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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.

Join the new Workhouse community choir!

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Would you like to join our new Workhouse Community Choir and sing in the World Premiere performance of ‘Together To The Workhouse Door’?

A new commission of songs written by composer James Redwood and poet Lucy Sheerman from Writers' Centre Norwich will draw from inspiration of our nationally important archives and collections at Gressenhall.
The main rehearsals will be on 6 and 7 June, with an outdoor evening performance on 7 June and two daytime performances on 8 June at Gressenhall Workhouse.
There are also opportunities to take part in workshops to write the lyrics and music.
If you would like any further information or to sign up, please email

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

Earn Your Place: A Workshop in the Workhouse
Saturday 29 April 2017 11am – 12.15pm

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UEA Drama students are offering a unique an interactive workshop at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse teaching about the life and daily routines of an inmate. The workshop will provide a range of different perspectives and experiences of life at Gressenhall. You will have the chance to engage actively and imaginatively with the world of the inmates and explore what life at Gressenhall felt like for them and how it might relate to some aspects of our contemporary attitudes to ‘disadvantaged’ sections of society. All ages welcome but places must be pre-booked. This is a free workshop but we are offering a special admission price of £5.50 for attendees to return to see the performance of the students short play 'Keeping the Balance - 300:8' at Gressenhall's Spring Fair event on Bank Holiday Monday 1 May. Discounted tickets must be purchased at time of booking. To book please visit Art Tickets.

Spring Fair- May Day Celebration
Monday 1 May 2017 10am - 5pm

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Come and join in the celebration of May Day, a day of fun and festivities with its origin in ancient times.

The site is brimming with things to see and buy, from homemade sweet treats, to the beautiful designs of Myriad Life photo art. Sit back and enjoy a handmade pie using local produce from Pie Central. With stalls selling fresh produce, crafts and plants, there’s sure to be something for everyone!

Discover the origins of dancing around the May Pole and have a go yourself! Get crafty in Art Attack! and create a May Day crown show off in the Grand Gressenhall Parade. Step in time to the tunes of the Smokehouse Blue Marching Jazz Band.

Be entertained by the lively Morris dancers and don’t forget to be on time for lessons under the beady eye of the Victorian School Master. See an original play 'Keeping the Balance - 300:8' about the life and daily routines of a Workhouse inmate, performed for the first time by UEA drama students. 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 carry out the seasonal tasks in the fields.

Please note, Special Event ticket prices apply for Spring Fair. All activities are included within admission.

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