5 Things Diggerland 1st Timers Should Know

Diggerland reopens for a brand new season on Saturday February 15th. Though we look forward to new events and new experiences, some things never change! So here’s a handy guide to all the Diggerland newbies having their first muddy good adventure at the world’s most unique adventure park!

1. No heels!

Diggerland is all outdoors, and our diggers can get quite muddy, especially in the rain. This is not the place to be dressing up in your Sunday best, so just throw on a baggy jumper and some trainers and give the mirror a day off! But avoid white trainers if you can, or bring an extra pair – trust us!

2. Bring your own lunch. Or not. We have you covered!

Whatever you wish to do we can accommodate. Every park has its own on site cafeteria selling a variety of hot and cold food, but if you would rather bring your picnic that’s ok too! We have outside seating for you to sit and tuck in with the family, so you don’t need to break the bank to enjoy a feast.

But if you do wish to indulge you can come and go as you please – simply get your hand stamped and you can pop out for food and return as many times as you like throughout the day.

3. Ride Spindizzy BEFORE lunch!

You might think you can handle anything, but for everyone’s sake just trust us on this one!

4. Check your diaries!

Diggerland is open every weekend from February to November, and on select weekdays around school holiday periods. Before you visit, check our opening times to avoid a wasted journey! You can also pre-book in advance for specific days and save a few pennies.

5. No need to rush!

Unlike other theme parks, Diggerland prides itself on shorter queuing times. Even when busy you won’t usually be waiting more than 30 mins for the most popular rides. This means in a day you can get around the whole park, twice, and take advantage of the unlimited rides without being rushed off your feet!

Duggy and Dotty's Very Muddy Christmas!

Winter is a quiet time of year for Duggy and Dotty. The parks are closed and all of our Marshals are with their friends and families. With so much spare time on their hands, Duggy and Dotty have been excitedly preparing for Christmas!

The advent calendars are sitting on their mantelpiece just above the empty stockings (because Santa hasn’t been yet!), and the Christmas music is on repeat. Luckily, thanks to Diggerland, getting ready for Christmas has never been easier for Duggy!

Top priority was getting the house lights and decorations up. Most people have to dust off the ladder and make a day of it, but when you have a shed load of diggers is much easier! Not only does Sky Shuttle provide relaxing views of the park for Diggerland visitors, but also comes in very handy when putting lights on the roof! As for planting the Christmas tree, well that’s what the brand new Komatsu excavators are for!

Now the house is full of festive cheer it’s time to start shopping, but as Dotty will tell you present buying is not Duggy’s strength! However, this year he is sending everyone he knows a Diggerland Gift Voucher – they are unique, lots of fun, and great value! As for the stocking fillers, he found plenty of nifty ideas in the gift shop.

Before we know it Christmas Day will roll around, and the most important meal of the year will need to be cooked. There are only a few things you can’t get at Diggerland, and a slap up Christmas feast is one of them! The café is closed and a burger doesn’t scream Merry Christmas, so as Dotty was running around the supermarket Duggy put the final touches to his homemade Christmas pudding.

As far as after dinner entertainment goes, Duggy & Dotty put on the best show in town! With over 18 exciting rides and drives for the whole family it beats charades!

Though Diggerland is closed over winter all four parks reopen on Saturday February 15th and you can preorder your gift vouchers now. Duggy, Dotty and everyone at Diggerland wish you a very merry Christmas, and we will see you all next year!

New for 2014: The Monster Digger Experience

Diggerland just got bigger! New for 2014, The Monster Digger Experience is like nothing you have done before. Under the guidance of an expert Marshal, you can take control of a giant 21 tonne Komatsu excavator for a one-of-a-kind 90-minute experience!

Participants will be greeted by their personal instructor for a safety briefing before heading into the park, where you will learn how to drive a giant Komatsu digger in this incredible one-on-one master class! It is the ultimate experience for the Digger mad!

The Monster Digger experience is available to prebook for £169.99 at all Diggerland parks on any day during the opening season dates. A Monster Digger gift voucher makes the perfect Christmas present, and you can order now by phone or online.

Diggerland offers a range of Gift Vouchers to suit everyone on any budget, starting at just £33.99. Individual and Group JCB Experiences offer all the excitement of the Monster Digger challenge using a giant 3CX digger. Dumper Truck and JCB Racing pits you against friends, family, or complete strangers in a series of muddy, adrenaline-fueled racing challenges. Gift Vouchers for two, three, or four are great value Christmas or Birthday gifts that the whole family can enjoy!

There is also an online Goodie Store where you can buy everything from a wristband and a hard hat to an electric drivable mini Land Rover!

Diggerland is the ultimate adventure park where children and adults can ride REAL full size construction machinery. There are four parks based in Kent, Devon, Durham and Yorkshire so you are never too far away from your nearest Diggerland! With over 18 digger themed attractions there is something to guarantee a great day out for all!

Best of 2013: Another Muddy Good Year

2013 has had a bit of everything – snow, rain, sun, and celebrities! Since opening our doors again in February we have smashed cars, dressed up, hit the road, and had a heap of muddy good fun! Thanks to all of you this has been the best year yet, and below are just some of the many highlights. Send your photos and stories to marketing@diggerland.com and we will add our favorites!

We were all blighted with a bad Winter, the snow seemed never ending, and when it did stop we were drowned in downpours! Things looked damp and dreary in January, but the fab Diggerland Marshals were up and ready for another year, whatever the weather!

Our season began on February 16th. Families put their woollies on and came in their droves to celebrate half term. Our diggers were revved up and people of all ages got behind the wheel to dig, dig, and dig some more! Up in Yorkshire was cold, but it didn’t stop this young driver from having buckets of fun in a giant JCB!

Before we could look forward to Summer, March and April had a surprise snow storm in store. Despite having to make the decision to close some of our attractions, the calls flooded in from all you concerned Diggerland fans and we were back up and running in no time! The snow cleared (we have access to a few diggers) and the clouds passed, giving way to the first glimpse of sunshine.

In June we had our first Dress Up Day of the season, giving budding builders the chance to enjoy a free day at Diggerland! But we had some very thorough criteria – hats, belts and tools were all a must! Only the most convincing builders were granted free entry! But even for the regularly dressed adults there was plenty to do, including our new and improved Go-Karts!

Introduced early in the season, the brand new Go-Karts are funkier and faster than ever, so you can race friends and family around our specially designed track in style! And in Yorkshire only is the exciting new Kart World – an indoor Go-Karting track bigger, better, and faster than our standard Karts. Perfect for that extra thrill! All four parks have also introduced the Train Barrels – an addition to the popular Diggerland Train that lets you ride in a pull along barrel at the back.

2013 has also hosted some incredible special events, including a few returning favorites. The Big Diggerland Car Smash Challenge was a resounding success – laughter was had, smiles were made, and cars were emphatically smashed into an unrecognizable clump of metallic glee. Once a year our Marshals get to put the rules aside and take out any pent up frustration on the poor cars awaiting their wrath, much to the delight of Diggerland visitors.

After a long hiatus, 2013 also saw the return of Digger Wars! Visitors watched on as two expert digger drivers battled it out in a series of grueling challenges! It was a blast, and keep an eye out on our website for news of any special events in 2014! And you always need to come to our parks to find us – we have been out and about at shows and events all year round from Brands Hatch to Crystal Palace, Devon to Durham and the Yorkshire Show in between, but the most fun all year had to be the JCB Mud Run! A group of brave Marshals from Yorkshire, led by Manager Chris, made the journey to Staffordshire and took part in the dirtiest annual obstacle challenge there is! JCB purpose build the course and money raised from the event goes to charity. Everyone from Diggerland had muddy good fun, but they never did tell us where they finished!

Our parks were open every day throughout the Summer holidays, and as you are all trying to fill those days with exciting things to do, Diggerland hits its busiest. Vikki Cross took this picture with her family driving the tractors. With over 18 attractions at each park, it’s not all about the diggers! As well as the Tractors and Go-Karts, children can drive mini Land Rovers or get behind the wheel of a real 4×4! But if it was diggers you wanted we have plenty of those too!

Finally, we have had more than our fair share of glitz and glamour with a couple of celebrity appearances, including a very special treat for staff and visitors at Yorkshire! Back in July, ITV series Star Treatment came to Diggerland to reward a few of our most deserving Marshals. Manager Mick’s hand-picked batch were greeted by Loose Women star Jane McDonald and whisked off to the Glam Van where they were given a full makeover and brand new wardrobe. Meanwhile Mick prepared a gourmet meal with a top chef, and at the end of the day the catwalk was assembled for friends and family to see their newly revamped loved ones!

Diggerland Kent then helped to realize someone else’s wish of a day racing diggers with Emmerdale star Roxanne Pallet. They spent a few hours in the park riding Spindizzy and causing some general mischief, but everyone had a great time!

So the Autumn rolled on and as the sun started hiding again the coats came out and Halloween approached. We may have been in the final throes of our season, but that didn’t stop the staff at Devon getting all dressed up and getting into the spooky spirit! Where else can you spend the day with Iron Man, Superman, a vampire and a dragon, all while driving a range of real construction machinery? Exactly.

Before we knew it the year was over and the diggers were locked away for another Winter. However you can still order gift vouchers ready for next season, so if you need that special Christmas or Birthday present look no further.

Thanks to everyone for visiting us, and continuing to tell your friends about us. We have had a great year, and we look forward to seeing you again in 2014!

The Perfect Christmas Gift

Our 2013 season may be over, but you can buy vouchers and goodies all year round. So make your Christmas a muddy good one and treat someone you know to a Diggerland gift voucher. There are a range of vouchers available to suit everyone on any budget, starting at just £33.99.

Gift Vouchers for two, three or four are great value stocking fillers. Give someone a day out to any of our parks with family and friends, with general entry to our park and unlimited rides and drives on over 18 attractions including Skyshuttle and Spindizzy!

Dumper Truck Racing is the perfect action-packed group experience! Get behind the wheel of a dumper truck and challenge friends, foes, or complete strangers in a series of races. Think you’re good? Only the best racers qualify from the heats and face off in the final. It’s fast-paced, affordable fun for you and your mates!

Or perhaps you want something even bigger? JCB Racing is guaranteed to satisfy the adrenaline junkies. Race a giant JCB 3CX for 4 hours of high-speed exhilaration!

If you know someone mad about Diggers, then the Group or Individual JCB Experience is ideal. Participants spend 90 minutes with an expert Marshal in one of our biggest diggers. You will learn how to operate and drive the machines in a unique experience giving you an one-of-a-kind insight into these impressive machines without breaking the bank!

And introducing The Monster Digger Experience – BRAND NEW FOR 2014! Keep your eyes open for more info on our biggest and most incredible experience yet, coming soon!

Diggerland Gift Vouchers are non-refundable and non-transferable. Each voucher will have expiry dates and terms and conditions relevant to the experience purchased. Racing events, JCB Experiences, and the Monster Digger Experience are only suitable for over 17s with some previous driving experience.

Soap Star Has Muddy Good Fun

Last week Diggerland Kent played host to former Emmerdale star Roxanne Pallett, who was launching the new 888casino’s Millionaire Genie game. She was on a date with Troy Stapleton, whose wish was granted by 888.com and ourselves to go digger racing with the actress-turned-model.

Andy Ballantyne, Managing Director of Diggerland, called it “the best photo shoot we’ve ever done”, and even managed to get a little signed picture, which is now carefully stored under lock and key!

Miss Pallett shot to fame as Jo Sugden in the ITV soap Emmerdale, but she only clinched the job by lying on her CV about being a whizz on a motorbike. The show’s bosses wrote the bike into her character’s story and only found out on the first day of filming that she barely knew how to sit on one and had fibbed about her licence. So once she got behind the wheel of our Dumper Trucks we were all on high alert!

But despite falling out of a scoop while trying to bat away a wasp, screaming her lungs out as she crashed a JCB up a hill and almost falling out the window of a 9 tonne JCB as it turned on one side, it was a fun-filled day for all!

