Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Visiting the Centre for Alternative Technology

We visited the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) during the half term holidays; the boys really enjoyed their first time at this attraction.  It’s worthwhile timing your visit with the school holidays as they put on additional activities. 

The two gentlemen hosting the kid’s activities in the Straw Bale Theatre were very friendly and welcoming.  My two were actually reluctant to leave and continue investigating the rest of the site (I had to coax them out with the offer of lunch!). 

They liked the opportunity to be creative and learn about building their own vehicles.  The staff were so helpful and encouraging, taking the time to show the boys how to get their vehicles moving.  They left feeling very proud of their achievements.

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After lunch the new Quarry Walk was a great way to get some fresh air and discover more of the heritage of area.  I am all for attractions that make the most of their beautiful outdoor space and get everyone active.  If you’re lucky you might see some wildlife and hear the woodpeckers, CAT have worked hard improving the space and as a result more creatures (including some rare ones) have made it their home.

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The attraction is very educational, it also inspires you to want to be greener and more considerate of the impact you have on the environment.  


Do watch the introductory video on your arrival as its very enlightening learning more about CAT and the work they do.

The boys liked exploring the Mole Hole it’s very dark so you can pretend to be a mole too!  We had to make a return visit because once wasn’t enough.

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Lots of fun was also had interacting with different exhibitions illustrating sustainable energy methods. CAT had a nice playground and the cake at the café comes highly recommended by us.

Sadly the Cliff Railway was not in operation for our visit, but it’s definitely a unique way to arrive at the attraction.

I am sure we will visit again soon.

8 comments:

  1. It looks like a fantastic place to visit, I'm sure my kids would love it. I'm not so sure about the giant slug though!

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  2. I can see and read how wonderful your day out was and very impressed with the vehicle. Fantastic experience x

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  3. Am guessing this is nowhere near us sadly but it does sound like a fab place!

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  4. I love places like this for kids where they can design and build their own things like those wooden vehicles.

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  5. It looks like a fantastic place to visit. I think my boys would love this place. One to add to the list

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  6. Oh that looks really cool - the giant slug would freak me out though!

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  7. This looks like somewhere that my two would really enjoy - thanks for sharing your day x

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  8. That looks like a fun day out - Isaac would love it although I think the others are slightly too young just now

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