How to Enjoy Driving on a Digger if you have Motion Sickness

Enjoying your day out at Diggerland Theme Park

If you have motion sickness but you have always dreamed of manning your own digger, know that there are both natural and medical approaches that can ensure you have the time of your life at Diggerland Theme Park!

If you have motion sickness, then know that it is usually something that passes, and that sometimes, it just involves feeling a little dizzy for a couple of minutes.

Motion sickness is not actually a disease; it is no more than a normal response to, because there is a difference between what we are focusing on (a fixed point in our environment) and the movement of our vehicle.

Dig-a-Round at Diggerland Theme Park

Kids and Women can be more prone to Motion Sickness

Motion sickness is rare in toddlers. In fact, it reaches its peak by the age of 12, declining between 12 and 21.

At Diggerland Theme Park, children from the age of two to sixteen or seventeen can drive a digger, so by this time they should be just fine.

Also, if by any chance they feel like enjoying another activity, they will be happy to know that there are many rides and activities to choose from. There is a sizeable indoor play area featuring slides, bouncy castles, arcade games, and more.

Preventing Motion Sickness at Diggerland Theme Park

Battling nausea and wooziness while travelling is important if the journey is to be enjoyed. One way to do so is through prevention. Researchers at Siena College found that feeling stressed can make you feel more symptoms of motion sickness.

Children can benefit from knowing that although riding a digger at Diggerland Theme Park is a different experience, they can feel more in control if they drive the digger themselves.

They should know what to expect, but be encouraged to take a chilled out stance to any potential symptoms. They should know that they can simply get off if they are feeling a tiny bit dizzy, and take place in a plethora of other activities with their siblings and parents.

Mini Tractors at Diggerland Theme Park
Dumper Trucks at Diggerland Theme Park

Natural Approaches to Motion Sickness

Some natural methods people use to quell motion sickness include consuming ginger (in the form of a ginger ‘shot’ or by chewing on candied ginger). A ginger shot can be a little too strong for younger children, but older teens will probably enjoy naturally squeezed ginger juice blended with orange juice, or a cup of tea that has been infused with ginger.

Acupressure has been found to be useful for nausea, meanwhile. A study by researchers at the Center for Advancing Health found that stimulating an acupoint on the wrist can help reduce this symptom of motion sickness. To be precise, pressure should be applied to the pericardium (P6) point, located around two inches from the base of the palm, on the inner side of the wrist.

Use your thumb to apply gentle pressure to this spot, and make sure you target both wrists. Eating a small amount of food can also be helpful, so give your child a healthy snack a few minutes before they get on the digger. Ensure the snack isn’t heavy or greasy so it does not strain their digestive system.

What about Medication?

For people that have serious motion sickness, doctors sometimes describe medications like Dramamine, which is safe for children aged two and above.

In some cases, medications for motion sickness can cause drowsiness. Therefore, the decision of whether or not to give these should be taken after discussion with a paediatrician.

Keeping stress down and expectations realistic will help stave off symptoms, and you should also try natural remedies such as ginger. Finally, remember to bring light, healthy, sugar- and fat-free snacks that will help ensure your child enjoys his or her first digger drive to the full!

Dippy Ducks at Diggerland Theme Park

If you are planning a visit to Diggerland Theme Park, know that there are so many activities available that kids or parents with motion sickness should know that they will have a good time.

Written by our guest blogger Jane Sandwood
Diggerland’s tips for hosting the family on Christmas Day

Christmas Day is one of those wonderful – yet slightly stressful – days of the year. As well as scouting out the perfect turkey or trying to come up with original, thoughtful gifts (we’d recommend our Christmas gift vouchers if you’re stuck for ideas!), there’s the small matter of hosting – a responsibility that a fair few people shy away from.  

In fact, a recent campaign carried out by retailer Next found that in December 2018, 110 people Googled the phrase “how to tell family you’re not hosting Christmas” – an increase of 100% from the year before. 

Aside from all things dinner-related like portion sizes, setting the table and making sure everybody’s got enough to eat, there’s also the small matter of entertaining the children – who, by about midday, are likely to be hyped up on sugar and presents. 

We’ve put together a couple of tips to help your Christmas Day run smoothly.

