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Thursford, Fakenham

4.5
Must see · Landmark · Tourist Spot
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. Arrange your visit to Thursford and discover more family-friendly attractions in Fakenham using our Fakenham trip planner.
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  • We travelled from Kent to see the show this Christmas at Thursford. We were not disappointed it was excellent, it is hard to separate any part of it for individual praise from the singing to the...  more »
  • I have visited the Christmas show on many occasions. It is magnificent by any standard and changes so you can enjoy it year after year. One of the highlights of the year for me.  more »
  • This is our second visit to Thursford for the Christmas Spectacular and yet again they knocked it out of the park. Such a Christmassy feel about the gardens and the show itself just transported you.....  more »
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  • My first visit and wasn't disappointed. I felt as though I had been transported somewhere very magical. I can't wait to go back again when it has been transformed for Christmas.
  • We decided to visit Thursford as we often go to Steam Fairs. We live in the Southwest so decided to have a two night stopover at Fakenham close to Thursford. It cost us £198 but it was a lovely hotel close by. We arrived at Thursford and waited for the museum to open. We paid £6.50 each and also asked if we could pay for the Behind The Scenes Tour at £3.50 each but were told there were coaches arriving that day and this option wasn’t available! So, we wandered in to the main hall to see the exhibits. Yes there were mechanical organs and steam engines but we saw it all in no more than 15 minutes. The only thing then would be to stand around and wait until 11:30 for the Mechanical organ to start playing and after that it was an hour until the carousel rides were opened at an extra charge of £2 per person! We decided to have a cup of tea and a scone in the cafe, had a quick look in a couple of the shops and left within 1hr of our arrival! The whole experience was very disappointing. It cost us £13 to get in on top of the diesel to travel there from the Southwest and the hotel costs. Really wish we hadn’t bothered. In future we will stick to our steam fairs in Devon and Cornwall where you can see these engines working as they used to back in the day and have a fabulous day out for no more than £20 in total.
  • Great place. Wonderful collection of musical fair ground organs...then concerts at the Wurlitzer organ by resident organist Robert Wolfe. Brilliant gift shop. Great cafe. Loved it.
  • Lovely collection of steam engines and organs. They sounded great for machines which are over a hundred years old. Robert Wolfe was brilliant playing the Wurlitzer, a very touching rendition of the dambusters theme. Highly recommended.
  • Lovely grounds, pricing was about right . facilities were very clean . The museum was very impressive we all had a ride on the carousel. As adults we really enjoyed it but our teenage children were a little bored but they liked the jelly bean shop.

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