Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is a truly unique museum. Visit its 50-acre site and discover the:
• Historic workhouse
• Museum of life on the land
• Traditional farm with rare breed animals
• Beautiful, unspoilt grounds
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.
Jump for joy - we're open again!
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is now open daily, with a host of new exhibitions and a full calendar of events and activities.
The museum is galloping off to a great start with a special exhibition dedicated to Norfolk’s Last Horseman, Ray Hubbard. Ray is a regular face at Gressenhall events, and has recently donated much of his fascinating collection, amassed during a life spent working with horses, to the museum. Come and explore the tricks and tools of the trade.
The new displays continue with the chance to see Lorina Bulwer’s amazing embroidered ‘Letters from the Workhouse’, recently featured on the BBC Antiques Roadshow. An inmate of Great Yarmouth Workhouse, Lorina poured her heart and frustrations into the ‘letters’ which are over three meters long. Letters from the Workhouse is on display until 1 June.
For more information on these, please see our Exhibitions page.
Looking ahead, 2014 is filled with events and activities, from the much-loved Spring Fair on Easter Monday, to the ever popular Apple Day in October. The museum’s ‘Days with a Difference’, ensure there’s something for everyone: from a special Mother’s Day of treats, to becoming a nature detective when ‘Gressenhall Goes Wild’ in May, and a 1950s event at the height of the summer. For a full programme of forthcoming events, please see our Events Calendar.
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is also making it even easier this year to explore all that the 50 acre site has to offer with some special tickets for families. For 2014, the family ticket price stays at just £29, but now covers two adults and all children. There is also a family ticket for one adult and all children available for just £20. With so much to see and do from the woods to the river, there’s hours of entertainment for everyone. When are you going to visit next?
An Inspirational Place to Learn – short courses at Gressenhall
Inspired by the site and its rich and varied collections, the museum offers a range of short courses. This spring there are opportunities to learn how to work with horses, in a practical day learning basic handling and grooming and harnessing, working with Gressenhall Farm Manager Richard Dalton and our Suffolk Punch.
Inspired by our exhibition of embroidered Letters from the Workhouse, you can learn how to ‘Stitch Like Lorina’, or discover more about workhouses in general with a special day devoted to exploring the history of these intriguing organisations and the people who lived within the walls.
Get creative and try your hand at flower arranging or confectionary making, screen printing or botanical illustration. Looking to redevelop your garden to make it a haven for wildlife? Join us for a day of garden design, using the Gressenhall Wildlife Garden for inspiration.
For full details of these courses and how to book a place, please visit our Short Courses page.
Object of the Month
Each month, we pick one of the many fascinating items from our collection as our Object of the Month. With over 50,000 objects to select from, we are really spoilt for choice! You can find out more in our Collections Corner.
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- Gressenhall Access Information Sheet (pdf - 23kB)
- Gressenhall Groups - All Aboard for the Workhouse Information Pack (pdf - 38kB)
- Gressenhall Groups - Booking Form (pdf - 46kB)
- Gressenhall Groups - Gardening Clubs (pdf - 217kB)
- Gressenhall Groups - Info and Prices (pdf - 20kB)
- Gressenhall Groups - Things to see and do in 2014 (pdf - 176kB)
- Make It Monday - Kaleidoscope (pdf - 1676kB)