Breckland has one of the most distinctive landscapes in the UK and boasts one of the best overall climates with low rainfall and hot summers. It is home to Thetford Forest which is perfect for cycling, walking, birdwatching and in the summer holds an array of concerts and events.

The gateway to Breckland is the ancient town of Thetford, just off the A11 which takes you directly to the M25 and M11. With an array of towns, villages and hamlets, Breckland has something for everyone.



Take a look at our fact file to find out more about what Breckland has to offer.

  • Thetford benefits from easy access to the A11 and the A14, as well as regular rail services to Norwich, Cambridge and London Kings Cross
  • Dereham is 18 miles from Norwich, 25 miles from Thetford and 110 miles to London
  • Thetford, south of the locality sits 30 miles from Norwich, 87 miles to London, 33 miles from Ipswich
  • London Stansted is an hour away by road
  • Breckland has an ambitious housing strategy, with a goal of building 600 homes per year
  • The average house price across the district is £220,000
  • The average house price for a detached property is £294,000
  • The average rental cost for a 3 bedroom house is £475-£800 pcm, depending on size and location
  • Help to buy schemes are available in Dereham, Thetford and Swaffham
  • There are 67 schools in the Breckland District educating over 16,616 pupils
  • Over 85% are rated good or outstanding
  • Sixth form provision is offered across the district
  • There are over 500 employers in Breckland
  • The biggest employment sector is agriculture, forestry and fishing, followed by construction
  • Other large employers include Breckland District Council and the NHS
  • Swaffham and Dereham boast thriving business parks and centres, hosting a variety of employers
  • Breckland District Council covers an area of 400 square miles – an enchanting mix of market towns and rural beauty
  • Dereham is the official centre of Norfolk, a vibrant town just 20 minutes from Norwich and 40 minutes to Kings Lynn
  • The district is ideally located for easy access to Norfolk’s stunning coastline and the Norfolk Broads National Park
  • As well as being a nature hotspot and outdoor activity hub, Thetford Forest hosts big name concerts and events throughout the year
  • A low crime rate makes Breckland one of the most attractive and safest places to live in the UK
  • Challenge yourself in Thetford Forest, the UK’s largest man-made lowland forest.  Try everything from trail running and mountain biking to paintballing and zip lining
  • Discover the past and explore two centuries of life on the land of Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
  • Get active at one of the five premier leisure centres
  • Relax and unwind at any one of the countless restaurants, cafes and bar across the region