Thursford

Thursford, Fakenham: Hours, Address, Thursford Reviews: 4.5/5

Points of Interest & Landmarks
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Visited by over 5.7 million people. The Thursford Collection - The sights, sounds and sensations of the golden age of steam are never forgotten. Climb on board and enjoy all the fun of the fairground on our traditional carousels and gondola. Experience the size scale of steam with the largest collection of traction engines in the world. Delight in the unique sounds of Robert Wolfe show on the mighty Wurlitzer. Christmas Spectacular - Set in the magical surroundings of mechanical organs and fairground carousels, a cast of over 130 performers deliver an extravaganza of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety. Santa's Magical Journey - A trip to Santa will never be the same again with this truly unforgettable journey to the perfect Christmas memory.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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daniel c
Norwich, UK23 contributions
Amazing Experience for our family 🎄🧑‍🎄🎅🎁
Thank you so much
Dec 2020 • Family
Tonight we went to the amazing Enchanted Journey Of Light.
My grandma booked me, my husband and our two children who are 6 and 9 years the tickets for our wedding anniversary.
Well where do we start words can not explain how amazing it was. So so much to see.
The children said this is magical. They smiled whole time.
Every single bit was so well done.
After this year with everything with Covid we was not sure how it would be. But thank you so much we felt really safe, everyone was socially distancing, letting people have space and time to look, lots of hand gel available, and lots of staff checking this.
The cafe was super clean and spaced out.
The outside lights were also amazing never seen anything like it before.
The vintage fair was open and lots of hand gel available and staff were cleaning ride in between each go. Again felt safe. Children loved the rides.
Got us in the Christmas moon even when it’s been a hard year for everyone.
I highly recommend this.
Thank you so much to all the staff for making this a amazing experience for us.
We definitely visit again .
Happy Christmas 🎄
Written December 21, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Simon G
1 contribution
Truly Magical For All The Family
Dec 2020
Having originally been disappointed to not see the Thursford Christmas Spectacular this year , our hearts were filled with joy when we entered the ENCHANTED JOURNEY OF LIGHTS. The staff have created an amazing wonderland of lights and magical creatures with surprises around every corner that will keep you smiling for every minute you are there. Super value for money and a really well organised attraction.
Thank you all at Thursford and have a wonderful Christmas and we will see you next year.
Written December 21, 2020
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simon s
2 contributions
A Must
Dec 2020 • Family
A wonderful magical breathtaking Christmas experience. Absolutely fantasticly brilliant!
Highly recommended.
Written December 18, 2020
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dougcambs
Littleport, UK40 contributions
5STAFF STAFF ANS 5 STAR SHOW
Dec 2020
The light show 5 star staff 1o starts i have never been to a venue where the staff are so friendly and nothing is too much trouble well done THURSFORD coming back for seconds 67 year old pensioner
Written December 17, 2020
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Hilda Raven
Hemsby, UK2 contributions
Festive
Dec 2020 • Couples
Only living 15 minutes away and with everything going in in the world and hardly leaving the house this year we decided to go hear on Sunday to get In the festive spirit. Unfortunately we didn’t experience it with our young grandchild however we both enjoyed it, We would definitely recommend for all age groups
Written December 16, 2020
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Rose in Norfolk
North Walsham, UK41 contributions
Enchanted journey of light was even better than we could have imagined
Dec 2020
Wow! What an amazing event. It was so much better than we could ever have imagined. The animated creatures and figures were everywhere along with atmospheric music and lighting. It was had to say which was best - indoors or outdoors. Both sections had clearly been very well planned and thought through. Go and see it with your own eyes - well worth the visit and incredible value for money. Thank you to all those who organised the event.
Written December 15, 2020
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Rebecca B
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk37 contributions
Enchanted Journey of Light
Dec 2020
We come to Thursford every year so although it's such a shame the Christmas Spectacular couldn't go ahead (tickets moved to next year), we were so pleased to be able to experience the Christmas magic another way.

It really was magical walking into the auditorium and seeing the engines, animals, and recognising costumes from previous years (snowmen, pink panthers, bears etc) used as decorations and props. Walking in much slower than usual and with fewer people meant I could really take in the atmosphere and could really look around (and up!) to see how much is really in place for the show normally.

It was lovely to hear music and songs from the shows played along with the lights. Very nostalgic feeling, expecting the dancers to come out for the Irish dancing and expecting doves to fly across.

The outside lights were incredible, each area with appropriate sounds. The only downside was the weather, but rain can't be helped!

It was also lovely to see senior staff/management talking to shop staff and passing on comments about how polite all the staff were and that comments/reviews are noted. Shows how it does seem to be one big family.

Thursford has always been part of our Christmas and I really felt it's magic again this year.
Written December 13, 2020
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578ChrisNorfolk
Norfolk39 contributions
Magical Christmas Experience for all the family
Dec 2020
Wow what an amazing event this year. The Thursford Christmas team have once again excelled themselves to create a truly magical Christmas experience despite all the Covid restrictions. The staff were all friendly & informative & my family and I felt very safe with all the enhanced cleaning, sanitizing and crowd organization which has been put in place. The lights, characters, steam engines and winter wonderland were brilliant but that was not all on offer. The grounds of the museum have been transformed into a wonderful world of huge light sculptures. The subtle mood music and sounds which accompany the route through these magnificent sculptures make it a very sensory experience. There is also a traditional style fairground so plenty to do. We were able to have some hot mulled wine after our walk around outside to warm us through. In addition, the shops are stocked with good quality reasonably priced merchandise, and the food in both the Live Music Bar and the Pavilion restaurant was tasty and good value for money. All in all the Enchanted Journey of light was a wonderfully memorable experience. Just brilliant!
Written December 11, 2020
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ajh64
Norwich, UK89 contributions
Magical - you won't want to leave
Dec 2020
A magical trip for all ages; we didn't want to leave - we had a 6 year old, two teenagers, mum and nannie and we were blown away by the quality of the exhibits and took hundreds of photos.
Great, helpful staff from the start, huge car park and clean site - felt Covid secure and people were observing social distancing. Two large indoor units with stunning Christmas scenes from floor to ceiling. Just wonderful and great quality. The light show was gorgeous and enjoyed by everyone. Felt very unhurried and it was all magical and enchanting. One way system with a good cafe in the middle serving hot food and drinks and with low key entertainment (singing). Moving on to the outside there is a traditional fair again with lovely staff and then a fully accessible field with the must wonderful surreal illuminations. Am off to buy some more tickets!
Written December 10, 2020
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15fisher123
London, UK1 contribution
Amazing place
Dec 2020 • Family
This was a 250 mile round trip for us and definitely worth it. Fantastic place. A step above any Christmas attraction seen in London. The management/owners should be proud of what they've put on here in trying times. Well done all.
Written December 9, 2020
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  • Sun - Sat 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM