Great Ellingham is a village situated in the Breckland District of Norfolk and covers an area of 1,114 hectares (2,750 acres) with a population of 1108 at the 2001 census, though the district’s 2007 estimate suggests that this may have risen to 1165, then decreasing to a measured population of 1,132 in 470 households at the 2011 Census. The village lies 2.5 miles north-west of Attleborough, 2 miles south-east of its sister village of Little Ellingham and 12 miles by road south from Dereham.
Great Ellingham primary school teaches just over 150 pupils up to the age of 11.
The Crown public house, one of six pubs that used to be in the village, was once called The Bell and dates from the mid-18th century.
The village is renowned locally for its annual Teddy Bear Festival, which runs for two weeks in July. Alongside other events, villagers build and display straw bears in their gardens to create a “Teddy Bear Trail”. Since the start of the festival in 2004, around £50,000 has been raised for local good causes and charities.