Arts and cultural organisations and businesses


Dereham Blues Festival

Dereham Blues Festival takes place every July, during the second full weekend. Each year, more than 120 bands apply to play at the festival and about half of these will play at least once over the course of a long weekend, from Thursday to Sunday. That adds up to over 100 free entry performances that are hosted in local bars and cafes. Apart from the ticketed launch concert, all the gigs are free to enter and close to the centre of Dereham town, in walking distance of free car parks. It is a real feast for lovers of live music and blues music. Several venues have music in their gardens and offer barbecues and hog roasts or craft ales on sale in the garden.

Dereham Community Crafters

Dereham Community Crafters are a supportive, informal and inclusive craft group. We share our skills and enjoy one another’s company whilst using those crafting skills for many different projects locally.

We make craft items for various groups and events in and around the town. But our main aim is to provide a friendly, inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome and that they can contribute in some way to the wellbeing of the town.

Dereham Town Football Club

Dereham Town FC Sports & Leisure is a Members Club (unincorporated entity) based in mid-Norfolk. The day-to-day running of the Club is overseen by a Management Committee, elected annually by members at the AGM, and in accordance with Club Rules. We are an FA Charter Standard Club.

We are the 3rd largest club in Norfolk and members of the (PitchingIn) Isthmian League and (Thurlow Nunn) Eastern Counties Youth Football Leagues. We take part in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy every season. We are also the home of Dereham Town Academy (DESA) and a higher education course run by East Coast College. Please do keep an eye out for upcoming fixtures as both new and old supporters are always welcome.

Aldiss Park:
The ground has covered seating for 150 and covered standing for 300. We are a stones throw from the A47, in the heart of Norfolk. If you are using a sat nav our postcode is NR20 3PX. If you are travelling to Aldiss Park by car we have free parking for 300 cars, including disabled parking for blue badge holders only.

We have a fully accessible licensed bar and kitchen that can supply a range of hot and cold food on matchdays.

Sponsorship Options
Sponsorship is integral to the running of the club and we have numerous options available from pitch side boards to match day sponsors. With tens of thousands visiting Aldiss Park each season, it is a great way to build brand awareness locally whilst supporting your local club.

Function Room
We have a large function room available that is perfect for any occasion, from weddings and birthdays to wakes and corporate training days. Please do contact us if you are interested in using this space.

Dereham Windmill Charity

Enjoy a visit to a Grade 2 Listed Windmill built in 1835. No longer used as a working mill, it has been restored by the Dereham Windmill Charity Trustees, Volunteers and Friends and reopened as a popular Exhibition Centre. There are five floors and although the steps are steep they are sturdy with good handrails. The latest addition is a hologram of a Miller on the first floor who talks about life in the Windmill years ago! The windmill is set in extensive grounds with a detached tea room owned by the Partea Hut which serves coffee/tea and delicious home made scones, cakes and other refreshments. Full disabled facilities are available within the tea room and grounds, including a specially adapted picnic bench.

Friends of Dereham Memorial Hall

Dereham Memorial Hall was built in 1818 and was originally a coachworks. During the First World War it became the Picture Palace, showing silent films. In 1934 it was converted into a heated swimming pool, which is still underneath the Hall’s floor to this day. In the winter the pool was boarded up and the Hall became a dance and concert venue.

During the Second World War it became a cinema again; now known as the Pool Cinema. The Urban District Council purchased the Hall and, in 1949, it was renamed the Memorial Hall in honour of those who lost their lives in the two World Wars.

In December 2011 the hall was reopened by Dereham Town Council after an 18 month and £2.3 million refurbishment and extension as a multi-use community facility capable of accommodating professional shows and community activities. It now hosts a diverse range of theatre music and entertainment all year round.

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

There is always fun to be had at Gressenhall! Discover the history of Norfolk’s rural life inside a historic workhouse, with fascinating objects and interactive displays.

Stand in the evocative workhouse settings, face to face with projections of staff and inmates and listen to first-hand stories from the people who once walked these whitewashed corridors.

This unique museum hosts a traditional working farm, home to the magnificent Suffolk Punch horses, a wildlife rich river walk and woodland, and an adventure playground nestled within 50 acres of Norfolk countryside. Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse makes a superb setting for themed event days, family fun activities, school holiday excitement and workshops in traditional crafts. Visitors can also treat themselves to some delicious home cooked food from The Mardlers Rest Cafe.

Find Gressenhall online at:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GressenhallFW
Twitter: @GressenhallFW
Instagram: @Gressenhall_FW

Mid Norfolk Singers

The Mid-Norfolk Singers were established in 1946 as an educational evening class. Over the years we have grown in numbers to approximately 85, and have expanded our repertoire as a consequence, but the basis of our constitution remains the same, ‘The education of our members and the general public, in the art and appreciation of choral music’. As a choir we receive no financial support from local government and so our work is dependent upon our members and of the general public support of our performances. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings at 7.30 at The Salvation Army hall in Dereham. We give three performances a year at Christmas, Easter and in the Summer. Our selection of music reflects these occasions. You can see examples of our repertoire on our website.

Orion Cinema

Dereham’s own Independent Cinema located in the heart of the town.

Showing the latest releases and offering tickets, snacks and drinks at affordable prices.

Whether it be a date-night or a family outing, the Orion Cinema offers state of the art presentation right here in the heart of the Community.

Our Screens are available to hire for private screenings, parties or groups wishing to see a special film.

Website http://www.oriondereham.co.uk
Email enquiries@orioncinema.com
Phone 01362 691133
St Nicholas Parish Church

St Nicholas Church at Dereham is the largest church within the Dereham and District Team. The mission of St. Nicholas is to bring the Christian message to the people of Dereham. We do this through regular services, Messy Church, working with other Christian denominations in the town, holding huge numbers of weddings and baptisms, and much more besides.
St. Nicholas runs several groups, including ‘Tea n Tots’, ‘Hymn-sing’ and ‘Thursday men’. Details can be found on our website.

The Church is centrally placed just off the Market Square and aims to be a central part of the community. In addition to the usual weekly services, special services such as the annual Festival of Remembrance in November and the Battle of Britain service in September provide civic occasions for the whole community. The magnificent building is also ideal for concerts and recitals with many musicians making use of the facilities.

You can find us on Facebook too: www.facebook.com/stnicsdereham