NORFOLK Museums Service
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is a truly unique museum. Visit its 50-acre site and discover the:

    • Museum of life on the land

    • Traditional farm with rare breed animals

    • Beautiful, unspoilt grounds and exciting adventure playground

The museum is a great day out whether you want to learn about the lives of Norfolk people in the past or relax and have a good time with your friends and family. You’ll need a whole day to begin to discover all its wonders.

Use the navigation links to plan your visit, find out more about the museum and for details of events and exhibitions. To access a copy of the site map, please click here.

Please note: Work is currently taking place to transform the workhouse displays as part of the Voices from the Workhouse project. While we are working on these displays some parts of the site will be closed or empty. For further information on how this work may affect your visit, please contact us.

If you are interested in finding out more about workhouses, please visit our History of Gressenhall webpage. Information on the people who lived and worked here can be found on our Library and Archive webpage.

Voices from the Workhouse

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There are big changes happening at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse. “Voices from the Workhouse” is a three-year Heritage Lottery Fund project which will transform the museum displays telling the real stories of the people who lived and worked in the workhouse.

While we are working on these displays some parts of the site will be closed or empty. We will keep you up to date on what’s happening. Please contact us if you have any questions.

To find out more about this work and the new displays, events, activities and digital resources, please visit our Voices from the Workhouse webpage.

Loveable Lambs - Easter holiday family fun!

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Spring has sprung down on Gressenhall Farm, but poor Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep! Help her find them and discover more about the life of a shepherd and his tools. Get creative in Art Attack! and make your own fluffy sheep to take home.

All activities are included within museum admission. Standard museum ticket prices apply. Activities run daily from Sunday 28 March to Saturday 12 April, with the exception of Bank Holiday Monday 6 April which is our Spring Fair event.

Roll up, roll up! Celebrate the new season with the spectacular Spring Fair at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse!

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Conquer the exciting inflatable obstacle course and see who can travel the furthest on the highly challenging bungee run. Marvel at the talents of the Spirit of Carnival stilt walkers and try on some of their outrageous and brightly coloured carnival costumes. Release your inner clown and practice your circus skills with Foolhardy Circus Arts. What does your future hold? Have your fortune read by Fiona from Star Tarot.

Get crafty in Art Attack! and create a stunning Easter Bonnet or Spring Crown to show off in the Grand Gressenhall Parade. Step in time to the tunes of the Smokehouse Blue Marching Jazz Band.

Enjoy the floating melodies of Norwich based duo The Woodland Creatures and be entertained by the lively dances of the ladies from Fiddlesticks North-west Clog Dancers. Delight in the traditional tales of Mr Punch and his wife Judy and be sure to be on time for lessons under the beady eye of the Victorian School Master.

Meanwhile, spring is in full swing on Gressenhall Farm, from the spring flowers to the new lambs and chicks. Watch the museum’s Suffolk Punches and other visiting teams of heavy horse carry out the seasonal tasks in the fields. Hear horseman’s tales, meet different breeds of heavy horses and find out about the work of the Eastern Counties Heavy Horse Association.

Settle down to a BBQ from local butcher Arthur Howell, or visit Claude, the adorable little blue van of the folk from Crumpet and Trumpet, which will be selling a wide range of artisan quality food to tempt every pallet.

The site is bursting with things to see and buy, from handmade artisan chocolates from Mijalu, to the intricate paper cuts of artist Angie Park and whimsical treasures from Pin Pin Finds. Marvel at the elaborate willow sculptures created by Bob Lever and discover how felt is created with demonstrations by Shabby Sheep crafts. With stalls selling beer from local breweries, produce, crafts and plants, there’s sure to be something for everyone!

Please note, Special Event ticket prices apply for Spring Fair. All activities are included within admission. Free admission for Norfolk Museums Pass holders.

Thank Goodness for Gressenhall!

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Calling all teachers! Are you worried about changes to the National Curriculum?

All, we can say is ‘Thank Goodness for Gressenhall’!

Our Learning Team have made two short films to highlight how Gressenhall’s formal learning offer fits into the new curriculum - they are well worth watching!

The films are available to view on You Tube by clicking on the following links:

For the Foundation and KS1 programme, please click here

For the KS2 programme, please click here

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