Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse offers a fun-filled day out for the whole family, with the chance to step back in time and experience how people lived in the workhouse which was once situated here. This fascinating museum covers a 50 acre site and features a historic workhouse building which is home to exhibition galleries, a museum which demonstrates how life was lived working the land, a traditional farm and stretches of land which are great to explore.
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is located half an hour’s drive from the Harpers and whether you are looking for a whole day out or just somewhere to spend a couple of hours, there is plenty to see and do here. Gressenhall is open until the end of October during 2017, and there is a charge for entry unless you are a Norfolk Museums Pass Holder. Children under the age of 4 are also admitted for free.
The Museum features a number of different exhibitions including one known as ‘Voices from the Workhouse’ which specifically looks at stories from those who lived and worked at the workhouse when it was open. It is an interesting and immersive experience which gives valuable and unique insight into what life might really have been like for those who had no choice but to submit themselves to the workhouse and it is well worth a visit to Gressenhall for this exhibition alone. There are also exhibitions here which detail Norfolk life beyond the workhouse walls, transport from the time, the early beginnings of farming in Norfolk and the Land Girls and Lumber Jills who worked in Norfolk during the World Wars.
If you have younger children and are staying at the Harper, north Norfolk then the farm at Gressenhall is a worthwhile attraction to visit with cart rides around the farm, Nature Watch cameras and the chance to get up close to traditional farm animals as well as some rare breeds. The farm here was once used to grow produce for the inmates at the workhouse but is now a more conventional working farm.
Aside from the museum and the farm, there is also 50 acres of unspoilt Norfolk countryside to explore when you visit Gressenhall. The grounds offer a number of different terrains including a river valley, woodlands, country trails and water meadows. There is also a woodland adventure playground for children, an orchard, formal gardens and a Centenary wood. It is the perfect location to bring a picnic and spend some time soaking up the picturesque surroundings before you head on into the museum and farm.
Whilst all this might seem like plenty to keep you going for the day, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse also holds special events throughout the year from days spent learning about the life of a horseman to games of Workhouse Cluedo and just about everything in between. These events take place throughout the year whilst the attraction is open and you can look online to see what might be taking place during your visit.