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Diggerland is delighted to have made it through to the final of the Kent Digital Awards!

Established in 2014, the Kent Digital Awards is part of a series of similar schemes looking to reward innovation and progressive thinking by businesses.

Diggerland will attend the Kent Digital Awards gala evening on Thursday 23rd June 2016 to potentially win awards in two categories; Use of Social Media for Business and Best Tourism & Hospitality Website.

Wish us luck!

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The kids will LOVE getting into a spin on these!!! The awesome all-electric Crazy Carts are the latest crazy craze to arrive at Diggerland!

The world’s leading ride-on brand Razor, the Crazy Carts were introduced as a new attraction at Diggerland Kent in time for the Easter holidays. Currently rolled out to the flagship Kent park, this increasingly popular attraction will be at all four Diggerland UK based parks within the next two weeks, so keep your eyes peeled!

Kids over 140cm in height and under the age of 17 can spin around and around in either direction, doing “doughnuts”, and slide, drive and drift at speeds up to 20kph.

The uniquely, digger-themed, Diggerland Adventure Parks now offer more than eighteen different and assorted attractions, drives and rides to exhilarate and thrill all the family, subject to some height and age restrictions.

Diggerland visitors to the Kent, Devon, Durham and Yorkshire parks can spend all day getting to grips with real JCBs and excavators, taking headreeling turns on Spindizzy, rising to lofty heights and taking in the views 50 feet up on the Skyshuttle, enjoying a bone-rattling ride on the off-road Groundshuttle, or having a merry go round on the JCB Dig-A-Round.

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The ultimate challenge to test concentration, hand-eye coordination, patience and reflexes, StackAttack is the new attraction now introduced exclusively across all four UK Diggerland Adventure Parks this spring.

Those who are bold enough to take up the StackAttack challenge will find themselves at the controls of a specially adapted, four-wheel-drive, Avant 520 Series Digger Loader with a hydraulic boom and a unique grapple that has been specifically designed for grabbing tyres. Working against the clock and within the confines of a 100 square-metre paddock, the StackAttack Challenge is to pick up, move and stack giant dumper tyres without dropping them or knocking the stack over! It sounds easy, doesn’t it?… It isn’t!!!

The uniquely, digger-themed, Diggerland Adventure Parks now offer more than eighteen different and assorted attractions, drives and rides to exhilarate and thrill all the family from age 5 to 90, subject to some height restrictions. Diggerland visitors to the Kent, Devon, Durham and Yorkshire parks can spend all day getting to grips with real JCBs and excavators, taking head-reeling turns on Spindizzy, rising to lofty heights and taking in the views 50 feet up on the Skyshuttle, enjoying a bone-rattling ride on the off-road Groundshuttle, or having a merry go round on the JCB Dig-a-Round. For more about Diggerland and a run down of all rides, facilities and attractions, go to: www.diggerland.com where you can also book discounted tickets.

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Kent’s Diggerland Adventure Theme Park Sponsor Invicta Panthas Kids Rugby Team

Kent’s Diggerland Adventure Theme Park is sponsoring a rapidly growing Rugby League club in Kent.

The Invicta Panthas are one of only two Rugby League clubs in the county. Founded in January 2014, the club registered over 60 players across two age groups (U11 & U13’s), in its first season.

As from 26th February 2016, Diggerland is now sponsoring four of the clubs teams, the U12’s. U13’s, U14’s and U15’s.

The Panthers are a CASC (Community Amateur Sports Club) non-profit club, who aim to provide sporting opportunities to all members of the local community.

The clubs ambition is to be able to facilitate participation no matter what the player’s ability or circumstances. Indeed aside from helping the club to provide the facilities and equipment, a donation or sponsorship will enable the club to provide scholarship/part scholarship type memberships for players from families who genuinely struggle to afford to afford their child’s access to sport, and who otherwise might miss out. The scholarship/part scholarship type memberships, will not be based on the player’s size or ability, but purely on their economics situation.

Invicta Panthas Chairman, Rob Faux said ‘The Panthers are delighted to have entered into this partnership with Diggerland. Diggerland are all about delivering fun to families and children, which fits right into the Panthers ethos’.

Diggerland’s sponsorship will go towards a new kit and training equipment such as balls, cones, sprinting parachutes and tackle bags.

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Medway Business Awards Finalist

Diggerland have made it to the final of the Medway Business Awards (again!).

The expanding attraction impressed judges with their new creative marketing strategy, dedication to creating jobs for 18-24 year old’s, providing apprenticeships, providing overall excellent customer service, commitment to the environment and overall well-being of the Medway towns.

