Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse. Museum of Norfolk Life. Part of Norfolk Museums Service. Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is a truly unique museum.
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Visit its 50-acre site and discover the historic workhouse, thrilling adventure playground, traditional farm with rare breed animals and beautiful, unspoilt grounds.

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Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse is a place for laughter and fun 😆Will you be joining us on site today?Did you know.. We are...
01/08/2021

Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse is a place for laughter and fun 😆

Will you be joining us on site today?

Did you know.. We are now accepting walk ins on the day, so come along and enjoy a day out at #Gressenhall

Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse is a place for laughter and fun 😆

Will you be joining us on site today?

Did you know.. We are now accepting walk ins on the day, so come along and enjoy a day out at #Gressenhall

What’s on this weekend?Sat & Sun – Burn off energy at Gressenhall with our family fun activities, themed ‘terrific tract...
31/07/2021

What’s on this weekend?

Sat & Sun – Burn off energy at Gressenhall with our family fun activities, themed ‘terrific tractors’.

Sun only – As part of the event Demonstration Sunday, we are delighted to welcome Mid Norfolk Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers with a demonstration of their many skills and talent.

🎟️ All activities are included in general admission. Pre booking is not required.

What’s on this weekend?

Sat & Sun – Burn off energy at Gressenhall with our family fun activities, themed ‘terrific tractors’.

Sun only – As part of the event Demonstration Sunday, we are delighted to welcome Mid Norfolk Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers with a demonstration of their many skills and talent.

🎟️ All activities are included in general admission. Pre booking is not required.

If you visited us in April, you would have received a gift of wildflower seeds 🌺🐝Did you plant them in your garden? If s...
30/07/2021

If you visited us in April, you would have received a gift of wildflower seeds 🌺🐝

Did you plant them in your garden? If so, by now they will be providing an array of colour and a valuable food source for insects.

We would love to see your wildflowers, share them with us by using #Gressenhall

#FarmFriday

If you visited us in April, you would have received a gift of wildflower seeds 🌺🐝

Did you plant them in your garden? If so, by now they will be providing an array of colour and a valuable food source for insects.

We would love to see your wildflowers, share them with us by using #Gressenhall

#FarmFriday

It’s not just the objects on display which tell a story, at Gressenhall it’s the building itself.The workhouse was built...
28/07/2021

It’s not just the objects on display which tell a story, at Gressenhall it’s the building itself.

The workhouse was built in 1777, one of the earliest ‘Houses of Industry’ in Norfolk. The building was used as a workhouse until 1948 when it became a care home for the elderly. It has now been a museum for over 40 years.

Look carefully at the workhouse stairs and you can see that the treads have been worn down by the many people who have walked its corridors over time.

#WorkhouseWednesday

It’s not just the objects on display which tell a story, at Gressenhall it’s the building itself.

The workhouse was built in 1777, one of the earliest ‘Houses of Industry’ in Norfolk. The building was used as a workhouse until 1948 when it became a care home for the elderly. It has now been a museum for over 40 years.

Look carefully at the workhouse stairs and you can see that the treads have been worn down by the many people who have walked its corridors over time.

#WorkhouseWednesday

Last week we were delighted to welcome @sensationalfamilies to Gressenhall to evaluate our new adventure playground.The ...
27/07/2021

Last week we were delighted to welcome @sensationalfamilies to Gressenhall to evaluate our new adventure playground.

The new playground incorporates many new features to enhance accessibility for our visitors.

These include improved access to the toilets, new equipment promoting sensory stimulation, a double width low level slide, space allowance for parent/ carer supervision, brand-new rubber bonded flooring on specific play equipment and a new basket swing.

We hope you enjoyed our first Demonstration Sunday session, cooking using forged foods. Next up… we are delighted to wel...
26/07/2021

We hope you enjoyed our first Demonstration Sunday session, cooking using forged foods.

Next up… we are delighted to welcome Mid Norfolk Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers with a demonstration of their many skills and talent.

Sunday 1 August, 10am to 4.30pm.

🎟 Activity included in general admission.

📸 @ mark_johson_esquire

We hope you enjoyed our first Demonstration Sunday session, cooking using forged foods.

