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Banham has been a centre for cider making and its zoo is one of the region's top tourist attractions
Where is Banham?
Banham lies seven miles south of Attleborough on the B1113. At its centre there is an attractive tree-lined village green, surrounded by thatched properties and overlooked by the parish church of St Mary the Virgin.
The village once had a thriving brick-making industry but is now best known for Banham Zoo which has many rare and endangered species including the snow leopard and Siberian tiger.
Banham Zoo occupies a 35-acre site with landscaped gardens and is home to birds of prey, Shire horses, penguins, lemurs, monkeys and apes - and more recently (December 2008) to these extremely rare Siberian tiger cubs.
Gaymers Cider is a nationally-renowned brand which originated in Banham.
The firm set up its factory in the 19th century, later moving to larger premises at Attleborough. The company changed hands and no longer produces cider in East Anglia.
The parish church (pictured right) is a beautiful structure of flint in the Perpendicular style, comprising a chancel, nave with five bays, aisles, south porch and western tower.
Nearby Old Buckenham is a contender for the largest village green in Britain and has a fine windmill. The historic ruins of Buckenham Castle date from Norman times.
The areas other top tourist attraction, Bressingham Steam and Gardens, is about eight miles south of Banham, and features the official Dads Army Museum.
The nearest markets towns are Attleborough, which has the usual range of shops and facilities, and Diss whose attractions include the picturesque mere and park, and a swimming pool and fitness centre.