Published: Thursday 11th Sep 2014

Written by: Laura Foster

Looking for somewhere great to take the children?

After a recent day out with friends I can highly recommend Gressenhall Workhouse and Farm.Located just ten miles south of Fakenham, Gressenhall is a truly unique museum where you can learn all about the lives of Norfolk people from the past.

During our visit we explored the vast selection of museum displays including the workhouse, general store, farmhouse kitchen, 1950s living room, collection gallery, engine room and school. We enjoyed taking in all the exhibit information and learning some interesting facts and the children were kept entertained with various interactive activities around the museum displays, such as dressing up, picture rubbings, puzzles and games.The laundry room did freak us all out! Which after looking at other visitor reviews, seems to indicate we are not the only ones to get a spooky vibe…. So would suggest only enter, if you’re feeling brave!

After exploring the museum to the maximum we all headed to the amazing woodland playground, with tunnels, swings, monkey bars, climbing ropes, a zip wire swing and a number of slides including a huge one (which a cheeky 4 year old even somehow managed to convince me to go down, never again!)     

Like most family attractions you are welcome to bring your own food and there are plenty of picnic table/areas to sit at, we however decided to try the café and were very pleased with the good variety on offer and can especially recommend the excellent homemade quiches. 

After lunch it was time to head to the traditional working farm, we got to see all the East Anglian breeds that would have been common in our farmyards 100 years ago including Red Poll Cattle, Norfolk Horn Sheep, Large Black Pigs, Goats and Marsh Daisy Chickens. Along with seeing the animals the children had a treasure trail card and collected stamps around the farm and along the pleasant river walk. We also got to have a cart ride, pulled by two very impressive stunning Suffolk Punch Horses.

Finally after another go on the playground and the all-important ice-creams we headed to the gift shop to hand in our completed treasure trail cards and the children were pleased to receive complementary badges for their efforts.

So a good day was had by all and if you feel you want to visit……How about at no cost?!!! On Sunday 14th September Gressenhall is part of the Heritage Open Days, so FREE admission for all! 10.00am - 17.00pm.Have a great day!

Laura Foster
Laura Foster


Enjoys running, cycling, going to the theatre and supporting Norwich City Football Club.


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