Great Green Days Out 

If you love nature, our eco attractions offer wonderful adventures out for everyone, whether near to home or on holiday!

 

Our Great Green Days Out include hidden gems as well as larger more well-known attractions, each offering a unique day out. All will give you an adventure with nature, leave you inspired to live in a more eco-friendly way at home, and be a fun day out for the whole family to enjoy.

 

Click on the map to find a Great Green Day Out near you today!

Green Credentials

Our members have some great green features at their attractions, use the key below to find out what they have: 

Electric Car Charging

 

Solar Panels

 

Water Conservation

 

Eco Food & Gifts

 

Wind Turbines

Electric Car Charging Units
Learning outside the classroom
Solar Panels
Nature Reserve
Water Conservation
On site waste recycling
Eco Food & Gifts
Biomass Boiler
Wind Turbines
Eco Build

Outdoor Learning

 

Nature Reserve

 

On site waste recycling

 

Biomass Boiler

 

Eco Build

If you love nature, our eco attractions offer wonderful adventures out for everyone, whether near to home or on holiday!

 

Our Great Green Days Out include hidden gems as well as larger more well-known attractions, each offering a unique day out. All will give you an adventure with nature, leave you inspired to live in a more eco-friendly way at home, and be a fun day out for the whole family to enjoy.

 

Click on the map to find a Great Green Day Out near you today!

 

Based at the foothills of Snowdonia, this is Europe’s leading eco centre that researches and support greener ways of living. With seven acres of interactive displays, eco-demonstration areas, organic gardens and family activities there is something for everyone at CAT.

Why you'll love visiting us

As a pioneering eco centre, The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) has been inspiring visitors for over 40 years. Arriving via one of Europe’s steepest water-balanced cliff railways, you’ll discover a beautiful abundant setting packed full of working examples of renewable energy, organically managed gardens, sustainable woodland habitats and experimental green buildings

 

Combining exciting practical skills with immersive wellbeing experiences, CAT truly is the home of sustainability education. Join a tour around the visitor centre to dig a little deeper or come along to a day or week long course to explore everything from sustainable woodland management and nature connection to sustainable building practices and renewable energy.

 

With plenty to see and do, CAT is a great place for the kids! Run off extra energy in the eco-adventure playground, discover a world of green living on family friendly trails and scavenger hunts or come during school holidays for a fun packed programme of family activities, shows and workshops. 

 

With a shop full of eco goodies and tasty treats and hearty lunches in their vegetarian café, CAT has everything you need for a great day out.

Play Area

Dogs Allowed 

Free Wifi 

Accessibility Scooters

Eco Shop & Online

Vegan & Vegetarian Café

Public Courses

Postgraduate Courses

Exhibitions

Hothouse & Organic Gardens

Forest and Eco School Visits

Nature Reserve & Trails

Lecture Theatre

Accommodation

Eco Research Unit

Water Balanced Cliff Railway

Membership

Mission

CAT believes in a positive future where we have learnt to live harmoniously with nature and to tread lightly on the planet while enjoying the highest quality of life. Their Visitor Centre helps you explore that vision for the future and to learn about ways to help achieve it. Learn about CAT’s project Zero Carbon Britain through trails and activities, discover buildings made with rammed earth and straw bales or explore organic gardens full of ideas to take home.

 

Explore people’s relationship with plants in the Eden Project’s world-famous Biomes in Cornwall. Trek through a rainforest in the world’s largest conservatory, stroll through Mediterranean climes, and discover extensive outdoor gardens.

Why you'll love visiting us

The Eden Project is a horticultural spectacle, with over a million plants spread across 35 acres of stunning global gardens situated in the heart of Cornwall. 


Explore their two vast covered biomes, housing wild landscapes, crops and stories from the Rainforest and Mediterranean regions: immerse yourself in the steamy heat of the largest rainforest in captivity and marvel at a close-up view of the tree tops from our Canopy Walkway. Then take a stroll through the sights and scents of the Mediterranean, where you’ll come across beautiful flower displays and ripening seasonal crops.


Discover their outdoor garden for all seasons, home to some of the world’s oldest and rarest plants. Trek down their Zigzag Through Time and discover the myths and legends tucked away in hidden corners. 


Seek out the exhibitions, such as Invisible Worlds, and exhibits which bring their stories to life, watch a live concert or theatre performance, or enjoy the tastes of the food growing around you in one of their cafes.

Tropical & Temperate Biomes

Indoor & Outdoor Play Areas

Exhibitions

Gardens & Art Trail

Dogs Allowed (not in Biomes)

Free Wifi 

Accessibility

Shop, Plant Centre & Online

Eco School Visits

Café

Event Theatre

On site Accommodation

Scientific Research Unit

Postgraduate & Public Courses

Membership

Mission

The Eden Project, an educational charity, connects us with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work towards a better future. We create memorable experiences that lead people to care about each other and the natural world and do transformational projects to show what people working together and with nature can achieve. Our first project was to build a global garden in a crater that was once a china clay pit as a symbol of regeneration and the art of the possible. Today we work on a wide range of environmental and social projects nationally and internationally to further our mission. The money we raise supports educational programmes and projects which catalyse change.

 

Immerse yourself in over 700 species of plants and animals, without leaving the UK at the Living Rainforest near Newbury in Berkshire. You’ll see birds, lizards, butterflies, weird and wonderful plants in our lush tropical glasshouses and see if you can spot our resident Sloth!

Why you'll love visiting us

The Living Rainforest is home to hundreds of species of tropical plants and animals, including Goeldi’s monkeys, red-billed toucans and a two-toed sloth. They have a fantastic plant collections with exotic flowers and super-sized leaves.
 

