National Trust Brancaster Activity Centre Residential Norfolk
Brancaster Activity Centre Dial House Harbour Way, Brancaster, PE31 8BW
MONTHS OPENFebruary, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
What we offer
Our residential activity 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.
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.
Accreditation and Awards
Quality badge awarded by Council for Learning Outside the Classroom
Adventure Activities licensing Authority
Group Sizes Catered 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
Risk Assessment Details
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.
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.
First Aid Information
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.
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!
Accessibility & 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.
Opening Hours & Information
Residential visits are available Monday to Friday throughout the year.
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
Room Sizes and Facilities
Our Centre offers sole occupancy for your group and sleeps up to 48 (including adults) in 9 dormitory style bedrooms.
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 and 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)
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.