A guide to leisure activities and things to do in and around Dereham
On this page you will find the organisations offering activities for you and your family in and near Dereham.

We also have a guide to clubs and societies and a listing for all play areas in Dereham.

Don’t forget to also check out our Events page to find out events which are coming up soon.
Dereham Community Crafters

The basic aims of the Community Crafters group are

1. To fundraise for local charities in any ways we can, using our crafting skills.

2. To continue to maintain a supportive and inclusive group for everyone regardless of age, gender, ability or any health issues.

3. To share our skills with Care Homes, Special Needs Groups, Youth Groups etc.,

4. To continue with the monthly Crafternoon at Dereham Library.

5. To work on our Christmas Festival.

6. To continue work on our big Textile Wall hanging for the Library.

7. Most important of all to continue to enjoy the friendship of the group and each other’s company!

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

Dereham Walkers are Welcome

"Dereham Walkers are Welcome" or "Dereham WaW" is a not for profit organisation with the aims of:
• Promoting Dereham as a good location for recreational walking for the benefit of local residents, visitors and the tourism economy;
• Working to improve access for the purpose of the enjoyment of the local countryside and facilities for all;
• Monitoring Public Rights of Way (PRoW) within the Dereham Parish boundary to resolve issues early;
• Working to maintain and improve facilities for walkers including, but not restricted to, PRoW and public transport;
• Publicising local PRoW and other walking routes; maintaining membership of the National WaW Network to promote it and Dereham WaW.

Dereham WaW will act in partnership with the community, businesses, relevant groups and Local Authorities to achieve these aims.

Website http://www.derehamwaw.org.uk
Email dtc.fpwarden@talktalk.net
Phone 07505 426750
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
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 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.

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.

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.