Join the Ormesby volunteering team

garden voluteer trimming the border near the tennis lawn

We are looking for more volunteers to join the team and help us look after Ormesby Hall and its beautiful gardens. Whether your interest lies inside or out, there are many varied roles available.

Do you love visiting Ormesby Hall or want to get involved with the work the National Trust does? Then why not become a volunteer?

We have a friendly, enthusiastic team of volunteers who help us care for and bring this historic estate to life. From sharing the stories of the Pennyman family with visitors, working alongside the Senior Gardener to create the picturesque formal garden, running and maintaing the three permanent model railway layouts to giving visitors a much needed cuppa in the Pennyman cafe and supporting our conservation work behind the scenes; we're sure we have a role suitable for you!

Why Volunteer?

There are so many reasons to volunteer with us, here are just some of them:

  • Try something new or further explore existing interests
  • Help to look after a special place and bring it to life
  • Make new friends
  • Volunteer in the unique location of a historic house or formal gardens
  • Learn new skills to enhance a CV
  • Help visitors have a great day out
  • Find something new to try that offers you flexibility
  • Enhance your social scene with our annual volunteers outing, regular contact and thank you meals.
  • Be the first to hear what is happening at Ormesby Hall

Our volunteers come from all walks of life with some looking to keep busy after retiring ,others want to try something different whilst still working and students wanting to get some work experience to enhance their CV.

Whatever your motivation, we'll seek to ensure you get the most out of the time you donate to us.

What roles are available?


Help the conservation team in this important role caring for our collections and keeping the house looking its best for future visitors.

Room Guides

Share the history of the house and stories of the Pennyman family who lived here for over 400 years as a Room Guide. This role is within the mansion: engaging with visitors by offering a warm welcome, answering their questions and directing visitors.

Pennyman Cafe

Join the food and beverage team and volunteer in the Pennyman cafe located in the old servants hall. You will serve visitors refreshments and help keep the area clean and tidy.


Retail volunteers provide a valuable role to ensure the visitor experience is extended into the shop. You are a key person in helping visitors to choose souvenirs, gifts and unique National Trust products. You will be a part of the day to day running of the shop, ensure the shop is well presented and assist with stock taking and cash handling.



You could be involved in planting, pruning and trimming the borders and you may also be approached by visitors who want to ask questions about the garden or are looking for general gardening tips – so it’s also a great way to share your love for horticulture.

Second hand book shop

Join the second hand book team and help make our new, bigger space a success and somewhere visitors can relax as they browse our donated books. You will be responsible for sorting new donations, re-stocking and keeping the shelves tidy.

Model Railway Group

Are you interested in the minature world of model railways? Join the Ormesby Hall model railway group who meet fortnightly to maintain the three permanent layouts in the old servants wing. The volunteers also run the trains on days when the hall is open, much to the delight of visitors.


Costumed Engagement

Do you like getting dressed up? Then join the team and become a Victorian servant, bringing history to life for visitors with stories and hands on activities so they can experience the life of a Victorian servant themselves.


If you like variety then being an events volunteer provides that, as we have a different programme of events each school holiday for families. Volunteers supervise the events and help families to make sure they have an enjoyable time.

Weddings volunteers

Assist the Weddings Manager to make the perfect day for couples and ensure guests are having a good time. You will help direct guests and provide support for the ceremonies and receptions.

As a room guide you can share your passion for history
Visitors reading interpretation in the house assisted by volunteers
As a room guide you can share your passion for history

What happens next?

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Ormesby Hall, or would like more details, then please visit the National Trust myvolunteeering website to search for our current volunteering opportunities and to apply online.

Email us or call 01642 328908 for more details.