What are The Brecks?

Breckland is an unusual and unique part of South Norfolk and spills over across the border into Suffolk. It is one of the driest areas in England lying to the east of the Fens and southwest of the Norfolk Broads and it is home to interesting flora and fauna including the rare and shy, but non-indigenous, golden pheasant. 

The Brecks was a vast open heathland and during Prehistoric times,  was mined for flint and these workings can be seen and admired by visiting Grimes Graves.

The open heath nowadays has been turned into farmland dotted with gorse and of course in 1914 Thetford Forest was planted and today supplies vast quantities of wood as well as being a tourist attraction and an area of scientific and geographical interest.

A large area of the Heath has been preserved by the British Army who still train on the Stanford Battle area, alongside sheep gently grazing the heath.

Browse through the listings below to find out where to go, what to see and where to stay in Breckland as well as learn about its history and culture

Swaffham Museum
An independent history museum, with displays from the stone age to modern day.
Tudor Lodgings
A peaceful bolthole of a barn with decent walks on Peddars Way with the dog
Yaxham Waters
For those who enjoy self catering and camping, this is a great place for all the family in Norfolk.
Norfolk Whisky
The Vines
Being in the glorious Norfolk countryside the nights are so peaceful that you may struggle to make breakfast!
We are the perfect Norfolk venue for a comfy stay, afternoon tea by the fire in winter or alfresco in summer.
Waterfall Cottage
A stunning period property for up to 10 guests perfect for groups of family and friends to enjoy
Park Farm
Open plan layout with excellent walking and cycling around the Wensum valley on your door step
Grimes Graves
East Fen Lodges and Fisheries
East Fen Lodges
Stunning Self catering lodge set in the beautiful Norfolk countryside with river and lake fishing.
Swaffham Golf Club
We have an 18 hole course that is perfect for casual play, work events, or golf lessons. Visit us today in Swaffham.
TownHouse Hotel
The Townhouse is in the very attractive and historic market town of Wymondham, walking distance to the Abbey
Spice Fusion
Add a little extra spice when visiting Dereham
Gooderstone Gardens
The perfect day out for the whole Family to enjoy. Beautiful water gardens surrounded by amazing scenery located near Kings Lynn in Norfolk.
Kings Arms Inn
The Kings Arms Coaching Inn Swaffham is a great place for a family day out. Come by today and experience our delicious food.
King's Head Hotel
When discovering the Brecklands, come and stay at the Kings Head Hotel, one of Norfolk's hidden gems
High Lodge Thetford Forest
High Lodge
Come out for the day and experience the Stockman Trial and Wild Play
Thetford Forest
Gressenhall Farm
Explore the history of the 200 year old workhouse in Norfolk
Thetford Forest
Glamping at its best, cosy in this forest bed with only the stars to keep your company
George Hotel
With six en-suite bedrooms, one with a four-poster bed and roll top bath its the perfect place to stay
Bartles Lodge
With excellent fishing lakes on site and fantastic cycleways and walks close by, this is a great alternative to normal B&B accommodation
Go Ape in Thetford Forest
Go Ape
Adventure-activity chain venue where groups explore the forest canopy via a treetop rope course
South Norfolk & The Brecks
Windmill Inn
Family orientated local restaurant and pub, for cool winter evenings and warm summer nights
Swans Harbour
Swans Harbour is ideally placed to start your adventure into exploring the Norfolk countryside and coastline
Water World
Family fun with our twisting water slide
Looking for a new home entertainment system, we have it all here at Hughes
Bluebell Square
A small independent shopping centre located in Dereham, including 9 unique shops and a delicious restaurant.