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Tip 1: Decide when to open presents

Present etiquette can be hard to get right. Do you open in the morning or the afternoon? Pre-dinner or post-dinner? What if you’ve already opened your gifts but your guests and their children haven’t? 

To avoid any unnecessary tears and restlessness on the part of the little ones, establish when gift-giving will take place ahead of the big day. That way, you’re all aligned and each child can open his/her presents at the same time as the others. 

If you’re stuck for gifting ideas, we’d recommend going for an experience rather than a product or toy that’ll likely be tossed to the side in a couple of years. Our gift vouchers allow entry into the Diggerland adventure park with access to all rides and drives for the day – perfect for adults and children alike and a great way to encourage your kids to get out and about.

Tip 2: Stagger sugar consumption throughout the day

Christmas Day is a day of food, food, food (a lot of which is high in sugar!) which is why it’s a good idea to try and stagger your children’s sugar consumption throughout the day to avoid them becoming too hyper too soon. 

Try and shift their focus to something other than what they’re putting in their mouths – for example, by setting up an arts and crafts corner. There are plenty of printable materials available online and we recommend a Christmas card-related activity – great for any little ones that have forgotten to write mummy and daddy a card.

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Christmas Dinner - Christmas Gift Vouchers

Tip 3: Set up activity stations

Although arts and crafts is a great way to fuel children’s creativity, it may be that some of your tinier guests are keener on getting out and about and moving around.

Try and schedule periods throughout the day when some of the adults can go for a wander and take the kids (those who want to go) with them. If you’re hosting and taking charge of the cooking, you might appreciate some of your guests disappearing for a little while, leaving you in peace to get on with dinner prep or clearing up. 

Similarly, some of the children might feel like watching a Christmas film. Set up a movie viewing area in the living room for those that feel like cuddling up and watching something.

By having lots of different activity stations, restlessness and possible tantrums become less likely. 

Tip 4: Consider investing in a kids’ table

Christmas Day is as much about the adults as it is about the children – and we know that many mums and dads yearn for a little bit of alone time.

To give the grown-ups some time to catch up, consider making one part of the dinner table specifically for the kids. Or, invest in a smaller, separate table if you have the space.

Drawing Table - Christmas Gift Vouchers

We hope we’ve given you some useful tips for hosting Christmas Day with family. Diggerland opens again in February (you can see the opening times here) – why not give the gift of an experience this Christmas and buy your family some of our gift vouchers

And if you’re curious to see how a celebrity like Emma Willis celebrates Christmas, have a look at her Christmas routine and traditions here.

Wonderfully written by our guest blogger Tasman Hogan
Unique Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! At Diggerland we want to help bring joy to houses across the UK during this special season. We believe our selection of unique gift ideas will help spread festivity in your home during Christmas time. 

We offer a phenomenal range of unique gift ideas and amazing value vouchers that everyone will love. Gifting a Diggerland experience this Christmas will provide your loved ones with a precious day full of special lifelong memories. 

To help make your present shopping experience stress-free we have put together the perfect Diggerland Gift Guide. The following guide will help you find the best Christmas gift ideas for all budgets and ages!

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Unique Christmas Gift Ideas on a budget

If you’re on a tight budget thinking of unique gift ideas can be tough. Diggerland offers a fantastic range of Christmas gift ideas that are perfect as Stocking fillers or special secret Santa surprises! 

The unique gift shop offers a range of digger themed merchandise perfect for children and adults. For example we have an amazing range of digger themed pyjamas with prices starting from as low as £6.99. With a range of awesome colours and sizes these pyjamas are perfect for children with a passion for diggers! 

For adults we offer a range of digger themed stationery which could be a good-humoured gift for your secret Santa. For £4.99 you can purchase a foot calculator which would provide some knee-slaps at work as a comical gift. 

Unique Christmas Gift Experiences

Experiences are priceless, Diggerland provides an enjoyable and safe opportunity to try something brand-new. Why not make a special persons Christmas extraordinary with a Diggerland experience voucher!

