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Thursford, Fakenham
(4.4/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
Thursford evolved from George Cushing's personal collection of antiques and knick-knacks into a working museum. The site boasts a large collection of mechanical organs, Europe's fourth largest Wurlitzer with 1,339 pipes, and a 19th-century gondola merry-go-round, among other quirky antiques. If in the area during the Christmas season, attend the Christmas Spectacular, the largest and most popular Christmas show in Britain. Make sure you book ahead due to the show's popularity. Behind-the-scenes tours run daily, giving insight into the famous show by showing the costume stores, "Fantasy Land," and the engine yard. Although public transport options exist, driving to the museum makes for a less complicated journey. Put Thursford at the forefront of your travel plans using our Fakenham tour planner.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The show is named Christmas Spectacular and it certainly is. The whole event is well organised and as soon as you enter the gates all the staff are welcoming. There are places to eat, drink and shop p...  more »
  • Oh wow!! First time we've been to this show and it's absolutely fantastic. The entire show was just amazing. The scenery inside and outside is just beautiful. It's actually hard to describe how lovely...  more »
  • Just back from visiting there 40th anniversary Christmas show & felt I needed to give our review after 3rd year visit. This year we travelled by car & on arrival was guided to our parking bay which wa...  more »
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  • This is a spectacular museum for all the family filled with industrial machines of the past - mainly steam engines and showground organs. Fantastic merry go rounds to ride on and live music on a Wurlitzer organ. The collection also has good shopping experience especially a grand Christmas shop filled with quality goods. Best known for its winter shows and Fantasy land but year round - this is worth a visit. You can enter the shops and cafe for free. Just the museum has a charge.
  • Very good "collection" of steam engines and organs too! Organist was very friendly too as well all the staff! Would go again
  • Wonderful show..although I think the second half should contain more characters dressed up, like it used to be.... And I really missed the two Scottish drum players...even so..it is a magical and most entertaining show. Well done! We certainly will be booking again.
  • Went to see the Christmas spectacular show with family. Fantastic show just what you need to see at Christmas. Well worth it. Top marks allround
  • The most amazing show I've seen. Captures your total attention from start to finish. A definite must for all the family