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Banham is an English village and civil parish in the county of Norfolk, about 7 miles (11 km) north of Diss, 12 miles (19 km) east of Thetford and 20 miles (32 km) south-west of Norwich.[2] It is home to Banham Zoo, a private collection open to the public for more than 40 years, which houses over 2000 animals. The Church of England parish church, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin, is a Grade I listed building.[3] The name of the village derives from “Bean homestead/village”, or perhaps “hemmed-in land where beans grow”.


Banham is located south west of Norwich and is an interesting village with pretty thatched cottages and an old fashion tree lined village green. It is famous for its impressive zoo, which covers an area of 35 acres and has over 1000 animals ranging from big cats to penguins and insects. Banham has a fine, grade 1 listed church built from local natural flint that overlooks the village green.