The awards were founded in the wake of the closure of Chatham Royal Naval Dockyard in 1984. It was a devastating blow to the Towns. However the past 31 years have witnessed a remarkable recovery, with the Medway Business Awards playing a vital part in the area’s economic revival.

They have recognised and rewarded exceptional business achievement, often against the odds. Over the past 31 years, hundreds of firms have entered the county’s oldest business contest.

Diggerland was a finalist last year, however did not quite make the cut to win an award.

This year Diggerland is back in the running and have put out all the stops to win! The awards evening is being held at Gillingham Football Club in November, fingers crossed to make Diggerland an award winning theme park once again!

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Rays of Sunshine

Diggerland is delighted to be working with Rays of Sunshine. To celebrate the launch of the working relationship between the theme park and the charity, Diggerland is giving the children’s charity 20 complimentary tickets, offering a number seriously ill children the chance to enjoy a day of fun-filled distraction from the daily routines of hospital appointments and treatments.

Rays of Sunshine grants wishes for children across the UK (aged three to 18), living with a serious or life-limiting illness. Every day of the year the charity gives brave and deserving young people the chance to put their illness on hold and enjoy a moment of escape.

Over 4,000 individual wishes have been granted since the charity was set up in 2003. Wishes can be as unique as the children themselves and whether a child wants to be a princess or a fireman for the day, go to Disney World in Florida, visit Santa in Lapland, own an iPad, meet a favourite celebrity or a ‘real life’ mermaid, Rays of Sunshine works hard to make that wish come true.

Rays of Sunshine also grants ward wishes, which offer a distraction to hundreds of children during their time in hospital or a hospice. Events and outings are held throughout the year for large groups of seriously ill children including trips to theme parks, hospital activity/pamper days, parties and The Rays of Sunshine Concert at The Royal Albert Hall.

Sherene Garvin-Mack, UK Marketing Manager at Diggerland, commented:

“Working with Rays of Sunshine is extremely important to Diggerland. Nothing is more gratifying then to see the children of the charity having their wishes come true. Rays of Sunshine is a truly remarkable charity and to see the hard-working staff and volunteers go above and beyond to make the lives of these children just that bit more manageable, with an unforgettable experience is beautiful. We cannot wait to welcome the children, we just know they will have “Buckets of Fun”.

Jane Sharpe, CEO of Rays of Sunshine, added:

“We’re absolutely delighted to be working with Diggerland and we’re extremely grateful to be able to invite our wish children along to enjoy the theme park. It’s great to be able to offer our wish children the chance to spend the day having fun, giving them the opportunity to escape from the daily routine of hospital appointments and treatment.”

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Diggerland Awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015

Diggerland UK Theme Parks have received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence 2015 Award for each of their Diggerland sites, located at Devon, Durham, Kent and Yorkshire. The award, which honours customer service excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.

Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the TripAdvisor® website. When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings.  Only the top 10% of businesses receive the award and must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for all four of our Diggerland theme parks is a true source of pride for the entire team at Diggerland. We would like to thank all of our past visitors and guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor. The award is based solely on our customer’s reviews of the Diggerland parks. There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by our customers. Winning this award gives us an increased amount of confidence to our business. Our aim is to continue this level of customer satisfaction in order to win the award again for 2016.” Said Sherene Garvin-Mack, Marketing Manager of Diggerland UK.

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Dumper Racing at Diggerland

Take to the drivers seat for an exciting motor racing experience you won’t forget in a hurry! If you’ve always wanted to speed along a track just like a real thrill-seeker then look no further.

This extreme experience will see you in a specially adapted JCB to contend against a number of other drivers.

This exciting motorsport experience at one of the awesome UK-based Diggerland theme parks will supply you with coaching from an expert marshal. Take part in at least two heats and compete for the fastest time.

What’s Included?

  • Coaching by an experienced Senior Diggerland Marshal
  • Drivers briefing by the Senior Diggerland Marshal
  • At least two race heats
  • Commemoration certificate
  • Bragging rights for the winner!

What happens on the day?

Before you set out for your thrill-seeking Dumper Racing experience, ensure you have your gift voucher or booking confirmation with you.

Dress for the occasion, it can get very muddy so ensure you have loose fitting clothing and closed-toe shoes, your Sunday best is definitely not recommended!

Arrive 15 minutes before your specified time, all ready to go. You will be met and greeted by your Senior Diggerland Marshal where you will receive an introduction and safety briefing.

Then it’s out on to the park to get to grips with your machine and race! You will get at least two race heats to compete against your fellow contestants to beat them and get the fastest time.

At the end there will be a certificate presentation to commemorate your day before you head home after this thrilling driving experience.

Refreshments will be available to purchase on the day.

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