The Green Britain Centre, Swaffham

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  • This is one of the worst eating places in Norfolk. The food, even allowing for the fact that it's 100% vegan, is frankly dire. The place is dirty and scruffy, and the staff disinterested. Avoid.  more »
  • I felt there could have been more hands on activities for children. It's a massive area with really very little going on. a charge of £7 is made to climb the 300 plus steps of the wind turbine. Quite ...  more »
  • I love wind turbines! I think they are a wonder of modern engineering and so my husband surprised me with a visit to the only wind turbine in Britain that you can climb up!!! You need a certain degree...  more »
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  • This attraction has such potential!! We were rather excited, but it really is a let down, I would say avoid this attraction unless you are really keen on going up the wind turbine AND have a booking to go up AND do not expect too much from the centre itself! On arrival the centre was rather tired looking, paint coming off, windows dirty, staff disinterested. A rather empty hall (but nice and warm) with some uninteresting, uninformative and unengaging displays on show (on bees, transport, food and rubbish - good topics but poorly treated!), a broken wind powered land craft - wing taped on - and a dirty land-speed holding car - but at least it indicated that we could sit in the car and experience it. Such potential! Very empty, despite seeing a couple of small French school groups involved in an activity room. Upstairs a large conference room (out of the 4 or 5) had about 5 tables with colouring in activities (this was in the middle of the Easter holidays in Norfolk) with nobody in the room. All the other rooms were empty (although we were told that there was film on at 2pm - Beethoven (the dog). Outside there was a vegetable garden with a small display on composting, a round medieval type mud-hut type building (this was interesting - displays on why it was built and how it was built), a large solar panel and a massive working wind turbine with access up to the top via several hundred steps through the middle of the turbine. We were very keen on going up since this is a apparently the only turbine accessible to the public, however despite being in the middle of the Easter school holidays in this area, it was impossible to go up because there were already 6 trips going up the turbine booked by 2 school trips, presumably from schools from out of area since it is the school holidays here (one was French). Why there weren't any slots left for families or other visitors I'm not sure, (again since it was the middle of the school hols)? Also booked up the next day - presumably more of the same. We have been visiting attractions in the area all week and booked several in advance, but it was not clear from the leaflet that we picked up that it wasn't possible to climb the turbine without being part of a tour and that the tours would be booked up by school parties for several days in a row. Several members of staff were unhelpful and argumentative. It is clear that alot of money has been spent on this attraction - purpose build huge building with adaptive features, lots of staff - at least 4 members of staff in the office, at least 3 outside, 2 in cafe, but it was just... empty. This should be so so much more! Sponsors (assumed since there is no accurate list of sponsors on the website or elsewhere that I could find) including Ecotricity, Balfour Beatty, The Body Shop, Bernard Matthews Foods Ltd should be aware of the poor results of their donations. Poor publicity, advertising material (inaccurate leaflets), and reviews all add to the problem. There needs to be a radical shake up of the management. Great examples - from recent 5 star reviews by me Informative, interesting and engaging information boards - RNLI Life boat centre, Cromer Very active local supporters and good value for sponsors - Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve, Fakenham, Norfolk Really good cafe, and well used, and good visitor interaction - Great Bircham Willmill, King's Lynn Very helpful staff - Muckleburgh Military Collection, Holt, Norfolk
  • Wind turbine is a unique experience but may be check times and numbers if busy.
  • Great "hidden" treasure. Learn about green energy, eco living etc. Plus various classes yoga/Pilates etc. Then to top it all off a huge selection of vegan/veggie meals & snacks from the in house and often home grown food cafe!
  • Interesting and informative, great view from the wind turbine viewing area, see Ely Cathedral on a clear day. Free electric car charging points whilst on site. Has a small cafeteria and toilets.
  • At the base of one of the first wind turbines in Norfolk, is a centre trying to educate the importance of renewable energy and the ability right now for all of us to help reduce the destruction of our environment. I am by no means an ardent environmentalist, but the importance of what this centre demonstrates reinforces to me that we can all do more. A nice display of alternatively fuelled vehicles, EV recharging points and a tour to the top of the wind turbine makes this a place that can impact a child's outlook on the environment and what they can do to help support their future. Good vehicular access and parking, disabled parking and access and a very pleasant cafe on site. Well worth stopping at and spending some time. I would like to see this project expand and be echoed throughout the UK.
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