Norfolk Wildlife Trust will begin trialling an online booking system for its car park at NWT Holme Dunes
on the north Norfolk coast, to help manage visitors accessing the nature reserve and protect the site.
The new system, hosted by Eventbrite, will come into effect from 24 April and apply to weekends, public holidays and school holidays: 1 – 4 June 2021 and 22 July – 3 September 2021.
Bookings will be released for the Saturday and Sunday (or Friday in the school holidays) at 11am eight days prior to the first booking date and open until 3pm on the day before. Visitors will be allocated a 30 minute arrival timeslot and can then stay as long as desired, until the nature reserve closes at 5pm.
NWT Members and Blue Badge Holders continue to park for free and so they will not need to make any payment when using the booking system, but non-members will need to pay to park.
- Please book one ticket per car
- You will need to show your e-ticket on arrival, and members please also bring your membership card
- If you arrive more than 10 minutes after your allocated timeslot, we cannot guarantee you entry.
- Tickets are for your use and cannot be sold or shared
- This booking information will be held by our staff on the gate and anyone not having booked can be refused entry.
This trial is being run because of the volume of visitors to Holme Dunes last summer. With an anticipated very busy summer ahead, we must try all we can to ensure the site is not overwhelmed and protect the nature reserve.
The booking system has a bias towards Member allocation. This will hopefully enable as many of our members to visit this summer as possible, whilst still welcoming non-members to enjoy the nature reserve. The system is in place until the end of school summer holidays. From Monday 6 September 2021 it will stop being used, before the autumn migration.
Visitor services and sales manager, Nick Morritt said: “As we begin our phased and cautious approach to reopening we are truly grateful to our members and visitors for being patient with us during these continued unprecedented times and for following the North Norfolk Coast’s ‘enjoy, respect, protect’ plea. The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors from the nearby community remains our priority and at busy times such as weekends and holidays you must now book your visits in advance and follow Government guidance on travel.”
The visitor centre at Holme Dunes
is open from 10am until 4pm daily. Please contact the centre on 01485 525240 for any further information. And please consider becoming a member of Norfolk Wildlife Trust
for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why is this system being introduced?
We recognise that during these unprecedented times the pressures on the north Norfolk Coast and its communities are significant. The system will allow us to safely manage visitors accessing the nature reserve and protect the site.
What happens if I can’t access the internet or if the ticket website isn't working and we can’t book a timeslot?
If you do not have access to the internet you can call the visitor centre on 01485 525240 to book. If the ticketing website is not working then please do try again at a later point.
What happens if we are late because we're caught in unexpected traffic and we miss our timeslot?
We will take all reasonable steps possible to try and accommodate the needs of our visitors including those with unexpected delays. However, if you arrive more than 10 minutes after your allocated timeslot, we cannot guarantee you entry.
Will this be a permanent change?
We are trialling this new system and its longer term use will be reviewed as part of this process.
Which car park does this apply to at Holme Dunes?
The booking system only applies to the main Holme Dunes reserve carpark.