Diggerland is the UK’s ultimate adventure park where people of all ages and abilities can ride and drive real full-size diggers. With over 18 different attractions including giant diggers, tractors, Go-Karts, Dumper Trucks, the Skyshuttle, and our world famous Spindizzy, Diggerland promises a great day out for the whole family! And wherever you are, it’s never too far away from your nearest park:

Medway Valley Leisure Park, Strood, Kent, ME2 2NU
Langley Park, County Durham, DH7 9TT
Willowbridge Lane, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 5NW
Verbeer Manor, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 2PE

Car Smash Countdown

Tomorrow, July 27th 2013, will go down in history as the day the skies went dark, when chaos reigned, and when some of the biggest diggers in the land were unleashed on poor unsuspecting vehicles! For tomorrow is The Diggerland Car Smash – brace yourselves!

The Car Smash is a free event where two expert digger drivers compete in a series of crazy car-crunching challenges! It is the most spectacular event in our season, and all day our Marshals have been busily getting ready. But all you need to do is visit any Diggerland park, stand back, and enjoy the show!

So clear your diary and come to Diggerland tomorrow! The Car Smash begins at the following times:

Kent – 12pm

Devon – 1pm

Yorkshire – 1pm

Durham – 1.30pm

The Car Smash is a free event at no extra cost to Diggerland visitors, though standard admission rates do still apply. We look forward to seeing you, and let’s hope the sun keeps shining for the rest of summer!

Summer Is Here!

July & August are always our favourite months at Diggerland – the sun is out, school is finished, and we are OPEN EVERY SINGLE DAY! That’s right, we are here 10am – 5pm, 7 days a week right throughout the Summer holidays, and we have a couple of tricks up our sleeve too!

If you stopped by Diggerland Kent back on June 30th you would have seen the amazing Digger Wars! We put expert digger drivers head to head, or should we say wheel to wheel, as they battled it out to hoards of screaming Digger fans. Our marshalls did their best to keep things under control, but once they got the diggers going there was no stopping them!

On Saturday 27th July at every Diggerland park, you can witness the most smashtacular event of the year – it’s The Big Diggerland Car Smash Challenge! Two digger experts go head to head in a series of grueling, car-crunching challenges, and best of all IT’S AT NO EXTRA COST! So if you’re planning a visit to Diggerland make it July 27th and witness this extraordinary event!

Dress up and Dig for Free!

Calling all bite-sized builders! This Sunday 9th June Diggerland is giving YOU the chance to visit for free. If you’re under 16 and dress up as a builder you can come to any of our four parks and dig to your heart’s content!

But if you think you can just pop on a hard hat and get a freebie you’re mistaken. We want the full works – Hi Vis jacket, boots, hard hat, and tool belt are desirable, as long as you make a proper effort!

So make Duggy proud this weekend and come along to our Dress-Up Day! Diggerland has four parks in Kent, Durham, Devon, and Yorkshire. Builders must be accompanied by one full paying adult, and free entry includes unlimited rides and drives on all diggers, but excludes dodgems, coin-operated rides, merchandise, and food & drink.

Duggy's Mix Tape

This Saturday, millions of people around the country will be rushing back from Diggerland to get ready for another exciting Eurovision Song Contest. To celebrate, we are giving you an exclusive peek at Duggy’s very own mixed tape playlist, filled with all his favourite songs.

So while you’re sitting with the family watching Bonnie Tyler belt out another possible flop for the UK, Duggy will be relaxing in a bubble bath, unwinding from another busy day at Diggerland, and listening to…

The JCB Song – Nizlopi

A classic for any builders, construction workers, and digger lovers. This is Duggy’s favourite song ever, he just keeps it on repeat most days.

Dig A Little Deeper – The Princess and the Frog

This song, from the 2009 Disney animated move, always puts a smile on Duggy’s face. He doesn’t really understand metaphors, but they sing the word dig a lot.

Can We Fix It – Bob the Builder

Bob the Builder is Duggy’s hero. This song inspired him to make Diggerland the most Diggertastic place in the world. But don’t ask him about Mambo No. 5 – that’s a sore point.

Here’s a couple more of Duggy’s favourites:

The Hippopotamus Song (Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud) – Flanders and Swann

Hole in the Ground – Bernard Cribbins

If you have any suggestions for Duggy then get in touch!