Region: East of England

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Turbine Way, Swaffham, Norfolk PE37 7HT

Contact: 01760 726 100



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 first 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).

We run a variety of activities including:
• Eco-trail – follow the trail through our organic gardens, wildlife area and the centre looking at our world record breaking Renewable vehicles 
• Windmill Experience – climb the 305 steps to the viewing gallery and experience wind energy from inside a modern Windmill, the first one in the world open for the public to climb!
• Windmill Kits – build your own turbine and see how much electricity you can generate
• Recycling challenge – work in teams to sort the recycling against the clock
• Theatre – spend some time in our theatre and watch a selection of short eco-films
• Grow Your Own – A chance to learn about, and have a go at, growing your own vegetables
• Bug Hotel – Make your very own bug/insect hotel

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
We focus on four key areas which account to up to 80% of our CO2 emissions
A Place for Nature
WORLDS FIRST wind turbine open to the public and unique to the UK
Record-breaking eco vehicles
50+ species of apples all organic and heirloom varieties.
4 acres of award-winning organic gardens
Organic vegetable garden which supplies the café
We have indoor and outdoor packed-lunch areas, study grounds, café area and small shop.
We have ideal facilities including a selection of study rooms and a 100 seat theatre.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?
We are an accredited LOtC badge holder

What does a typical educational visit include?
A typical visit – 3 x 45 minute activities and 30-40 minutes for lunch

We cater for groups of 10-150, with bigger groups split into sub-groups of approx. 15 students, which rotate through the different activities throughout the day.

10am - 10.30am Arrival - welcome, health and safety and a short introduction to the centre in the theatre
10.30am – 11.15am Activity
11.15am - 12pm Activity
12pm - 12.45pm Lunch
12.45pm - 1.30pm Activity

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 (KS1- KS5) and can cover a variety of curriculum topics depending on the needs of the educational visit.

What group sizes do you cater for?
We generally cater for groups from 10 – 150 students at any one time.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
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.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
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.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
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.

Does your venue have an education officer?
For the member of staff responsible for the education programme please contact Huw Jones on or 01760 726100

What is the cost of the visit?
Costs are £6 per student for the 3 activity programme including the Windmill tour. Up to two supervising adults per 15 children are free.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?
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 or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
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.

Please list facilities available.
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.

What are your 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.

What are your opening days and hours?
Monday – Friday 9am - 4pm
Saturdays 10am – 4pm

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
“We have visited it as a school for 14 years” – Mrs Amanda Faye, Beeston Hall Prep

“Thank you very much again for another superb visit” – Mr Peter Clarke, Cambridge Programme

“Had such a brilliant day! Children all loved it and have learnt so much. Thank you” – Mrs Abel Docking Primary school

“An Excellent day had by all – extremely well organized and resented to the children – thank you.” – Mrs Newell, Terrington Community

“The kids thought it was 10/10 – very well done to the friendly, wonderful and very accommodating team.”- Mrs Flint, Swaffham Focus School

“A great introduction to our topic about renewable energy – a fab day!” Mrs Moore, George White School

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