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 (full details below). 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.

Village at War – Sunday 30 and Monday 31 August

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Step back to the 1940s home front as you discover the effect of the Battle of Britain on the Norfolk landscape. Meet both British and American costumed characters whilst strolling round displays of military and civilian vehicles. Tap your feet to 1940s music from Timescape. Monday 31 August will feature a Battle of Britain Memorial Flypast (weather permitting). Please note that special event admission charges apply for Village at War. See admission and opening times page for more information.

School’s Out! Summer holiday fun at Gressenhall

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Whatever the weather this summer, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is a great place to visit with extra family activities each day of the week until Wednesday 2 September (except on Special Event Days). All activities are free with museum admission.

Story Time Monday 10 to Sunday 23 August
Oh no! All the characters have escaped from the Giant Book of Gressenhall Fairy Tales! Meet all your favourites as you explore Gressenhall from the woods to the river.

Our Super Summer Holiday
Monday 24 August to Wednesday 2 September
From ice creams to souvenirs and fun and games that last all day ~ discover what makes the perfect summer holiday. Just don't forget your passport!

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

Voices from the Workhouse Project

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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.

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.

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