Things to do in Kent

If you’re looking for fun things to do in Kent or exciting family days out in Kent, then you’ve come to the right place!

Families always struggle with planning the perfect getaway or day out, however, this time it’s our turn to plan it for you. From the best accommodation, the best places to eat and of course the greatest attractions to visit; we’ve got you covered.

Family having fun at Diggerland Kent with staff member
Rochester Castle view beside the river - historical activity Kent

Historical Things to Do in Kent

If you want historical things to do in Kent, then we recommend visiting Medway. The towns of Rochester, Gillingham and Chatham are rich in history and culture.

Let’s rewind to the 12th century, when Rochester Castle was built around the time of 1127 by William of Corbeil, the Archbishop of Canterbury, with the help of Henry I. This historical masterpiece has undergone siege after siege over the last few centuries, even enduring an onslaught from King John in the 1200s, then falling into ruin in the 17th century.


Now undergoing a restoration project, the castle is open to visitors and once you’ve climbed the stairs of the tallest keep in Europe, you’ll experience stunning views of the landscape across the River Medway. What’s more is that you’ll even be able to see the diggers at Diggerland!

Just across the stone cobbled pathway from Rochester Castle, you’ll find Rochester Cathedral, a building full of beautiful architecture. The Cathedral has been a place of Christian worship since AD604 and is the second oldest district under a Bishop’s control in England. The newly renovated crypt is home to the Textus Roffensis, the only record in the world of King Æthelberht’s laws from 600 AD!

The Medway towns for many years served a great purpose for protecting the country against enemy lines, with the Chatham Naval Dockyard and the military presence and barracks located in Gillingham. Keep reading to find out more!

Interior of Rochester Cathedral - Fun historical thing to do inKent
Diggerland Spindizzy - fun things to do in Kent

The Greatest Attractions to Visit in Kent

Diggerland Kent Construction Theme Park

We couldn’t write a blog post without including Diggerland, could we! Family days out in Kent just wouldn’t be complete without visiting the only UK Theme Park for kids and adults alike to ride, drive and operate real JCB and Komatsu diggers.

There are thrills, spills and so much more fun to be had at Diggerland in Kent. Test your coordination and concentration skills whilst using a mini wrecking ball on the end of a digger arm to knock down Skittles. If that sounds too easy, then have a go at operating a digger to hook a duck, or perhaps see what you can find with the Buried Treasure attraction.

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Historic Dockyard Chatham

Just a 20 minute drive or so from the Diggerland Kent Theme Park, you will find the Historic Dockyard Chatham. If you’ve experienced all of the diggers that you possibly can with a day at Diggerland, then turn your attention to ships and submarines, and see what’s on offer when you climb aboard!

HMS Ganet - Things to do in Kent History
Royal Engineers Museum - historical things in Kent

Royal Engineers Museum

Once you’ve experienced diggers and ships, it’s time to move on to tanks! There are plenty of them to see at the Royal Engineers Museum, based in Gillingham.

The museum tells a wonderful story, focusing on the Royal Engineers and how they’ve helped the British Army survive for over 300 years.

The Best Places to Eat after your Diggerland Day Out in Kent

When visiting Diggerland, there’s the Dig Inn cafe with a vast selection of meals and snacks from which to choose. A 5* food hygiene rating and reasonably priced food and drink, the franchised café at Diggerland Kent Theme Park is loved by all who visit.

Rochester high street has a fantastic array of independent coffee shops, tea rooms and restaurants, including Tiny Tim’s, Crepe & Co., Cathedral Pie House (traditional pie & mash, anyone?), The Cheeseroom and Brettington’s Lobster & Steakhouse.

The Best Places to Stay when You’re Not Quite Ready to Leave

Just a 5 minute walk from the Diggerland Kent Theme Park, located within the Medway Valley Leisure Park, you have a Premier Inn, which is perfect for family stays. Better yet, the Leisure Park boasts some great chain restaurants including Frankie & Benny’s, as well as a cinema and even a bowling alley!

If you’re wanting more luxury, focus your attention to the Bridgewood Manor. On the outskirts of Chatham, just a stone’s throw from the beautiful BlueBell Hill Village (surrounded by nature trails and a breathtaking viewpoint), this hotel meets all of the families needs. A luxury spa, a gym and a bar will keep Mum and Dad happy, while the indoor pool awaits the kids who haven’t quite burned all that energy off at Diggerland.

For family days out in Kent and things to do in Kent, we’ve got you covered. A day at Diggerland can be coupled with a local stay, that has more than plenty to keep the whole family entertained!

Looking for perfect Family Days Out?

With the final school term coming to an end soon, parents have the same fear every year, what are they going to do with the kids all day? Here at Diggerland UK Theme Parks, we are open 7 days a week through July to August, making it the perfect time to venture out as a family and spend quality time together doing something completely unique. Whether your closest park is Kent, Devon, Durham or Yorkshire, we are sure you will have a day out to remember.

Why are our parks perfect for Family Days Out?

The stress that children face at school now is unfortunately a big problem, seen in an article from The Guardian, it states that children as young as 10 are panicking over SATs with worries of failure, and GCSE students experiencing intense anxiety over the uncertainty of their futures. There is never a better time to remind your child to ‘just do their best’, and to remind them that life is about experience too.

Diggerland offers the perfect opportunity for the whole family to de-stress and to have some fun, to try something new and to spend more quality time together, operating and driving real diggers! It could be time to make learning fun, or simply give your children a break from learning all together, especially with Summer holidays coming up. Our Diggerland Parks are aimed at children aged 4 -14, but the whole family even have an enjoyable day out!