Next up… we are delighted to welcome Mid Norfolk Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers with a demonstration of their many skills and talent.

Sunday 1 August, 10am to 4.30pm.

🎟 Activity included in general admission.

📸 @ mark_johson_esquire

There is beauty all around you 🍃#Gressenhall
26/07/2021

There is beauty all around you 🍃

#Gressenhall

There is beauty all around you 🍃

#Gressenhall

Join us today for our family fun activities and our FIRST Demonstration Sunday session, cooking using foraged foods. The...
25/07/2021

Join us today for our family fun activities and our FIRST Demonstration Sunday session, cooking using foraged foods.

The weather is looking dry 🌤

#Event #Demonstration #Norfolk #Cooking #Foods #ForagedFoods #Foraged #Gressenhall #FarmHouse #Cottage

Join us today for our family fun activities and our FIRST Demonstration Sunday session, cooking using foraged foods.

The weather is looking dry 🌤

#Event #Demonstration #Norfolk #Cooking #Foods #ForagedFoods #Foraged #Gressenhall #FarmHouse #Cottage

Let out your inner Picasso at Gressenhall.Our giant chalk boards bring hours of endless fun 🎨 #Gressenhall #Holiday #Sum...
24/07/2021

Let out your inner Picasso at Gressenhall.

Our giant chalk boards bring hours of endless fun 🎨

#Gressenhall #Holiday #SummerHoliday #Art #Craft #SchoolsOut #Summer #ChildrenActivities

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Let out your inner Picasso at Gressenhall.

Our giant chalk boards bring hours of endless fun 🎨

#Gressenhall #Holiday #SummerHoliday #Art #Craft #SchoolsOut #Summer #ChildrenActivities

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It is the first weekend of the summer holiday and our Terrific Tractors summer activities 🥳✨What's going on?Test your fa...
24/07/2021

It is the first weekend of the summer holiday and our Terrific Tractors summer activities 🥳✨

What's going on?

Test your farming knowledge with our fun trail and quizzes.
Have fun being creative on our giant chalkboards.
Run, jump and hop your way to the end of our fun obstacle course.
Jump on board a pedal tractor and help bring in the harvest.
Get your pencil ready, it is time to draw a tractor!
Finish your day with a fun game of charades.

🎟️ Activities included in general admission.

It is the first weekend of the summer holiday and our Terrific Tractors summer activities 🥳✨

What's going on?

Test your farming knowledge with our fun trail and quizzes.
Have fun being creative on our giant chalkboards.
Run, jump and hop your way to the end of our fun obstacle course.
Jump on board a pedal tractor and help bring in the harvest.
Get your pencil ready, it is time to draw a tractor!
Finish your day with a fun game of charades.

🎟️ Activities included in general admission.

Roger, our Norfolk Horn ram, enjoying feeding time on Gressenhall Farm 🐑Nom nom! #FarmFriday
23/07/2021

Roger, our Norfolk Horn ram, enjoying feeding time on Gressenhall Farm 🐑

Nom nom!

#FarmFriday

Roger, our Norfolk Horn ram, enjoying feeding time on Gressenhall Farm 🐑

Nom nom!

#FarmFriday

22/07/2021

📣 *Sound on* 📣

The swifts putting on a good display this morning.

Swifts spend the winter in Africa but travel to Britain every year in April and May.

Stand in the Gressenhall Laundry courtyard and you will see them soaring overhead.

They are dark brown in colour, but against the sky they appear black. They have with a small, pale patch on their throat and a forked tail.

They can often be spotted in groups, calling to each other with high-pitched screams.

Swifts spend most of their lives flying – even sleeping, eating and drinking. They only ever land to nest.

Summer holiday starts today 🥳We are delighted to be hosting an exciting events programme for the summer holiday period ✨...
22/07/2021

Summer holiday starts today 🥳

We are delighted to be hosting an exciting events programme for the summer holiday period ✨

Perfectly curated to offer events and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Is there anything better than a day out at Gressenhall?

Please visit the link below for our full events programme.
http://ow.ly/HZW350Fxm9G

#WhatsOnNorfolk #VisitNorfolk #EnjoyNorfolk

Summer holiday starts today 🥳

We are delighted to be hosting an exciting events programme for the summer holiday period ✨

Perfectly curated to offer events and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Is there anything better than a day out at Gressenhall?

