Holt is about 10-minute drive from Gardeners Cottage and Blakeney and is a great place to visit if you are looking for somewhere to go on a dull or rainy day during the school holidays. There are lots of interesting shops and antique centres as well as coffee shops, quirky tearooms and great pubs. Starlings is a popular place for the younger members of the family as it has an extensive magazine selection, as well as a whole floor of toys and games. You could visit it first and then stock up with magazines or use it as a reward at the end of the trip.
This picture shows our youngest child several years ago sat outside one of the antique centres in Holt, happily reading the Beano. The antique centre in question had very wisely left a bench outside. useful for tying dogs to, and leaving small boys to read in peace. As you can see here he was very happily engrossed and it certainly beat dragging him round an antique centre and saying don't touch a million times. We learnt this lesson the hard way as he broke a lovely blue and white cheese dish in another antique centre in Holt, which we promptly bought and repaired, and he will be getting it as a wedding present one day. It still makes me smile every time I see it.
This photo was not actually taken in the summer. Our youngest was then a firm believer in ''if it is the school holidays, you wear your shorts and your crocs-whatever the time of year''