Dive into a chilling evening of ghost hunting at Gressenhall Workhouse in Norfolk, a harrowing site marked by centuries of suffering, despair, and the restless spirits of its tormented past.

Event Cost: £55 per person

Event Time: 8:00 PM – 1:30 AM

Address: Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Gressenhall, Dereham, NR20 4DR

Your Ghost Hunt at Gressenhall Workhouse

Welcome to Gressenhall Workhouse! Built in 1777 Gressenhall Workhouse was a place where people suffered immense cruelty. A place where tormented souls still reside to this day…

Gressenhall Workhouse stands as a chilling testament to its tormented past. Within its walls, the restless spirits of those who suffered linger, their presence palpable in every shadowed corner. Are you brave enough to confront these echoes of despair and unveil the haunting truths they hold?

Established in 1777, Gressenhall Workhouse was one of Norfolk’s earliest Houses of Industry. It was designed as a haven for the poor, but the reality was far from it. With the introduction of the Poor Law Amendment Act in 1834, the workhouse transformed into a place of despair and hardship.

Men, women, and children were segregated, subjected to gruelling tasks, and lived under the constant shadow of cruelty. From breaking stones to pumping water, the inmates endured relentless labour. The only solace was the limited healthcare and education provided.

Today, the workhouse stands as a testament to the countless souls who once resided within its walls. Many believe these spirits, trapped by their tragic past, still wander the corridors.

From ghostly footsteps echoing in the silence to chilling touches by unseen hands, Gressenhall is a hotbed of paranormal activity.

The laughter of children, the whispers of women, and the heavy footsteps of men have been reported by many. The laundry, the museum area, and the schoolhouse are particularly active, with numerous accounts of apparitions and eerie occurrences.

Join us on this ghost hunt and explore the most haunted areas of the workhouse. Venture into the dungeon, the laundry, the school room, the orchard, the board room, Cherry Tree Cottage, and the chapel.

Armed with state-of-the-art ghost hunting equipment, you’ll have the chance to communicate with the spirits, conduct séances, and even experience lone vigils for those brave enough.

Book your tickets now and experience the thrill and torment of a night at Gressenhall Workhouse.

Spots will fill up quickly for this one, so hurry and book now!

Deposits are available for just £20.

What's Included?

Join us for a true ghost hunting experience as we employ a range of methods and tools to communicate with the spirits that may linger here. Your night at Gressenhall Workhouse includes:

  • Exclusive Access: Explore the haunted areas known for more intense paranormal activity.
  • Advanced Equipment: Utilize EMF Readers, Rem Pods, MEL Meters, Laser Grids, Thermal Imaging Cameras, Spirit Boxes, Trigger Objects, and more!
  • Spiritual Techniques: Engage in Ouija Boards, Glass Divination, Table Tipping, Dowsing Rods, and Crystal Pendulums.
  • Lone Vigils: For the bravest, the option to go ghost hunting alone in a room.
  • Expert Guidance: Our knowledgeable, experienced, and friendly hosts will guide you through an authentic ghost hunting experience.
  • Authenticity Guarantee: We stand against tricks or faking activity. Our goal is genuine exploration.
  • Group Discussion: Share and discuss your findings with others at the end of the night.
  • Refreshments: Enjoy unlimited hot and cold drinks throughout the event. Feel free to bring personal midnight snacks (not included).

Established in 1777, Gressenhall Workhouse was initially built as a ‘house of industry’ for the combined parishes of Mitford and Launditch. Its purpose was to provide for the poor, but its nature drastically changed in 1834 with the introduction of the Poor Law Amendment Act. This act transformed the house of industry into a workhouse, designed to deter the poor from seeking assistance by making life within its walls as unpleasant as possible.

Men, women, and children were strictly separated and subjected to grueling tasks. Men were assigned labor-intensive jobs like breaking stones, pumping water, and carting gravel, while women were relegated to domestic chores in the kitchens, laundry, and female wards. Despite the harsh conditions, the workhouse did provide some benefits, notably healthcare and education.

The workhouse ceased its operations in 1948, and after a brief stint as a home for the elderly, it was transformed into a museum in 1976, serving as a testament to its tumultuous past.

This history paints a vivid picture of the hardships faced by its inmates and the evolution of the institution over the years.

Event Location: Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Gressenhall, Dereham, NR20 4DR

Time: 8:00 PM – 1:30 AM (Arrive from earliest 7:30 PM)

Directions and Parking:

Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse is a 30 minute drive from Norwich, Cromer and King’s Lynn, and 40 minutes from the heart of the Norfolk Broads.

From Dereham town centre you can follow brown tourist signs to get here.

From the A47 follow signs to Fakenham B1146 and then brown tourist signs.

There is plenty of free parking on site.

Accessibility: Due to the historic nature of the venue, the location is unfortunately not wheelchair friendly.

Please Note: All guests must be 18 years or older. Not suitable for those who are heavily pregnant. Guests are strongly advised to wear comfortable shoes and warm layered clothing on colder nights.

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