Please visit the link below for our full events programme.
http://ow.ly/HZW350Fxm9G

#WhatsOnNorfolk #VisitNorfolk #EnjoyNorfolk

We are very excited to be welcoming an art installation, by artist Kate Munro, to Gressenhall this summer! ☀️Here is a s...
20/07/2021

We are very excited to be welcoming an art installation, by artist Kate Munro, to Gressenhall this summer! ☀️

Here is a sneak peek of what is to come...

This sculpture is a result of a science-art collaboration, exploring the link between food security and biodiversity, and linked to the Dippy the Dinosaur visit at Norwich Cathedral.

Pupils in 4 rural Norfolk schools learnt about growing wheat- an essential crop for feeding an ever-increasing population- and some of the diseases, especially yellow stem rust, that can threaten its production.

📸 Kate Munro

#DippyOnTour #NorwichDippyOnTour #Norwich #NorwichCatherdral #VisitNorfolk #VisitNorwich

Norwich Cathedral

We are very excited to be welcoming an art installation, by artist Kate Munro, to Gressenhall this summer! ☀️

Here is a sneak peek of what is to come...

This sculpture is a result of a science-art collaboration, exploring the link between food security and biodiversity, and linked to the Dippy the Dinosaur visit at Norwich Cathedral.

Pupils in 4 rural Norfolk schools learnt about growing wheat- an essential crop for feeding an ever-increasing population- and some of the diseases, especially yellow stem rust, that can threaten its production.

📸 Kate Munro

#DippyOnTour #NorwichDippyOnTour #Norwich #NorwichCatherdral #VisitNorfolk #VisitNorwich

Norwich Cathedral

Thank you Visit Norfolk for sharing our exciting events programme 🎉Perfectly curated to offer events and activities for ...
19/07/2021
Summer of fun at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum

Thank you Visit Norfolk for sharing our exciting events programme 🎉

Perfectly curated to offer events and activities for the whole family to enjoy!

👉 https://www.visitnorfolk.co.uk/inspire/Gressenhall-Summer-2021.aspx

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is delighted to reveal its events programme for the summer holiday period. Perfectly curated to offer events and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Starting the summer off, Gressenhall will be offering a wide range of additional children's activities throughout....

A beautiful addition to Gressenhall 💙 🐝This plant is a Geranium x magnificum. It has a rather short flowering season but...
15/07/2021

A beautiful addition to Gressenhall 💙 🐝

This plant is a Geranium x magnificum.

It has a rather short flowering season but a stunning colour and makes for a real show in the Cottage Garden. It is also hardy, vigorous, and trouble-free, all qualities valuable for the Gressenhall borders.

The weather is looking dry and warm this weekend, so why not pop down to Gressenhall and see these flowers in real life.

One week to go! 🌟SUMMER HOLIDAY: TERRIFIC TRACTORS Thursday 22 July - Sunday 15 AugustWhat’s going on?Test your farming ...
15/07/2021

One week to go! 🌟

SUMMER HOLIDAY: TERRIFIC TRACTORS
Thursday 22 July - Sunday 15 August

What’s going on?

Test your farming knowledge with our fun quizzes.
Have fun being creative on our giant chalkboards.
Run, jump and hop your way to the end of our fun obstacle course.
Jump on board a pedal tractor and help bring in the harvest.
Get your pencil ready, it's time to draw a tractor!
Finish your day with a fun game of charades.

🎟️ Activities included in general admission.

One week to go! 🌟

SUMMER HOLIDAY: TERRIFIC TRACTORS
Thursday 22 July - Sunday 15 August

What’s going on?

Test your farming knowledge with our fun quizzes.
Have fun being creative on our giant chalkboards.
Run, jump and hop your way to the end of our fun obstacle course.
Jump on board a pedal tractor and help bring in the harvest.
Get your pencil ready, it's time to draw a tractor!
Finish your day with a fun game of charades.

🎟️ Activities included in general admission.

