10 South West attractions with EV charging

Exploring the South West of the UK: EV-friendly adventures

With the Easter holidays just around the corner, a day out with the family is impossible to resist.

However, for those embarking on the journey in an electric car, that dreaded range anxiety can cast a shadow on all the excitement. 

Are you worried you’re not going to find any EV charging points on your way?

Getting behind the wheel of an electric car doesn’t mean you’re only able to drive around locally.

If you’re looking for a place to spend the day with your family but you’re worried your electric model won’t get you there and back, it’s important to note that most EVs nowadays actually have more than enough range to get you where you need to be.

But we’ve found 10 fun attractions in the South West that offer charging points for your electric vehicle.

Center Parcs – Longleat

Center Parcs in Longleat is a haven for families seeking adventure and relaxation.

With a range of activities and accommodations, this destination ensures you can explore the natural beauty of Longleat while maintaining your commitment to sustainability.

All Center Parcs locations are available with overnight EV charging points in their car parks, but you should book well in advance to guarantee a space on arrival. This will reserve you a spot for either three or four nights so if you’re staying for a week, you’ll need to book again but for the middle of your stay.

You will be allocated a specific spot which can be found in your itinerary and you’ll need to download the VendElectric App in order to use their chargers.

It’s important to note that you can’t charge your EV at your lodge, so if you want to charge your EV during your stay, you’ll have to book a charger space.

The Eden project – Cornwall

Nestled in Cornwall, The Eden Project is a must-visit attraction with its iconic biomes showcasing diverse plant life. As you explore this environmental marvel, rest assured that there are ten 22kW AC charging points located in the Banana car park and 20 connectors to ensure your electric vehicle is powered up for the next leg of your journey.

During peak season, The Eden Project asks that you charge for a maximum of 4.5 hours or until your EV is fully charged. But outside of peak season, there is no time limit!

In order to use the chargers, you’ll need to download the Mer Connect app and bring your own charging cable. There’s also a charging tariff of 50p/kWh which helps the attraction cover operational, maintenance and energy costs.

Donkeys in a field

The Donkey Sanctuary – Sidmouth

For a heartwarming and family-friendly experience, visit The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth.

Visitors can spend a peaceful day strolling through the sanctuary’s scenic grounds, interacting with these gentle creatures, and learning about their stories.

This rescue and rehabilitation center for donkeys not only provides a sanctuary for donkeys of all shapes and sizes, but also offers EV charging facilities to make your visit more eco-friendly.

There are two, free to use, Type 2 7kW EV charging points, available on a first come, first served basis.

The Donkey Sanctuary have said that they take no responsibility for the loss of charging cables if cars are left unattended.

The Wave – Bristol

Located in Bristol, The Wave is an inland surfing destination that offers an exhilarating experience for water sports enthusiasts. Besides the fantastic waves, it’s also environmentally conscious, providing EV charging stations for those who choose sustainable transportation.

And what’s even better? You can drive an EV there as there are two EV charging points that offer 7kW and four sockets available.

They plan to create eight spaces for charging which will deliver between 20-30 miles per hour of charging.

clothes on hangers

Clarks Village – Street

For those who enjoy a bit of retail therapy, Clarks Village in Street offers a unique shopping experience with discounted brands.

You can shop guilt-free knowing that EV charging stations are available to recharge your electric vehicle while you explore all the shops.

There are four electric charging bays in Car Park Two that are operated by Pod Point.

These charging points are NOT free to use and will incur an additional charge.

We’d recommend downloading the Pod Point App before you set off on your journey because once you’re parked and plugged in, you’ll have 15 minutes to authenticate your access.

Haytor – Dartmoor

Dartmoor’s iconic granite tors and breathtaking landscapes at Haytor make it a magnet for nature lovers.

Whether you’re hiking, rock climbing, or simply admiring the scenery, don’t forget to charge your EV at the designated charging points in the lower car park.

Powered by PodPoint, there are two 7kw charging points with Type 2 sockets which cost £0.45 per kWh.

Don’t forget to pay for your parking too. It’ll cost you £3 for up to 3 hours and anything over that will cost you £5.


Exmoor Zoo – North Devon

For a wild encounter closer to home, head to Exmoor Zoo in North Devon.

This award-winning zoo is home to a diverse array of animals, including fascinating species and native wildlife. Take a guided tour, attend feeding sessions, and gain insight into conservation efforts around the world.

There are two charging points at Exmoor zoo. 


Crealy Theme Park - Exeter

Crealy Theme Park in Devon offers a thrilling day out for families with its rides and attractions.

Recharge your EV at the park’s charging stations while the little ones enjoy the countless adventures on offer.

There are four electric car charging points that offer 11.4kW of fast charging and four connectors.

The chargers will cost you £0.50/kW to use.

Lego digger

Diggerland Devon

For a unique and memorable experience, visit Diggerland Devon, where you can operate real construction machinery in a safe and supervised environment.

From driving dumper trucks to operating excavators, there’s plenty of hands-on fun for visitors of all ages. Recharge your EV onsite and dig into a day filled with excitement and discovery.

There are Tesla destination EV charging points available to use which offer up to 11kW. They are free to use for paying Diggerland visitors. If you’re not visiting the attraction, then you can pay £5 for up to two hours of charging.

You’ll need to bring your own adaptor and charging cable and you won’t be able to guarantee a charger will be free as they can’t be prebooked.

You can use the ZapMap app to check for live information and availability.

Lands End - Penzance

Our journey through the South West culminates at Land’s End, the westernmost point of England.

Stand atop the rugged cliffs and gaze out across the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, taking in breathtaking views that have inspired generations.

As you bid farewell to this iconic landmark, make use of the EV charging facilities available nearby to power your journey homeward.

There are five charging points and seven connectors available in the Land’s End visitor centre car park which are part of the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway.

Please note that you’ll still have to pay a parking fee of £7, so remember to do this to avoid a parking fine.  

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