The health and wellbeing of our residents is important and Breckland Council work in partnership with a variety of organisations to provide a range of facilities across the district.

Breckland has four leisure centres located in Dereham, Thetford, Swaffham and Attleborough which are operated by Parkwood Leisure and a fifth independent centre in Watton. All offer a range of fitness activities for all abilities. 

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Parkruns are free, weekly community events that are inclusive to all age groups and abilities, with no time limits and no one finishing last. 

Breckland Council is proud to support Parkrun opportunities in Breckland,find your local Parkrun on their website.

Local Trails

Walking and cycling can help improve your physical and mental health, as well as being a great social activity to improve wellbeing. 

Explore walking, cycling and bridle routes to make the most of your leisure time withNorfolk County Council Norfolk Trails


Breckland has mainstream cinemas in Thetford and Dereham, in addition to volunteer promoted film screenings across the district, supported by Creative Arts East. For details of what's taking place near you, visitCreative Arts East's website.

Museums & Galleries

Norfolk Museum Service (NMS) was established in 1974 when the County and District Councils in Norfolk agreed to delegate their museum powers to a Joint Committee to manage museums through a countywide Museums Service. 

Events and activities take place throughout the year in museums across Breckland and Norfolk, often with special events for children and families during the school holidays. 

More information on museums including Ancient House, Thetford and Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, is available on theNorfolk Museums website.


Other museums and galleries in Breckland include:

Bishop Bonner's Cottage Museum Dereham

Dad's Army Museum, Thetford

Swaffham Museum

Museum for Watton

Wayland Dragonfly Gallery

Last updated: 05/11/2021 13:53:31