Breckland Society Events and Visits

The society organises a varied programme of events throughout the year. Most of our autumn and winter events are indoor talks and lectures. In the spring and summer we also schedule visits to sites of historical and natural history interest in the Brecks. One benefit of membership is that some of these sites are not normally open to the public. We also typically organise one or two events of a more social nature, such as music recitals and BBQs, during the year.

If you have a suggestion for a visit, talk or other event that you would like us to include in our programme, please email 

Some events are free; for others we make a small charge to members, typically to cover speaker fees and expenses, and the cost of venue hire and refreshments.

A few events are members-only but we like to open up our events to non-members where possible. If you live in the Brecks – or even if you are just visiting this unique part of East Anglia – you will be most welcome.

If there is a member charge for an event, there is a slightly higher charge for non-members (to cover the cost of temporary liability insurance). Typical prices are currently £5 for members, £8 for non-members.


It is important to book and pay in advance, as there are sometimes limits on the number of people we can accommodate, especially at very popular events.

In a few months’ time, we hope to introduce an online booking system, to make booking much simpler, for members, guests and the Society’s volunteer organisers alike.

In the meantime, please book as follows:

  • For all events, please email with the names of who will be attending.
  • Additionally, for paid events, please pay by bank transfer to Lloyds Bank. Sort code 30-92-88  Account 0148 2457.
    Important – Please put your name (e.g. T  PAINE) as the payment reference so that we can link booking to payment.

If you do not use online banking, you can exceptionally pay on the night, but we would like to avoid this where possible.

Email to Members

We regularly email members with reminders for the next few events. We also email a PDF version of the latest newsletter when it is published. If you do not receive these regular emails, it is possible that we have an incorrect email address for you. Please email to let us know.


Also, at most of our indoor events, copies of the Journal of Breckland Studies will be available to buy. While stocks last, you may also be able to collect a free printed copy of each of the project reports produced for ‘Breaking New Ground’. These include Sheep in The Brecks, Brecks Military History, Flint In The Brecks, and Breckland Rabbit Warrens.

The Engine House

Many of our autumn and winter events are held at The Engine House, Brandon Country Park, IP27 0SU. This can be tricky to find for the first time on a dark evening! The entrance to the Country Park is on the B1106 (the Bury Road) a few hundred yards south of Brandon. Drive past the main car park and then past Brandon Park Nursing Home – both are on your right. The road then curves to the left. After 150 yards, turn left at the fork into the grounds of the Engine House.