If you are searching for a unique gift for two love birds we would suggest purchasing a pair of Diggerland admission vouchers, for the pair it only comes to £42.95! Truly this voucher opens up the doors to an abundance of fun and an awe-inspiring day out, the exciting day would include some of the following experiences:

  • Operating a Giant JCB 806 Digger.
  • Driving a real car in the Joyrider.
  • Getting lifted 50ft in the air by the Skyshuttle.
  • Entry to over 100 machines and 20 different rides and drives.
Diggerland Train at Diggerland Theme Park
Monster Digger Experience

Adult Experience Days

If you wish to make this special gift more personal, you can even write a personalized message inside the purchased digger fans gift card for the lucky recipient. After purchase the vouchers can be used at any of our four Diggerland Parks based in Kent, Devon, Durham and Yorkshire. 

For thrill seekers we recommend purchasing gift vouchers for some of our mind-blowing experiences such as:

  • Dumper Racing.
  • Individual JCB Experience.
  • Monster Digger Experience.

Unique gift experiences offer pure adrenaline and long lasting memories.

EVision Electric Vehicle Hire

EVision Electric Vehicle Hire also offer an incredible range of exhilarating gift ideas. These experiences are fantastic for your family and friends to share.

From a BMW i3, to their top of the range Jaguar I-Pace and/or Tesla Model S, they have got you covered. Talk about luxury!

Their self-drive service also offers you the chance to experience the fantastic, and very elegant Tesla Model 3 and Audi e-tron.

Their whole fleet includes the following spectacular cars:

  • Renault Zoe
  • BMW i3
  • Multiple Tesla Models
  • Kia e-Niro
  • Jaguar I-Pace
  • Audi e-tron
Jaguar I-Pace

From all of us at Diggerland, we hope we have given you an insight to some truly incredible unique gift ideas. 

Have a wonderful Christmas! 

Room décor tips for the ultimate digger fan

We have compiled a list of ideas below on how Diggerland Theme Park can help turn your child’s bedroom into a magical, digger-themed world!

A recent survey commissioned by Next has found that parents’ most popular dream theme when decorating their children’s rooms is “Animal” followed by “Jungle/Forest”. 

But we know better than anyone that a lot of kids are very into diggers and JCBs, jumping at the chance to have a digger-themed space. But what does that look like, exactly?

Read on for some tips on digger-themed décor; what furnishings to go for, what colour scheme is best and what products we recommend for the ultimate digger fan.

Paint decorating - Diggerland Theme Park

Colours & Walls

When it comes to colour, we recommend opting for a yellowy/beige colour scheme to match the typical colour of diggers and JCBs.

In fact, nowadays over half of parents opt for neutral or bright colours like yellow, as opposed to traditional pinks and blues. In a shift away from traditional gendered colour schemes, 57% of parents prefer greys, yellows or other neutral shades to decorate a child’s room – according to Next’s survey. 

What’s more, yellow is “energising and uplifting” according to colour psychologist June McLeod, suggesting this particular scheme will have a positive impact on your little one’s mood. 

If you’re using paint, find one that’s free of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) as these can let off harmful gases. Alternatively, invest in some digger wall stickers (Pinterest has some great ideas for how these can be used to jazz up the décor). Wall stickers are great because they’re easy to apply and remove, and since parents redecorate their children’s rooms and nurseries every 23 months on average, it’s important to invest in décor that can be altered and changed with ease.

Toys & Stationery from Diggerland Theme Park

Just because the bulk of the room is likely to be more neutral doesn’t mean to say bright colours shouldn’t be present. We recommend introducing the full spectrum of colours via toys and furnishings. Young children love to play with colourful toys while older children tend to express themselves in many different ways with colour. What’s more, brightly coloured toys and equipment can be easily moved or stored away to create a more restful atmosphere for quieter times. 

Ultimately, toys are a fundamental part of a child’s room and make the space feel homey and personalised – and for digger fans, there’s a wealth to choose from. 

At Diggerland Theme Park, we’ve got teddy bears and soft digger toys to make those restless nights a little more bearable for your tots. Meanwhile, retro Top Trumps Adventure Days offers hours of weekend fun.  

If your child is in primary school, get them kitted out with digger-themed stationery. These may just make those projects and homework assignments slightly more fun and enjoyable!

Child playing in nursery - Diggerland Theme Park

Clothes

Update your child’s wardrobe with digger-themed clothes – this might make morning wardrobe battles a little more bearable! You can find a range of clothing options on both the Diggerland website and on Next too.

From wellies and socks to different types of tops, Next have the ultimate digger fan catered for – and their pieces will no doubt add a bit of colour to your child’s wardrobe. 

