Diggerland is excited to announce that a new Drive-In cinema will be launching this May, 2019.

Diggerland and Urban Entertainments will be screening the Drive-In premiere of the original Star Wars: A New Hope on May 4th, (Star Wars Day), May the Fourth Be With You!

Urban Entertainment is the UK’s and Middle East’s premiere provider of Drive-In Cinema and will be managing the events at the Diggerland venue, in Castleford, West Yorkshire.

Since 2011, Urban Entertainment have grown exponentially and are now the largest outdoor cinema company in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, specialising in Drive-In Cinema, Outdoor Cinema and Live Broadcasting Events, so cinema goers can be assured that they will be in good hands at the Diggerland venue this 2019 and beyond.

The screenings will be shown on a huge 40 foot outdoor cinema screen whereby movie goers can sit back in the comfort of their car, relax and enjoy their favourite film.

The schedule is packed with new and old classics, hand-picked by a team of very experienced movie buffs. Screenings include The Greatest Showman, Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star Is Born, Mary Poppins Returns and Top Gun to name just a few.

Gates open at 8pm and the film will start just after sunset. Food and drink will be available to purchase on the evening.

Tickets are now available, priced at £25 per car and can be booked via www.urbandriveincinema.co.uk.


Three reasons to go to Diggerland this Mother’s Day

Mums and dads are well aware of the countless hours of attention children demand on a daily basis. Whether it’s looking after tots with tummy troubles or blitzing the kitchen after some messy cookie baking, the bulk of a parent’s time will naturally be spent doing things with and for their tiny tearaways (even when those ‘tearaways’ are no longer so tiny!).

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, a recent survey commissioned by Next has sought to find out exactly how much time and energy mums, in particular, dedicate to their children. The results tell us many things – particularly that mums deserve a bit of fun this Mother’s Day!

The survey looked at all the ways in which our mums provide support to their kids – from ferrying them to and from birthday parties, taking time off work to care for them when they’re sick, or listening to those dreaded two little words, ‘I’m bored’, around 12 times a month.

Sometimes it’s difficult to come up with an activity which is enjoyable for both the parents and the children. Luckily for you, Diggerland ticks this box! If you’re a thrill-seeker at heart or looking for an excuse to act like a big kid again after a potentially gruelling week at work, Diggerland could be the perfect destination for you and your family on Mother’s Day.

Why Diggerland?

1. It’s cheap. Our current Mother’s Day offer means mums go free when accompanied by one full-paying child – making it a fun-filled day out which doesn’t break the bank.

2. You can share new experiences with your children – like riding a JCB! You might not see much of your children during the week because of conflicting work and school schedules, but riding around together on JCBs, dodgems and dumper trucks is a perfect chance for you to spend some time with each other and bond by trying out new activities.

3. You’ll get some fresh air. Going to Diggerland is also a great chance for you and your children to get outside into the open air. Kids nowadays have a tendency to favour being cooped up indoors with their gadgets, instead of heading outside and getting some exercise.

And if you still need proof as to why mums deserve a fun-filled Mother’s Day, read on for some interesting findings from the Next survey.

Survey findings

2,000 UK mums were surveyed about a range of different topics, from how often they take their children to birthday parties to how many presents they’ll buy them every year.

  • Every year, the average mum will:
  • Spend 577 hours running around after her kids
  • Sit through two and a half hours of parents’ evenings
  • Buy a total of 494 presents for her kids (birthdays and Christmas) during a childhood
  • Take her child[ren] to around 78 birthday parties across their childhood
  • Miss three days of work to look after her ill child[ren]
  • Sit through almost five hours of school assemblies, concerts and plays each year
  • Have to remember 10 things a day in relation to her child[ren]

Children often take these commitments for granted… until they find themselves doing the exact same for their own families! According to the survey, 75% of mums agree that having kids has made them realise just how much their own mum did for them.

So how much time do mums actually get to themselves? Well, all this running around to extracurricular activities, parents’ evenings and penalty shootouts means that 78% of mums claim to get less than an hour to themselves each day, with 10% saying they get no ‘me time’ at all on a daily basis.

Since the majority of mums get less than an hour to themselves each day on average, we wouldn’t blame you if you decided to spend some time alone this Mother’s Day – away from the hustle and bustle of work and family commitments. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of ‘me time’ and for you, this might be catching up on that series everybody is talking about or going on a spa day, long walk or shopping splurge.

Whatever you decide to do this Mother’s Day, whether it’s spending some time at home or heading to Diggerland, make sure you set aside some time for yourself and spend the day with people you love. Above all, be kind to yourself.

KM Charity Forum 2018 - Celebrating Best Practice

Today, Friday 12th October 2018, our Marketing department attended the KM Charity Forum at the Mercure Great Danes Hotel in Maidstone.

The annual KM Charity Team Forum is an opportunity for schools, charities, PTAs and good causes to come together and share information.

There were a series of sessions held throughout the day that covered various educational and charity schemes.

Diggerland held a presentation alongside Leeds Castle both showing how to fit a school excursion into the UK National Curriculum. During the session, attendants were given the opportunity to win a free school trip in Kent to Diggerland as well as a trip to Leeds Castle. We held a mighty 20 question quiz, with questions all relating to Diggerland, whittling the contestants down to just two…but there could only be one winner!

Be the Boss Campaign - Diggerland UK Theme Park

This follows a successful campaign in partnership with the KM Charity team ‘Be the Boss’ where Diggerland gave the winner of a writing competition a chance to be the boss at our Diggerland Kent park. Steve Biggs, General Manager of Diggerland Kent, was more than happy to show the rightful winner, eight-year-old James Taylor the ropes for the day!

 

 

 

 

 

Want to Beat the Winter Blues? Plan Family Days Out

It’s that time of year again when the cold weather makes us want to stay cooped up at home near a warm and toasty fire. But even though the thought of playing outdoors makes us shiver, it is still important for families to make time for each other and have fun family days out together, despite the cold. While attractions like Diggerland are a perfect idea for family outings, parents may need to brainstorm some new ideas during the winter months when these options are closed for the season.

Fortunately, there are many fun options for family activities that can be enjoyed in the winter. As long as your little ones are dressed properly, your family can brave the winter, explore new places, and embrace the chill. If you are hoping to lift your family’s spirits, here are 3 ideas for a family day out that is certain to get rid of the winter blues:

Beating the blues with a family days out at Diggerland.

  1. Take a Ride on the Polar Express

Your family will have endless amounts of fun—while staying warm in your pyjamas!—aboard the Polar Express, which departs from Seaton Terminus in Devon. Based on the best-selling book, this journey features a sing-along for children, a meeting with Santa and his elves, and winter treats for the whole family like hot chocolate and cookies. Your little ones will love this adventure, and each will even receive a special gift from Santa.

  1. Visit Your Local Library or Museum

While your children may not initially jump at the idea for a family day out at the library or a museum, these are two places that oftentimes feature many fun events for the whole family. Many libraries put on performances during the winter of puppet shows for children, and it could also be fun to spend an afternoon at the library picking out new books or a great film to watch as a family in the evening. Similarly, many museums offer family-friendly tours, activities, and other options that will keep everybody entertained and perfect for family days out.

  1. Go Skating—Inside or Outside

A third option for families looking for a way to have fun despite the cold is to go roller skating at the leisure center or find an ice skating rink outdoors. This activity is not only a good way for the family to exercise, but it will certainly make for a day of laughs. Skating is always a comical way to test each family member’s athleticism and balance, and your children will most definitely have a good time rushing ‘round and ‘round the rink.

Just because it is the winter doesn’t mean that your family can’t find ways to enjoy one another and spend a day together embracing the cold. By taking your family for a fun tram ride, a visit to the library, or an afternoon of skating, you can create memories together that are sure to outlast the frigid temperatures.

With thanks to our guest blogger, Jane Sandwood

Unique Corporate Events - Diggerland's Spindizzy

Choosing your unique corporate events?

Finding unique corporate events can be a difficult affair and now imagine you’re sitting in a meeting and the boss is discussing just that.

One member of the office suggests dinner, another a hotel, then the boss’s steely gaze focuses on you.

Your mind then clouds over.

 

If this all sounds too familiar?

Then read on!

Never fear, your wait is over, Diggerland can do it!

 

Here’s a rundown for our unique corporate events you can book!

