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.

Gressenhall Goes Wild!

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Become a nature detective and discover Gressenhall’s wild side on Bank Holiday Monday 4 May.

Find out more about the animals and insects that call Gressenhall home and join Vicky from Wild4 for family woodland exploration, messy fun and natural crafts. Play among the trees and keep an eye out for useful leaves and twigs to create your own woodland beastie.

Meet local nature detective Stuart Burgess, find out what likes to live in leaf litter and discover what the tadpoles, backswimmers and other pond life are up to this springtime. Look inside the butterfly and moth enclosure, see the spiders and their web of flies and make your own spider web. Use a sweep net to explore what makes its home in the long grass of the orchard.

Meet some wilder animals with Jurassic Encounters, the mobile Zoo. Meet and handle snakes, lizards, tortoises, skunks, skinny pigs and many more amazing animals.

Who says that there is no such thing as a free lunch? Find out what delicious things can be found growing wild in gardens and hedgerows with Debby from Pickled Lilly.

Inspired by the natural world, see the stunning creations of artist Bob Lever of White Horse Willow, from bird and animal sculptures, to plant supports, garden ornaments and living willow structures. Watch The Wacky Woodturner, Joshua Hubbard at work on his lathe and discover how he turns timber into bowls, mushrooms and dibbers.

See what’s growing – and living – in the Gressenhall gardens. Create new life and sow a runner bean seed in your own newspaper plant pot. Meet the team from the Waveney Valley Hogspital, a voluntary hedgehog rescue centre in South Norfolk and find out how they care for sick, injured and orphaned hedgehogs.

Get creative with the Norfolk County Council Family Learning Team, with lots of nature inspired things to see and do, or visit Art Attack! and make a flying bird or bug to take home. The site is bursting with new life – what will you discover?

Experience Oliver! in the Workhouse

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Join us on Saturday 16 May for a special event just for Norfolk Museums Pass holders and Friends of Gressenhall.

Enjoy a special showing of Lionel Bart’s much-loved film version of Oliver! – starring Ron Moody and Oliver Reed – within the unique setting of the Gressenhall Workhouse. Discover the bare bones of this fascinating building, in advance of the new displays being installed later this year.

Our 'workhouse usherettes' will be on hand to show you to your seat or to serve you some delicious gruel during the interval - ask Mr Bumble for ‘more’ - if you dare!

Doors open at 7.00pm and the film starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are free for members, but advanced booking is essential. For more information or to book, please call 01362 869251 or click here to book your tickets via our Eventbrite page

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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