THE HEART OF NORFOLK
IN & AROUND DEREHAM
Dereham Windmill is a grade II listed building and is the last of several windmills in the Breckland district
GRESSENHALL RURAL LIFE MUSEUM
Full days of adventure at this well known and loved attraction just 4 miles from Dereham
WALKS AROUND DEREHAM
Dereham is luckily enough to be surrounded by some beautiful countryside and there are plenty of walks to enjoy
Because of its central location, Dereham is often referred to the ‘the Heart of Norfolk’. To be more precise the Tesco car park is often cited - with debatable accuracy - as the exact centre of the county!
The name Dereham, apparently comes from a deer park that was once in the area, although the town pre-dates the Saxon-era with the daughter of the King Angles founding a monastery here in the 7th Century after seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary.
Unfortunately much of the town was devastated in two fires in the 15th and 16th century's. Many of its ancients buildings were destroyed with only the impressive church of Saint Nicholas and Bishop Bonnar's cottage, which dates from 1502, surviving.
As the oldest domestic building in Dereham, Bishop Bonnar's cottage (pictured left, top) now houses the town's Local History and Archaeology Museum, founded by volunteer members of the Dereham Antiquarian Society. It houses some fascinating displays of the town's local history and is well worth a visit. For more information, see the museum website here.
MID NORFOLK RAILWAY
A visit to Dereham wouldn't be complete without a tour of the thriving remains of the local railway station. Passenger service between Dereham and Wells ceased in 1964 and subsequently the other lines stopped and the station closed in 1969. Happily now though the station line from Dereham to Wymondham has been reopened and is now operated as tourist line by the Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust. See their website here.
Information taken from KLM Magazine.
WHERE TO EAT
Dereham has a wide range of eating choices. From fast food on the hoof, healthy or otherwise, takeaways, kebabs, Chinese and pizzas, champion fish and chips shops and several restaurants, including a Tapas bar and a Thai restaurant. Our own favourite is the Bombay just off the High Street on Norwich. It's probably the best Indian Restaurant in Norfolk - and the friendliest, so we advise you book for this, even if you plan to eat early!
The venues for the festival are all within walking distance so you won't need to worry about not seeing your favourite act in time. But for those of you who live further afield or if you just want to have a look at what the rest of Norfolk has to offer here's how you can get around:
There are a few taxi station in the town centre and numbers independent taxis are available. Probably the best are Dereham Taxis on Church Street. But book early - they have told us they get very busy over the festival! You can contact them on 01362 696161.
Buses run regularly from the main bus stop in the Market Place to and from Norwich, Kings Lynn, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft stopping via towns and villages en route. For up-to-date timetable information visit First Group or Konnectbus.