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Dial House & BAC through the years...
Pub to Activity Centre...
The Brancaster Activity Centre has not always been schools residential centre for excited children exploring the muddy creeks and sandy beach. It was once the third pub in Brancaster Staithe, The Victory. It has also been a home for the many Wardens (both for the Nature Conservancy Council - forerunner of Natural England - and National Trust) that have looked after the wildlife reserve on nearby Scolt Head Island and the Brancaster estate. The very first activities and fieldwork to be run by National Trust at Brancaster Staithe, were operated from a small hut in a field nearby.
1998 - Renovation & innovation
In 1998 Dial House and various outbuildings were renovated using a combination of funding from the Millennium Commission, National Trust and support from a number of organisations and generous individuals. During this regeneration Dial House was combined with the adjoining Dial cottage and various outbuildings to create the Activity Centre. All materials that went into the renovation were selected for their low environmental impact. The latest renewable technology and a building management system were installed. This provides data for visitors on their use of resources such as water, electricity and waste.
2015 - Refurbishment
In December 2013, the activity centre was extensively damaged by flooding following a tidal surge that hit the east coast. Following a lengthy drying out process we are currently updating and refurbishing the centre and will re-open in June 2015 for schools and groups.