We do Dumper Racing!

What’s that I hear you ask?

Picture this, so you arrive at Diggerland and before you stands mighty JCB ROBOT skidsteer loaders.

These awesome machines are yours for the day.

Whether you skid, dart or slide your way through our specially designed course is down to you.

Yet beware, there are time penalties, so get competitive but please remember do not attempt any Mad Max stunts, we do not have a Thunderdome!

So you want more racing? Yes, we have more of that.

The Digger Race!

These are the kings of the construction world, they’re the backbone of any building site, they are the incredible 8.5 tonne JCB-3CX and yes, you’re about to race them!

The line is set, your boss  is in the JCB to the left and your assistant is in the one on the right, the engines rev and off you go. Tearing down our uniquely designed course, you now realise one thing, these things aren’t for the faint of heart at top speed. Yet, you smirk as your boss and assistant are just distant specks in your mirror.

What about hiring the whole park for your unique corporate events, I hear you ask? Yes, yes, yes! You can!

Your unique corporate events

One of our specialties is holding unique corporate events.

The park can be opened for your pleasure. This takes place either on weekdays during school term time or during the evenings after closing time to the general public.

Enjoy the entire park at your leisure, be spiraled on the Spindizzy, be risen up on the Skyshuttle or be shaken not stirred on our Groundshuttle. The park is yours, take it!

We can set up challenges for you and your team.

Take on our Bronze, Silver or Gold Team Building Challenges!

Let’s look at our Gold Team Building Challenge!

Our packages can deliver up to 5 unique challenges with the gold package delivering all 5, the silver 4 and bronze 3.

The challenges create unparalleled team bonding experiences. Whether that’s taking on the Dippy Ducks, tackling the Digging Challenge or the unique 4×4 Blindfold Challenge.

The blindfold challenge is without doubt one testing experience. It will keep your team on the edge, their skills sharp and advance their team abilities to the limit.

Gold Challenge at Diggerland
Silver Challenge at Diggerland
Bronze Challenge
We have conference facilities for unique corporate events!

Yes, we have more traditional conference facilities, it’s a room with a view!

Please note, these are just based at our Kent and Yorkshire sites.

Looking at Kent in particular, the conference room can hold up to 100 delegates within a cinema style seating plan or 60 individuals around tables. It also boasts a projector and large screen for your needs. In addition, we can also provide you with use of our fantastic catering team to provide additional requirements if needed.

Yorkshire park have various options available, so check out the link below to see exactly what we have on offer.

unique corporate events - Digger racing!

Whatever the weather!

Come rain or shine, we will continue to operate. Unless the weather is so severe that no man nor beast would venture out in it.

We do however recommend bringing certain items for you and your team!

Wellington boots/work boots – We don’t want you to be under any false pretenses, it can get a little muddy, so would advise that comfortable and durable footwear is a must!

Comfortable & suitable clothing – This is very important to remember, we do not want you to have huge dry-cleaning bills for all that sharp business attire.

Waterproofs – You’ll be in an environment where you’ll be having lots of fun outdoors. As we all know, Diggerland is based in the UK, so it’s possible that at some point rain will be forecast!

Thinking of staying overnight? That means you’ll need to eat. Here’s a little breakdown of local catering outlets and hotels to complement any unique corporate events.

Kent- Medway Valley Leisure Park, Roman Way, Strood, Rochester, Kent ME2 2NU

Premier Inn Rochester

Medway Valley Leisure Park, Chariot Way, Strood, Kent, ME2 2SS

Based just 0.4 miles from our Diggerland Kent park, which is only a 9 minute walk or 2 minute drive!

Fancy something to eat? In the same grounds as Premier Inn and Diggerland, there are a multitude of restaurants including:

Frankie & Benny’s

Chiquito

& many others (inc McDonalds)

There’s also a Cineworld cinema and a Hollywood Bowl bowling alley within the complex.

 

Fancy some history along with your corporate event?

Enjoy the picturesque, cathedral City of Rochester, which boasts various upmarket restaurants, eateries and coffee shops, all with stunning views of Rochester Castle and famous Dickensian buildings.

Durham – Riverside Industrial Estate, Langley Park, Durham DH7 9TT

Travelodge

Station Lane, Gilesgate, Durham, Co. Durham, DH1 1LJ

5.8 miles to Diggerland Durham/Approx 14 minute drive

West Wood Yurts, Cut Thorn Farm, Gibside, Burnopfield, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE16 6AA

Based 11.8 miles from Diggerland Durham is approx 27 minute drive.

For your dietary needs:

The town of Langley is just a few minutes from Diggerland.

You can savour the local cuisines of:

Village Spice – Indian

Cross Keys Inn – Pub food

La Spada Ristorante – Italian/Mediterranean

Broom House Farm Coffee Shop – Cafe/British

Yorkshire – Willowbridge Lane, Castleford WF10 5NW

Premier Inn

Pioneer Way, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 5TG

Restaurants in the local area:

The New Wheatsheaf – Pub food

China City – Asian

Giraffe – Burgers

TGI Fridays – American Cuisine

Ask Italian – Italian

Devon- Verbeer Manor, Willand, Cullompton EX15 2PE

Weir Mill Farm, Jaycroft, Willand, Nr Cullompton, Devon EX15 2RE

1.3 miles to Diggerland Devon/Approx 25 minute walk or 5 minute drive.

How about getting back to nature, why not visit our campsite at Devon.

Here are some restaurants in the local area:

The Golden Lion – Chinese, Asian

The Bakehouse – Italian, Spanish, British

The Weary Traveller – Pub, British

Transfers

Have you thought about getting to and from the Diggerland parks?

Well we recommend the fantastic eVision car hire company.

eVision is has offices in Kent, London and Yorkshire and serves the whole of England. Take advantage of their current packages.

They hold a fleet of amazing Tesla electric cars, that are quite literally among the most stylish, advanced and fastest cars on the roads!

They also offer a chauffeur service, which adds a nice splash of glamour.

unique corporate events - eVision Tesla

That’s a brief guide into our unique corporate events and parks local amenities guide. If you need more information, please call or email us, you can find all of the information on our Diggerland website.

Watch our latest Promotional Video below!

Little Tikes Performance Day at Diggerland!

Little Tikes Performance day - Duggy and Dotty playing with the little tikes toys

 

If you speak to anyone of about 30 years old or younger, ask them about a particular red & yellow plastic car. Some may tell the tale of them appearing on birthdays, others may say Christmas. Yet, the story you may notice will always be, “Oh yes, I remember those, I had one and I loved it”. The Little Tikes red & yellow cozy coupe was surely an iconic toy of many a childhood. The company Little Tikes, who created those wonderful toys, continues to keep creating new memories for a new generation.

The fantastic partnership between Diggerland and Little Tikes began in April 2017. Unique play zones opened up first at the Diggerland parks in Kent and Devon, with Durham and Yorkshire following shortly after in July.

Little Tikes areas have been affectionately named as `Wheelz Play Zones`. As such all 4 zones have been set up for little ones under the age of 5 to enjoy.

From the popular sand and water tables through to playable versions of dumper trucks and diggers. Children will get to discover first hand much more about the world around them, in an interactive and fun-fueled play environment.

 

What’s the big news all about?

On Saturday 21st October, Diggerland and Little Tikes will present the ‘Little Tikes Performance Day’!

This is a day for you (the parents) to come and relax! Let the Little Tikes reps introduce your little ones to the very same nostalgic toys you once enjoyed, during your childhood years.  The reps will also bring along some wonderful new toys for your children to enjoy, from their exciting new ranges. These include the fantastic RC Tyre Twister and the fabulous My First Flyer.

 

Children can take on the RC Tyre Twister…

 

Little Tikes Tyre Twister

Alternatively, you can start your little ones flying career with their first remote controlled helicopter, it actually does fly!

 

Little Tikes Performance day

 

The event is included in your general admission ticket. So why not come along and see what Little Tikes are doing!

 

We can’t wait to see you all at the Little Tikes Performance Day.

UK Theme Park Diggerland up for Kent Tourism Awards 2017 Logo

 

UK Theme Park Diggerland Makes The Final of Kent’s Most Prestigious Awards!


Keep Diggerland great! Vote for us in the Kent Tourism Awards.

