Arts and cultural organisations


Bishop Bonner’s Cottage Museum

55 years of the Bishop Bonner's Cottage Museum 1963 - 2018

Virtually untouched by the 21st century, this beautiful timber-framed, thatched building is particularly noted for its unusual coloured pargetting. Originally three cottages, it is the oldest surviving domestic building in Dereham, and with its original sloping ceilings, tiny rooms, twisting staircases and wooden beams, it is easy to imagine how the many previous inhabitants lived here in the past. It is now the town’s Museum, with the building itself being perhaps the Museum’s single most important resource.

The museum is now closed until 2019: for opening times, probably from May, check on our website and go to opening times.

Website  http://www.derehamhistory.com/museum.html
E-mail      amandalovejoy666@gmail.com
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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.

Website  http://www.derehambluesfestival.org.uk/
E-mail      derehambluesfestival@gmail.com
Phone     01362 695084
Dereham Jazz Society

Dereham Jazz Society promotes live jazz from its base at Dereham Golf Club, Dereham, Norfolk. We are a ‘not for profit’ organisation run by unpaid volunteers. The Society meets in a friendly, informal atmosphere on the fourth Thursday of the month throughout the year, except for the month of December when the gig is held in the middle of the month. We aim to provide a wide variety of jazz performance. Music styles vary from month to month and include traditional, mainstream, bebop, hot club, and modern jazz. As well as providing a platform for some fine local musicians, we also bring talent from London and overseas.
Events are published in a gig sheet posted or emailed to jazz fans on our mailing list. Up-to-date information is also available on our web site. If you want to receive our lists, please contact us via the website and provide a postal or an email address and we will add you to the mailing.

Dereham Golf Club Function Room is a comfortable venue with a capacity of 60+ seated at tables. There is a licensed bar and food is available. Entry is pay-on-the-door and there is easy parking on the premises.

Website  https://www.derehamjazzsociety.com/
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Dereham Memorial Hall

Dereham Memorial Hall was built in 1818 and was originally a coachworks. During the First World War it was turned into 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.

A separate, voluntary organisation, 'the Friends of Dereham Memorial Hall', promotes a wide range of shows and produce a 6 monthly brochure of all public events.

Tickets for current events on sale at www.ticketsource.co.uk/fodmh

Website  http://derehammemorialhall.co.uk/
E-mail      info4fdmh@email.com
Phone     01362 696900
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 and not suitable for all, a video presentation on the ground floor tells the story of the windmill and includes footage of the upper floors and exhibitions. 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 Coffee Shop serving coffee/tea and delicious home made cakes. Full disabled facilities are available within the coffee shop and grounds, including a specially adapted picnic bench.

Website  http://www.derehamwindmill.co.uk/
E-mail      bb.kwebb@btinternet.com
Phone     01362691164
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Enjoy a fascinating journey through the story of rural Norfolk, at this museum and traditional farm set in 50 acres of beautiful countryside.

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

Visit ‘Land Girls and Lumber Jills’, old village shops, recreated cottage garden, orchard and traditional farm with rare breed livestock.

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse makes a superb setting for a great day out for all the family. You’ll need a whole day to begin to discover all its wonders.

St Nicholas Parish Church

St Nicholas Church at Dereham is the largest church within the 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.