NORFOLK Museums Service
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Now open for 2017 season!

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Explore the fascinating new displays and discover the Voices from the Workhouse. Hear real stories of those who lived and worked within its walls and find out about the impact of this intriguing institution.

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

    • Historic workhouse building featuring new exhibition galleries exploring ‘Voices from the Workhouse’

    • 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.
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Please note: The Collections Gallery is currently closed to the public, as part of the “Voices from the Workhouse” project. The Collections Gallery will reopen in 2017. This means our collections team will be concentrating on the Collections Gallery re-display and will not be available for any enquiries until 31 July 2017.

What’s on at Gressenhall

2017 is filled with events and activities, from the much-loved Spring Fair, to the ever popular Apple Day. The museum’s ‘Days with a Difference’, ensure there’s something for everyone. With activities each and every day of the school holidays, there’s always lots to keep the whole family entertained throughout the whole year.

It’s cheaper to book online with art tickets!

Toys and Tunes

May Half Term Family Fun!

Saturday 27 May - Sunday 4 June 2017 (excluding Bank Holiday Monday 29 May)

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Step back in time and experience the life of a child in the 50s. From hula hoops to rock 'n' roll, discover what it was like to grow up in the fabulous fifties.

Rock 'n' Roll at Gressenhall

Bank Holiday Monday 29 May 2017 10am - 5pm

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With Rock ‘n’ Roll sounds and style, join in the vintage party atmosphere at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse on Bank Holiday Monday 29 May:

Step back in time to the 1950s and 1960s – when rock and roll was King!

Discover how to get the vintage look as you experience the glamour of the era at Flamingo Amy’s Pop-up Salon. Hear tunes of the age and learn the latest dance steps. Discover classic cars from a golden era, not forgetting to visit the Vintage Market with lots of period treasures on sale.

Get into the swing with our DJ spinning records from the 1960’s. Live music from the Austin Beats, a British beat band sure to get your pulse racing and your feet tapping.

Discover gems from the past with an array of Vintage jewellery, china, furniture, homeware and clothes to purchase from the retail marquee. If classic cars are more your thing, admire a range of period vehicles, from an American Ford Pick-up Truck to 1968 Mini Cooper.

How about some tasty refreshment? The Travelling Bluebird will be serving posh toasties from their vintage caravan or be tempted by Natural Born Grillers with their tasty gourmet burgers. There is also sweet treats available from our 1960’s Village Shop.

Get creative in Art Attack! and make some groovy records, or experience a 1950s school lesson – there really is something for everyone!

Please note, Special Event ticket prices apply for Rock n Roll at Gressenhall. It’s cheaper to book online with art tickets!

A Murder Most Novel

Friday 2 and Saturday 3 June 2017 7.30 - 10pm

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Enjoy an evening of intrigue and murder at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse. Meet suspects and keep your eyes open for clues in our classic whodunit.

Acclaimed author Ginny Jackson is launching her latest steamy historical novel, ‘Spike’ at Gressenhall Workhouse. An eager audience gathers to hear her read from her new work, the first she has written in many years. But death is close at hand - can you unmask the murderer?

Recommended for ages 14+

Advance booking is essential from Art Tickets.

The Mardlers’ Rest Café is open for pre-performance dinner (pre-booked only) from 6pm. For more information please telephone 01362 869251.

Book now! Together to the Workhouse Door

Wednesday 7 June, 7pm
Booking essential

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Book your tickets now for a truly unique event. ‘Together to the Workhouse Door’ is a creative partnership project with funding support from Arts Council England, which is inspired by the many stories of the inmates of Gressenhall workhouse. Combining a new commission from composer James Redwood and writer Lucy Sheerman with newly-created performances by students from local primary schools and an adult community choir. This is an immersive performance set in the grounds of one of Britain’s most iconic historical sites.

Throughout the project, participants have worked with world-renowned writers, composers, directors and conductors, creating their own artistic responses to the incredible stories of the workhouse. Telling the story of the unlikely friendship between Mary, a young woman taken into the workhouse with her new-born son, and the Workhouse Master, the songs and performances weave through the characters of the workhouse, breaking down the myths and showing the true nature of Workhouse life - stories of hardship and struggle, but also of hope and of determination.

Tickets are strictly limited so book now for this special open air performance in the workhouse courtyard.

Tickets are £10 adults and £5 children (£9/£4.50 for Norfolk Museums Pass holders and Friends of Gressenhall). Book online via the art tickets website or telephone 01362 869251 (Box Office open 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday).

For more information, please contact us.

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