After 18 months of closure, the National Trust’s Brancaster Activity Centre has finally reopened its doors this week following the tidal surge of December 2013.
The team at Brancaster Staithe have been excited to welcome St Peter and St Paul Primary Academy, from Carbrooke, as the very first school to experience their refurbished activity centre.
The floods of December 2013 caused extensive damage, meaning the centre had to close for repair.
This was seen as a perfect opportunity for a refit to allow the centre to provide better facilities.
With the help of Trust staff and volunteers, and people from the community, the centre now has a fresh new look.
Technology giant Panasonic UK has donated energy efficient appliances helping to maintain the centre’s environmental ethos and reduce its energy consumption.
Due to its location, flooding always remains a small risk and, as part of the project, many flood mitigation measures have been installed, including flood gates and sacrificial wall coverings.
The centre is to be officially opened on Saturday, July 18.
The National Trust’s Neptune Coastal Campaign, now in its 50th year and set up to help protect our coastline and open it up for the nation’s enjoyment, has largely helped to fund the project and keep the centre open for future visitors’ education and enjoyment.
During their stay this week, the children from St Peter & St Paul Primary Academy have been taking part in various outdoors fun activities including the ever popular Coastal Safari, Raft Building, Team Challenges and Our Roman Past where children are trained as Roman soldiers. Staff from Carbrooke, who are regular visitors to the centre, have been impressed with the new look and delighted with the new facilities such as the new self-catering kitchen.
“It’s been great having visitors back in the centre and to have the building buzzing again with happy children” says Katherine Tofield, Outdoor Learning Centre Manager . “The team have worked really hard to get the centre up and running again and we’re all really pleased with the result. We’re looking forward to welcoming many more visitors in the future.”
The centre is to be officially opened on Saturday 18th July and you are invited to come round and have a look between 9:30am and 12 noon where staff will be on hand to answer questions. There will be fun activities to take part in and refreshments available. For more information call 01485 210719 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brancaster