Breaking New Ground

Reconnecting People with The Brecks

Family Fun at Brandon Country Park

The February half term was a great week for the BNG team, ending on a high with the Family Fun Day at Brandon Country Park.

Delivered by Forest Heath DC with the help of West Suffolk Rangers and Wild4, the event introduced families to  outdoor adventure and skills.  The park was soon filled with the satisfying hubbub of children (and adults) trying fire lighting, den building, nest box making and woodland crafts.  

A fabulous lunch was provided at the Copper Beech Café giving everyone the chance to warm up before heading back out to the activities in the afternoon.

With the guidance of West Suffolk Rangers, Leigh Driver (story teller) and Vicky Eyles from ‘Wild4’ the families all had the chance to try new things and enjoy being out in the countryside at this time of year; the marshmallows on the open fire were a particular delight. Some fantastic dens were created by the children where they slipped naturally into teamwork to get the biggest branches for their constructions. The beaming smiles, and toasted marshmallow filled tummies, were testament to a great day.

‘I was delighted that Brandon Country Park got to host the Family Fun Day on Friday 20th February. The event was simply excellent. It was a pleasure to see so many people having such a good time, especially as some had never been to the park before. The Country Park is very special and being able to show it off to new visitors is a real bonus. The whole day went very well indeed, including serving lunch to 50 very hungry children and parents! I look forward to the next event in the summer.’

David Falk, Manager of Brandon Country Park. 


The Breaking New Ground HLF Landscape Partnership will be offering more opportunities for families to get involved and get closer to the natural and cultural heritage of the Brecks. Keep an eye on our website, or click here and sign up to our mailing list to get our monthly newsletter.


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