The sun produces a huge amount of energy. All around the Visitor Centre are examples of how we can utilise this energy directly or transform it into electricity using photovoltaics (solar cells). You can test the benefits of photovoltaic panels yourself with the Solar Pump and the solar-powered products on display. Block the sun's rays and everything grinds to a halt! There a number of interactive displays dotted around the site showing how we can generate power from the sun and how we can store the energy we harness.
In Britain, a solar water-heating system would need to be supplemented using conventional energy sources. Nevertheless, it could halve the cost of heating your water. Our solar heating display shows an example of a rural system (incorporating a wood burner) and an urban system with an integrated gas burner.
The Poly-tunnel is the simplest example of what is called 'passive solar heating'. There are no special devices to collect the sun's energy - the building itself does the job.
The Cliff Railway is currently not working. We are offering a £1 discount on entry ticket prices. Access is via the Garden Steps or the North/South drives. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
QUARRY TRAIL LAUNCH PARTY! Thank you to everyone who came along to the Quarry Trail Launch Party and brought the trails alive with music, enthusiasm, excitement and play. All three trails are now open to CAT visitors so pull on your walking boots and come to CAT for a day in the woods!