The Pennoyer Centre
Station Road
Pulham St Mary
Norfolk IP21 4QT

Tel: 01379 676660

The Pennoyer Centre is open:

Monday to Saturday 9am to 4pm
(Cafe last orders 2.30pm)
and other times by arrangement.

The Pennoyer Centre location:

Located 16 miles south of Norwich
6 miles north of Diss 
28 miles north of Bury St Edmunds (Please refer to map above)

Getting here

Mainline train at Diss (London-Norwich line)
List of local taxi companies: please click for details
Ample parking if travelling by car


List of local accommodation please click here.


Our visitor numbers at The Pennoyer Centre in Pulham St Mary are increasing and we are looking for more volunteers to join our friendly team.  Volunteering is good fun and can also help to increase your skills or improve your confidence. 

Café/kitchen volunteers

We are looking for people to help out in the café and kitchen, especially clearing tables and washing up, but also helping at wedding receptions etc. or serving on the bar. Hours are flexible and you would not be asked to do anything you don’t feel comfortable with. If you think you may be interested please give us a call on 01379 676660 for an informal chat.

Pennoyer's Bake Force

Do you have a passion for baking? All our cakes that are on sale in our Cafe are made by volunteer bakers. If you would like to join our Pennoyer's Bake Force please get in touch, we would love to hear from you!

Reception volunteers

New visitors arrive at The Pennoyer Centre daily, whether for a business meeting, to find out more about our history, or to have coffee & cake in the cafe. We run a reception service to provide a friendly greeting and answer any queries visitors may have.  Reception volunteers also receive all initial phone calls, take bookings for events, keep our noticeboards up to date and undertake lots of other admin tasks to help the Centre run smoothly. 

If you think you may be interested in taking on a shift, whether on a regular basis or ad-hoc, please call the Centre on 01379 676660 and talk to either Carla or David.

Heritage volunteers

The history of The Pennoyer Centre began in 1401 with the founding of the Guild Chapel, and continues via the involvement of William Pennoyer, a 17th Century Puritan merchant, to the Free School that operated until 1988.  We have a small heritage gallery upstairs where visitors can find out more about our history, as well as that of the Pulham Pigs - the giant airships that were stationed in Pulham St Mary from WW1 onwards.

We need heritage volunteers to help us catalogue our photographs and memorabilia - including a major digitisation project to make our heritage available to all - as well as curate exhibitions, help run special events, or simply be around to meet visitors and answer their (many) questions.

If you have an interest in history and would like to get involved, and especially if you have a particular skill or expertise in the above, we'd love to hear from you. Please contact the Centre on 01379 676660 and leave contact details/email



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