Centre for Alternative Technology

Centre for Alternative Technology
SY20 9AZ






School day visits

01654 705983

Eco-cabins residential visits

01654 705982

Educational projects

01654 705963



01654 702782

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Educational exhibition centre demonstrating sustainable building techniques as well as renewable energy, energy efficiency, organic growing, water conservation and environmentally friendly sewage systems. The site buildings display a very wide range of sustainable building materials and techniques including timber frame, straw bale, rammed earth, earth block, hemp lime, local stone and a variety of insulating materials, including wool. Renewable energy technologies include wind and water power, combined heat and power biomass, log and pellet boilers, heat pumps, solar energy used to heat space and water and generate electricity.

Venue Type:

Museum, Science centre, Environmental or ecological centre

Opening hours

Every day Winter 1000-1600
Every day Summer 0930-1730 (1800 August)

Closed: A few days over Christmas and a week in early January

Admission charges

school groups
winter 2008/9 £3.80 per pupil
summer 2009 £4.05 per pupil
Accompanying staff free

Additional info

Drop-in information service.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
photograph of charcoal making

Charcoal and Biochar

  • 6 September 2014 10am-4pm

The course will cover the theory behind traditional charcoal making. It will then explain the advances in design using retort systems. The making of biochar will be explained and its credibility as an tool for environmental management analysed.

This course is tailored to those interested in making charcoal on a small-scale and/or the principles and applications of charcoal or biochar as a soil improver.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17


£55.00 per person. Please contact CAT for information about concessions.



photograph of bread oven

Woodland and Crafts: Earth Oven Building

  • 9 August 2014 10am-4pm

Experience each stage of construction of an oven including mixing the clay and sand, laying the base out and constructing a mold/former.
At the end of the day you will have completed the first layers of the oven and will be able to see how to use a finished oven on-site as you make your own pizzas!

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17


£55.00 per person. Please contact CAT for information about concessions.