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 and District Flower Club – 2024 Programme now available

We aim to stimulate and encourage interest in the art of flower arranging. We arrange demonstrations, floral design workshops, lessons and club outings.

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 Golf Club

Set in the heart of the beautiful Norfolk countryside you will find one of the best 9-hole golf courses in the region. Dereham Golf Club is a wonderfully picturesque parkland course. Its unique appeal as a 9-hole course is enhanced by 17 very different tee positions. The Club’s existence dates back to 1934 and has a traditional style clubhouse which overlooks the first tee and the final green. There is a spacious lounge bar and a separate dining area where bar snacks and meals are available. Come and visit Dereham Golf Club where you can be assured of a very warm Norfolk welcome.

Website https://derehamgolfclub.com/
Email office@derehamgolfclub.com
Phone 01362 695900
Dereham Leisure Centre

Located at the heart of our town, Dereham Leisure Centre is a modern facility with a very friendly team who are dedicated to helping you achieve your individual fitness goals. The centre comprises of:

25m swimming pool
Learner pool
55 station air conditioned gym
Classes studio
4 court sports hall
State of the art indoor cycling studio
Indoor bowling arena
4 outdoor tennis courts

If you are nervous about getting in the pool or would like to improve your technique, don’t worry as we have swimming lessons available for all ages and abilities. 

Dereham Leisure Centre
Station Road, Dereham, NR19 1DF
01362 639419

Contact us: https://www.leisurecentre.com/dereham-leisure-centre/contact-us
Website https://www.leisurecentre.com/dereham-leisure-centre

You can use any of our facilities on a pay as you go basis or make the commitment to yourself and take out one of our great value membership packages for individuals, couples, families, or juniors and start your way to a fun and fitter future today. Our full access memberships provide unlimited use of public swimming sessions, fitness classes, spin sessions and gym access while our swim only memberships are great for those just wanting to get in the pool.

You can find us on Facebook, contact us for more information or drop into the centre and have a chat or a look around.

Dereham Library

Dereham Library is open

  • Monday: 8am-7pm (staffed 9.30am-7pm)
  • Tuesday: 8am-7pm (staffed 9.30am-7pm)
  • Wednesday: 8am-7pm (staffed 9.30am-7pm)
  • Thursday: 8am-7pm (staffed 9.30am-7pm)
  • Friday: 8am-7pm (staffed 9.30am-7pm)
  • Saturday: 8am-4pm (staffed 9.30am-4pm)
  • Sunday:10am-4pm

To visit the library during unstaffed times registration for the Open Library service is required and terms and conditions apply.  Please speak to a member of staff during a staffed time to find out more and to register. You can;

  • browse the shelves and borrow books
  • return items through our self-service kiosks or through the drop box (to the right of the front door) out of hours
  • collect reservations
  • use a pc or study space
  • photocopy and print from library pc or your own mobile device
  • pick up free bags of toiletries and tricky period products (subject to stock availability)
  • use the baby weigh scales
  • join one of our social/activity groups such as Just a Cuppa, Bounce & Rhyme and Knit & Natter
  • get digital support with help from one of our Computer Buddies (booking required)

You can join the library here https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries-local-history-and-archives/libraries/your-library-account/join-the-library Find out more about the Norfolk library service here Libraries local history and archives – Norfolk County Council

Dereham Shopping Centre

Situated in the heart of our bustling market town, Dereham Shopping Centre offers a variety of stores along both Chapel Walk and Wright’s Walk. Offering a mix of well-known national brands and popular regional retailers, there is something for everyone.

The shopping centre offers easy access, easy shopping, free parking and a large pedestrianised area as well as a wide range of shops to choose from. Shoppers come from as far as Great Yarmouth, Kings Lynn, and Wymondham. Dereham locals also enjoy their shopping here at the centre. There is something for everyone at Dereham Shopping Centre.

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 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 07561 813243
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 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.

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.

The work of maintaining and reinstating track, stations, engines and carriages continues and we are always seeking new volunteers to help with this work.

Website https://www.midnorfolkrailway.co.uk/
Email info@mnr.org.uk
Phone 01362 851723
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


St Withburga’s Well

St Withburga’s Well is a holy spring located in the churchyard of St Nicholas in the centre of 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.