Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Museum of Norfolk Life

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Museum of Norfolk Life
Gressenhall
Dereham
Norfolk
NR20 4DR
England

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Website

www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/Visit_Us/Gressenhall_Farm_and_Workhouse/index.htm

E-mail

General enquiries

gressenhall.museum@norfolk.gov.uk

Telephone

Enquiries and bookings

01362 860563

24 hour info line

01362 869263

Fax

01362 860385

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Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
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Gressenhall brings together a museum, traditional farm, historic workhouse and beautiful grounds. Explore atmospheric shops and homes, stunning displays and a treasure trove of fascinating objects.

Venue Type:

Museum, Garden, parklands or rural site, Agricultural site

Opening hours

Opening Times
Sunday 8 March – Saturday 24 October 2015 10am to 5pm
Sunday 25 October – Sunday 1 November 2015 10am to 4pm
Monday 15 February – Friday 19 February 2016 10am to 4pm
The museum is closed at all other times except for school visits and special events.

Admission charges

Ticket prices:
Adult: £10.50
Concession £9.50
Concession for visitors with disability, unwaged, over 65s or those in full time education.
Young People (4-18): £7.50
Family ticket (1 adult + all children) £22.00
Family ticket (2 adults + all children) £30.00
Free admission for Norfolk Museums Pass holders, Friends of Gressenhall, and children under 4. Visitors with disabilities may bring one companion in free.
Discounts for groups.
Please note, we do not allow dogs, other than assistance dogs, on site. We would also strongly recommend that animals are not left in locked cars.
We also offer free admission to the Museum Shop and Mardlers’ Rest Café on all non-event days. For a list of event days, please see our Event Calendar.

Discounts

  • Museums Association

Additional info

6 wheelchairs are available free, for use by visitors. The museum offers group discounts plus special deals for play groups and older people in care homes and day centres.

Collection details

Agriculture, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Land Transport, Personalities, Photography, Science and Technology, Social History, Toys and Hobbies

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Sepia shot of World War one soldier, nurse and young woman

Annie's War

  • 17 June 2014 — 27 July 2018 *on now

'Annie's War' is an event for schools that offers an active exploration of life in Norfolk during World War I, seen through the eyes of a local girl. Meet Gracie the Nurse and discover how she cares for wounded troops. Work alongside Olive the Landswoman out in the fields with our Suffolk Punch Horses. Experience an Edwardian school lesson and discover how the Great War even reached the classroom. Listen to stories from the trenches told by Jack the Solider and handle some of his kit. Come together with the rest of the village to raise money for troops with a good old-fashioned sing song and magic lantern show.

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

£4.50 per child
Bursaries available to schools for pilot events in July 2014

Website

http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/Learning

Children hiding in a wicker dent

Gressenhall Goes Wild - A Day with a Difference

  • 4 May 2015 10am-5pm

Meet wilder animals with shows from Jurassic Encounters, the mobile zoo.
Adventure into the woods to get creative with natural crafts, and discover what our woodworkers are creating when you enter the bodgers’ camp.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Standard Museum admission prices apply

Website

http://events.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/public_events.aspx?page=1&event_venue_id=2

Oliver!

Musuems at Night-Oliver! In The Workhouse

  • 16 May 2015 7-10:15pm

Come and enjoy a special showing of the much-loved film version of Oliver!
- starring Ron Moody and Oliver Reed -
within the unique setting of the Gressenhall Workhouse.
Tickets are free for members but advanced booking is essential.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free for Museums Pass holders and Friends of Gressenhall

Website

http://events.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/public_events.aspx?page=1&event_venue_id=2

50's Hairstyle

Rock n Roll at Gressenhall - A Day with a Difference

  • 25 May 2015 10am-5pm

Sit back and enjoy period fashion shows and find out how to get that look as you experience the glamour of the era at Flamingo Amy’s Pop-up Salon.
Hear tunes of the age and learn the latest dance steps.
Fifties fun and games - learn how to hula hoop!
Discover classic cars from a golden era not forgetting to visit the Vintage Market with lots of period treasures on sale.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Standard Museum admission prices apply

Website

http://events.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/public_events.aspx?page=1&event_venue_id=2

Father with daughters looking at car

Big Boys Toys! - A Day with a Difference

  • 21 June 2015 10am-5pm

Meet the Steam Up Team, Gressenhall’s own engineers, before exploring tractors and farm machinery old and new.
Robot Wars! Experience the ultimate interactive robotic combat experience with Robogeddon.
Get creative in Art Attack! Fun for all the family.