You can even create a personalised digger top (a great Christmas present for digger fans!) 

Mum & Son at Diggerland Theme Park

We hope we’ve given you some food for thought when it comes to decorating with the ultimate digger fan in mind.

Have a look at our Christmas Gift Vouchers and come and visit us at the Diggerland Theme Park in February!

Wonderfully written by our guest blogger Tasman Hogan
Unique Experience Days at Diggerland!

Life is all about unique experience days…

Life these days is all about unique experience days. Especially when it comes to receiving a gift. Life is full of tangible items and as such people want to experience more and feel more. They want memories.

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Share the Moment

Enjoying life experiences together also means much more than doing it alone. Whether it’s going for dinner or enjoying a driving experience, it’s always great to do these things with someone else. To share in the enjoyment means much more to someone, especially a gift recipient.

Unique Experience Days

There are plenty of unique experience days to be had at Diggerland. Whether it’s a day out with the family enjoying everything the theme park has to offer. Such as taking a head reeling turn or two on the world famous Spindizzy ride. Or a Digger Racing Experience in either a JCB 3CX or Skidsteer Loader. There’s always plenty of fun to be had.

Spindizzy

Fun Corporate Days Out 

A Diggerland corporate event can also be super thrilling and exciting. Put your staff or clients into teams and see who can hook as many ducks out of the water in the fastest time. Throw a blind fold into the mix and have the other team members guide the digger operator! Follow up the day with a relaxed corporate party including ample food, alcoholic beverages, unlimited dodgem rides, a DJ plus much more. Now that will be a corporate day to remember. 

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Dig-a-Round at Diggerland Theme Park

Birthday Parties 

Nothing says unique experience days like birthday parties hosted at Diggerland. 

The kids will be over the moon to have their birthday party at Diggerland. Choose from a location in Devon, Durham, Kent or Yorkshire. Each birthday party child receives a Diggerland branded lunch bag complete with a cold packed lunch. As well as a Diggerland certificate and balloon. They also get to go on all the rides and drives in Diggerland and feel like real VIPs! 

Unique Gift Ideas

Did you know that Diggerland have teamed up with BuyAGift? You can purchase a wide range of Diggerland’s experience days. Choose from Dumper Racing at Diggerland, a JCB Driving Day for One or JCB Racing!

If you want a Diggerland gift voucher for the whole family to enjoy a day at Diggerland, look no further. Diggerland gift vouchers include the whole family. Let Nan and Granddad view the amazing Diggerland park 50 feet in the air on the Skyshuttle. Race Mum and Dad on the Go Karts. Compete against your brother or sister on the Crazy Carts! Or if you’re a teenager but still under 17, you can drive a real car!

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Black Friday Gift Ideas are here at Diggerland!

Choose from our fabulous Black Friday Gift Ideas

Black Friday Gift Ideas are here at Diggerland. Choose from JCB racing, a Monster Komatsu digger driving day or a day at the most unique theme park!

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Looking for Black Friday Gift Ideas? It can be difficult choosing the best gift ideas for a loved one, family member, friend or significant other. But don’t worry, as Diggerland have got you covered!

With our Black Friday Gift Ideas, you can treat that special someone to an amazing day at Diggerland! Yes, they can drive, ride and operate a wide variety of awesome diggers. As well as dumpers, JCB skidsteer loaders and Manitou tele handler machines. We even let the kids tear up the race track in Razor Crazy Carts, speed around on the dodgems or overtake one another on the Go-Karts.

Amazing Black Friday Gift Ideas

This Black Friday, we have a whopping 50% off special deal!

Choose a date to visit Diggerland in February or March and receive half price entry tickets! Yes half price!

We know, we can’t believe it either, but it’s true. This Black Friday (29th November 2019), tickets will go on sale at 9am. But hurry in getting yours as tickets are sold on a first come, first serve basis. So, once they’re gone, that’s it, they’re gone.

Diggerland Black Friday Deal

Unique Gift Ideas For Her

Diggerland Gift Vouchers make the perfect gift for many reasons.

Make it personal

You can make your gift card to your perfect lady as personal as you wish. Include a special message and really let her know you care.

Give her the gift of time

We all know how busy everyone’s lives are now, especially for ladies. Ladies are forever running around! If they’re not chasing after the kids, they’re doing the housework. As well as probably trying to hold down a full time job. That’s why a Diggerland gift voucher is the perfect choice, as they’re valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.

