Holt’s a place where small businesses, butchers and fishmongers thrive and where cafes, restaurants and antique shops are plentiful. In the summer months it’s a magnet for tourists and all year round it’s where residents of the surrounding countryside, the brick and flint hamlets and villages, gather. During festival week, briefly and dazzlingly, it is home to street performers, musicians, poets, actors, dancers, artists and comedians.
There are venues all over town, in pubs and hotels, in tents and in school halls. There are performances at the church, the theatre, in the bookshop and on the streets.
If you are looking for a quiet time in the countryside, this is not it. If you’re looking for cultural nourishment, some belly laughs, and the pleasure of seeing some top-flight internationally recognised performers, you’re in the right place.