Imagine a place where you can sit in the driving seat of a JCB 3CX digger and get to ride around a field? Imagine a place where you can move mounds of earth in a 6 tonne digger and even play hook a duck with a digger too! This place is real and it’s called Diggerland.
Diggerland is an adventure park full of diggers for children (& adults) to ride and drive. There are four Diggerland adventure parks in the UK; County Durham, West Yorkshire, Kent and the one visited in Devon.
We took the opportunity to visit Diggerland on our way to the south coast as none of the parks are near to where we live in the West Midlands.
We visited Diggerland on a dull, cool August afternoon and it was really quiet which surprised me. Most of the attractions are outside (with only a small soft play and cafe being indoors) so you’ll want to make sure you’ve got your waterproofs should it rain. We didn’t have to queue for any of the attractions and was able to get around all of the rides in just under two hours.
Children under 90cm enter the park free of charge and height restrictions apply on all rides. I’d highly recommend measuring the height of your little ones as you get into the park so you can find out which rides they are able to go on.
Little Mr wasn’t tall enough for a couple of rides despite being taller than 90cm but there was plenty that he was able to experience with his Daddy.
What we enjoyed the most
Little Mr’s favourite attraction was helping his Daddy excavate a mound of earth in a digger. He sat on his Dad’s lap and helped steer the hand of the digger into the ground.
Hubby absolutely loved getting into the driving seat of the enormous JCB 3CX. It was a monster digger and Little Mr and I sat in the back with our seat belts on and enjoyed the very bumpy ride. Where else would hubby be able to drive a JCB legally without having to take a test?
I really enjoyed getting behind the wheel of a dumper truck. Although it looked really easy to drive, steering into the corner to make sure you get around the track without going off track is harder than it looks.
There’s also an adventure playground and other attractions at Diggerland that we didn’t get to make much use of. There’s the Skyshuttle which lifts seated guests 50ft up high into the air (it was far too windy for us to try it out) the Spindizzy ride; where you strap yourself into a seat in the bucket of a huge digger and it literally spins you around (not for the faint hearted!)
Why not take a picnic and get the most out of your visit. There is a small cafe with indoor seating available should you wish to buy something to eat there. Car parking is free and there are baby changing facilities too!
Don’t forget to pick up your little ones Diggerland certificate in the gift shop before you leave.
We had a great couple of hours at Diggerland and we all loved driving the diggers and seeing them in action close up. If your little one (or grown up) is digger mad then they would really enjoy the park.
Adults and children tickets are priced at £19.95 but if you pre-book and prepay tickets are only £16.99 (online tickets can only be purchased via the Diggerland website and must be booked by midnight the day before you visit) Children under 90cm are free of charge.
Ticket prices are expensive in my honest opinion so if we were to visit again we would definitely pre-book our tickets to save a little bit of money. However, where else can your little ones drive a JCB or a dumper truck to their hearts content? Definitely a bucket list item ticked off for us all.
Disclaimer: We were given free entry into the park in exchange for this review. All words and photographs are my own and this forms an honest and reliable review.