Sometimes, you can visit somewhere and memories of that place will stay with you for a long time. We were so impressed with Diggerland; ‘impressed’ doesn’t even begin to describe how my 4 year old digger loving son, felt.
Harley has always loved diggers. It’s always been his ‘thing’! He now has quite a collection of diggers in his digger themed bedroom. So to kindly receive tickets to Diggerland for his birthday from a very generous friend, took his excitement to another level.
There are 4 sites in the UK to choose from, in Yorkshire, Kent, Devon and Durham. We visited Devon. We really didn’t know what to expect but it was fantastic.
Children and adults can ride and drive real diggers. How cool is that?!
We thoroughly enjoyed digging up the dirt in a 6 ton digger. The controls are clearly explained by the staff manning each attraction:
Here, you have to manoeuvre the ball attached to the end of the digger to knock down the skittles:
We loved this roundabout made out of digger seats:
One of the rides, ‘Spin Dizzy’ is not for the feint hearted. Riders sit in the seats that are built into the digger’s bucket and then raised into the air, tipped forwards and backwards and then spun around at a fair old speed. Most of the excited screams could be heard coming from this side of the park!
If you’re not afraid of heights, ‘Sky Shuttle’ raises you high up into the air, giving you a fantastic view over all of the park and the surrounding area:
Harley and I rode the ‘Ground Shuttle’. There was me thinking “this looks nice and tame….” hmmm, I was wrong! The rows of seats are at the front of this digger and face outwards. You are lifted a little way off the ground and then travel over the bumpy ground at some speed but I found myself holding on tight when we turned each corner, thinking we were going to hit the boulders beneath us! This ride definitely feels more daring when you’re on it than when you’re watching it!
I loved watching Luke drive Harley around in a large JCB. Harley’s face was beaming. I should mention that there was a member of staff who stayed in the digger whilst Luke drove it around!
What we really loved about Diggerland was that it is so family friendly. There are height restrictions of 90cm for some rides but there were so many different things that Harley could do independently from us. He loved driving this little car around the graveled track among the trees. He only had to keep his foot pressed down on the pedal but we were so impressed with his steering skills!
He also loved driving these little pay-as-you-go cars. The miniature road was so life like with it’s road markings, traffic lights and road signs:
There is also a fab Go Cart racetrack and again, it was lovely that Harley could drive it himself to race daddy. As you can see from the photo, daddy is no where to be seen; Harley well and truly won that one!
There is also a super play area for when you are all diggered out! Slides, rope walls, bridges, even bumper cars can all be found here.
When you are feeling peckish, you can head over to the cafe where hot food, snacks and drinks can be purchased. Children can enjoy playing in the ball pit and bouncy castle while parents can relax in one of the sofas after all of that dirt digging. Bliss.
We were lucky enough to receive a gift voucher for entry into the park but you can see the entry price and online booking prices if you click here.
I must admit that we visited the first weekend in September after the School Holidays. The park was lovely and quiet which meant that we didn’t have to queue for any of the rides which obviously added to our experience. If you visit on a wet day, I’d recommend wearing your wellies!
We drove tractors, diggers, cars and jeeps. It really was every digger loving child’s dream. At one point I didn’t know who was having more fun, daddy or Harley!
And I feel compelled to say that all the staff were the happiest staff I have ever met, anywhere. It must be such a fun place to work and that clearly showed by how happy and friendly all the staff were.
Thank you, Sarah and Colin for Harley’s fab birthday present and thank you Diggerland for such a brilliant family day out. He hasn’t stopped talking about it since we got home and we have most definitely promised a return visit.
Have you ever visited Diggerland? Did your children enjoy it and more importantly, were you brave enough to ride Spin Dizzy? I wasn’t!