20 Aug 13

Fancy a different day out this summer?

EDF Energy’s new nuclear power station Visitor Centres have become an unlikely family destination during the school holidays with thousands of visitors coming during July and August.

EDF Energy has recently opened the Visitor Centres at seven of its eight nuclear power stations across the UK and welcomed school and local community groups with tours and interactive displays. They explain the science behind the nuclear power which provides low carbon energy to meet 16 per cent of the UK’s electricity needs. More than 2,000 visitors came during July and almost 2,500 have pre-booked tours for this autumn.

The Nuclear Generation Visitor Centres are full of interesting and educational displays to help families and groups learn all about the science and safe operation of nuclear energy generation in an interactive environment. Popular with science classes during term time, they have attracted a wide range of visitors during the holidays. Guided tours of the power station can be pre-booked, showcasing the technology which powers everything from homes and hospitals, to the UK’s electric railways. A trip to an EDF Energy Visitor Centre is sure to get your family’s thinking caps on this summer.

Visitor Centre manager Val Poyser from Hunterston said: “We were always expecting to be busy with school groups, but it’s surprising how many people have wanted to see inside a nuclear power station this summer. We have even had one group planning a trip to the power station as part of their walking holiday on the neighbouring Isle of Arran and people have come from all across the UK.”

The centres were opened as part of the company’s commitment to increasing openness at its nuclear power stations across the UK. They can be found at Hunterston B power station in Ayrshire; Torness’s power station in East Lothian; Sizewell B in Suffolk; Hinkley Point B in Bridgwater, Dungeness B in Kent and Heysham in Morecambe.

  • What: Learn about nuclear power generation and how it is powering homes across the UK with EDF Energy
  • Dates: All Summer
  • Times: Visitor centres are open for visits between 09.00 and 16.00 Monday to Friday.
  • Location: North Ayrshire, East Lothian, Lancashire, Teesside, Suffolk, Somerset, Kent
  • Price: Free
  • More info: http://www.edfenergy.com

For pre-arranged site tours please provide two weeks’ notice, and please check the frequently asked questions about accessibility to Visitor Centres.

The Visitor Centres are open for you to visit between 09.00 and 16.00 Monday to Friday and no booking is required. All station tours require advanced booking. Tours will also be available at the weekend subject to availability and demand.