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The Green Britain Centre, Swaffham
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Having passed the wind turbine many times in the past, we always said " we must do that". Now we have done it and it was well worth it. The visitors centre was well laid out with information, a wind p... read more »
I went with my family on one of the guided tours of the turbine. We had Rosie as our guide and she was really informative and passionate and that made it an absolute pleasure of a day. I would highly ... read more »
The work being done at the GBC is so important and its clear that the staff are passionate about their jobs. Having spent a lot of time with the tour guide Rosie, I can tell you she is an especially h... read more »
What an experience. ....We will not forget..We where taken around the building before climbing the turbine. Very knowledgeable and caring staff. Amazing views of the sun setting despite the rain and high winds...
If you have any interest in renewable energy, this is well worth a visit. The centre itself is free to enter but the highlight, a guided tour up one of their 30m wind turbines, costs £6 (summer 2014). I went on a truly horrid day with a strong wind and lashing rain. Not ideal... unless you *really* want to get an idea of how much power these things can harness. The climb (up a 2' wide spiral staircase) is in 3 stages. At the first stage you can see the join between the the first and second sections of the tower. This is (from an engineering perspective) awesome! The mating flanges are each 3" (75mm) thick, solid steel and they are bolted together with hundreds of 1" (25mm) thick bolts. Probably rather over-engineered but it was an early installation and, well, it would be unfortunate if it fell over onto the visiter centre! The view from the top is fabulous (assuming the weather has cleared) and, if the wind is blowing, the observation room (it is all-enclosed and very big) wobbles about like... something very wobbly! Not for the faint of heart. I gather the cafe is OK - I only had a coffee. Loos are fine but could do with updating. There is an ecotricity EV rapid charger as well as at least one other Level 2, Type 2 one in the car park that are free to use.
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