2013 has had a bit of everything – snow, rain, sun, and celebrities! Since opening our doors again in February we have smashed cars, dressed up, hit the road, and had a heap of muddy good fun! Thanks to all of you this has been the best year yet, and below are just some of the many highlights. Send your photos and stories to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add our favorites!
We were all blighted with a bad Winter, the snow seemed never ending, and when it did stop we were drowned in downpours! Things looked damp and dreary in January, but the fab Diggerland Marshals were up and ready for another year, whatever the weather!
Our season began on February 16th. Families put their woollies on and came in their droves to celebrate half term. Our diggers were revved up and people of all ages got behind the wheel to dig, dig, and dig some more! Up in Yorkshire was cold, but it didn’t stop this young driver from having buckets of fun in a giant JCB!
Before we could look forward to Summer, March and April had a surprise snow storm in store. Despite having to make the decision to close some of our attractions, the calls flooded in from all you concerned Diggerland fans and we were back up and running in no time! The snow cleared (we have access to a few diggers) and the clouds passed, giving way to the first glimpse of sunshine.
In June we had our first Dress Up Day of the season, giving budding builders the chance to enjoy a free day at Diggerland! But we had some very thorough criteria – hats, belts and tools were all a must! Only the most convincing builders were granted free entry! But even for the regularly dressed adults there was plenty to do, including our new and improved Go-Karts!
Introduced early in the season, the brand new Go-Karts are funkier and faster than ever, so you can race friends and family around our specially designed track in style! And in Yorkshire only is the exciting new Kart World – an indoor Go-Karting track bigger, better, and faster than our standard Karts. Perfect for that extra thrill! All four parks have also introduced the Train Barrels – an addition to the popular Diggerland Train that lets you ride in a pull along barrel at the back.
2013 has also hosted some incredible special events, including a few returning favorites. The Big Diggerland Car Smash Challenge was a resounding success – laughter was had, smiles were made, and cars were emphatically smashed into an unrecognizable clump of metallic glee. Once a year our Marshals get to put the rules aside and take out any pent up frustration on the poor cars awaiting their wrath, much to the delight of Diggerland visitors.
After a long hiatus, 2013 also saw the return of Digger Wars! Visitors watched on as two expert digger drivers battled it out in a series of grueling challenges! It was a blast, and keep an eye out on our website for news of any special events in 2014! And you always need to come to our parks to find us – we have been out and about at shows and events all year round from Brands Hatch to Crystal Palace, Devon to Durham and the Yorkshire Show in between, but the most fun all year had to be the JCB Mud Run! A group of brave Marshals from Yorkshire, led by Manager Chris, made the journey to Staffordshire and took part in the dirtiest annual obstacle challenge there is! JCB purpose build the course and money raised from the event goes to charity. Everyone from Diggerland had muddy good fun, but they never did tell us where they finished!
Our parks were open every day throughout the Summer holidays, and as you are all trying to fill those days with exciting things to do, Diggerland hits its busiest. Vikki Cross took this picture with her family driving the tractors. With over 18 attractions at each park, it’s not all about the diggers! As well as the Tractors and Go-Karts, children can drive mini Land Rovers or get behind the wheel of a real 4×4! But if it was diggers you wanted we have plenty of those too!
Finally, we have had more than our fair share of glitz and glamour with a couple of celebrity appearances, including a very special treat for staff and visitors at Yorkshire! Back in July, ITV series Star Treatment came to Diggerland to reward a few of our most deserving Marshals. Manager Mick’s hand-picked batch were greeted by Loose Women star Jane McDonald and whisked off to the Glam Van where they were given a full makeover and brand new wardrobe. Meanwhile Mick prepared a gourmet meal with a top chef, and at the end of the day the catwalk was assembled for friends and family to see their newly revamped loved ones!
Diggerland Kent then helped to realize someone else’s wish of a day racing diggers with Emmerdale star Roxanne Pallet. They spent a few hours in the park riding Spindizzy and causing some general mischief, but everyone had a great time!
So the Autumn rolled on and as the sun started hiding again the coats came out and Halloween approached. We may have been in the final throes of our season, but that didn’t stop the staff at Devon getting all dressed up and getting into the spooky spirit! Where else can you spend the day with Iron Man, Superman, a vampire and a dragon, all while driving a range of real construction machinery? Exactly.
Before we knew it the year was over and the diggers were locked away for another Winter. However you can still order gift vouchers ready for next season, so if you need that special Christmas or Birthday present look no further.
Thanks to everyone for visiting us, and continuing to tell your friends about us. We have had a great year, and we look forward to seeing you again in 2014!