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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!

Centre for A;tenative Technology

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 & Eco School Visits

Nature Reserve & Trails

Lecture Theatre

Accommodation

Eco Research Unit

Water Balanced Cliff Railway

Membership

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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.

NBGW

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.

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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.

Earth Trust

Together with our supporters, we are the proud guardian of 500 hectares of farmland, woodland, and wetland on the bank of the River Thames, including the much loved Wittenham Clumps. Our free to access green spaces are among the most highly visited in the South East, with over 200,000 visits a year.

Why you'll love visiting us

Together with our supporters, Earth Trust is guardian of some extremely special and inspiring places full of nature and heritage. We care for 500 hectares of woodland, farmland, wildflower meadows and wetlands, which receive 200,000 visits a year and are open for all enjoy and explore, free of charge, 365 days a year.

We use these amazing places to engage and inspire people and to demonstrate nature-based solutions to climate, biodiversity and public health crises, for others to use elsewhere.


Our varied and growing programme of events and activities includes guided walking tours, family friendly workshops, formal and informal education sessions and a highly active volunteering scheme.

Inhabited since the Bronze Age, the Wittenham Clumps are one of South Oxfordshire's most iconic landmarks. Standing proudly beside the Thames they offer stunning views over the surrounding countryside. Little Wittenham Wood is one of Europe’s most important sites for wildlife, home to the Great Crested Newt and designated as both a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). A majestic woodland in the making, Neptune Wood comprises 10,000 Oak trees planted by the local community to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar.  Broad Arboreteum is a living library and home to every tree and shrub species native to Oxfordshire. 

We are also the custodian of a number of community reserves in neighbouring including the wetland gems of Abbey Fishponds and Thrupp Lake in Abingdon; Wallingford Castle Meadows A Green Flag site that is both rich in wildlife and medieval heritage, the beautiful wildflower habitat of Riverside Meadows  on the banks of the River Thames and Mowbray Fields, an oasis of nature and home to rare orchids on the outskirts of Didcot. 

We recently embarked on our most ambitious project to date – the Gateway Programme – bringing together longstanding ambitions to improve our facilities for visitors, extend our educational opportunities, and inspire debate and action about how we enjoy and protect our green spaces into the future.  Starting with the construction of Earth Lab (our award winning environmental education centre) we are developing a new welcome and orientation area with longer term plans for a farm shop, a café, and ‘Earth Adventure’ – a playful outdoor area where everyone can discover more about the value of wildlife rich green spaces and the heritage of our landscape.
 

School Visits
Venue Hire
Courses
Membership
Free Access
Scientific Research
Exhibitions
Play Area
Dogs Allowed
Free Wifi
Trails

Our vision

Connecting people to nature through the power of green spaces

Our vision is a society where nature and people thrive in balance, where people have a deep understanding of their environment, their place in it and their role in caring for it.

For 40 years we have been providing and championing accessible green space and running inspiring,

award-winning programmes to help people connect with nature through them.

We seek new and innovative ways to stimulate conversations about the health and wellbeing benefits of nature; food production and farming; ecosystem restoration; and natural resource management by engaging people in green spaces. 

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