What’s more is if your lady recipient does forget to redeem the voucher. It can be extended for a further 12 months at a very small fee.

Deciding on which gift to choose

We don’t offer pamper days at Diggerland sadly, although we suppose a mud bath would be super enjoyable!

What we offer is fun! Yes let your hair down, race a digger fun!

Dumper Racing is extremely unique. If your special lady loves out of the ordinary, then you need to treat her to a Dumper Racing Gift Voucher. Racing in a Dumper provides sheer excitement. Battle against other racers and the clock to be crowed the winner! It’s fast. As well as intense. It’s let your hair down, roar like a lion, beat your chest like a gorilla, wild excitement.

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Monster Digger Experience Days

Unique Gift Ideas For Him

For him, we’d recommend the Monster Digger Experience. A truly satisfying 90 minutes of driving and operating a Komatsu PC210 machine. This 22 tonne meaty digger will really impress.

Whether it’s for your Dad, Boss or significant other, a Monster Digger Gift Voucher will give the same reaction. WOW!

An amazing deal, the gift voucher includes the 90 minute experience for one person. As well as admission into the Diggerland theme park for the recipient and up to two other people. So you can really gift the best day out ever!

Award Winning Attraction Diggerland Wins A Family Traveller Award

Diggerland wins a Family Traveller Award

Popular family theme park Diggerland, with four locations in the UK have won a very prestigious Family Traveller Award.

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On November 13th, 2019, Diggerland attended the glitzy Family Traveller Awards. The amazing evening event was held at the London Ice Rink venue in South Kensington. It was a cold November evening, but this didn’t dampen anyone’s moods. As the beautiful Christmas lights twinkled, everyone knew something magical would happen.

The night saw 50 of the top travel experience providers crowned winners. Hosted by renowned singer songwriter, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, the whole evening was full of excitement!

In a very new approach to the awards, Family Traveller moved away from the standard set award groups.

This was to make them more meaningful and relevant to how British families are travelling. It’s also a way to adapt to the emerging and changing travel trends. The move gave Family Traveller readers the freedom to nominate the most unique and family friendly travel brands. Which were then grouped into ten clear and well-defined themes.

Over 110,000 votes were cast by Family Traveller readers! All in order to find the 50 Excellence Award Winners. Can you believe this was double the number of votes cast for the 2018 awards!

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Diggerland is GREEN

Diggerland were awarded partly for their engaging commitment to the environment.

For instance, all Diggerland UK Theme Parks boast the following:

  • Carbon-neutral biomass boilers
  • Solar panels on the roofs of all buildings
  • Electric vehicle charging points

Most importantly, Diggerland also have partnered with EVision Electric Vehicle Hire. As a result, Diggerland provide collection and drop off points for EVision customers. EVision offer customers a wide range of pure electric vehicles to hire short or long term. To hire from EVision, visit their website. However, beware as you may be converted to pure electric vehicles for life! Above all, electric vehicles really are the future and offer so many benefits. We just know you won’t regret trying one for yourself.

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The Diggerland UK Theme Parks are located in Kent, Devon, Durham and Yorkshire. All parks offer a unique experience. Children and adults can ride on, drive and operate real JCB and Komatsu construction machinery, including various diggers and dumpers.

Many people marvel at the site of diggers. Whereas at Diggerland, guests can actually clamber all over them! Actually feeling like a construction worker on site is a fantastic feeling. People of all ages just love Diggerland. In other words and to put it simply, we make guests dreams come true!

Have a go, drive a dumper!

If you’d like to book tickets for one of the UK’s most unique theme parks, then book Diggerland tickets here.

The Diggerland Theme Park in Durham

An amazing theme park in Durham

Just outside of the city centre is a place where dreams really do come true. That place is the Diggerland Theme Park in Durham. A place full of wondrous delight. Diggerland is the only theme park in Durham whereby children and adults can ride, drive and operate real construction machinery. Yes, you guessed it, as the name suggests DIGGERS!

Durham, quite simply put is an incredible county. Packed full of history with an impressive castle and incredible cathedral, it’s a place that will leave you wanting more.

