Dereham

Introduction

Dereham, a stone's throw off the A47 trunk road is a gateway to all Norfolk has to offer -- open countryside, beckoning pubs, friendly accommodation.

HISTORY
It is believed that Dereham's name derives from a deer park that existed in the area, although it is known that the town pre-dates the Saxon time.  Saint Withburga the youngest daughter of Anna, King of the East Angles, founded a monastery there in the 7thcentury after seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary 
 
Many of the town's ancient buildings were destroyed in the serious fires that took place in 1581 and 1659. Notable buildings that survived the fire include the Church of Saint Nicholas' and the nearby Bishop Bonner's cottage.
The railway arrived in Dereham in 1847; today the line between Dereham and Wymondham has been preserved, and is now operated as a tourist line by the Mid Norfolk railway preservation trust.

GEOGRAPHY
Dereham is situated on the A47 15 miles (25km) west of Norwich and 25 miles (40km) east of Kings Lynn, in the Breckland district. The town of Dereham is the most central point of the county of Norfolk.

ACTIVITITES & ATTRACTIONS
EcoTech Centre-An environmentally friendly visitor attraction with a climbable wind turbine, Cafe and gardens. Free entrance. Located just off the A1065 at Swaffham, south of the A47.

Dinosaur Adventure Park – here you can take part in a Scavenger Hunt, Track T-Rex, ride on Raptor Racers, dig for fossils and follow the Dinosaur Trail. You can eat at Dippy’s Diner and visit the Gift Shop. The park is 9 miles from Norwich, on the A47.

Extreeme Adventure - a high ropes course, built in some of the tallest trees in East England, part of the Weasenham Woods, there are over 20 different elements that come together to make what is thought to be Britain’s highest and longest Woodland Walk. Extreeme Adventure is on the A1065 8 miles North of Swaffham and 8 miles South of Fakenham.

Langham Glass – witness the ancient craft of glass making - a craft that has changed little in the past 300 years. Glass making demonstrations are available and there is also a shop and other craft centres to visit. Langham Glass is on Tattersett Business Park off of the B1454 near King’s Lynn and Fakenham.

Fakenham Racecourse –a friendly, casual atmosphere to watch horse racing, Fakenham Racecourse has no formal dress code. Children aged 16 and under are admitted free, the racecourse welcomes all visitors. It is located on the south side of Fakenham off of the A1067 Fakenham/Swaffham road.

Litcham Village Museum – A small museum with an underground lime kiln, housing local artefacts dating back to Roman times alongside a collection of over 1000 local photographs.  Free Admission located in Litcham on the B1145 between King’s Lynn and Dereham. 

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015