fields of cereal crops, vegetables and sugar beet. To the north, in the relatively thin strip of land between the village and the sea, are to be found large areas of salt marsh much used by birds for feeding and breeding. There are a number of protected nature reserves nearby - one with a bird observatory and ringing station.
This part of Norfolk is very popular with tourists and attracts visitors throughout the year. During the summer months the large beaches appeal to families, especially those with children, and at other times, notably during the spring and autumn migration periods, bird-watchers are always present.
The village is very popular with horses - and their riders!
An added attraction in this part of Norfolk is that we often see the most wonderful sunsets - and sunrises!. No two are ever exactly the same and one can never tire of brilliantly coloured big skies at the end of the day.
...and just look at this stunning photo of the Northern Lights seen from the village. It doesn't happen often but Ben Green was there to capture it!
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