Join our new tour and explore the true story of CAT’s transformation and get a behind the scenes look at the UK’s leading eco-centre.
Now a thriving haven for wildlife, the CAT site was once a slate quarry – signs of which can still be seen today. Join us and discover how an abandoned slate quarry was transformed into a variety of lush habitats and explore CAT’s core themes including green building, organic gardening, renewable energy and more.
You will start by weaving up through sustainably-managed woodland to unlock glorious views of the surrounding hills, including glimpses into CAT’s slate heritage, as well as visit the reservoir at the very top and learn about CAT’s fully off-grid water systems. Then on to the main area of CAT, to discover buildings made with rammed earth and straw bales, explore organic gardens full of ideas to take home, and learn more about the various renewable energy installations that are dotted around CAT.
End the tour with a walk down to see the productive allotment field that we share with a local project that’s helping to get more people into vegetable growing.
Parts of this tour includes some fairly steep and uneven paths so a reasonable level of fitness is required.
Tours run whatever the weather (providing it’s not too awful) so come prepared!
The visitor centre is closed to the public outside of the tour and the cafe is closed on tour days.
Groups sizes are kept small at around 8-10 and run for approximately an hour and a half.
CAT Members can book for free! CAT members are welcome to book this tour for free by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain the member’s booking form.