22 of Kent’s best tourism businesses have been finalised in the hunt to find Kent’s greatest, most legendary tourist attractions.

The newly formalised Kent Tourism Awards was created by ‘Go To Places’ in August of this year.

97 businesses entered and judges whittled it down to just 22, which of course, includes us… Diggerland!

The awards represent the best of Kent’s most outstanding tourist locations, family fun days out and accommodation providers.

The Kent Tourism Awards congratulate exceptional customer service and outstanding visitor experiences from within the tourism industry in Kent.

And we give it back to you, the people!

Now is your chance to vote for Kent’s greatest tourist attraction (it’s Diggerland), wait, there’s more, you too can also win a special prize.

Voting is now live! Click here to give us a vote!

We are part of the Happy Family Award! Sponsored by Quinn Estates.

Voting closes on Friday 20th October! Please vote!

The competition winner will be announced on the 23rd October, so be on the lookout, you might win!

For one lucky voter, you could win…

As a special incentive for you to vote for Diggerland, you have the opportunity to win six sensational days out at Kent attractions to enjoy during 2018!

Why not enjoy a UK Theme Park.

We are sure that you’ve enjoyed a great family day out with us at Diggerland, so please be sure to give us a vote.


What happens for us?

It would be an absolute honour to win this prestigious award. Most importantly though it is a huge thank you from you, our loyal customers, to our amazing staff members.

From our customer service representatives who meet and greet you at Diggerland admissions, to the fantastic Park Marshals, who ensure you have a safe and enjoyable family day out.

It is recognition for them and this is why it matters so much to us!

Please therefore click on the button below and vote for Diggerland!

Family Days out at National Treasures: How well Do You Know the UK?

The school holidays might be over for now, but half term will be around all too soon. If you’re fresh out of ideas of how to entertain your family, why not check out some of these ideas for great family days out? The British Isles are home to much weird and wonderful history, and there are many modern marvels too, paying tribute to icons of British engineering, invention and design. What do you think are the national treasures of the UK, and how much do you know about them? Have you visited any of these before – or will they be next on your list for adventure?

In ancient times

Take a trip back to the prehistory to see some of Britain’s oldest national treasures. These ancient monuments have stood for thousands of years, leaving traces of a past which will enchant and enthrall the whole family.

Did you know?

  • Stonehenge is a great family day out – nearly one million people each year certainly think so! Quite special for a circle of giant rocks, but then it is over 5,000 years old and lines up with the sun on solstices.
  • One of the biggest Roman legacies in the UK is Hadrian’s Wall. It is 73 miles long and runs across Northumberland and Cumbria as a defence against the north. It’s hard to believe it was built without the modern machinery we use today – which you can check out on family days out at Diggerland Durham, only an hour away.

Knights and shining armour

The medieval period was a busy one for Britain. Wars, plagues, trade, triumphs and catastrophes have left their mark on the UK in the form of castles, churches, and many more exciting attractions all round the country – making a great day out for all the family.

Did you know?

  • Windsor Castle – home of the the Queen – is the oldest and largest castle in the world still inhabited. It was started in 1070, and took 16 years to build – although there have been a few alterations since then.
  • York Minster is one of the world’s largest cathedrals and took over 250 years to build. How long do you think it would take today? The machines at Diggerland Yorkshire might help you to find out.

Moving with the times

Beautiful buildings and innovative icons from the modern era can also be found in every corner of the UK. Exploring your hometown can be as exciting as travelling further afield, especially when you find out something you didn’t know.

Did you know?

  • Big Ben is not the name of the clock tower next to the Houses of Parliament – the name refers to one of the bells inside, which weighs 13.5 tonnes and first rung in 1859.
  • The Angel of the North graces the skyline near the A1 at Newcastle. It is 20 metres tall and has a wingspan of 54 metres.

The natural choice

The UK’s natural landscape is also a real treasure for the nation. From rolling fields and quiet rivers in the south to wild moorland and soaring peaks in the north, there’s plenty for your family to explore wherever you are.

Did you know?

  • Loch Ness is one of the longest and deepest lochs and a great favourite with outdoor enthusiasts – but is perhaps best known for being the home of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, of whom there has been over 3000 sightings since 1933. Take some binoculars and have a go at spotting her yourself!
  • Of the 16 main lakes in the Lake District, only one is officially a “lake” – Bassenthwaite Lake – whereas the others are all ‘waters’ or ‘meres’, like Windermere, the longest lake in England at 10.5 miles.