Refuel with a complimentary sausage roll in the Mardlers’ Rest Café, free for all dads.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Standard Museum admission prices apply

Website

http://events.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/public_events.aspx?page=1&event_venue_id=2

Bride with wellies on horse cart

The Wedding Fair

  • 12 July 2015 10am-5pm

Meet local suppliers who can help you to make your special day even more memorable, find out how to get the vintage style with Flamingo Amy and her pop-up salon and see our beautiful Old Chapel decorated for the big day. Get creative with some homemade ideas to help personalise your wedding and ‘shop the show’ with plenty of stalls selling fabulous products on the day.

Join us and discover what makes Gressenhall such a unique wedding venue.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Standard Museum admission prices apply. Free admission to pre-booked prospective couples. To pre-book, please see www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/GressenhallWeddings

Website

http://events.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/public_events.aspx?page=1&event_venue_id=2

children hanging out clothes

Summer Story Festival – A Day with a Difference

  • 9 August 2015 10am-5pm

Lend a hand in Cinderella’s kitchen, help the Queen of Hearts find her tarts and decorate your own gingerbread man.
Fun for all the family getting creative in Art Attack, before snuggling down to discover new tales at story time.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Standard Museum admission prices apply

Website

http://events.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/public_events.aspx?page=1&event_venue_id=2

Army man

Village at War

  • 30 — 31 August 2015 10am-5pm

Meet both British and American costumed characters whilst strolling round displays of military and civilian vehicles.
Tap your feet to 1940s music from Timescape.
Monday 31st August will feature a Battle of Britain Memorial Flypast (weather permitting.)

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Special event admission charges apply. See www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/Gressenhall for more information.

Website

http://events.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/public_events.aspx?page=1&event_venue_id=2

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Heritage Open Day

  • 13 September 2015 10am-5pm

To celebrate this national heritage event, admission to Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is free with behind the scenes access to the Historic Environment Service.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission

Website

http://events.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/public_events.aspx?page=1&event_venue_id=2

Horses ploughing

Horse Power! - A Day with a Difference

  • 27 September 2015 10am-5pm

Meet the horses and discover the different breeds whilst finding out the role of heavy horses in modern landscape management.
In conjunction with Eastern Counties Heavy Horse Association.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Standard Museum admission prices apply

Website

http://events.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/public_events.aspx?page=1&event_venue_id=2

Girl in apple tree

Apple Day

  • 18 October 2015 10am-5pm

Come and celebrate apples and all things autumnal!

Play apple games and see apples being pressed, watch local craftsmen demonstrating their skills and take the opportunity to taste apple juice or scrumptious cider.

Stroll around the orchard with its traditional Norfolk varieties. Even bring your “mystery” apples to be identified!

Buy fresh local meats, autumnal fruits, preserves and cakes.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Special event admission charges apply. See www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/Gressenhall for more information.

Website

http://events.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/public_events.aspx?page=1&event_venue_id=2

witches at school

Museums at Night-Ghostly Gressenhall

  • 30 — 31 October 2015 6-8pm

Attend our magical lessons at Gressenhall Academy for Wizardry and Witchcraft and see if you can graduate top of the class. Dress up for the occasion in your scariest costume. Advance booking for this event is essential.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Booking essential. To book, tel. 01362 869251.
Tickets £6.00 / Museums Pass holders £5.00 / Under 4s free

Website

http://events.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/public_events.aspx?page=1&event_venue_id=2

Santa

Victorian Family Christmas

  • 20 — 21 December 2015 10am-2:30pm

Advance booking for this event is essential. To book, tel. 01362 869251

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • Any age

Admission

Booking essential. To book, tel. 01362 869251
Tickets £8.00 / Museums Pass holders £7.00 / Under 4s free

Website

http://events.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/public_events.aspx?page=1&event_venue_id=2

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