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.

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.

Oh! What a Lovely Fete! Wednesday 22 July to Saturday 8 August
Travel back in time 100 years ago. It's the day of the village fete and the new Women's Institute need your help to raise funds for the troops heading off to war. Come and lend a hand!

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!

Summer Story Festival – A Day with a Difference

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All the characters have escaped from The Giant Book of Gressenhall Fairy Tales! Help them return to their tales and create your own magical story as you explore Gressenhall from the woods to the river.

Meet much-loved characters from your favourite childhood tales, lend a hand in Cinderella’s kitchen, help the Queen of Hearts find her tarts and decorate your own gingerbread man. If you are looking for adventure then become a daring knight and see if you can spot Snap our dragon. Or visit our Collections Centre, become a prehistoric explorer and hunt out the West Runton Mammoth!

Get creative in Art Attack and build an enchanting house, perfect for gnomes and fairies. Discover new fables in puppet shows from The Fools Puppet Theatre Company or snuggle down to enjoy classic tales in our story tent.

It’s sure to be a day of fairy tale fun for all the family.

Beat the queues and pre-book your tickets to the Summer Story Festival online. On-line tickets are available up until midnight on 8 August. Simply print off the voucher and head straight to the Art Tickets desk on arrival, where your tickets will be waiting for you. To book, please click here.

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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