Region: East of England

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Turbine Way, Swaffham, Norfolk PE37 7HT

Contact: 01760 726 100



The Centre is one of the largest timber framed buildings in the country and is home to the only wind turbine IN THE WORLD open to the public for climbing. 

The Centre has a collection of record-breaking eco vehicles and is set in our award-winning organic gardens with heritage orchard and wildlife areas. The grounds are home to a full scale, working wind turbine. This is the only wind turbine IN THE WORLD open to the public for climbing and educational groups can arrange guided tours to the top via the spiral staircase (minimum age and height restrictions apply). 

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

The Centre offer a full and varied programme to your school group - including a tour to the top of the world’s only wind turbine open to the public. Other activities can be booked to support this, exploring a range of environmental themes.  We have ideal facilities including a selection of study rooms and theatre.  We have indoor and outdoor packed-lunch areas, study grounds, café area and small shop.

 What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Our Education Programme introduces and develops the idea of sustainability, through a variety of activities.  Under the umbrella of sustainability we can explore power generation and renewable energy, recycling and waste, organic food production, wildlife gardening and biodiversity.  We believe that learning should be fun and appropriate to the needs of the students.

Your student’s requirements can be discussed in advance with our education team. 

We cater for all key stages and can cover a variety of curriculum topics.

 What size groups do they cater for?

We generally cater for groups from 10  students at any one time.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

We use a selection of delivery methods including ,talks, group activities, presentations, activity sheets, problem solving and creative exercises. We can provide any materials required and are also happy to integrate any additional worksheets that schools would like to bring with them. 

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

The Green Britain Centre is happy for individual children to take photos, video or audio if appropriate.  If a more formal record is planned we would request that prior permission is sought. 

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

The Green Britain Centre can provide a risk assessment to schools in advance by request.  This should be supported by the school’s own risk assessment, as appropriate. 

What are the contact details for their education officer?

For the member of staff responsible for the education programme please contact Alex Fuller on or 01760 726100

What does it cost?

Costs are £6 per student and includes the turbine tour.  Up to two supervising adults per 15 children are free.

Is specific clothing required?

Appropriate footwear is required for climbing the spiral staircase of the turbine.  If it is planned that the students will visit the garden appropriate clothing for the weather is recommended.

Do you have first aid on site?

We have first aid equipment and have a trained first aider on site.  We strongly recommend that, as with any school trip, the school arranges their own first aider to accompany the group.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

At the Centre we have a gift shop, café, internal and external areas for eating packed lunches, and toilet facilities.  The gift shop stocks low cost items suitable for most school groups. 

Are there disabled facilities?

All areas of the Centre have disabled access and we have disabled toilets on each floor.  Please note that access to the top of the wind turbine is via a spiral staircase and there is no disabled access.  Our staff team will advise and help wherever possible.

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Ecological Recycle & Waste Centres Environment Centres Green Awareness Science & Technology Theatres

Curriculum Topics Covered: Citizenship Design and Technology English Geography Mathematics Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

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