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The Pennyman family's intimate 18th-century mansion

Home of the Pennyman family for nearly 400 years, this classic Georgian mansion, with its Victorian kitchen and laundry, attractive gardens and estate walks, provides lively resources for local schools and community groups, and a unique venue for wedding ceremonies and corporate events.

Experience the spirit of the intimate home of Colonel Jim Pennyman, the last of the Pennyman line, and his arts-loving wife Ruth, as well as the stylish legacy of the 18th-century character 'Wicked' Sir James Pennyman - so named because of his extravagant lifestyle and his gambling with the family fortune.

Dam a stream

One of the 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾!

Join Adam our gardener to dam the beck. Dress for the task, bring wellies, a towel and some dry clothes.

Fun Palaces at Ormesby Hall


We've got some fantastic free activities for all the family at Ormesby Hall this summer. With everything from dancing and circus skills to mud painting, music, dancing, art, ping pong and walks there's something on every Thursday in August.

Check the events listings for opening dates and times.

Summer bouquet

Meet Adam and the gardeners to discuss jobs in the garden which will extend summer flowering and keep your garden looking beautiful.

We're open at weekends and Bank Holidays

Join us on Saturdays, Sundays, Bank Holidays and every Thursday in August for our House tours, events, elegant tea-room and much more. As for what we get up to for the rest of the week...

What we get up to during the week

On Mondays...

 © Liz Hayward

Our conservation team clean the Hall and collections, and our garden team mow the lawns. Indoor and outdoor work carries on throughout the week.

Volunteers are involved in all aspects of our work.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays...

 © Liz Hayward

... we welcome pre-booked school, college and community groups to learn about Ormesby's history.

To find out about our learning programmes and to book your visit, please call 01642 328906.

and on Fridays...

 © Mick Cookson

... we welcome booked groups and hold special events, like lectures and special interest tours.

Do you know you can have your wedding here too? Contact us now to see if we can make all your wedding day dreams come true on 01642 328900.