Green Britain Centre in Swaffham welcomes 22,000 visitors from across the world in record breaking year

Paul Woodmin, head of the Green Britain Centre in Swaffham. Picture: Ian Burt

Paul Woodmin, head of the Green Britain Centre in Swaffham. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

The Green Britain Centre in Swaffham has experienced its most successful year on record - welcoming more visitors, hosting more events and serving more food than ever before.

The centre includes a 100m windmill, which was the first in the world open to the public to climb, as well as a solar panel which tracks the sun, an organic garden, a variety of hands-on exhibits, two record-breaking renewable powered cars, a 100-seater theatre and a vegan café.

It is open to the public all year round, hosts sustainability-focused school trips and also has a range of events and conferencing spaces.

A total of 22,000 people visited the centre in 2016, with 8,000 of them climbing the 300 steps to the viewing platform at the top of the windmill to take in the fantastic views of the surrounding countryside.

Paul Woodmin, head of the Green Britain Centre, said: 'We had a great year as we welcomed visitors from far and wide.

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'The Green Britain Centre is cutting edge environmental hub which is a great place for schools, businesses and local people to discover the latest technology in energy, transport and food and learn how to apply these things to everyday life.'

There are numerous volunteering opportunities at the centre.

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More than 140 schools – with 5,500 pupils - attended the centre in 2016.

They visited from across Britain and around the world, with a fifth of those coming from overseas including France, the Netherlands, Indonesia, Poland and Portugal.

Thirteen thousand delegates attended more than 600 events and conferences over the year.

The café served an average of 25 meals per day and a total 12,680 drinks.

The windmill at the Green Britain Centre also had a productive year, generating around 3.1 million units and powering around a quarter of the homes in Swaffham.

Upcoming events at the Green Britain Centre:

February 13-17 - Half-term activities including willow weaving.

February 14- Valentine's menu at the café.

February 24 - Art workshops.

March 3 - open mic night.

March 25 - Earth Day candle lit dinner.

April 3-14 - Easter holiday events including treasure hunt.

April 8 - Food, plant and craft market.

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