After exploring the rainforest houses and Human Impact Building, kids can let off steam in their outdoor play area while adults relax over a cappuccino.
 

The Living Rainforest is an all-weather attraction, open daily and year-round, with special events organised during weekends and school holidays. 

Annual Ticket Entry

Outdoor Play Area

Tropical Glasshouse

Exhibitions

Free Wifi 

Accessibility - wheelchairs

Shop

Café

Event Space

Eco School Visits

Scientific Research

Mission

 A registered educational charity, The Living Rainforest explores the connections between rainforests, people and sustainable living. Located at the former site of one of Europe's leading orchid nurseries, our rainforest visitor centre welcomes over 80,000 visitors a year. Each visit helps to support the education and conservation work of the Living Rainforest and its partners.
The Living Rainforest's acclaimed education programme welcomes 25,000+ schoolchildren a year. The Trust for Sustainable Living, which runs The Living Rainforest, organises an annual International Schools Essay Competition and Schools Sustainability Challenge, attracting the participation of thousands of teachers and schoolchildren from around the world.

 

Lose yourself in this inspiring landscape that has restorative powers for people, plants and wildlife. Beautiful gardens, ancient oak woodlands and at the heart a stunning immersive arboretum make this heritage landscape a magical day out for everyone.

Why you'll love visiting us

Marks Hall Estate forms an unmissable attraction in Essex extending to over 2,200 acres of striking heritage landscape. It includes broadleaved woodlands of high nature conservation value, a  stunning walled garden, lakes and an 18th Century Coach House event venue and at its heart an Arboretum with a stunning collection of trees.

The Arboretum combines beautiful formal lakeside gardens, an enviable collection of trees originating from every temperate area of the world and miles of leafy woodland walks to explore and enjoy.

 

Over 40,000 visitors a year come to explore Marks Hall Etsate, enjoy home cooked food and delicious cakes in the restored Essex Barn and browse the plant centre and gift shop. Many also choose this charming setting to celebrate their wedding with family and friends.

Play Area

Dogs Allowed (restricted areas)

Free Wifi 

Accessibility

Shop & Plant Centre

Café

Lecture Theatre

Art Trails

Scientific Research

 Mission

Landscape is at the heart of Marks Hall and their goal is to respect the heritage of this Estate while developing a restorative and inspiring landscape that is good for people, plants and wildlife.

 

Through sustainable development to safeguard the long term future of this special place, Marks Hall is working towards becoming a site of national importance and of high scientific and educational value.

 

This stunning attraction features the biggest single-span glasshouse in the world. Set in 500 acres of Welsh countryside The Garden has blossomed into one of the most beautiful gardens in Wales. 

Why you'll love visiting us

 

The garden is the biggest and best in Wales and has, as its centrepiece, the Lord Foster-designed Great Glasshouse. Poised in the landscape like a giant raindrop, the 3,500sqm structure is a Noah’s Ark for rare and endangered plants from around the world.
But there is much more to the Garden than the biggest single-span glasshouse in the world. Just an hour from Cardiff, it is set in more than 500 acres of fantastic, unspoilt, rolling Welsh countryside. It has so many features, you may not be able to see them all in a day. These include  a unique and historic double-walled garden, a National Nature Reserve, organic farm with lakes, ponds and walks, tropical house, specialist gardens such as a bog garden, bee garden, apothecaries’ garden, physicians of Myddfai exhibition, a theatre and gallery, children’s play area and hands-on fun and games for children. Theyalso have so many events throughout the year from our food festival to many talks and courses for all ages.

Temperate Glasshouse

Tropical Glasshouse

Play Area

Dogs Allowed Mon & Fri

Free Wifi 

Accessibility Scooters

Shop & Plant Centre

Café

Scientific Research Unit

Public Courses

Exhibitions

Forest & Eco School Visits

Nature Reserve & Trails

Membership

Mission

The Garden of Wales is a charity dedicated to the research and conservation of biodiversity, sustainability, lifelong learning and the enjoyment of the visitor.

 

With a collection of over 10,000 plant varieties spread over nearly 500 acres, this Garden is on a mission to inspire, educate and conserve.

 

Explore over 700 acres of wetlands, meadows, wildlife rich farmland, woodland and gardens, including one of the first ever public gardens designed by world acclaimed plantsman Piet Oudolf. Children will love exploring the giant natural play areas WildRootz and Hootz House open all weather and year round.

Why you'll love visiting us

Pensthorpe Natural Park really is for everyone, it's a great place for nature enthusiasts, tranquil seekers and for children and adults to connect with nature. 


Inspired by reports that show children are more inclined to stay indoors rather than exploring outside, Pensthorpe developed a fantastic outdoor expansion to reconnect children with the natural world. This giant 7,000 sqm adventure play area, WildRootz, is unlike anything else Norfolk has to offer. Child-friendly thrills are nestled subtly into stunning natural surroundings with trees and gentle rolling hills managing to encompass over 30 pieces of individual play equipment including the giant 11 metre high slide tower called ‘The Worm’. The adventure continues with the opening of Hootz House, an amazing award winning indoor nature play experience for children that is imaginatively designed and complimentary to Pensthorpe's overall vision of weaving play into education about the natural world.
 

Pensthorpe Natural Park really is the place for everyone to come and be inspired by nature. 

Nature Reserve & Trails

Five Gardens

Indoor & Outdoor Play Area

Exhibitions

Sculpture Trail

Free Wifi 

Accessibility Scooters

Shop & Plant Centre

Café

Event Room

Scientific Research

Eco School Visits

Membership