Diggerland UK Theme Park visit the Big Cat Sanctuary!

Diggerland UK Theme Park Outside Events

Last Thursday, Diggerland UK Theme Park attended the Big Cat Sanctuary in Smarden, and the weather was beautiful and sunny, reaching up to record high temperatures of 36 degrees. It was a very busy day, and the kids and adults loved it! 

At the event, we had Dippy Ducks and the Skittles attractions set up. We gave the public the chance to hook their ducks and knock down the skittles using the digger attachments. Both rides requires you to have concentration and great hand-eye coordination, but most importantly patience. The Big Cat Sanctuary in Smarden, Kent look after 16 different breeds of wild cats providing a sanctuary that is peaceful and calm for the breeding of endangered cats both large and small – such as Jaguars, Lions, Cheetahs, and many more.

The sanctuary also provide great experiences for people to come up close and meet the big cats, as well as other fun and exclusive events for its members to attend too. Finally, we would like to give a special thanks and hats off to our lovely marshals from Diggerland Kent, for running the machinery. We would also like to give special thanks to all the volunteers at the Big Cat Sanctuary for working with us to make the day successful, and wonderful for the visitors.

If you want us to exhibit our machines at an event you are planning next year or even the remainder of this year contact us today to discuss further!

Brands Hatch

Throughout the remaining months this year, Diggerland will be attending various outside events for the public to enjoy using our construction machinery. We have various events planned at Brands Hatch in Fawkham. We will be attending the British GT Championship on 4th August, as well as the Festival Italia 2019 on 18th August.

Brands Hatch, is a Grand Prix motor racing circuit, and also a popular event location for all things cars and other vehicles. Brands Hatch provide behind the wheel driving experiences to individuals young as 11, to ride around their tracks and loops. We have recently attended and displayed our machinery at the Mini Festival 2019, on 21st July 2019. We saw Mini fanatics gather from locations near and far to celebrate the 60th year anniversary of Minis. With some exciting races and vintage Minis for sale, it was a brilliant day out!

Diggerland will also be attending The Biddenden Tractorfest and Country Fair, York Racecourse Family Day and many more events. To keep updated with our future outside events and dates make sure you visit the website. They will be great family days out for everyone!

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Dippy Ducks in Big Cat Sanctuary
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Diggerland Corporate Events

If going to an event isn’t for you, we can also offer exclusive visits for companies to host their corporate events at. We can provide various different fun rides and events for your staff and customers to partake in, such as Formula JCB Racing and Dumper Racing, as well as having full access to the Diggerland park and the 20 different arrives and drives. We also provide team building challenges, which encourage teamwork to complete the task in hand, which is great fun for everyone. Regardless of whether you are partaking in team building challenges or hiring Diggerland for exclusive use, your staff and customers are sure to have a great time when they visit us. Diggerland is definitely not just for kids! If you are looking to book your corporate event with us then ring our head office on: 01634 711711

Fun Things to do in Devon

Things to do in Devon

It’s home to Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse and Arthur Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles. It’s home to the Legio II Augusta, Shakespeare’s Second Folio and JK Rowling’s English Degree.
Overflowing in history, culture and literature, we’ve complied a list of the best things to do in Devon.
We’ve got your weekend planned out, whether you’re a fan of city livin’ or strive to be at one with nature. From famous film sets to historical phenomena like the Exon Domesday, Devon has a little something for everyone to do.
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Dartmoor

The Devon countryside was at the heart of Stephen Spielberg’s War Horse, and he claimed he’s never seen such natural beauty.

Dartmoor has always drawn a huge attraction from far and wide, it’s atmospheric beauty has stunned us for generations. It’s said to have inspired J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings, but more importantly, it’s the set of Hound of the Baskervilles

If you’re a Sherlock fan, this one’s for you! Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock had an entire episode set in the backdrop of Dartmoor…surrounded by genetically engineered wolves. Arthur Conan Doyle based his story on an old Devon legend, and 117 years later it’s still in pop culture today.

Diggerland

We’re right in the heart of rural Cullompton, next to Diggerlakes and our own Diggerland campsite. The ultimate Digger Theme Park in Devon is so easy to get to, and we’ve made it even easier by giving you the opportunity to camp right next to us! 

The only place where adults and children can ride and operate real diggers, and get a small glimpse into the world of construction. Operate a JCB 8065 and see if you can get to grips with it like a professional! Let the little one’s steer the wheel and beep the horn in their own little cart, on the Diggerland Train. The JCB Robots are an absolute blast to race around the course – throw in some healthy competition and you’ve got yourself hours of fun!

For more things to do in Devon, keep reading and see what’s going on at our campsite!

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Historical sights to see in Devon

Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral has seen over 900 years of history! It’s original Saxon build was replaced by Norman architecture in 1107, and it took its final Gothic form in 1258. The West Screen is still as iconic today as it was in Medieval England. The screen is filled with stone carvings of Apostles, Kings, Prophets and a very out of place King Richard II!

Inside the Cathedral Library is a pretty impressive collection of Medieval, Anglo-Saxon and Renaissance literature. It’s a treasure trove for all history buffs.

Exon Domesday

20 years after William the Conqueror invaded Britain, he commissioned the beginning of the Domesday Book. An extensive record of everything he now owned in Britain after the invasion, including land, tax, livestock and materials. 

Exon Domesday is the South-West’s own version from 1086. Somehow, this precious piece of history has been preserved and survived for over 900 years. It’s there for you to see in the heart of it’s homeland, to experience a slice of William the Conqueror’s terrifying Norman Reign!

Shakespeare’s Second Folio

Almost everyone has read one of Billy Shakespeare’s plays – but did you know you could buy the whole collection in 1632? The rights to Shakespeare’s plays belonged to different publishers all throughout London, but they decided to collaborate. Twice – for the first edition in 1623, and the Second in 1632. 

The famous Second Folio in Exeter Cathedral is an original published by Robert Allot – he owned sixteen of the rights! From The Battle of Actium in Antony and Cleopatra to the Scottish Kings of Macbeth, the Folio has everything.

With 36 plays in total, the manuscript is a landmark for Renaissance Literature – it’s an absolute must see!

The Exeter Book

Another literary rarity is held at the Cathedral too – The Exeter Book. Written in 970, most probably by a Monk, it’s amazingly scripted entirely in Anglo-Saxon. It’s a rare Old English creative work, full of poems such as the famous Wulf and Eadwacer, prose and riddles. 

This makes it one of only four of its kind in the world, and the oldest surviving work of Old English verse in the world! A rare piece of Medieval literature that you cannot pass up on!

Places to stay when you’re not ready to leave Devon

Devon has something for everyone to do. Something for those who can’t stand mud and dirt and those who want to pitch a tent on the stuff. 

Diggerland Campsite

At Diggerland Devon we have our very own campsite, and it’s only a 2 minute walk away. 

Take your tent, motorhome or campervan and stay in the stunning grounds of Verbeer Manor, and surround yourself with the picturesque Devon countryside.

Time away from technology is scarce nowadays, so get out there and find your rural side! Build a fire with the kids, roast some sausages and get the marshmallows toasting.

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There’s even a special treat for avid anglers – Diggerlakes! If Carp fishing is your thing, come and see what’s swimming down in the Culm Valley. Catch a big one and you may even end up on Ben’s Catch of the Day Facebook page! 

If you’ve decided to camp at Diggerland, there’s so many old cosy pubs nearby, with real ales and ciders. Visit The Pony and Trap or The Weary Traveller for a real pub lunch and a pint!

Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel

If you can’t think of anything worse than sleeping among the bugs and beetles – don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. 

The Mercure Southgate Hotel is perfect for those who love to be in the middle of all the excitement. Right in the heart of Exeter and just a half hour drive to Diggerland Devon, everything is on your doorstep. 

The perfect chance to tick some things off of our Historical To-Do List!

Being in the City centre, your classic Nandos and Wagamama are easy to find, but we’re all about supporting your local community! Try Circa 1924, an independant speakeasy style restaurant, only serving locally sourced ingredients. 

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Bovey Castle

Now this is luxury! Bovey Castle is a beautiful Grade II Listed building in the valleys of Dartmoor National Park – and it’s all yours to stay in. 

With a Spa, 18-Hole golf course and a Boutique Shopping experience, it’s perfect for some down time away from the kids. As much we know you want to – please don’t leave them unsupervised, we’re not sure the staff would appreciate it.

If your Diggerland Devon visit is over and you still have one more sleep, Bovey Castle offers loads of family activities. Feed the deer of Dartmoor, collects chicken eggs or watch the Falcon display!

So there you have it! The perfect guide to Devon, we do hope you visit soon! 

Fun Things to do in Yorkshire

If you’ve been searching for a checklist of exciting things to do in Yorkshire, or simply ideas on how to fill up a weekend in your hometown of Castleford – we’ve done the job for you. 

For parents’ peace of mind, we’ve gathered up the best places to stay, the best historical journeys and the best attractions to visit, perfect for all the family!

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Historical Attractions to see in Yorkshire, Castleford

York is one of the few cities in the world to have witnessed such a rich timeline of British history first hand, throughout almost 2,000 years!

