Acres of outdoors

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is set in 50 acres of unspoilt Norfolk countryside.  The grounds include a lovely river valley, water meadows, woodlands and country trails.

Adventure playground 

Our fantastic woodland playground is a world of tree houses, walkways and adventure suitable for all ages with a special separate area for younger children.  Come and try our climbing pyramid.

Centenary Wood 

Centenary Wood was planted by local people in 1989 to mark 100 years of Norfolk County Council. It contains a mixture of Norfolk’s native trees including oak, ash, wild cherry, hawthorn and holly.

The wood is managed so that a variety of animals and plants can live here.  Occasionally trees are cut down to allow light to reach the woodland floor, enabling plants such as ferns and fungi to grow.

Visitors can explore the circular path through the wood and see discover the wildlife for themselves.

The Orchard

Norfolk was a major apple producer as apples were grown for eating, cooking, juicing or cider making.  The museum’s orchard is planted on the site of the workhouse burial ground. It was first planted as an orchard in the 1920s.

All the apple trees are traditional East Anglian varieties, so this orchard is a reference library for people seeking to identify their own trees.  Many traditional Norfolk apples are rare today.  Lots of apple orchards were cut down in the 1970s and 1980s.

The orchard helps ensure a sustainable future for historic apple varieties and is managed in partnership with the East of England Apple and Orchard Project (EEAOP).  Each October, EEAOP and Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse join together to celebrate Apple Day.

Gressenhall’s nature watch 

Explore what's happening around the farm, and in some of the hidden corners of Gressenhall, with our nature watch cameras.  The screen is in St Nicholas’ Barn. 

During the spring, the cameras focus in on nest boxes around the farm.  You can look right into the nests and follow the story of the bird family.  Later in the year you can continue to keep track of the wildlife visiting our site and using the bird feeders.

The Nature Watch cameras are part of our wider work to enhance the biodiversity of Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse.