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14 family-friendly British attractions with electric vehicle charging stations

With fuel prices rising, a growing number of drivers will consider whether an electric vehicle could work for their household.

The number of electric vehicles on Britain’s roads increased by 71 percent last year to 748,349. according to a recent Motorparc study published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Toyota unveiled theirs this week first battery electric vehicle, the bZ4X, available this month in the UK, with a range of up to 317 miles with the front-wheel drive option and up to 286 miles with all-wheel drive.

Brand new: Toyota has presented its first battery electric vehicle with the bZ4X

And as the number of electric vehicles on the road increases, so does the number of charging points available, although of course there is still a long way to go before the UK is fully EV-friendly and infrastructure is rolled out adequately and evenly across the country.

Toyota has outlined 14 well-known attractions across the UK that already have electric vehicle charging points and are ready and waiting for visitors looking to have a fun day out, especially with the school summer holidays approaching. Some offer free electric vehicle charging, while others include it in the main parking fee or charge a separate fee.

ENGLAND

1. Baggerland, Langley Park, Durham

You might say you’re visiting Diggerland to spoil the kids, but it’s hard to resist getting behind the wheel of a big digger, tractor or dump truck, or taking a spin on the Spindizzy ride’s giant digger bucket .

All right: At Diggerland in Durham, the on-site EV charging station is free for visitors with BEV or plug-in hybrid cars

All right: At Diggerland in Durham, the on-site EV charging station is free for visitors with BEV or plug-in hybrid cars

The on-site EV charging station is free for visitors with BEV or plug-in hybrid cars.

There are also Diggerlands in Kent, Devon and West Yorkshire, all of which also offer electric vehicle charging facilities.

2. Thorpe Park, Chertsey, Surrey

Home to the world’s first ten loop rollercoaster and the new ‘Stealth’ rollercoaster, the UK’s fastest rollercoaster, which accelerates from 0 to 130km/h in under two seconds, Thorpe Park is a must for adrenaline rushes.

Ready to Go: Access to four electric vehicle charging stations is included in Thorpe Park's car park rate

Ready to Go: Access to four electric vehicle charging stations is included in Thorpe Park’s car park rate

Access to four charging stations for electric vehicles is included in the parking price.

3. Sunset Adventure Land, Rampton, Nottinghamshire

Sundown Adventureland is a theme park specially designed for children under 10 with over 20 rides and attractions including a sing-along show, candy castle and many play areas.

To make it a weekend, book a glamping cabin at the new Wild Acre Village.

There are six charging stations for electric vehicles in the car park, which can be accessed via the CityEV Opencard app.

4. RHS Garden Bridgewater, Worsley, Manchester

Located on the former site of historic Worsley New Hall, which was visited by Queen Victoria and King Edward VII, the 154-acre RHS Bridgewater is one of Europe’s most ambitious garden restoration projects.

It is divided into several zones, such as the tranquil Chinese Garden, the wild Ellesmere Lake and the colorful Paradise Garden.

There are three EV charging stations with space for six cars provided by EV Charge Online.

5. Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Lancashire

From its spectacular roller coasters and chilling interactive horror show Pasaje del Terror to seaside slots, mini golf and Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Blackpool Pleasure Beach has attractions for all the family.

Your transport awaits: There are two 7kW charging points at the Balmoral Road car park near Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Your transport awaits: There are two 7kW charging points at the Balmoral Road car park near Blackpool Pleasure Beach

There are also live entertainment nights.

There are two 7kW charging points provided by Pod Point in the Balmoral Road car park.

6. Brockhole, Lake Windermere, Lake District

Overlooking Lake Windermere, the Brockhole outdoor activity center has an adventure playground, go-karts, archery and miniature golf. You can rent kayaks, paddleboards, or a motorboat to explore the water, or follow the quirky Faerie Trail through the forest.

Profits from electric car chargers are used to protect the Lake District National Park.

7. RSPB Minsmere, Saxmundham, Suffolk

On a peaceful stretch of the Suffolk coast, RSPB Minsmere is a haven for migratory birds and has seven ‘hideouts’ from which to watch them.

It is ideal for a relaxing day in nature to observe birds such as marsh harriers, nightingales, avocets and nightingales.

The reserve’s EV charger can be pre-booked by phone.

8. The Wave, Easter Compton, Bristol

The Wave has to be seen to be believed: it’s a massive 180-meter inland pool that creates perfect surfing waves, with crystal-clear waters and plenty of space for everyone.

Up to 1,000 waves can be generated per hour, from 50 cm high for beginners to two meters for experts. Lessons are available for all ages and abilities, with wetsuits and board rentals included in the price of admission.

The two 7kW electric vehicle charging stations in the car park are available free of charge, subject to availability.

SCOTLAND

9. V&A, Dundee

The V&A Dundee is Scotland’s design museum and explores the country’s design heritage. The curving concrete walls give the impression of a Scottish cliff and are a striking addition to Dundee’s waterfront. They were designed by the famous Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.

Inside, the Scottish Galleries are filled with local fashions, furniture and jewelery and there is also an impressive exhibition schedule.

The museum shop sells a selection of creative gifts, books, prints, stationery and jewelry, with proceeds helping to support the museum.

There is an Urban Electric charging station on Earl Gray Place West, which is a two-minute walk from the museum.

10. Loch Ness Center & Exhibition, Drumnadrochit

Catch a glimpse of Scotland’s most mysterious monster at the Loch Ness Center & Exhibition, which features photos of Nessie ‘sightings’, underwater footage and insight into the region’s remarkable geology. You can also take a lake cruise on a monster spotting boat.

There are fast charging stations for electric vehicles in the Drumnadrochit Tourist Information car park, which is part of the ChargePlace Scotland EV charging network.

11. Logan Botanical Gardens, Port Logan

From Australian eucalyptus and New Zealand ferns to Chilean palms and South African lilies, the Logan Botanic Garden is teeming with plants from around the world that thrive thanks to the warm microclimate of South West Scotland. There’s a walled garden, woodland and a huge Victorian-style conservatory to explore.

The car park offers four free charging stations for electric vehicles.

WALES

12. The Center for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth

With its thriving organic gardens, state-of-the-art sustainable buildings and forests teeming with birdsong, CAT is a vision of a green future. Visitors can take part in a hands-on workshop, learn how to grow their own vegetables, or simply enjoy a stroll around the beautiful grounds.

There is a 32 amp Type 2 charging station in the parking lot, which is free for visitors.

13. Penbryn Beach, Cardigan Bay

Beach Ready: There is a 7kW electric vehicle charger in the car park near Penbryn Beach in Wales

Beach Ready: There is a 7kW electric vehicle charger in the car park near Penbryn Beach in Wales

One of the loveliest golden sandy beaches on the west coast of Wales, Penbryn is ideal for sunny picnics, sandcastles and family-friendly paddling. It’s also a great place for stargazing at night.

You reach the beach by meandering through forests and stunning views of Cardigan Bay. Run by the National Trust, it offers wheelchair access, a cafe and a 7kW electric vehicle charger in the car park.

14. Elan Valley Visitor Centre, Rhayader

With its game-rich forests, surrounding Cambrian Mountains, dams and reservoirs, the Elan Valley is a paradise for hiking, biking and fishing.

Bikes can be hired from the visitor center where there are two ZeroNet EV chargers, with the cost of charging included in the £3 parking fee.

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