Visit Norfolk | Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse {Open Farm Sunday}

June 9, 2019

We headed over to Gressenhall farm and workhouse for LEAF #OpenFarmSunday. A chance to learn more about farming in Norfolk and meet some local producers. There’s even a chance for young people to have a go at operating farm machinery as well as enjoying a tractor ride around the farm.

For one day only, access to both the farm and workhouse are free in celebration of this important event in the farming calendar.


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Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is a family-friendly workhouse museum, rural heritage centre, 50-acre estate and working heritage farm. It contains the recently opened ‘Voices of the Workhouse’ exhibition exploring the lives and treatment of some of the poorest people in Victorian society.

The Museum of Norfolk Life with preserved farm machinery and rural collections is also housed within the preserved workhouse building. Outside you can explore historic gardens, orchards and an adventure playground as well as many out-buildings housing pieces of rural Norfolk heritage. On the estate land explore Gressenhall Farm, a working heritage farm where people can learn about and get up close to, the history of farming in rural Norfolk such as the endangered Suffolk Punch Horse of which there are five working the land using traditional methods.

Open farm Sunday at Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse

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A person standing in front of a car

An opportunity to find out about local produces, the makers behind the products as well as a host of animals – from sheep, goats and turkeys. Getting hands on and up close to the farm machinery. With displays from NORMAC and Ben Burgess, a great way for the children to see how they work and just how big the machinery is.

In and around Gressenhall Workhouse

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A basket full of food

In and around Gressenhall courtyard was a chance to learn more about rural communities with County Farms and Lingwood Care Farm. Alongside the fun of trying to guess the weight of a cow. With beautiful displays of wood carving from Adam Flack.

Down on Gressenhall Farm

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A little girl that is standing in the grass

Sheep shearing demonstrations, sheep dog displays and a chance to try butter churning all awaited us down on the Gressenhall Farm. Alongside the opportunity to get up close to some of the different farm animals and see what it’s like to milk a cow.

Although the tractor and trailer rides were a highlight. With the opportunity to get off halfway to meet local farmers, sample their products and find out more about the Suffolk Punch horses.

Woodland playground at Gressenhall

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A young girl sitting on a slide

There is no denying that Gressenhall has one of the most amazing wooden playgrounds and it is suitable for all ages. Home to climbing frames, slides, spiders web and zip wire. As well as a dedicated area for little adventurers. Surrounded by a selection of picnic tables and ample grassed areas for families to enjoy a sit down and lunch together.

Take a look at our Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse Open Farm Sunday video

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