Last week we were lucky enough to be invited to a fabulous press day at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse to try out some of their fun summer activities. We had a brilliant day, really good fun and lovely to explore somewhere I haven’t visited for at least 15 years!
Just outside Dereham, Gressenhall is well signed and easy to find with a substantial carpark. The site is huge, actually spreading across the road to walk down to the farm, so be prepared for a good walk. It is more than manageable with a buggy though.
We started our day exploring the new summer activities that began on Monday. Once Upon a Gressenhall. Upstairs in the collections gallery they have made a lovely reading nook and gathered together information about a lot of local authors, created displays of family favourites and made a really lovely display with a typewriter to use and a dressing up station so you can transform into your favourite character.
We got to listen to a fabulous story and then got to create our own superheroes from spoons and other bits and bobs. L made his very own T-Rex, not your classic hero, but certainly a hero to him.
I loved getting to look round the collections gallery. It’s a fantastic room, filled with interesting collections from the local area. Everything is covered from farming to witchcraft! It was also special for a very personal reason, Gressenhall have actually displayed some of my Great Grandfather’s tools in their Wheelwright collection and they helped me find them during our visit.
After a spot of lunch and playing in the gardens we headed down to the farm to see what had already been going on this summer. We were there for one of the last day of Hooray for Horses, if you caught it you won’t have been disappointed. With colouring stations and interactive displays, like feeling the different types of horse feed and working out what all the different care tools and tack are for we had a great time.
We also got to enjoy a fabulous horse and cart ride pulled by two of Gressenhalls beautiful Suffolk Punch horses. How something so big can be so graceful is beyond me. Not to mention spending a fair amount of time gazing at the new baby piglets, which are just too adorable.
Once we were done exploring the farm we all headed back to the main site for a good old play on the truly epic adventure playground, it’s literally every kid’s dream, there are slides and climbing walls and swings and tunnels and adventure courses. Amazing!
Our visit on Friday gave us a little snapshot of everything Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse has to offer and left us wanting more. So we went back today!!! I had planned on meeting my sister and niece for a catch up today and as they live close to Gressenhall and L was desperate to go back to ‘the farm with the horses’ we all went back.
This visit we got to actually have a look round the workhouse which is filled with brilliant and interesting exhibits, from farm equipment to workhouse history. We went to the laundry rooms, the exercise yards, checked out the school and church and even the village row. We still have a lot to see and may actually go back without the child so we can have a proper read of everything!
We had a very enjoyable picnic lunch and L enjoyed showing his cousin round all the little gardens and finding the chickens before we headed to the farm.
We had a really good walk round the farm today completing the farm stamp trail which is a beautiful walk and the Once Upon a Gressenhall Trail which has you finding fairytale houses for a little prize. Needless to say L loved it and we managed to do all of it with the buggy which was fab.
We will certainly be heading back for another visit soon and my sister was very impressed as well. So we’ve had two great days at Gressenhall and it still has more to offer! I really would recommend it for a summer visit.
*** Special Offer*** If you visit Gressenhall and tell them when you are buying your tickets that you found out about it through my blog and quote ‘Summer Fun’ they will give you a voucher for 10% off in the gift shop which is filled with lovely things to remember your day by.
Disclosure – we were guests of Gressenhall on Friday and they kindly provided us with a free pass to use at any of the Norfolk Museums which we made the most of today. All thoughts, opinions and images are my own.