Things to do

Days out for the family

There are many attractions in The Brecks and most are suitable for all the family. Adventure at High Lodge, wild animals at Banham Zoo, amazing underground history at Grimes Graves, mini-bug searching at our many nature reserves, children’s activities at the museums and other attractions. Gressenhall Museum is especially children friendly, with cart-rides, interactive exhibits and lots of animals. We are also very fortunate to have the Mid Norfolk Railway which runs from Dereham to Wymondham, so hop on and enjoy the ride!

Art & Culture

If you have a special interest in Art & Culture, we have galleries and museums, stately houses and many local groups and societies. Many of our local museums, found in most towns and even some villages, there are often paintings, sculptures and other cultural objects by local people or connected to the local area. Some renown artists, writers and musicians came from this area and you may bump into some well-known people of the present day while you are walking around our towns and villages. There are very active theatrical and musical groups in Breckland and there are outdoor concerts in Thetford Forest in the Summer. Festivals, carnivals and exhibitions are always going on and information on those will follow.

Entertainment and Nightlife

Breckland has some great live theatre and music. From big, open-air stages, where you are able to see internationally renowned stars to some smaller venues where you may well get to see some stars of the future. There are also lots of pop-up events, put on by local groups, often with talent which would be at home in a West End Show.

Some of the big events throughout the year are held in Thetford Forest. Up-to-date information can be found on the Forestry England website. Some big names are always on the programme and this year is no exception, with some of the concerts sold out already.

To find out what else is going on in and around Thetford, Leaping Hare has listings which include talks, shows, etc. They are also the main box office, where you can purchase your tickets for most events in the area.

In Dereham, The Memorial Hall has regular shows and classes. The cinema shows the latest releases. Many of the pubs in and around the town have live music. One of Dereham’s regular events, gaining much notoriety, is The Blues Festival.

The other towns in the area have lots of different things going on too. There’s the Jazz Club in Swaffham, events in the Queen’s Hall in Watton and the Connaught Hall in Attleborough which has always got something happening too.