Centre activities

Daffodils in our National Centre Gardens

Our National Centre and it’s fabulous garden is a therapeutic haven and we want our clients to benefit from all that we have to offer here.

At times when there are no structured activities, the Centre is still open for you to enjoy, Tues and Thurs 10am – 4pm. Every Tuesday and Thursday our Dining Room serves a delicious and nutritious lunch why not make a day of it!

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    The Gardens

    Having access to nature is an important part of our approach, and for most people it’s what makes spending time at our Centre so special. Our four acres of landscaped gardens are lovingly maintained by our team of volunteer gardeners. Each area of the garden has been designed to encourage visitors to explore and enjoy the natural world.

    Designed with therapy in mind, they offer food for the soul and can be enjoyed whatever the time of year. There is always something beautiful to behold in the nature and wildlife to be found within them.

    Read more about our garden in our blog. Learn more about the history of the gardens.

    The Visitor Centre

    Our welcome point to all our visitors, the Visitors Centre is a place for you to browse, to find out more about our services and our history

    Enjoy a little retail therapy when you visit, we sell a lovely range of health and wellbeing products, Pukka teas, aromatherapy, cancer and nutrition literature and lots more.

    You can purchase many of the products through our online shop as well.

    The Dining Room

    With its walls adorned with Natasha Clutterbuck murals representing the vegetables and herbs we use in our cooking, and doors out to the courtyard garden, this is a space where you can grab a cuppa from our tea station and just chill at any time of the week, as well as enjoy a special Penny Brohn style lunch every Tuesday and Thursday.

    In 2016, our kitchen was awarded the Gold Award from the North Somerset “Eat Out Eat Well” Scheme, becoming the 2nd eating establishment in North Somerset to get the Gold.

    The Library

    Take some time out in our relaxation chairs to enjoy our beautiful library with its windows looking out to the picturesque gardens.

    We have a dedicated expert volunteer librarian in every Thursday who can advise you on the rich array of cancer and wellbeing literature we have on offer.

    Read our book reviews or you can purchase a range of books through our online shop.

    The Art Room

    Open every Tuesday and Thursday.

    Enjoy art free style, spend some ‘you’ time using our wide range of materials in lovely surroundings.

    Absolutely no experience necessary – just do your own thing!

    Donations welcome.

    The Sanctuary

    Our Sanctuary is a beautiful place where you can sit and reflect and find some space for yourself.

    Other Activites and Events

    Nicola Jane Fitting Clinics

    Nicola Jane Breast Care Specialists offer a warm and personal service and are experts in all things post-surgery. They will listen to your needs and help you find the best style to suit you.

    They are offering visits to the centre on the following dates:

    • 2 Aug 2022
    • 18 Aug 2022
    • 30 Aug 2022
    • 15 Sept 2022

    More information on Post-Mastectomy Fitting Services (nicolajane.com)

    Book a date and time (nicolajane.com)

    Our Location

    The History

    The National Centre has developed a great deal over the years. Ham Green House, which now forms the East wing of our National Centre, was first built between 1710 and 1730 and is Grade ll-listed and forms the original building.

    In the late 18th century, the house was owned by the Bright family. Richard Bright Jnr., known for his rigorous scientific approach to medicine, became a leading doctor, famous for his work on kidney diseases, including the discovery of the condition we now know as Bright’s disease.

    In the 1890’s the house was converted into an isolation hospital, in particular for infectious diseases found among sailors entering into Avonmouth. It was also used as a sanatorium for people with tuberculosis with additional buildings providing ward space.

    Following the NHS’ formation in 1948, the house became part of a general hospital, specialising in kidney dialysis. It remained in use as a hospital until the mid- 1980s and was purchased by Penny Brohn Cancer Care (as we were then known) in 2002.

    The refurbished building was opened in 2006 with help and design input from our patron, HRH the Prince of Wales.

    Our main space is named the Barough-Aubertin Building, in honour of Nina Barough-Aubertin, founder of Walk the Walk who have supported us unfailingly throughout the history of the charity.

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