We decided to utilise our free tickets to Holkham Hall this weekend. We had booked to see an evening talk by Chris Steele-Perkins on his latest project. Sadly due to low take up, the event was cancelled. While I have spent many hours walking along Holkham Beach and Nature reserve I had never before been into the Hall or it’s grounds.
Walking along the drive the first thing you are struck by are the acres and acres of land. Second of all are the deer! If I were more of a wildlife photographer I would have tried to get some shots but my inexperience put me off. We chose not to park in the main car park and have a longer walk (and free parking). However if you do park in the main car park at the hall, the price of your parking can be redeemed in the café or gift shop, when you spend over £10.
The hall itself is lovely and the volunteers are always eager to chat and provide fascinating information about the hall. Photographs as I was informed as I walked in are allowed. However I did find that the lighting was poor in most of the rooms, I’ll be a bit more prepared for that when I go back next time and crank up the ISO a little.
The hall is in the midst of a renovation creating a new gallery and events space. As a result the Café and entrance hall are in temporary structures on the lawns. Happily they still deliver a brilliant service.
Whilst in the café I was rather taken by the flowers on our table so I popped on my macro lens.
This was one of my more abstract shots. Since I hadn’t had much inspiration for taking any shots indoors I decided to keep my macro on as we explored the grounds and experiment with composition.
As we were leaving I couldn’t help snap a quick photo of this rustic gate on my smartphone. I edited it using Snapseed on the journey home!
If you’d like to visit Holkham Estate, which I highly recommend you do, visit the Holkham Website for opening times, costs and availability.