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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exeter cathedral historical things to do in devon

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.

diggerland devon campsite

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. 

Bovey Castle hotel Devon

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!

Family on the Dodgems fun things to do in Yorkshire

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 things to do in Yorkshire

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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Castleford Tigers player sport things to do in Yorkshire

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! 

Oulton Hall Leeds

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!

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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

Birthday Parties in Kent, Devon, Durham & Yorkshire

At our Diggerland parks we can host birthday parties in Kent, Devon, Durham and Yorkshire. Not only will you be winning the heart of your child but all of their friends. Your child will experience a day out to Diggerland, and exclusive use of our themed party room.

Are you looking for a special place for your child’s birthday this year? Then look no further. Fancy a spin on Spindizzy or a competitive race on our Go Karts, then Diggerland is definitely the place to burn some energy.

 

What does a Diggerland Birthday party involve?

Upon booking, you will have a selection of time slots available to choose from for each of our Diggerland Theme Parks. The time slots last 2 hours and 45 minutes and will include:

  • A dedicated party host who will greet you on arrival to the park. (Just to make you aware the party host will be available to ask questions and show you around.They will not be around the whole time you are in the park, as they will need to set up the party room).
  • All birthday parties booked will be sent out Diggerland themed party invites.
  • Upon arrival, you will have access to the 20 rides and drives within the theme park for the initial 2 hours, and then 45 minutes in the party room for fun and food!
  • Upgrade your birthday party and receive Digger branded cup cakes for £1.50 per person.
  • All children will receive a Diggerland theme park branded lunch bag, which will include their party food in.
  • The party food general contains a sandwich, piece of fruit, chocolate bar, crisps and a drink for each child to enjoy.

Don’t worry adults we haven’t forgot you! We have an on-site eatery available, so you can purchase hot food, cold food and refreshments.

To remember the day at Diggerland, all children will receive a souvenir certificate and a balloon to show off to their friends at school too!

 

Booking Policy

When booking your birthday parties in Kent, Devon, Durham and Yorkshire, you will need to book the minimum number of 10 children (£19.95 per person), and you will be entitled to 5 adults who can enter free of charge. Any additional adults will be £10 per person.

Please note that children under the height of 90cm will not be counted in the group of 10.

To ensure your party is definitely booked and taking place you will need to pay at least 10 days before the visit date.

Why should you book a birthday party at Diggerland?

  • Diggerland birthday parties are completely unique!
  • You will be the best parents EVER (according to your children!)
  • Make a day of it. You can visit the park again once the party room has finished.
  • Meet Duggy and Dotty!
  • Your child’s name will be displayed in admissions for all of our customers to see when they come in.
  • Allow your children to experience construction machinery completely under the safety of our marshals.

What are you waiting for… book your birthday parties at Kent, Devon, Durham and Yorkshire Diggerland theme parks today!

Birthday parties in Kent

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.


Opening hours for Diggerland Theme Park!

Calling all parents, grandparents and energetic children!

With the Easter holidays nearly over and the majority of children heading back to school after the half term, we know that some parents may start to feel the relieved! Some families may still be off for April, so why not take a trip to one of our Diggerland theme parks.

Visit a Diggerland Theme park for Days out in Kent, Devon, Durham & Yorkshire. We are open 7 days a week until 28th April. You can visit us from 10am – 5pm and have a whole day of digger madness!

Now is the perfect time to cash in those family days out and redeem any Gift Vouchers that you may have lurking around at home. Please note any Digger or Racing Experience Days for adults, will need to be pre-booked with our Bookings team, give us a call on: 01634 711 711.

 

If you want to treat your friends and family to Gift Vouchers for Diggerland, these can also be bought online, or you can arrange these over the phone with us. Choose from General Admission, Dumper Racing or an individual JCB experience!

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.