A Family Day out at Diggerland doesn’t just mean the kids, a recent Age UK article tells us that almost 2 million older people feel ‘ignored or invisible’, don’t let this be the case with your family! On family days out to Kent, Devon, Durham or Yorkshire, don’t forget to ask if your older relatives would care to join you too, Diggerland is for everyone to enjoy.

With 20 different rides and drives within all 4 Diggerland UK Theme Parks, there is something for everyone to do, whether you’re digger mad or not. Adults can show the children how it’s done when it comes to operating a Giant Digger or a competitive go on the dodgems.

Family Day's Out at Diggerland

If you’re visiting in a large group of 10 or more, and turn up on the day to any of our Diggerland Theme Parks, you can make the most out of our group booking rate and pay:

  • £19.95 per person for anyone over 90cm
  • £11.95 per person for anyone who is over 65
  • Anyone under 90cm will enter for free!

You can also gain further discount by booking at least 14 days before the day of your visit and pay only £15.95 per person instead. If you would like to make a group booking, please ring our bookings and admin team on: 0871 22 77 007.

Family Days out to Diggerland can be tiring, especially with young children, so why not take advantage of our on-site eatery, Dig Inn. Located at each of the 4 theme parks, Dig Inn offer a selection of hot food, cold food, refreshments and snacks, perfect for the whole family to choose from. Whilst you enjoy some downtime, let your children run wild, and let off some steam in our indoor soft play area before you head back out into the park for another walk around and buckets of fun on the construction machinery.

Our indoor play area is great for taking a break from the park during rainy days, as well as lunch time when all your children want to do is run around and enjoy themselves, and especially great for any children visiting that are under 90cm who may be too small to go on the majority of the rides and drives.

We look forward to seeing you at Diggerland at some point over the Summer Holidays!

Diggerland at Plantworx 2019

Diggerland are very excited to say that we exhibited our unique rides and drives at the UK’S Largest Construction Machinery Convention – PlantWorx 2019, and what a major success it was!

 

PlantWorx is a Construction Equipment Association (CEA) event based in Peterborough. The event is organised for businesses to showcase their craft amongst other like minded people, bringing all of those in the construction industry together. The event showcased some brilliant new plant technology, and the wet weather throughout the three days didn’t dampen the people’s passion for machinery!

 

In amongst the bustling, busy PlantWorx crowd were our big brothers, H.E. Services –  showing us all why they’re the world leaders in Digger Hire! Supporting H.E Group were more of our family, BuyADigger. Alongside us all were some fantastic construction and heavy machinery companies such as John Deere, JCB and Hydrema. It was a dream day for all of us construction fanatics.

 

Displays at PlantWorx 2019

The exhibition had some wonderful displays such as:

  • The Simulation Zone – The Zone consisted of six screens replicating a working construction site, designed to give you a complete immersive virtual experience!
  • Classic Plant Display – We took a step back in time to see the archives of the classic machines, that inspired us to design the modern machines we see today.
  • Primary and Secondary Engineering – A perfect example of the wonderful things on offer in the Modern Age of STEM degrees.

 

While PlantWorx brought everyone in the industry together, Diggerland brought buckets of fun and education for everyone with our Mini Diggerland. One of our mantras is aimed at getting kids and young adults into more vocational subjects, and this was the perfect opportunity for us to provide, not only children but adults too, a whole new experience. It was a complete success and thanks to our fantastic team, it was a very welcome addition to PlantWorx Student Day.

PlantWorx 2019
Looking for Group Visits in Kent?

Are you looking for fun family days out in Kent, but you’re part of a big group and worried it will be too expensive? At Diggerland UK Theme Park, we can offer group visits in Kent, Devon, Durham and Yorkshire for great discounted rates. You can then enjoy a family day out with your friends and family without worrying about it breaking the bank!

At Diggerland, we can offer varied group visit packages, which depend on the day you are planning on visiting plus how many people you are looking to visit with. We currently offer:

 

Pay on the day during normal opening hours

If you are part of a group of 10 or more, and turn up on the day to any of our Diggerland Theme Parks, you are entitled to pay:

  • £19.95 per person for anyone over 90cm
  • £11.95 per person for anyone who is over 65
  • Anyone under 90cm will enter for free!

 

Advanced booking during normal opening hours

To make the most of our group booking discount, plan your group visits in Kent at least 14 days in advance, and call our bookings team to pre-book your tickets for the below prices:

  • If you are a group of 10 – 49 you can enter Diggerland for £15.95 per person
  • If you are part of a group of 50 or more individuals then the price will be £13.95 per person, perfect for larger school trips, so make sure you get the word out!
  • Anyone under 90cm will enter for free and any visitors over the age of 65 will pay the same as the section above.

 

Advanced booking during school half term

Even though we are closed during school term times, we don’t want to limit the fun you can still have at Diggerland. Have you ever thought about booking group visits in Kent and have exclusive access to the rides and drives?

Perfect for stag dos and hen dos, school trips, birthday parties and even corporate events, make the most of a 2 hour and 30 minute time slot from: 10:00am till 12:30pm or 1:30pm till 4:00pm. To book an exclusive visit to any of our Diggerland Theme Parks, prices would be:

  • Groups of 25 – 49 are £15.95 per person
  • Groups of 50 can enter at £13.95 per person
  • Again, any visitors over 65 will pay £11.95 per person, and anyone measuring under 90cm will enter for free.

 

Don’t forget that the group booking discount price is not just for school trips, if you are part of a large family, or you’re celebrating a hen or stag do, or perhaps a birthday and you’re looking for group visits in Kent, then the price is for you too! Ensure you take a look at what our birthday parties at Diggerland offer, to get the full Diggerland experience for your child.

If you would like to make a group booking, please ring our bookings and admin team on: 0871 22 77 007 and get booking today, we can’t wait to see you!