Wedding hire

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is a unique venue for your marriage or civil partnership ceremony and reception.

Gressenhall has a fascinating history. With its Georgian symmetry and distinctive red brick façade, the main building was constructed in 1776 as a House of Industry to tend to the poor of the local parishes under one roof. As a Victorian Workhouse and then home for the elderly, Gressenhall has evolved over the centuries. Since 1976, it has been the Museum of Norfolk Life.

The prices below are for weddings taking place in 2018. For dates in 2017 or 2019 email us for more information.

Download our wedding information and terms and conditions.

Your ceremony

Ceremonies are held in our atmospheric Old Chapel, with its decorative brick patterning, high leaded windows and wooden pews. The chapel can accommodate up to 100 guests.

For more intimate ceremonies, our elegant Boardroom offers a grand location on a smaller scale. Set within the main museum building, the Boardroom can accommodate up to 40 guests. Due to the requirements of our museum collections, only artificial flowers are allowed in the Boardroom.

After your ceremony your guests can enjoy the museum’s extensive grounds, spread over 50 acres of Norfolk countryside, while the historic buildings, gardens and natural landscape provide beautiful and memorable surroundings for your wedding photographs.

Access is available from 9am on the day of the wedding and one of our wedding co-ordinators will be on hand throughout the day to assist you and to ensure your day runs smoothly, with additional support to help welcome your guests.

  • Ceremony within the Old Chapel £968
  • Ceremony within the Boardroom £847
  • Duo ceremony within centenary woods £968

Call Dereham Registry Office on 03448 008020 to book your registrar well in advance. Discuss the duo ceremony option with your registrar. 

If you hold your reception elsewhere, you must ensure that the ceremony location is cleared and all guests should leave Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse by 5pm.

Your reception

Located within the main courtyard, our 70 by 30 foot frame marquee can accommodate up to 200 guests for your reception. The marquee is dressed for your special event, with a plain dark green carpet and white linings which provide a blank canvas for you to personalise with your own creative ideas. High quality bathroom facilities are also provided for the exclusive use by your guests.

Hire our marquee for an afternoon reception, or a party which extends into the evening, with our range of catering options. To ensure you enjoy your day, couples holding their ceremony and reception at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse may clear personal items and decorations from the venue the following day.

For larger wedding parties, speak to our wedding team about hiring our 60 by 40 foot traditional pole marquee to complement this space.

Our wedding package includes round tables, white linen and golden chairs to accommodate 100 guests. Working with Abacus Marquees, we can offer alternative decorations and furnishings to suit every style and budget, or additional items such as staging for a live band or a dance floor.

Boutique glamping

Give your outdoor wedding some festival charm by offering overnight luxury accommodation under canvas. Our 5m bell tents are pre-pitched with king-sized beds, crisp white linens, towels and bathrobes for that 5-star experience and there are also a range of options available for couples, families and groups, including a private shepherds hut.

On top of that, we offer a VIP bathroom for hire in a purpose built shepherds hut with hot showers and toilets.

For prices and bookings, contact The Original Englampment Co on 01603 397777 or


We have a range of unique extras that can be added to your special day.

  • Let off steam with exclusive access to our exciting woodland adventure playground – perfect for children or those young at heart. Private hire of the adventure playground is available to those booking an afternoon or evening reception, with access from 5.30-7pm.
  • Our garden room is the perfect location for a chill out area or as a great kids’ zone. Hire it for the day and fill it with games or activities to keep younger guests entertained during the speeches.
  • Give your guests the full Gressenhall experience with private timed horse and cart rides around our traditional farm.

As our gift to the happy couple, you will receive joint membership to the Friends of Gressenhall for the coming year, so you can come back and relive the memories of your special day. Our way of celebrating your wedding at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse.

Additional extras

  • Heating for the marquee
  • Friends of Gressenhall membership for the bridal party
  • Norfolk Museums Pass for the bridal party
  • PA system
  • Stage
  • Dance floor
  • 60 x 40 traditional pole marquee and accessories
  • Hire of additional gazebos

Prices for these items are available upon request.