The first May Bank holiday we decided to try somewhere new and headed off for a family day out at Diggerland Kent. If you haven’t heard of Diggerland, there are currently four sites across the UK.
I’ll be honest and say I had mixed feelings about it but Mr Dada assured me that the girls would love it …
“Who wouldn’t want to spend the whole day driving and playing with diggers?”, he said.
So off we went, arriving early (I should have checked the opening times. The day we went it opened at 10am!) to join a few others in a wee queue, all excitedly waiting to get behind the wheels of a digger.
It’s a lot smaller than most other adventure parks and my first reaction on walking in was “Is this it!?” but I needn’t have worried. It’s larger than it looks and we happily had fun all day with no boredom bouts.
Everything is free once you’re in apart from a couple of attractions that cost £1 including the dodgems. At the time of writing this anyone over 90cm has to pay £19.95 (you can save money by booking online). Under 90cm you get in free.
There are fun fair types rides, motor vehicles and diggers you can drive unassisted, diggers you can drive with a supervisor, diggers locked in place that are set up to play games such as hook a duck, ten pin bowling, 3 different sized diggers you can dig with plus a couple of vehicles you can go in and have a member of staff drive you about in. There are some height restriction but there are plenty of attractions for everyone to have a go on and that includes adults.
Be aware that lots of the rides require an adult to go on with younger children but the staff are really good at allowing parents who have more than one child to swap the kids over once they’ve gone round without having to queue again. All the rides are well staffed and supervised which I though would mean long queues but it all moves very quickly. I think the longest we had to wait was 10 minutes.
There’s also a large soft play area, an outdoor play area, a cafe where you can buy food and drink and lots of places around the site for a picnic.
Here’s some of what we played with at Diggerland…
My girls loved this and went on it a few times. They had to concentrate quite hard to control the digger arm and were so competitive with each other!
A totally mad ride that bounces and bumps you up and down whilst being driven around a dirt arena.
These go quite slow but my girls still loved the fact that they were in control and driving on their own. Top tip from Ro is to drive around the outside edge so it takes longer!
A lovely merry go round type ride.
Get lifted 50ft in the are for an amazing birds eye view of the area.
Another slow ride but the kids love it.
Mr Dad and the girls went on this and had great fun. They all got to have a go driving this bad boy around a track with a supervisor.
These were a big favourite with both children and adults and had the biggest queue on the day.
Baby Diggers (these cost £1)
So much fun and harder to use than they look.
This is one of the first rides you see as you enter Diggerland. It spins you left and right lifting you higher and higher. It does as it says … spins you dizzy and my youngest two loved it!
Turns out Mr Dad was right!
“Pleeeease, can we come back?”, the girls chorused as we headed home.