#MoreInCommonsThere has been common land in Norfolk from Roman times. After the Norman conquest in 1066, the rights to u...
14/07/2021

#MoreInCommons

There has been common land in Norfolk from Roman times. After the Norman conquest in 1066, the rights to use common land were formalised. The land was owned by a Lord. Local people had the right to pasture livestock, fish, take wood and fuel.

Over the years commoners rights were reduced and they were banned from hunting on the land. This was one of the reasons for Kett’s rebellion in 1549.

Despite riots and rebellions, commons were gradually reduced during the 16th and 17th centuries. Wealthy Landowners ‘enclosed’ parcels of land.

Enclosure continued alongside changes in technology and agriculture in the 17th and 18th centuries. Many people moved to cities. The commons that remained were poor quality farming land. During the 19th century efforts to maintain them as wildlife preserves began.

📸 Richard Osbourne

#Commons #NatureInspired #NWT #NorfolkWildlifeTrust #MoreInCommons #LockdownInCommons #FutureInCommons #Exhibition #TemporaryExhibition

Collections care starts with good housekeeping!We regularly clean the museum stores to keep them free from dust and dirt...
14/07/2021

Collections care starts with good housekeeping!

We regularly clean the museum stores to keep them free from dust and dirt and to discourage pests. Here’s Sami and Anne cleaning in the furniture and art store.

#BehindTheScenes #WorkhouseWednesday

The most asked about plant at Gressenhall! 🤍The Cornus kousa is spectacular when in bloom and is not often seen. It will...
12/07/2021

The most asked about plant at Gressenhall! 🤍

The Cornus kousa is spectacular when in bloom and is not often seen.

It will sometimes set strawberry-like edible fruit and the leaves colour well in autumn.

#Flower #Flowers #CottageGarden #Gressenhall #Gardens #Gardening #Gardener #Gardeners #VisitorAttraction #WalledGarden #HistoricGarden

As well as a member of the front of house team, Alice is also a garden volunteer! 🍃🌺"I have been volunteering here for o...
11/07/2021

As well as a member of the front of house team, Alice is also a garden volunteer! 🍃🌺

"I have been volunteering here for over nine years. I love Gressenhall and gardening ... it is something I can do to make a positive difference to visitors and staff".

Thanks Alice!

#Flower #Flowers #CottageGarden #Gressenhall #Gardens #Gardening #Gardener #Gardeners #VisitorAttraction #Volunteer #Volunteering #WalledGarden #HistoricGarden

As well as a member of the front of house team, Alice is also a garden volunteer! 🍃🌺

"I have been volunteering here for over nine years. I love Gressenhall and gardening ... it is something I can do to make a positive difference to visitors and staff".

Thanks Alice!

#Flower #Flowers #CottageGarden #Gressenhall #Gardens #Gardening #Gardener #Gardeners #VisitorAttraction #Volunteer #Volunteering #WalledGarden #HistoricGarden

Get crafty during Art Attack 🖍️🎨Tomorrow, we will be making tiaras and crowns. We can not wait to see your wonderful cre...
10/07/2021

Get crafty during Art Attack 🖍️🎨

Tomorrow, we will be making tiaras and crowns. We can not wait to see your wonderful creations!

Sunday's 4, 11 & 18 July, 10am - 4pm.

🎟️ Activity included in general admission.

#Crafts #ChildrenCrafts #NaturalCrafts #Gressenhall #Summer #Norfolk #VisitNorfolk #ExploreNorfolk #Explore #Discover #Adventure #DiscoverNorfolk #NorfolkStaycation #Wildlife #Nature #DaysOutInNorfolk #FamilyTime #NatureWalks #NaturalPlay #NorfolkFun #ExploreOutdoors #NorfolkBloggers #Weekend #WeekendTreat

Get crafty during Art Attack 🖍️🎨

Tomorrow, we will be making tiaras and crowns. We can not wait to see your wonderful creations!

Sunday's 4, 11 & 18 July, 10am - 4pm.

🎟️ Activity included in general admission.

