Why You Should Stay In The Brecks

Why you should choose The Brecks as your next Norfolk holiday destination

Staying in The Brecks is the perfect way to enjoy a calm and serene break in a beautiful Norfolk setting. Home to Thetford Forest and its own hidden stories which date back to the stone age and are steeped in human history with plenty to be discovered, The Brecks is your must-book next holiday.

The Brecks refers to the Watton, Dereham, Thetford and Swaffham areas of mid-Norfolk. We recommend this area to families, those looking for a rural and quiet escape, wildlife enthusiasts, cyclists and walkers.

The Breck’s Rich History

Once the homeland of the Celtic tribe of the Iceni, and becoming known as the flint capital of Britain, there is so much history to learn and look back on when you’re staying or visiting The Brecks. As you explore the area you’ll discover traces of ancient civilizations, medieval castles and historic market towns. The Castle Acre Priory ruins are a particular favourite of ours!

Why You Should Stay In The Brecks

The Iceni

2,000 years ago, the Celtic tribe of the Iceni made The Brecks their homeland. Gallows Hill in Thetford was an important Iceni ceremonial site, and it is believed that Queen Boudicca rode out in her chariot from here to challenge Roman rule.


If you look anywhere on the ground surface or at the local buildings (most notably churches and older houses) you will see flint. This material was dug out for centuries at sites such as Grimes Graves for prehistoric tools, and from Brandon for flintlock guns and decorative building stone.

Natural Beauty

The region boasts a stunning natural beauty which is characterised by its vast expanses of forests, heathlands and rivers, all of which create a picturesque backdrop for your holiday. Walk through ancient woodlands carpeted with Bluebells, or follow the meandering rivers, the Brecks is a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, offering endless opportunities to immerse yourself in its awe-inspiring beauty.

Outdoor Activities

For those seeking adventure and outdoor pursuits, the Brecks has plenty to offer. Explore Thetford Forest Park, one of the largest low-land forests in Britain, where you can enjoy their scenic walks, cycling paths and even horse riding activities. Originating in the 1920s as a strategic timber reserve, the forest is now home to endangered species such as the red squirrel, woodlark and nightjar. Also nestled within the trees, you can discover High Lodge and enjoy archery and the Go Ape treetop adventure course.

Dark Skies

Stargazers will be delighted to discover that the Brecks is designated as an International Dark Sky Discovery Site. Away from the city lights, the region offers pristine and unpolluted night skies, perfect for spotting constellations and shooting stars.

Cultural Attractions

Whilst being renowned for its natural beauty, the Brecks also has a wide range of cultural attractions that are perfect for filling every holiday itinerary. The historic town of Bury St Edmunds with its medieval architecture and cathedral or the Elveden Estate which is home to a stunning country house, gardens and farm shop are just a few of our favourites.


Well-connected by road and public transport, whether you are travelling by car, train or bus the Brecks are convenient and hassle-free. With excellent transport links to major towns and cities, you can explore everything this region has to offer when visiting the area.

Your Next Holiday in The Brecks

Whether you’re seeking a peaceful retreat, a chance to immerse yourself in nature, or an opportunity to delve into the region’s fascinating heritage, the Brecks provide a memorable holiday experience. If you would like to experience the best that The Brecks has to offer, get in touch with us at the Norfolk Cottage Agency to find your next getaway. Book your Mid-Norfolk and The Brecks holiday cottage with us and start planning your idyllic escape today.