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Have you ever wanted to drive or ride in a JCB 3CX? Well you can! At the Diggerland theme park in Durham, there is a monster JCB 3CX machine whereby kids from only 90cm in height can ride! Oh, you want to drive the machine… no problem at all, you only have to be 110cm or above and you can get behind the wheel and steer this super awesome machine around a specially designed course.

Another top attraction at the Diggerland theme park in Durham is the Spindizzy! This world famous ride is operated in a giant Komatsu PC210 excavator with a giant digger bucket seating unit. It lifts and lift up the air, drops and spins. Definitely not one to try directly after lunch. Everybody look to the left, everybody look to the right… can you feel that yeah! It’s the feeling of lost appetite! 

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Did you know a site dumper is used for carrying heavy loads such as bulk material around a construction site? This includes anything from rubble to cement bags.

Guests at the Diggerland theme park in Durham can feel like true construction workers when driving a Thwaites 1 tonne site dumper. Slow and steady really does win the day, so clamber into the seat, buckle up and go! Don’t forget to wave to the camera as you trundle past your friends and family.

 

Places to stay whilst in Durham

Best Western Whitworth Hall Hotel

Whitworth Hall has 29 rooms with a purpose of providing relaxing stay, whilst also offering views over the deer park and local countryside. The hotel serves a variety of cuisine from The Library restaurant and their very popular afternoon tea. 

Alternatively, you can experience a variety of nearby restaurants such as The Royal Oak, which serves everybody’s well-loved ‘pub grub’ food. Casa d’Italia is also a very popular nearby Italian restaurant for all you pizza and pasta lovers!

Hotel Indigo Durham

Hotel Indigo Durham

Now this is classy! Hotel Indigo is the perfect stop for those that are looking to step into the history of Durham. Their boutique hotel is just a few short moments from the historic Durham City Centre, which is right in the heart of all the adventure. With the magnificent university, castle and spectacular Durham Cathedral right on your doorstep, you will be spoilt for choice!

Hotel Indigo is just a 15 minute drive away from Diggerland Durham, which gives you the perfect chance to ticket us off your list!

And there you have it, your one stop guide for fun and truly fantastic things to do in Durham. We hope to see you soon for our 2020 season!

Fun Things to do in Durham

Things to do in Durham

There’s no denying that there is an array of spectacular things to do in Durham. You might say, that Durham is a county full of surprises, where you can delve further into the beautiful county’s history and explore it’s fascinating past from a multitude of attractions. 

Whether you have a keen interest in the medieval city, or are simply looking for something to fill up your weekend, we have compiled a list below of some must-see things to do in Durham.

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral

The Cathedral was built in 1093 to house the Shrine of St Cuthbert, and is home to it’s beautiful architecture and wonderful location, which is in the heart of the Durham World Heritage Site. 

Durham Cathedral is just a 15 minute drive from our Diggerland Theme Park, which is located in Langley Park. This gives you the perfect opportunity to experience what Durham has to offer, by immersing yourself into the views from the Cathedral’s central tower, where you can see the historic city and surrounding countryside.

Beamish

Set in 300 beautiful acres of the countryside, Beamish offers visitors a chance to really gain a first hand experience on what life was like in North East England, in the 1820s, 1910s and 1940s.

With a list of exciting events such as, The Great North Festival of Transport, the Georgian Fair and The Great North Festival of Agriculture, there are always an ample of fun things to do in Durham throughout the year. 

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Fun Activities to do in Durham

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You will find Diggerland Durham located in Langley Park, just off Front Street, which is the main road that runs through Langley Park Village.

The only place where adults and children can gain a real experience of the construction world, we provide an array of attractions whereby our guests can ride and operate real, full sized diggers and dumpers. With our specially adapted machines, visitors can learn to operate their very own Skidsteer, drive around a designed course and see if they can get to grips like a professional! If that’s not enough for you, how about operating the world famous JCB 3CX? Who would have thought that your little ones would have the opportunity to drive a real Backhoe Loader? For our littler guests, they may enjoy boarding our Diggerland Train, where they can turn the steering wheel and honk the horn on a journey around the park.

Down At The Farm

Based in the Sunderland area, Down At The Farm has been running since the 18th century. Visitors can meet a variety of wonderful animals such as alpacas, meerkats, reindeers and ponies.

During their season, guests can get up and close by washing, petting and feeding some of their farm animals.

