Norfolk Family Walk



The Fifteenth Norfolk Family Walk for Brain Tumours is being held at Holkham Hall Estate, near Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1RH, on Sunday 26th September 2021 from 10 am to 4pm.  There is ample parking on the estate – a £4 car park fee is charged which is redeemable at the shop.

Registration Forms and Sponsorship Forms can be downloaded here:
abtf holkham registration form pdf

abtf holkham sponsorship form 2021

Parkland, lake and woods..

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.

A tombola and raffle will be held at the start/finish with great prizes for all ages!

Holkham Hall Estate

Walks for all abilities

The one mile walk is aimed at children.  This walk is suitable for prams and wheelchairs as it is all on a hard surface.

The three mile walk takes you around the beautiful lake where a great variety of wildfowl can be seen – this walk is a favourite with many people with children as there is so much to see!

This year, the six mile walk also takes in the lake – an opportunity for more people to enjoy the lovely scenery and abundant wildlife.

The Ten Mile Walk

The 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 where you can 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.

A map is available to assist you on your way and the route is well signposted too.
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 form to save a little time on the day, or you can do it on arrival (see the top of this page for links to the registration and sponsorship forms).

Something for everyone

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.  There is also an opportunity to hire cycles.

Click here for more details on what the estate has to offer

Arriving back

Once you have arrived back (don’t forget to book back in), you can then sit and relax outside at the Hall restaurant if the weather is amiable or there is plenty of room inside – a great way 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 2020, a total of 894 miles was walked by over 200 adults and children, plus numerous four legged friends.  The weather was changeable, the atmosphere was predominately happy.

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 from the link at the top of this article.  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 Giving or Virgin Money Giving  page in order for your friends and family to sponsor you online.


On the registration forms for the walk, participants are asked who/what is their inspiration for taking part. Here are some of their answers for the 2020 walk. Some are remembering loved ones who have passed away from a brain tumour, some are walking in hope for loved ones diagnosed, some recently, some many years ago. We also have brain tumour patients taking part and others who just want to support the charity.   Whatever their reason for taking part, it’s a happy and reflective occasion – everyone says how much they enjoy the event.

A Weekend Away

Lots of people 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. Some 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:

Further Information

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

 abtf holkham registration form pdf

abtf holkham sponsorship form 2021