It’s fame began as the Roman Town of Eboracum, later the Viking Capital of Jórvík and finally being at the forefront of the famous War of the Roses.

York is even rumoured to have inspired Charles Dickens’ novel, Nicholas Nickleby, based on the terrible conditions of Victorian boy’s boarding schools.

There’s plenty to see in Historical York! 

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Castleford Museum

The Roman Town of Eboracum was founded in AD 71 by the Ninth Legion. It was the perfect position to keep watch over the famous Iron Age Brigantes tribe and start their real invasion of The North!

The Ninth Legion built Ermine Street, the road from London to Lincoln to York, and in AD 197 Septimius Severus turned York into the capital of The North. 

The Castleford Museum is 8 minutes from Diggerland and the perfect opportunity to learn about the rich classical history York has to offer! They even have a real Iron Age Chariot on display to see for yourself! 

Jórvík Viking Centre

If you’re obsessed with the History Channel series Vikings and keeping track of Alex Høgh Andersen’s ever changing hairstyle through the series, you’ll love this next one!

After the decline of the Roman Empire in AD 400, the Anglo-Saxon kingship was thriving until the Vikings invaded. When Ivar the Boneless arrived in Britain with his Great Heathen Army in AD 865, he took York on Saints Day. 

Only 40 minutes from Diggerland, at the Jórvík centre you can experience the Viking era firsthand! See the artefacts and relics, take a ride through the Viking Village and immerse yourself into the world of Ragnar and Ivar the Boneless!

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Pontefract Castle

If classical history isn’t your thing, Pontefract castle is rich in over 500 years of true medieval past. The castle has seen power struggles from William the Conqueror, Richard I and the Plantagenets and Oliver Cromell.

Pontefract’s walls have housed many famous faces, including Catherine Howard and Mary, Queen of Scots!

Only a 13 minute drive from Diggerland, the castle is a brilliant place to get to grips with York’s medieval past.

The Best Things to do in Yorkshire

Diggerland

It’s no Diggerland Blog without talking about a Digger or two! What’s a family day out without some healthy competition between Mum, Dad and the kids at Diggerland Yorkshire? Our UK Theme Park is the perfect day out for the whole family. The only place where kids through to adults can get inside and operate real JCB and Komatsu diggers.

Think you know how your family works under pressure? Think again! Test them on Stack Attack, where you’ll race against the clock trying to stack tyres with a digger arm. If that sounds too challenging, try the Dirt Diggers and see if you could make it as a construction worker. Or perhaps take a ride on the Dumper Trucks, and find out if dad really is better at driving than mum?

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The Castleford Tigers

If history isn’t your jam, The Castleford Tigers just might be! The North is famous for it’s fantastic Rugby talent, from Yorkshire to Lancashire to..well..Rugby. With 13 matches left in the 2019 Season, why not catch a match after your Diggerland Yorkshire visit?

If your family day out at Diggerland has tired you out, not to worry, catch The Tigers on Sky Sports instead.

For updates on the Castleford Tigers, interviews with the players and more, sign up here to their monthly magazine ‘ROAR’.

The Best Places to Stay for A Long Weekend in Castleford

Hotel Castleford by Accor

A 15 minute walk from Diggerland Yorkshire, we’ve teamed up with Hotel Castleford by Accor, the perfect choice for short family stays. A five minute walk away is an array of cosy independent restaurants, from Italian to Indian and simple pubs. We assure you – they’ll please even the fussiest of eaters! 

By the power invested in both ourselves and Accor Castleford, we’re offering you these amazing package deals!

  • One Night Family Package for two adults & up to two children under 12 @ £69.00 (Bed & Continental Breakfast) and £99.00 (Dinner, Bed & Continental Breakfast).   
  • Two Nights Family Package for two adults & up to two children under 12 @ £115.00 (Bed & Continental Breakfast) and £169.00 (Dinner, Bed & Continental Breakfast).   
  • To be able to get these special rates, Diggerland visitors can call the hotel directly @ 01977-558574.’

Oulton Hall

If you’re seeking a little more luxury or want to make a long weekend of it, Oulton Hall is just a 12 minute drive from Diggerland Yorkshire. Vamp up your stay by booking a King or Castle suite, playing the 27-hole golf course or relaxing at the spa. With four in-house restaurants and an indoor pool, the phrase ‘mum, I’m bored’ will be long gone! 

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For family days out in Yorkshire and things to do in Yorkshire, we’ve got you covered. Couple up your visit with a local stay, there’s more than enough to entertain the whole family!