Ghosts of Gressenhall Workhouse

Dereham, Norfolk, United Kingdom

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GBP £55

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Dereham, Norfolk

Fright Nights Norfolk will be ghost hunting at the notoriously haunted 'Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse' located in Dereham, Norfolk. It was first opened during the summer of 1777, with the intention of starting a 'house of industry' for the poor. Men were employed to cultivate the farm, and women would have spun worsted and hemp, under the watchful eyes of Master James W Moore and Matron Margaret Moore, James’ wife.

The 'house of industry' was later transformed into a workhouse, after changes occurred in the 'Poor Law Amendment Act' in 1834. A new classification system meant that men, women and children were separated. Work would include domestic chores for women such as laundry and kitchen duties, and extremely physical work for the men, such as breaking up stones to then be carted away, or pumping water. Conditions were so unpleasant that paupers would have done everything they could to avoid living in the workhouse. Although on the plus side, healthcare and education were also on offer to inmates, so would have been beneficial to all. It was not unusual for people of a poor disposition to enter the workhouse purely for medical treatment in the infirmary! Gressenhall was in operation as a workhouse until 1948. It then served as an old peoples' home for a short period of time. Then in 1976, it became the museum as you see today, attracting up to 80,000 visitors per year!

As well as being a museum that documents the history of Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, it’s also said to be the home of a restless spirit or two...

At night, noises are often heard throughout the premises. In particular, eerie sounds are known to emanate from the 'punishment cell', where a young girl with a troubled past named Harriet Kettle spent a lot of her time. Locked in solitude inside a pitch black, cold and damp room with no food!

It would seem a reasonable explanation that she still haunts the area, and wants to make her presence known!
So this leads to the question… Are you brave enough to join Fright Nights on a ghost hunt at Gressenhall Workhouse?

What's included?
  • Initial Briefing including information about fright nights, health and safety talk, and equipment talk
  • Mediumship walkround – who haunts tonight?
  • Psychic experiments including table tipping, glass divination and more..
  • Ghost hunting vigils in the dark with our medium, and using ghost hunting equipment.
  • Hot drinks and biscuits
  • Your chance to ghost hunt in a haunted location at night!


No Accommodation at this Venue


We aim to offer a choice of dates for all our ghost hunt events.

They usually take place on a Friday or Saturday evening and continue through until the early hours of the morning. (Though there are some exceptions)

The number of guests we can take is subject to the Venue, as some have restrictions on numbers due to their size.

All events can be booked on an exclusive group/company basis if requested. Please contact the tour operator for prices.


Please note: Over 18’s only and No pregnant women allowed as per our insurance cover. This venue is mainly suitable for disabled guests, except for the Cottages. No accommodation is provided unless specifically detailed. For more information please see our full terms and conditions here. This event is organised by Fright Nights Norfolk.


This event will take place in all weather conditions.

What to bring/wear

Please wear suitable clothing for the event you are attending. We recommend layering up to accommodate all weather conditions.
Smoking is not allowed inside any of our venues, so please wear suitable clothing for going outside if you smoke/vape.
Many locations do not have seating throughout, so you may be required to sit on the floor at times.

Remember to bring your torch as you will be in the dark for a lot of the evening.


If you are disabled please contact the tour operator to see if this venue is suitable or not, according to your level of disability.

Some venues can be negotiated if you use a stick and most locations involve climbing stairs throughout the evening.

Cancellation Policy

For more information please see our full terms and conditions on our website at
In the event of the cancellation of an event by Fright Nights. Fright Nights will use best endeavors to contact purchasers either by phone, email or in writing (using the details provided at the time of ordering) and advise them of the cancellation. Please note, however, it is the customer’s responsibility to check whether the event is going ahead at the scheduled date, time and venue, and Fright Nights cannot guarantee that they will inform the customer of any changes to the event date, time or venue especially when incorrect contact details have been provided.

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