Region: East of England

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Brancaster Activity Centre, Dial House Harbour Way, Brancaster, Staithe PE31 8BW

Contact: 01328 738 088



Our Centre, offering sole occupancy for your visit, stands in the heart of the historic fishing village of Brancaster Staithe, on the North Norfolk coast and is surrounded by beautiful countryside and coastline as well as a wealth of wildlife. You can step out of the door and enjoy the saltmarsh and sea and we are within walking distance of Brancaster beach.

We pride ourselves on experienced and qualified instructors, who are friendly and professional and will help to ensure that your students have a memorable trip and that you all get the most out of your stay. We are on-site from breakfast until after dinner and someone will be on call overnight in case of emergency.

We have water based activities such as kayaking, sailing, raft building as well as field studies, orienteering, cycling and many more. Our website details our activities and the curriculum links and learning outcomes. We will help your students build character and resilience as they learn about independent living and the skills needed for the future, whilst having lots of fun along the way.

All visitors will receive a welcome briefing and tour, as well as a fire drill practice on their first day.

Located 23 miles from King’s Lynn and 40 miles from Norwich, our visitors usually travel to the Centre by coach direct from their school.

Many of our activities are available as day visits and we are also able to facilitate your access to coastal environments for field studies. Please contact us to check availability.

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Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any accreditation such as Tourist Board, or AALA.
Adventure Activities licensing Authority
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RYA Accredited

What group sizes do you cater for?
We sleep a maximum of 48, (up to 41 students and accompanying adults).
For activities the children are split into smaller groups, with all activities being led by qualified and experienced full-time National Trust staff, who are first aid trained

Please give information regarding room sizes and room facilities?
Our Centre offers sole occupancy for your group and sleeps up to 48 (including adults) in 9 dormitory style bedrooms.

Ground Floor
Lapwing – shared bathroom with Bittern Sleeps 2 1 x bunk bed (2 beds)
Bittern - shared bathroom with Lapwing Sleeps 4 2 x bunk beds (4 beds)
Turnstone – Full en-suite Sleeps 6 3 x bunk beds (6 beds)
Heron - Toilet & in sink in bedroom Sleeps 8 4 x bunk beds (8 beds)
with dedicated bathroom
Spoonbill – Full en-suite Sleeps 6 3 x bunk beds (6 beds)

First Floor
Shelduck – Full en-suite Sleeps 5 1 x bunk bed / 1 x cabin bed / 2 x singles (5 beds)
Oystercatcher – Full en-suite Sleeps 5 1 x bunk bed / 1 x cabin bed / 2 x singles (5 beds)
Avocet – Full en-suite Sleeps 7 2 x bunk bed / 1 x cabin bed / 2 x singles (7 beds)
Redshank – Full en-suite Sleeps 5 1 x bunk bed / 1 x cabin bed / 2 x singles (5 beds)

There is a dining area plus common room with Smart TV for presentations or DVD’s and a snug (with wood burning stove and TV) for teachers to enjoy. The snug has beautiful views across the harbour.
Tea and coffee facilities are available in the first floor kitchen.

What is the cost of the accommodation?
Our costs detailed on our website and include
Accommodation, catering, expert tuition and leadership in all activities, transport during the week (unless a coach is needed for whole-class off-site visits) and entrance fee to one offsite destination. Recommended ratio: 1:8 adult to child (1:8 adults free plus 1:1 support staff free). Minimum ratio is 1:10. Please follow your school NSC assessments. Extra adults are charged at half the student price.

Day visits are priced according to selected activity and group size.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
All activities and sites are risk assessed by us and these can be made available upon request.

We encourage pre-visits to enable teachers to risk assess bringing their students to us.

Children are encouraged to take responsibility for themselves and their belongings and to learn to assess risk.

All visiting schools must carry out a fire drill on their first day.

Does your Accommodation have a booking contact?
Bookings are made with our Business Support Co-ordinator , Sarah Gore-Clough, who can be contacted on 01328 738 088 or email

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
Staff and volunteers leading activities are First Aid trained and carry first aid kits on activity. There are first aid kits located within the centre. We recommend you should bring your own first aid trained member of staff on residential as our staff do not sleep in the centre overnight. Please follow your own school risk assessments.

Please list facilities available
We are located in Area of ONB and have access to beach, saltmarsh and coastline to explore.
The centre has dormitory style bedrooms with 8 having en-suite facilities and 1 with a dedicated bathroom near by.

There is a small, south facing garden with picnic benches.
A drying room and courtyard are available for hanging out wet clothes.
We have gift items available for purchase and we recommend a budget of £5 per child.
On the first floor we have a common room with Smart TV, ideal for free time, meeting friends, reading, playing games and so on.

In the evenings, teachers can relax in the upstairs snug overlooking the marshes and dunes to Scolt Head Island Nature Reserve, with wood-burning stove, TV and library.
Our cook provides healthy and wholesome meals, served in our dining room, to keep your children energised!

What are your disabled facilities?
One bedroom has disabled access, with en-suite shower room including accessible seat. We adapt activities accordingly so please get in touch as we assess this on a case by case basis.
Our access statement is available on our website.

What are your opening days and hours?
Residential visits are available Monday to Friday throughout the year.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
“Our children and staff have had a marvellous time with the National Trust at Brancaster. The Coastal Safari was a firm favourite. We were all impressed with the way the staff worked hard to ensure that we all had a happy, exciting and safe residential that provided a challenging and interesting learning opportunity to all.”
Margaret Cox, Head Teacher, Hose CofE Primary School, Leicester

“We choose to stay with the National Trust at Brancaster because it is a wonderful location and the staff here are a fantastic team; they really go the extra mile. You are made to feel the building is yours for the week.”
Stuart Furlong, Upper School Leader and Year 6 Teacher, Colman Junior School, Norwich

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
We work with you on your school curriculum needs and ask for your aims and learning outcomes prior to the visit, adapting each trip to individual schools.

Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years

Months Open: February March April May June July August September October November

Accommodation Type: Bunkhouses Outdoor Residential Centres

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