In 2019 we supported the Brandon Creative Forum to stage their most ambitious event yet - the Tales and Trails Festival. Find out more about what happen here.
Brandon is a market town in Suffolk in the Forest Heath district. On the southern bank of the Little Ouse, near Brandon Lock, an important wealthy, literate, Middle Saxon settlement of either royal or monastic status was discovered, and considered to be one of the most important discoveries of its age in Britain
Brandon has also been mined for the flint which can be seen at Grimes Graves, a Neolithic flint mining complex which was mined between approximately 2600 and c. 2300 BC. More recently, the town was a major centre for the production of gun flints. On 14 May 1789, the town suffered a Great Fire, a report of which can be found at the Brandon Heritage Centre. While all the young men were away at a fair day in nearby Thetford, a fire caused by a lightning strike caused damage to 11 houses, destroying 8 in total.
A request for a market in Brandon was made to the Bishop of Ely in 1271 which had been granted by 1319 . Records from the 17th century suggest that the market had ceased trading, however in 1834 market day, which was attended by local farmers and corn buyers, requested a change in day, suggested it had continued in some capacity.
Brandon's first cinema, a wooden building named the ‘Electric Palace’ was brought to the town by Stanley Lingwood toward the end of 1917 who had been pensioned out of the Army due receiving a very severe hand wound received at The Somme. In 1933, the cinema was sold to a King’s Lynn businessman, who following a fire, reopened the cinema, now ‘Avenue’ in 1935. This state of the art cinema, with all the latest technology proved very popular during the Second World War
Like the cinema, MarketPlace also created popular projections and illuminations in Brandon at the Fire & Flint Festival in 2017. A fun filled day of excitement, live music, dance and market stalls were enjoyed at the Brandon Summer Festival and at High Tops near Thetford Forest.
In 2018 the MarketPlace team worked with Brandon Creative Forum to stage Musical Mayhem. Then in 2019 the Brandon Creative Forum look on their most ambitious event to date in staging the Tales and Trails Festival.