Region: East of England

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Kelling Road Holt Norfolk, , NR25 7DU

Contact: 01263 713 117



Holt Hall, home to Norfolk County Council's Environmental & Outdoor Learning Team, specialises in using the outdoors and environment to develop skills and raise achievement. Set in 75 acres of woodland, lakes, fields, lawns and gardens it offers a brief refuge from the hurly burly of modern life and provides opportunities to become engrossed in learning outside the classroom, develop new skills and interests and make new friends.  

Residential visits

Our cost effective programmes can be tailored to your school’s improvement and development priorities, while meeting the needs of the individual. In-depth, enquiry-based environmental, scientific and geographical studies can be linked with team-building sessions or innovative activities that focus on literacy or numeracy through the outdoors. We specialise in creating a bespoke package to meet your needs.

Day visits

Being located only a few miles from stunning coastal landscapes and with access to a complete river from source to mouth, all within a few miles drive, Holt Hall is the ideal base for Key Stage 2, 3, 4 or 'A' Level day courses.  Specialist, experienced staff, combined with high quality materials and resources means that a day course at any time of year is guaranteed to bring geography or science lessons to life.


Our large, secure and secluded campsite is located within the grounds of the Hall.  Enjoy evenings around the campfire sharing stories, music and song, or even just toasting marshmallows!  Activities can be self-led or bought in*

Three day Adventure Camps

Suitable for KS2 / lower KS3 (year 7). In this cross-curricular programme, children learn how to pitch tents, forage for wild food, make and cook on a campfire, whittle sticks, build shelters, navigate through the woods, create masterpieces of environmental art and discover more about the nocturnal creatures that live in the Hall grounds. Through these exciting activities, children reconnect with the natural world, develop team-working and leadership skills whilst developing self-confidence and independence.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

The Hall, a beautiful atmospheric Victorian mansion, is set in 75 acres of secluded woodland just 4 miles from the North Norfolk Coast. Our teaching and learning is aligned to the new curriculum (2014) and aims to develop pupils’ knowledge, skills and confidence. We focus on ensuring  pupils have time and space to apply their learning first hand and by immersing them in engaging activities we allow room for creativity, reflection and higher order  thinking. If you have a particular objective in mind we will try and accommodate  and fulfil it.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

A successful course depends upon the strength of partnership between you and us as well as a careful matching of the programme to pupil needs and school priorities.  

Organisation of the programme and option choice is flexible and ‘themed’ programmes, with individual activities complementing and building on each other can be tailor-made.

Possible themes include habitats, coasts and adaptations.

Community Tasks

We encourage schools to take the opportunity of carrying out seasonal community tasks in both the Hall and the garden during their stay enabling pupils to play a part in maintaining and caring for THEIR Holt Hall.

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This venue has the following accreditation:

LOtC Quality Badge.

What size groups do they cater for?

The Hall accommodates up to 70 students plus 8 accompanying adults in bedrooms designed to the highest standards of health and safety. Facilities include a dining room, library, lounge, student bathrooms, boot room, classroom, laboratory and 9 dormitories.  Staff facilities include separate bathrooms, bedrooms and staff room.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

A planning meeting is held twelve weeks in advance of a visit in order to discuss domestic arrangements and prepare a course programme tailored specifically to the needs of the school. The planning meeting will enable groups to complete the necessary paperwork on Evolve. (As we are a Norfolk County Council Centre and have the ‘Learning Outside the Classroom’ Quality Badge, the paperwork will be minimal).

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Risk assessments for all activities are available on the Holt Hall website.  All visiting groups are required to carry out a fire drill on arrival to familiarize themselves with the fire evacuation procedures of the Hall.

What does it cost?

For detailed costs of residential, day or campsite visits please visit the Holt Hall website.  

Is specific clothing required?

We suggest that clothes should be warm, old, comfortable and clearly marked with the owner’s name.  Suitable footwear will be required indoors and outdoors.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

There is plenty to do while visiting. Indoor facilities include a lounge with a large format screen for watching DVDs, table tennis table, pool table, and various board games.  

Outdoor facilities include a play area, orienteering courses, anagram and nature trails  as well as a lake for water activities.

Are there disabled facilities?

We welcome people with disabilities and have 2 bedrooms suitable for wheelchair users on the ground floor of the Hall, with a wheelchair adapted bathroom next door.

What are your opening days and hours?

Holt Hall is open all year round.

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

My son went on a residential trip to Holt Hall with his school. He had a fantastic time and loved all the activities. My son has some food allergies (egg, dairy and nuts) and he was really impressed with the food he was served. His favourite was Ginger cake and dairy free lemon cream custard. Thank you,

Tracey (Parent, June 2014)

‘Holt Hall is about nurturing the individual and caring for the environment. Holt Hall opens young people’s eyes to another world, where the outside environment teaches children through a hands-on practical approach which engages ALL learners.

Supported by high quality first teaching, the team prioritise their relationship with the children whilst sharing their passion and enthusiasm. The whole experience is aiming to develop the inner souls of our young people, giving them a greater resilience to work independently and co-operatively.’

Jeni Barnacle, Locum Executive Head at Rockland St Mary and Surlingham Federation and Nurture education consultant (website and Facebook group)

"pupils can see what they have studies in theory. Good prep for controlled assessment demands in geography and science papers.’

(KS4 – May 2014)

Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Ecological Recycle & Waste Centres Environment Centres Field Studies Green Awareness Historical Heritage Outdoor Education Personal Development-Mentoring Residential School Trips Science & Technology Team Building Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Citizenship Environmental Studies Geography History Mathematics PSHE Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December