How many of these facts did you know? Where do you want to go next on your family days out? Keep exploring and discovering these places – and many more – for yourself.

Family Days Out - National Treasures: How well Do You Know the UK?

Westlake wedding reception wows at Diggerland Kent!

I now pronounce you, man and wife!

These wonderful words are heard across the country, across all manners of venues.

How many of you have thought of holding your wedding reception at a Digger Theme Park?

One that’s filled with humongous diggers providing a unique backdrop? Well Ian and Hayley Westlake did just that and why are you asking?

They wanted something non-traditional and wanted uniqueness in abundance.

Their closest friends and family, did not think that the soon to be married couple, would do anything less than unique.

Arriving from their picturesque 12th Century church in Detling, the newly married Westlakes arrived at the theme park in Kent, Diggerland, with a bucket load of guests.

Some of the guests were already extremely excited, some amused, but most definitely surprised.

Of course, some guests just didn’t really know what to make of it, it’s not everyday you hold a reception in a theme park.

Ian and Hayley Westlake wedding reception at the Digger theme park in Kent, Diggerland!

To the reception!

The Westlakes, did surprisingly have a few more customary aspects to settle in their guests before an event unlike any other.

Beginning with welcome drinks, followed by a classic breakfast and of course, speeches.

The venue was transformed from a friendly family cafe to a stunningly, lavish wedding reception venue.

The newlyweds then let their 300+ guests loose into the theme park in Kent, Diggerland.

Hayley and Ian were lavished with compliments, becoming the coolest couple on the planet to all the children and many of the adults, who came away expressing that their inner child had been unleashed.

Inside, customary wedding reception activities were in flow with the chosen entertainment coming from 9 piece, soul inspired outfit `The Choos’.

The Westlake’s appear to be full of wonder as they also surprised their guests with an ice cream van!

What did the happy couple think of Diggerland as a host of their unique reception?

Well we are happy to say they enjoyed ‘Absolutely everything’, they told us that they were treated exceptionally well, just like royalty.

That every need was catered for and they could enjoy their day with the utmost ease.

It was a beautiful day for a white wedding… at Diggerland.

What the couple said about holding their reception at Diggerland:

“We would like to thank everyone involved in making our Wedding Day so special.

For us, our day was everything we could have wanted, and much more.

We have some amazing memories, with some amazing people, at a truly amazing venue –  We just did not want it to end.

In fact, we’re already wondering whether we can hold the first ever Diggerland  Anniversary Party!!!!”

Westlake wedding reception wows at Digger theme park in Kent!

Diggerland wins TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2017

It’s a great accomplishment when you are congratulated and get rewarded for a job well done!

If you are a TripAdvisor user or are aware of TripAdvisor, you may know that each year they present hospitality businesses with a Certificate of Excellence.

This Certificate of Excellence is given to those industry leaders, which includes us at Diggerland, who consistently receive excellent traveller reviews.

Some may say,`Oh, businesses vote for each other’.

It’s all about you, our great guests that travel through our doors everyday. Thank you for rating us as `most excellent’!

There is of course, important criteria to meet before one gains the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

  • We must have a minimum amount of reviews on each of our parks dedicated pages.
  • As a business, you must be active on there for a year.
  • Lastly and most definitely, the most important thing is that we get consistently high ratings from you, our guests, our most valued assets.

At Diggerland, we love reading reviews on TripAdvisorfrom visits to all 4 of our wonderful parks, located across the green and pleasant lands of the UK.

The users of TripAdvisor speak to us, letting us know what they love and informing us of ways  to improve our wonderfully unique family day experience at either Kent, Yorkshire, Durham or Devon park.

Indeed, TripAdvisor really helps you facilitate those wonderful thoughts on to us.

If you, our great and wonderful guests, come back time and time again, recommended us to everyone far and wide, however you can, whenever and wherever you are able….

We will keep delivering Buckets Of Fun For Everyone!

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UK attraction Diggerland wins award- Duggy and Dotty out enjoying Diggerland