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.
St Withburga’s Well

St Withburga's Well is a holy spring located in the churchyard of St Nicholas in the centre of East 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"

Bishop Bonner’s Cottage Museum

55 years of the Bishop Bonner's Cottage Museum 1963 - 2018

Virtually untouched by the 21st century, this beautiful timber-framed, thatched building is particularly noted for its unusual coloured pargetting. Originally three cottages, it is the oldest surviving domestic building in Dereham, and with its original sloping ceilings, tiny rooms, twisting staircases and wooden beams, it is easy to imagine how the many previous inhabitants lived here in the past. It is now the town’s Museum, with the building itself being perhaps the Museum’s single most important resource.

The museum is now closed until 2019: for opening times, probably from May, check on our website and go to opening times.

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.