Adventure Valley

With an array of attractions, indoor play areas and animal zones, Adventure Valley offers a wonderful family experience for all ages. You can even create magical memories at their upcoming Winter Wonderland.

Escape Rooms Durham

For an hours worth of adrenaline, an escape room may just be the perfect activity for your family or friends. A group of six people can experience two different games ‘Mr Barrowdales Study’ and ‘Escape The Lab’. These will certainly bring the group together, and are perfect for stag/hen parties or corporate team building exercises.

Places to stay whilst in Durham

Best Western Whitworth Hall Hotel

Whitworth Hall has 29 rooms with a purpose of providing relaxing stay, whilst also offering views over the deer park and local countryside. The hotel serves a variety of cuisine from The Library restaurant and their very popular afternoon tea. 

Alternatively, you can experience a variety of nearby restaurants such as The Royal Oak, which serves everybody’s well-loved ‘pub grub’ food. Casa d’Italia is also a very popular nearby Italian restaurant for all you pizza and pasta lovers!

Hotel Indigo Durham

Hotel Indigo Durham

Now this is classy! Hotel Indigo is the perfect stop for those that are looking to step into the history of Durham. Their boutique hotel is just a few short moments from the historic Durham City Centre, which is right in the heart of all the adventure. With the magnificent university, castle and spectacular Durham Cathedral right on your doorstep, you will be spoilt for choice!

Hotel Indigo is just a 15 minute drive away from Diggerland Durham, which gives you the perfect chance to ticket us off your list!

And there you have it, your one stop guide for fun and truly fantastic things to do in Durham. We hope to see you soon for our 2020 season!

Unique Birthday Parties in Yorkshire

There is so much fun to be had in Yorkshire. With ample attractions, there is much to choose from when it comes to Unique Birthday Parties in Yorkshire!

Kids have high expectations in this day and age. They want everything to be simply the best – no parents! The kids do not wish to visit a Tina Turner concert! But to find out what they do want… read on! 

They want something exciting! Something never done before! They want something unique!

So, for unique birthday parties in Yorkshire, you really have come to the best place.

Diggerland Birthday Party

Diggerland is the epitome of unique!

Kids and grown ups can ride, drive and operate real diggers, dumpers and plenty of other construction machines. How unique is that? No where else in the country can kids and non-trained grown ups actually drive a dumper truck. Nor can they sit in the cab of a giant dirt digger and operate the controls to scoop mud and watch it drop from the mighty digger bucket!

The world famous Spindizzy will certainly impress the kids and make the birthday child the coolest in school. The world famous ride starts off slow, then builds and builds, spinning one way and then the other. With the digger arm lifting riders higher and higher! There will be plenty of laughs and squeels, as well as “Get me off!” to be heard by spectators.

Then there’s the Go-Karts! The kids can race each other on the track and smile as they take the lead… all to get that optimal first place!

What do you get when booking birthday parties in Yorkshire?

  • Personalised Diggerland Party invitations for all your special guests.
  • A dedicated host or hostess to welcome your birthday boy or girl and his or her siblings and friends – to ensure everything runs smoothly and you all have a great experience. *The host or hostess will not be with your party for the whole duration which is why we provide free entry for five adults.
  • Diggerland “Welcome Video” to watch and enjoy upon arrival.
  • The birthday party starts with two hours of driving and operating Diggerland’s REAL diggers and dumpers, and enjoying the other various rides & drives!
  • Followed by 45 minutes for Party Food, complete with Diggerland Balloons and ”Happy Birthday” cake time! (Please provide your own cake, we also offer Digger branded cup cakes – £1.50 per cake.)
  • Souvenir Diggerland Lunch Bag which includes a cold packed lunch for each & every child to keep!
  • Party food is a picnic style cold menu comprising of a cheese/ham sandwich, piece of fruit/chocolate bar, crisps and a drink – however this is subject to change.

And…

  • Every child will receive a Souvenir Certificate to help them remember the day!
  • One Diggerland balloon is provided for each child within the party.
  • After the party guests may go back in to the park if they want to carry on having fun. Please kindly note adults must accompany children at all times.

So if you want to give your little one the most memorable and exhilarating birthday bash he or she is ever likely to have, you need look no further than Diggerland UK Theme Park.

The birthday party must be booked and paid for at least 10 days prior to the party date.