Nelson Activities Centre

Nelson House Activities Centre offers a range of activities including light lunches, hot & cold drinks, socialising, good company and much more.  All of our activities, meals and drinks are delivered free of charge and even the parking is free too! 

Nelson House

North Lynn Industrial Estate

King's Lynn

PE30 2DE


 Opening Times
 Tuesday  10-4
 Wednesday  10-8
 Thursday  10-4




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The Arts & Crafts activity is currently delivered at Nelson House and occassionally off-site every Tuesday and Wednesday between 10am and 1pm. Our fully equipped studio area has plenty of windows allowing plenty of great natural light to flood the area and our beneficiaries, under the expert eye of our fully qualified instructor, have produced some amazing art and craft work.

Crochet and needlework takes place every Wednesday between 10am and 12pm at Nelson House, but on occassions may be moved to The Bridge Centre. Our Volunteer Lead for Crochet is Anne Johnson and under her skillful eye will show interested beneficiaries how to produce crochet and knit work for a variety of uses. Anne and other volunteers use these skills to produce the knitted soldiers, sailors and aviators that are extremely sought after and even Prince George, Princess Charlot and Prince Louis have one each!

Jigsaws and puzzles are good for your brain and require patience and diligence. The Activities Centre always has a Jigsaw Puzzle open and 'on the go' and we welcome any beneficiary to find a piece to fit or to spend several hours immersed in a puzzle, leaving the stresses of the day behind.

Woodwork takes place at Nelson House every Tuesday and Thursday betweeen 10am and 2pm.  The Group not only learn how to work with wood under the expert guidance of the Group Lead, but they also make items such as bird nesting boxes, feeders, hedgehog houses and various planters.  These items are the offered to the public for donations.  The proceeds are then re-invested into the Group to help purchase more wood and other consumables.

Bowling takes place at 'Strikes', the local King's Lynn Bowling Alley, when numbers allow.  Sessions are delivered free of charge to beneficiaries, meeting at the Bowling Alley every Monday from 1pm.

Are you interested in cycling but have not got on an upright bike in years or have balance issues? Don't worry, we have recumbant arm and leg tricycles, an upright hand tricycle and even a conventional tricycle that you can use. We also have two upright bikes that an be borrowed for those without a bike. There literally is something for everyone!

If you love knitting whilst socialising with like-minded individuals, why not join the knitting group?  Meeting at Nelson House every Wednesday from 10am, they produce blankets woollen hats, scarves and the all important military doll key-rings that are so popular when fundraising.  They also produce 'Memory Cushions' or Teddy Bears using the clothes of loved ones that have passed.  This can prove to be a great source of comfort for the bereaved.

Dog Therapy takes place at Nelson House Activity Centre every Wednesday between 10am and 1pm with Trooper the Golden Fox Labrador and his owners Cat and Jon Ringer, which starts with a walk out on the nearby playing field before returning to Nelson House for drinks and lots of cuddles. Trooper is extremely friendly and loves his cuddles and many beneficiaries find it extremely relaxing and therapeutic to be around him.

giant bike being serviced by roger and jay

Bicycle Maintenance takes place every Thursday between 11am & 2pm at Nelson House.  We can also open the workshop to service or repair Beneficiaries bikes when required.  We have a fully equiped bike workshop and storage area and the sessions are currently delivered by Karl Anthony who is an experienced bike mechanic. We carry out restorations of donated bikes, (which are then sold for donations) and bike servicing for our beneficiaries and others for a nominal fee, which covers the consumables used.

The Fishing Group meet every Friday (weather permitting) at Blissful Lakes Wisbech, where Mrs Bliss has kindly allowed The Bridge for Heroes beneficiaries to fish for free. All that is required is a rod license as fishing equipment (if you do not have your own) is provided for free, as is the bait. The lake is very well stocked and it is rare not to catch a decent sized common or mirror carp.

The Photography Group meet at Nelson House every Thursday between 1pm and 3pm to share tips and knowledge on how to capture the best image possible using light and shadow to best effect.  Sessions can be in or out doors depending on the weather and time of year and the images are displayed first on  a 65" HD TV screen before being printed for all to admire.


Cooking tuition is delivered by staff or volunteers who have completed at least the level 1 Food Hygiene course.  Beneficiaries who wish to learn how to cook or assist with meals will take the level 1 Food Hygiene course before being allowed to handle food, or alternatively can receive intruction or guidance on how to prepare meals at home, outside of the kitchen environment.

The Bridge Centre has adopted a small piece of waste land in front of the building and a team of our dedicated volunteers have turned it into an amazing garden, even being recognised by the 'Anglia in Bloom' Award. We also have a small courtyard with potted plants and shrubs that require regular upkeep. If you love gardening, why not join the group and give them a hand?

Many of our beneficiaries walk to help with their general mental health or simply for fresh-air and fitness.  Walks can be undertaken indiviually or as a group or even as an orgainsed party such as the historoical tour of King's Lynn.  Walking has proven benefits and is a great way to stay fit and to keep that weight off!

The Reasons Why You Should Consider Doing an Activity




“Creativity is seeing what others see and thinking what no one else ever thought” – Albert Einstein 







“Many cyclists will only discover the value of a well-maintained bike when it breaks” – unknown






"If you want perfection, go to a bowling alley" - John Calipari






"Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all” – Harriet Van Horne



“A crocheted piece is the lovely manifestation of a thought, expressed through hand, heart, hook & yarn” - Francine Toukou





 “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride” - John Fitzerald Kennedy





“There is no such thing as a bad day when you’re fishing” – John D Williams






“God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures” – Francis Bacon



"There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle" - Deepak Chopra





"When you are knitting socks and sweaters and scarves, you aren't just knitting.  You are assigning a value to human effort.  You are holding back time.  You are preserving the simple unchanging act of handwork" - Stephanie Pearl- McPhee




"Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.  What you have caught on film is captured remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything" - Aaron Siskind




"I only went for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really staying in" - John Muir



"The workshop to me always means great atmosphere, working, smell of wood, dust and, at the end of the day, you've created someting" - Earl David Linley







"I have found that when you are troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source" - Doris Day




The Bridge for Heroes
52a South Clough Lane
King’s Lynn
PE30 1SE

01553 760230


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