NWT Holme Dunes

What will students see and do?

Learn about coastal management and marine ecosystems with a school trip to Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Holme Dunes. Located where the Wash in Norfolk meets the North Sea, this outdoor learning venue is an important site for birds, toads, butterflies and other wildlife.

You’ll want to bring your binoculars and bird migration maps – because of Holme Dunes’ unique location, it attracts large numbers of migrating birds, including rare breeds such as wrynecks and yellow-browed warblers, as well as barn owls, which are often seen on still days in the late afternoon.

Walk along the Norfolk Coast Path to boost pupils’ appreciation for the local flora and fauna, including the important sea buckthorn plant, which helps to stabilise the dunes and provide food for migrating birds.

Group leaders can also take advantage of Holme Dunes’ links to the past. As well as holding a collection of military remains from the second world war, this NWT site can also complement lessons on the Bronze Age for KS2, as it is the site where a timber circle known as ‘Seahenge’ was discovered.

Primary school trips to Holme Dunes’ coastal habitat offer students the opportunity to study insects through hands-on minibeast activities and sea dipping. Secondary educational visits will focus on the changing Norfolk coastline, helping students become familiar with the processes that shape the coast and how it’s being protected today.

Teaching resources provided

PowerPoints are available to help group leaders prepare for secondary and primary school trips to any Norfolk Wildlife trust site. These resources introduce the Trust, the reserve, key words and other useful information, including what children should wear and dining suggestions.

Minimum and maximum group size

Pupils will need to be split into groups and rotated around your chosen sessions.

Details of risk assessment

Contact the team to request a teachers’ pack. This includes risk assessments to support your planning.


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Facilities On-Site

The visitor centre and café sells gifts and refreshments. Outdoor seating and toilet facilities are available, including wheelchair-accessible toilets.

Opening Times

The reserve is open all year round from 10am to 5pm or dusk. The visitor centre and café are open 10am to 4pm.

Each workshop session lasts approximately one hour, so you can choose a range of sessions to fill your day.



Activities cost £3 per pupil, per activity. For self-guided tours, Norfolk Wildlife Trust charges £1.31 + VAT per student.

For one NWT Education Officer, the trust charges a minimum of £120 + VAT for a half-day, or £200 + VAT for a full day.

For two NWT Education Officers, the trust charges a minimum of £220 + VAT for a half-day, or £295 + VAT for a full day.

Travel arrangements

From Hunstanton, head north along the A149. Look out for signs to the nature reserve on the left before Holme-next-the-Sea. When the road ends, turn right down the gravel track until you reach the car park opposite the visitor centre. Park on the left side of the track in the NWT car park.


Holme Dunes Visitor Centre, Broadwater Rd, Hunstanton
PE36 6LQ

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