With guided windmill tours, a world record holding wind powered car, a super café, gardens and orchard, and rooms to cater from two to two hundred people - you can expect something quite different from our excellent Events Team. We even have our own cinema and theatre, all housed in one of Britain’s greenest buildings.
Swaffham has a Non-League football club Swaffham Town F.C. who play at Shoemakers Lane.
About 8 km to the north of Swaffham can be found the ruins of the formerly important Castle Acre Priory and Castle Acre Castle.
The Green Britain Centre is a popular destination for school and college trips. Take the opportunity to find out about renewable forms of energy, new forms of transport and sustainable food, through hands (and feet) on displays - around which we’ve based our program of educational activities - for people of all ages and abilities.
1 July – 31 August Monday to Sunday 10am – 4pm Windmill tours 11am, 1pm and 3pm
The Swaffham Raceway Stadium hosts stock cars and is a former greyhound track.
By the 14th and 15th centuries Swaffham had a flourishing sheep and wool industry As a result of this prosperity, the town has a large market place. The market cross here was built by George Walpole, 3rd Earl of Orford and presented to the town in 1783. On the top is the statue of Ceres, the Roman goddess of the harvest.
Green Britain Centre is part of the Green Britain Foundation which is a registered charity 1148783,
Experience wind power from the top of a modern windmill, the only one in the world open for the public to climb.
Get a good look at the Greenbird, while it’s parked. It’s the planet's fastest wind powered vehicle.
Our organic gardens help to encourage wildlife and biodiversity in Norfolk.
Swaffham and Fakenham Florist is a family run business ran by Michelle and Megan (sisters) with the support from their parents. We have a passion for flowers and offer a friendly personal service with expert advice when choosing flowers for all occasions. Our great passion is for wedding and event floristry, we love keeping up with the trends and trying to keep ahead of the ever changing fashions.
Watch this inspiring video by TV's Simon King, showcasing the biodiversity in our grounds.
Take a look at our giant ‘solar tracker’ and discover how it makes electricity as it follows the Sun.
Come and hear the stories about our UFO blade – then find out what really happened.
Today the town is known for the presence of two large Enercon E-66 wind turbines, and the associated Green Britain Centre, formerly known as the Ecotech Centre. The Green Britain Centre's displays focus on green energy (including solar and wind power), transportation options without oil, and organic gardening.
The turbines are owned and operated by Ecotricity, and together generate more than three megawatts. One wind turbine, an Enercon E66/1500 with 1.5 MW generation capacity, 67 metres nacelle height and 66 metres rotor diameter, which was built in 1999, has an observation deck just below the nacelle - it remains the only wind turbine in the world that is open for the public to climb. These have now been joined by a further eight turbines at North Pickenham, though not owned by Ecotricity.
The Green Britain Centre hosted the 2008 British BASE jumping championships; contestants jumped from the roof of the observation deck.
The church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul is one of only a few churches that have angels carved in wood instead of stone around the top of the walls. The current building which sits atop the foundation of the original church was built in 1454. A wood carving of the “Pedlar of Swaffham” is also in the church.
The civil parish has an area of 11.42 sq mi (29.6 km2) and in the 2001 census had a population of 6,935 in 3,130 households, increasing to a population of 7,258 in 3,258 househods at the 2011 Census. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of Breckland.
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We are closed during Christmas, Easter and on Bank Holidays.
We run a Green Britain Education programme for schools, so everyone who visits us will learn something new about sustainability.
The Swaffham Museum contains an exhibition on local history and local geology as well as an Egyptology room charting the life of Howard Carter.
Green Britain Centre is the trading name of the Green Britain Foundation.
Swaffham is a market town and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. The town is situated 12 mi (19 km) east of King's Lynn and 31 mi (50 km) west of Norwich.
Come and spend a day in Green Britain, no passport required. There’s a lot to see and learn. We’ll help you plan your visit.
It’s a great space that can be used for all sorts of things, film screenings, theatre, live music and much more.
Until 1968 it was served by Swaffham railway station on the Great Eastern Railway line from King's Lynn. Just after Swaffham, the line split into two, one branch heading south to Thetford, and the other east towards Dereham. The railways were closed as part of the Beeching Axe, though the possibility of rebuilding a direct rail link from Norwich to King's Lynn via Swaffham is occasionally raised.
Its name came from Old English Swǣfa hām = "the homestead of the Swabians"; some of them presumably came with the Angles and Saxons.
Climb our turbine, follow our eco trail, see our UFO blade and much more. There's no passport required.
Green Britain is our vision of the future. A place where sustainability is an axiom. Where energy comes from the Wind the Sun and the Sea, endless and clean.
Individual visitors, societies and charity groups are all equally welcome to enjoy the charms of our course, and our warm welcome.
The east-west A47 Birmingham to Great Yarmouth road now avoids the town, using a northerly bypass opened in 1981. The A1065 Mildenhall to Fakenham road still passes through the centre of the town on its north-south route, intersecting with the A47 at a grade separated junction north of the town.
Monday to Friday 10am – 4pmWindmill tours 11am, 1pm and 3pm.