Toyota Shares List of Top UK Attractions with EV Charging Points
Own, or plan to own an electric vehicle? Take the fuss out of planning journeys using Toyota’s helpful guide on where to find EV charging points at these popular UK attractions.
When going on a trip, it’s important to make sure you have everything planned for the journey, no matter the destination. And we’re not just talking about planning a route and packing a lunch.
For electric vehicle owners, it’s important to make sure there is access to appropriate charging points in order to recharge your vehicle during your visit, which can often be difficult if you are visiting somewhere new.
To celebrate the launch of their new electric vehicle, the bZ4X, Toyota have helpfully put together this guide with accessible charging points across some of the UK’s top attractions, so that you can be well prepared wherever your journey takes you. Perfect for families, or simply those who enjoy a road trip in their electric vehicle.
Durham- Diggerland, Langley Park
Fun for all ages, Diggerland makes a great day out for families with the chance to ride and operate real diggers. The site offers a wide selection of fantastic amusements, from mini tractors and robots to crazy carts and dodgems. What’s more, is that electric vehicle charging is free for paying customers of Diggerland, or EVision Electric Vehicles customers. Visit their website for more information on EV charging during your visit. If you are visiting the sites at Kent, Devon or West Yorkshire, there are also charging points available.
Surrey- Thorpe Park, Chertsey
As one of the UK’s most popular theme park attractions, Thorpe Park has become a firm favourite with families, offering popular rollercoaster and amusement park rides. This includes Stealth – the UK’s fastest rollercoaster taking riders to a 205ft height at 80mph in just 2.5 seconds - not for the fainthearted!
Then there is THE SWARM - the UK’s only winged coaster and SAW - The Ride which is the world’s first horror-themed rollercoaster featuring a 100ft “beyond-vertical” drop. The Park offers EV charging, which is included in the parking price, meaning visitors can charge up their vehicle while enjoying an adrenaline-fuelled adventure.
Nottinghamshire- Sundown Adventureland, Rampton
A theme park for under-10s, Sundown Adventureland offers an array of exciting rides and activities for younger children. Children can enjoy rides from the Giddy Piggies Ride to the Rocky Mountain Railroad, explore the Lollipoppet castle, or try their singing voice at Buck and Duke’s Sing-Along Show.
There are also numerous play parks situated on site, so there will be plenty of places for the little ones to let out some energy, including an Angry Birds Activity Park, Captain Sandy’s Play Cove, and a Noah’s Ark Play Area for Under 5’s. For electric vehicle users, there are six EV chargers located on site, which guests can access using the CityEV Opencard app.
Manchester- RHS Garden Bridgewater, Worsley
For lovers of plants and nature, the RHS Garden Bridgewater in Worsley, Manchester, will make a great visit. The garden was famously visited by Queen Victoria and King Edward VII and spans 154-acres, with several themed areas all carefully cultivated to provide visitors with a sense of peace and calm - from the Worsley Welcome and Chinese Streamside Gardens to Ellesmere Lake and Middle Wood.
The Woodland Play area also offers a fun place for children to play among the beauty of nature. For visitors with electric vehicles, there are three EV charging stations situated onsite with space to charge six vehicles, supplied by EV Charge Online. You can visit their website and set up an account ahead of your visit.
Lancashire- Blackpool Pleasure Beach
We do love a trip to the seaside, and Lancashire’s Blackpool Pleasure Beach is no exception. Offering thrilling rides and entertaining shows as well as other amusements, Blackpool Pleasure Beach is another family favourite for visitors across the UK.
Rides include The Big One, Revolution, and The Big Dipper, as well as the UK’s only Nickelodeon Land for the kids. There are also plenty of shows on offer to entertain, including the Cinderella Pantomime, Hot Ice Show, and the Evolution of Magic show. The theme park is also EV user-friendly, offering on-site charging for visitors at the rear of Balmoral Road Car Park, courtesy of Pod Point Open Charge. Guests can download the Pod Point app to start charging or check availability. Visit their website for guidance on how to charge vehicles.
Lake District- Brockhole, Lake Windermere
The beautiful Lake Windermere in the Lake District continues to make a popular attraction for visitors across the UK whether for walking, mountaineering or other activities, as well as those from abroad.
At the Brockhole Visitor Centre, visitors to the Lakes can enjoy a multitude of activities on offer, all encouraging the great outdoor experience that is so often associated with the area. Activities range from boat hires, krazy karts, archery, and clay shooting, to kayak tours, mini golf, and bike hires.
If you drive an electric vehicle, you can rest assured that whatever you plan to do during your visit, your car will be ready for the journey home with a charging point located in the top disabled car park. Charging is available for £1 per 30 minutes, with tokens purchased in the Visitor Centre.
Suffolk- RSPB Minsmere, Saxmundham
The wildlife and nature reserve at Minsmere, Saxmundham in Suffolk is a popular RSPB site for nature observers. It offers visitors the chance to spot some of the UK’s rarest wildlife, including avocets, bearded tits, bitterns, marsh harriers, and nightingales.
With a variety of walks and activities available, it makes a great family-friendly outing. Minsmere is home to several habitats conserved by the RSPB, with four high priorities for conservation: reedbeds, lowland wet grassland, shingle vegetation and lowland heath.
Electric vehicle users will be able to charge their vehicle using an EV charging point on-site, which can be pre-booked over the phone.
Bristol- The Wave, Easter Compton
Bristol’s own inland surfing destination, The Wave, is a great place for surfers to catch the perfect wave (quite literally). A surfing lake set amid green countryside, The Wave is a work of innovation and the latest technology to create a space for surfers to practice their skill while enjoying nature.
Using Wavegarden Cove technology, it can generate up to 1,000 quality waves each hour, with heights ranging from 50cm to 2ft, and producing a new wave every 8-10 seconds.
If you plan to travel by car, specifically in an EV, there are two charging points available on-site, though it will be best to get there early as they tend to be very popular.