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HolkhamThe Twelfth Norfolk Family Walk for Brain Tumours is being held at Holkham Hall Estate, near Wells-next-the-Sea,  Norfolk, NR23 1RH, on Sunday 7th October 2018 from 10 am to 4pm.  There is ample parking on the estate – a £3 car park fee is charged which is redeemable at the shop.

This walk, which is growing in popularity year by year,  is in aid of brain tumour research and support and has a choice of distances – one, three, six or ten miles – to suit all ages and abilities. All are through the beautiful parkland, beside the lake and through the woods where deer can be seen grazing.   There are no hills to climb on any of the walks and dogs on leads are welcome.

The one mile walk is aimed at children and has games at the halfway mark. This walk is suitable for prams and wheelchairs. The three mile walk takes you around the beautiful lake where a great variety of wildfowl can be seen. 

WellsThe ten mile walk also takes in the seaside town of Wells-next-the-Sea with its quaint shops and lovely quay where you can stop for a drink or partake in the traditional enjoyment of fish and chips sitting on the wall and watching the world go by (if you’re not it too much of a hurry of course!)  After a walk on the bank path towards the sea, you will find a café to enjoy an ice cream or coffee to refresh you before walking alongside the pine trees which mark the start of your return journey to Holkham (there are toilets here too).

If you are planning to do the ten mile walk, it is advisable to get to the start around 10am to allow ample time to finish by 4pm.  If you are doing one of the shorter walks, it’s ok to arrive later.

Once the registration fee of £5 has been paid (children free), walkers are then free to support the brain tumour charity of their choice.  You can download a registration formto save a little time on the day, or you can do it when on arrival.

If you have any non-walkers in your party, they will find there is plenty to amuse them while you’re doing the walk, including the house (open for viewing on Sundays), museum, walled gardens, shop and a free woodland play area. Click here for more details on what the estate has to offer


Once you have arrived back from your walk (don’t forget to book back in), you can then sit and relax outside at the Hall restaurant if the weather is good, or there is ample room inside if it’s not.   A chance to catch up with family and friends!   

The Norfolk Family Walk has grown over the years and is Astro Brain Tumour Fund’s biggest fundraising event. In 2017, a total in excess of 1,700 miles was walked by over 400 adults and children, plus numerous four legged friends.  The weather was beautiful, the atmosphere was predominately happy.

Following are some notes from Justin & Kathryn Burton on their experience of the Norfolk Family Walk in 2017:

“We take part in the 10 mile Norfolk Family Walk every year to remember family no longer with us and share some love walking with our family who are. It’s a special walk that takes in the beautiful North Norfolk countryside with a varied route that includes the peaceful grounds of historic Holkham Hall, the bustling quayside of Wells-Next-the-Sea and the tree lined edge of Holkham beach. 

It’s an annual event in our calendar that gives us the chance to support Astrofund with participation and sponsorship whilst sharing lots of laughs and an ice cream or two along the route.

Working in Cancer Research and having been personally affected by the impact of cancer in our family, we try to support the amazing work Astrofund is doing and the Family Walk gives us the opportunity to do this. It’s also always fun; come rain or shine you always share a smile with the other walkers and a great sense of achievement to cross the finish line with the deer watching on!”


Each year, many of the walkers are sponsored by family and friends – could you get sponsorship for your efforts this year?  You can download a sponsorship form  here.  To get you started here are a few tips:-

Why not set yourself a minimum sponsorship target – say £25 for the one mile walk going upwards to £50 for the ten mile walk.   Think how good you’ll feel if you exceed your target!

If you have children walking in your party, consider putting their names on the sponsorship form and go for the sentimental approach!

If your workplace has lots of employees, instead of  asking to be sponsored for a random amount,  ask everyone for a specific amount, say £2 or £3, to avoid the embarrassment of people not knowing how much to donate or feeling that they need to give more than they want to. 

Try to collect the money at the time of asking to avoid having to go through the onerous task of asking for it later.  Make sure you point out the Gift Aid box – the charity can claim another 25p for every £1 donated if this is ticked.

Alternatively (or additionally), to make it easier for yourself you could open a Just GivingVirgin Money Giving or MyDonate page in order for your supporters to sponsor you online.


Participants come back year after year to enjoy walking in the beautiful surroundings of this country estate which is situated on the lovely North Norfolk coast.  Many come from different parts of the country and take the opportunity to have a weekend away and enjoy all that this unique area has to offer. To help you get started on your search for accommodation, try the links below:

For further information on the Walk, please contact Mary 01485 525279 or just turn up on the day.  Registration Forms and Sponsorship Forms can be downloaded here.