If you want to help the kids appreciate their relatively easy 21st century lives, take them on a trip to Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse. Actually, this place is great to visit whether you are trying to educate your children or not. The 50-acre site is within lovely unspoilt Norfolk countryside and features a museum of life on the land which looks at how rural folk lives here hundreds of years ago, a traditional farm with rare breed animals and a workhouse in which to see how the very lowest ranks of society were forced to exist up until, quite shockingly, the 1940s. But it’s not just a look-don’t-touch museum - there are lots of lovely hand-on things to do here including trying out the beds in the workhouse, sitting in the 1950s living room (rather a nostalgic experience for those of a certain age), taking a cart ride through the wild-flower strewn fields of the site and having a nose round the wonderful general store. There’s also a children’s woodland playground, a pretty wildlife garden, Norfolk’s oldest working car (a Panhard et Lavassor), home-cooking displays in the farmhouse kitchen and a great café to revive yourself halfway through the day.
Information on Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse , Gressenhall , Dereham
|Opening Times:||Closed for winter season. Re-opens 9 Mar 14|
|Admission:||Adult £9.30, Young Person (4-16) £6.30, Concession £8.30. Museum Pass holders free of charge.|
|Child Friendly:||Children of all ages welcome|
|Location:||On B1146, three miles north west of Dereham. Follow brown signs from A47 and Dereham Town Centre.|
Café, Free parking, Full disabled access, Guided tours, Picnic are with tables, adventure playground, Shop
Review of Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
Posted on by Kathryn ACustomer visited Oct 2012
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is a wonderful place for all ages. We take our grandchildren there who enjoy the fabulous play area, the farm animals and the free tractor rides and steam engines. They also have special event days- Apple Day, Christmas Fair etc and these are great for everyone. The farm and its old fashioned farm house makes you wonder if we've gained anything in our modern world!
There is a lovely walk by the river and through the fields too. A super cafe/ tea room serving simple meals is just the place when you've had enough walking.
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