#Crafts #ChildrenCrafts #NaturalCrafts #Gressenhall #Summer #Norfolk #VisitNorfolk #ExploreNorfolk #Explore #Discover #Adventure #DiscoverNorfolk #NorfolkStaycation #Wildlife #Nature #DaysOutInNorfolk #FamilyTime #NatureWalks #NaturalPlay #NorfolkFun #ExploreOutdoors #NorfolkBloggers #Weekend #WeekendTreat

Get crafty during Art Attack 🖍️🎨Tomorrow, we will be making tiaras and crowns. We can not wait to see your wonderful cre...
10/07/2021

Get crafty during Art Attack 🖍️🎨

Tomorrow, we will be making tiaras and crowns. We can not wait to see your wonderful creations!

Sunday's 4, 11 & 18 July, 10am - 4pm.

🎟️ Activity included in general admission.

Get crafty during Art Attack 🖍️🎨

Tomorrow, we will be making tiaras and crowns. We can not wait to see your wonderful creations!

Sunday's 4, 11 & 18 July, 10am - 4pm.

🎟️ Activity included in general admission.

For this weeks #FarmFriday we are looking at bees! 🐝Bees are a vital component of a healthy environment, they provide an...
09/07/2021

For this weeks #FarmFriday we are looking at bees! 🐝

Bees are a vital component of a healthy environment, they provide an invaluable service for biodiversity by pollinating flowers and crops.

Did you know?

At Gressenhall we host two hives of honey bees which are carefully looked after by our beekeeper Venetia Rist.

The bees collect nectar and pollen from a wide variety of plants, the nectar to make honey, and the pollen to feed their brood. They will regularly fly up to three miles to a good food source but can travel even further if necessary.

In a normal year, the bees will overwinter as a clustered ball of about 20,000 bees surrounding the queen. In Spring the queen will start laying again and the colony can build up to about 60,000 bees. In the Summer, bees only live for six weeks, so the queen is continually laying eggs, up to 2,000 eggs per day, to keep up the numbers. In the winter the bees live for about six months as there is no foraging to be done and no brood to rear.

Honey bees have a natural way of increasing the number of colonies through swarming, usually in May and June. When their nest becomes overcrowded, they rear a new queen. The old queen leaves the hive with up to half the bees and they look for a new home. The swarm usually emerges from the hive at about 10.30 in the morning, and ‘hangs up’ in a nearby tree. They will stay there, quietly, until the scout bees have found a suitable home for them to go to. Once they decide where that will be, they will take off all together, maybe later that same day or the next day mid-morning. The sound is impressively loud, but the swarm poses no threat, they are on a mission. Beekeepers try to collect the swarm and put it in a new hive to start a new colony.

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Gressenhall, Dereham, Norfolk
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Great day out again, it’s such a wonderful team of friendly people too. The kids loved the activities!
We visited the museum today (Thursday 3rd June) and had a lovely day. But my son left behind his beloved monkey that he has had since he was born. If anyone found her around the farm, museum, cafe area or cottage gardens please let me know (07793244408). We have one heartbroken little boy here 😭
Hello, PLEASE HELP! My daughter lost her teddy while visiting yesterday 2nd June. Is there a lost and found? General office number I can ring to chat to someone about finding teddy? We think it was lost in the play area. Teddy is about 20cm tall and light brown. Thank you.
We came for a visit today (our first since lockdown lifting) and I wanted to say how well organised and safe everything is at gressenhall. I am a bit biased with my Dad being a staff member, but I genuinely couldn’t fault the covid precautions. Lovely to see the newborn calf and as always a visit to the cafe for a cuppa! The park is fantastic too!!! We have missed you GF&WH ❤️
Great effort by staff yesterday for the first stage of reopening. Looking forward to a safe move towards normality.
Thought you would like to see ,my daily walk
Today is White Ribbon Day campaigning to end violence against women. In the past the workhouse provided a sanctuary for women and children escaping abuse and domestic violence. In 1908 Polly Took was taken into Gressenhall workhouse suffering from malnourishment and rickets. She died shortly after after. Later the workhouse took custody of the other Took children to protect them until they were 18. Today Norfolk County Council continue this valuable work. Together we work for a day when it won't be required.
A lovely day
Visit Breckland, as there's so much to see.
We had a lovely morning with you yesterday! The kids had a fabulous time regardless of the play area not being available. Lovely walk round the farm and river with fun crafts to complete at the museum 😊 Staff were wonderful and engaging with the kids too 👍🏻
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