Places to visit in and around Dereham


Bishop Bonner’s Cottage Museum

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 open on most Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays until the end of September: for opening times, please check on our website at http://www.derehamhistory.com/opening-times.html.

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 Leisure Centre

Located in the heart of Dereham, Dereham Leisure Centre is a modern facility offering a 25m swimming pool, 55 station gym, sports hall, indoor bowling hall and a friendly onsite cafe.

Dereham Library Friends

Dereham Library Friends are a group of people who have joined together to:

1 Develop ideas for local activities
2 Plan and hold fundraising activities, library sales, community events or raffles
3 Act as a link between your library and the local community
4 Promote the library and its services

We have already organised many events, activities and talks. You can see some of our activities at our Facebook Group. Search for Dereham Library Friends to find us.
If you would like to join us, please put a request through our Facebook Group or contact a member of staff at Dereham Library on 01362 693184 for details of our next meeting

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. It now hosts a diverse range of theatre music and entertainment all year round.

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

Website http://derehammemorialhall.co.uk/
Email info4fdmh@email.com
Phone 01362 696900
Dereham Windmill

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.

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.

Mid Norfolk Railway

The Mid-Norfolk Railway is owned and operated by the volunteers of the Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust. From our base in Dereham, Norfolk, we operate Heritage Rail services along the 11 mile line to the market town of Wymondham, just outside Norwich. We are also working to extend services north from Dereham towards North Elmham and County School, with an aim of reaching Fakenham in the future.

The Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust was set up in 1995 to buy the line from Wymondham to Dereham. The station at Dereham was cleaned up, and open days held. After building a platform at Rash’s Green near Dereham, passenger trains were run between there and Yaxham in 1995. This was a huge success and provided tangible evidence of the Trust’s achievements and its ability to operate the line. After relaying track into Dereham station in early 1997, the first train ran from the station in the summer

Website http://www.mnr.org.uk/
Email info@mnr.org.uk
Phone 01362 851723
Puzzlescape

At Puzzlescape in Dereham we have a series of escape rooms of varying difficulty. Essentially it is a live game. You and your team will enter a themed room. As the door shuts behind you, the clock will start. You have sixty minutes to work together to find all the clues, solve the puzzles and crack codes, in order to progress through the game and escape the room. It’s not about being clever, it’s about thinking smart, using logic and common sense.

Website https://puzzlescape.co.uk/
Email sales.puzzlescape@gmail.com
Phone 07564 499494
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.

St Withburga’s Well

St Withburga's Well is a holy spring located in the churchyard of St Nicholas in the centre of East Dereham. The water sprang from the grave of St Withburga when her bones were removed.

A plaque records that "The ruins of a tomb which contained the remains of Withburga, youngest daughter of Anna, King of East Angles, who died AD 654. The Abbot and monks of Ely stole this precious relic and translocated to Ely Cathedral, where it was interred near her three royal sisters, AD 974"

Strikes Bowling & Planet Zoom

With our ten lane bowling alley and large children’s indoor soft play area, there is fun for all the family. We have a fully licensed bar and diner serving food from 11am to 8pm.

Enjoy a game of American Pool on one of our pool tables, relax with one of our special drinks including ice cold beers or sodas or sample something tasty from our American style diner menu.

Two american style pool tables and one standard pool table with amusement machines throughout the centre.

Trinity Methodist Church

The story of Methodism in Dereham may well have begun on the very site of Trinity church! The Rev. John Wesley made over forty visits to Norfolk and passed through Dereham frequently on his travels between Norwich and King’s Lynn, along the route of the old A47. Word of his coming went ahead of him and crowds gathered to see the once abused but now venerated evangelist. He records in his journal that, on 3rd October 1788, having come from Lynn on the coach called ‘Expedition’, which held four people, “Going through Dereham about noon I was desired to preach, which I willingly did."

Nowadays, we have numerous clubs and societies. We have our wonderful flower ladies who make sure there are beautiful floral arrangements every Sunday. We have coffee mornings, sales, fetes, plays, musicals, concerts, meals and a 3 day flower festival, as well as all the special services that are important in the church calendar,; Christmas, Easter, Harvest Festival.

Wellspring Family Church

Wellspring Family Church is a friendly, lively, growing Christian Church serving the community of Dereham and the surrounding villages since 2002.
Called to be Salt & Light to Dereham and the surrounding area through worship, prayer, proclamation and service.

Through our Wellspring Family Centre charity we are committed to helping those in need in our local community. We host local community groups like the Mid-Norfolk Foodbank and we also operate our own projects.

Come and join us, a warm welcome awaits.