Anyone fancy a pint?
The Brancaster Activity Centre has not always been a home away from home for excited children exploring the muddy creeks and sandy beach. In the past is has served the village in many ways. It was once the third pub in Brancaster Staithe, The Victory, and on a hot summers day we sometimes wish it still was... 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.
1998: Renovation and 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.
Materials and technology
Sustainability at our core
- Reclaimed bricks, chalks and flints
- British hardwoods or softwoods from sustainably managed forests
- Shredded paper insulation and flooring made from natural plant fibres
- Photo-voltaic / photo-thermal panels to generate electricity and heat
- Ground source heat pump to help provide heating
- Six water butts to help harvest rain water
Environmental education at Brancaster Staithe
2005 Energy Busters
Developed to spread the energy saving messages of the Activity Centre, the Energy Busters were formed in 2005. In partnership with Norfolk County Council, they visited nearly every school in Norfolk (and some National Trust properties too) and on average helped them save 14% of their energy use, making a huge difference to the counties carbon emissions.
2009 garden project
The garden project, including wildlife garden and vegetable patch, was inspired by inner city school pupils. Many of which did not have a garden or had seen vegetables growing. The project involved the redesigning and landscaping of our front garden with the help of volunteers and pupils from Brancaster Primary School.