To celebrate the launch of Toyota’s first BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle), the bZ4X BEV, we’ve teamed up with the automaker to compile a list of attractions that provide EV car chargers on-site or nearby…
Whether you are planning a weekend getaway or an adventure during the school holidays, many of the following theme parks, museums, beaches and nature reserves offer Free EV chargingincluded in the price of parking, so you can enjoy a zero-emission trip to your location of choice, then plug in and enjoy your day.
1. Diggerland, Langley Park, Durham
You could say that you visit hollow earth to keep the kids happy, but it’s hard to resist driving a full-size construction excavator, tractor or dumper, or taking a ride on the carousel’s huge excavator bucket’ Spindizzy’. The 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 EV charging.
2. Thorpe Park, Chertsey, Surrey
Home to the world’s first ten-loop roller coaster and the new Stealth rollercoaster, which is the fastest ride in the UK, reaching 0-80mph in under two seconds, thorpe park is a must for adrenaline thrills. Access to four EV chargers is included in the price of parking.
3. Sundown Adventureland, Rampton, Nottinghamshire
A theme park specially designed for children under 10, Sunset Adventure has over 20 rides and attractions, including a carol show, a candy castle, and plenty of play areas. To make a weekend of it, book a glamping cabin at the new Wild Acre Village. There are six EV chargers in the car park, accessible by the CityEV Opencard app.
4. RHS Bridgewater Garden, Worsley, Manchester
Situated on the former historic site of Worsley New Hall, which was visited by Queen Victoria and King Edward VII, the 154-acre RHS Bridgewater is one of the most ambitious garden restoration projects in Europe. It is divided into several areas, such as the peaceful Chinese Garden, the wild Ellesmere Lake and the colorful Paradise Garden. There are three EV charging stations, with space for six cars, provided by Online EV charging.
5. Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Lancashire
From its white-knuckled roller coaster and spooky interactive horror show “Pasaje del Terror”, to seaside slot machines, mini-golf and Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Blackpool Pleasure Beach has attractions to amuse the whole family. There are also live entertainment evenings. There are two 7kW charging stations in the Balmoral Road car park, provided by DOT lug.
6. Brockhole, Lake Windermere, Lake District
Overlooking Lake Windermere, brockhole the outdoor activity center offers an adventure playground, go-karts, archery and mini-golf. You can rent kayaks, paddle boards, or a motorboat to explore the water, or follow the whimsical Faerie Trail through the forest. The benefits of EV car chargers are used to conserve the Lake District National Park.
7. RSPB Minsmere, Saxmundham, Suffolk
On a peaceful stretch of the Suffolk coast, RSPB Minsmere is a paradise for migratory birds and has seven “hides” to observe them. It is ideal for a calming day in nature, spotting birds such as marsh harriers, nightingales, avocets and nightingales. The reserve EV charger can be pre-booked by phone.
8. The Wave, Easter Compton, Bristol
The wave you have to see it to believe it: it’s a huge indoor pool of 180 meters, which generates perfect surf waves, with crystal clear water and plenty of space for everyone. Up to 1,000 waves can be generated per hour, ranging from 50 cm in height for beginners to two meters for experts. Lessons are available for all ages and abilities, with wetsuit and board hire included in the price of entry. The two 7kW EV charging stations in the car park are available free of charge, on a first come, first served basis.
Toyota’s first BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle), the bZ4X BEV. Photo: Toyota
9. V&A Dundee
The V&A Dundee is Scotland’s design museum and explores the country’s design heritage. Its curved concrete walls create the impression of a Scottish cliff and are a striking addition to Dundee’s seafront. They were designed by the famous Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. Inside, Scottish galleries are packed with local fashion, furniture and jewellery, and there’s an impressive program of exhibitions too. 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 at Earl Gray Place West, just a two-minute walk from the museum.
10. Loch Ness Center and Exhibition, Drumnadrochit
Get a glimpse of Scotland’s most mysterious monster at the Loch Ness Center & Exhibition, which features photographs of Nessie ‘sightings’, underwater footage and insights into the region’s remarkable geology. You can also cruise the loch on a monster-watching boat. There are fast EV charging stations in the Drumnadrochit tourist information car park, which is part of the ChargePlace Scotland EV charging network.
11. Logan Botanical Garden, Port Logan
From Australian eucalyptus to New Zealand ferns, Chilean palms and South African lilies, Logan Botanical Garden is full of plants from all over the world, which thrive on the warm microclimate of South West Scotland. There is a walled garden, woodland and a huge Victorian style veranda to explore.
The car park offers four free EV chargers.
12. The Alternative Technology Center (CAT), Machynlleth
With thriving organic gardens, state-of-the-art sustainable buildings and woods full of birdsong, CAT is a vision of an environmentally friendly future. Take part in a hands-on workshop, learn how to grow your own vegetables, or simply enjoy a walk in the beautiful park. There is a 32 amp type 2 charging station in the parking lot, free for visitors.
13. Penbryn Beach, Cardigan Bay
One of the finest golden sandy beaches on the west coast of Wales, Penbryn is ideal for sunny picnics, sandcastles and family boating. It is also a great place for stargazing at night. You reach the beach meandering through the woods, with stunning views of Cardigan Bay. It is run by the National Trust and offers wheelchair access, a cafe and a 7kW EV charger in the car park.
14. Elan Valley Visitor Centre, Rhayader, Wales
With its wildlife-rich forests, surrounding Cambrian Mountains, dams and reservoirs, the Elan Valley is a paradise for walking, cycling and fishing. Bikes are available to hire from the Visitor Centre, where there are two ZeroNet EV chargers, with the cost of charging included in the £3 parking fee.