Kent Teacher of the Year Awards 2019

Nominations are open for the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards 2019. Can you think of a worthy winner? Head over to the KM Charity website to nominate someone who you feel makes an incredible impact each day.

This prestigious event was created in order to recognise and congratulate the massive contribution that teaching staff make to our community and how much they inspire us all; which is why Diggerland are so proud to sponsor this remarkable event.

 

Categories for The Kent Teacher of the Year Awards include primary, secondary, newly qualified teacher, a volunteer award which includes members of the PTA and school governors, non teaching member of staff including dinnerladies and caretakers.

Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Dover, Gravesham, Maidstone, Medway, Sevenoaks, Shepway, Swale are among some of the local authority areas that are judges will be selecting from. You can see further information here.

Kent Teacher of the Year Awards

Sherene Garvin-Mack, from Diggerland commented, “Diggerland sponsored the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards in 2018, and after seeing the incredible standard from the wonderful teaching and non teaching staff as well as the volunteers, I couldn’t be more excited to sponsor the 2019 event.”

“It will be an absolute pleasure to meet all of the commendable candidates for this year to praise them on their fantastic efforts that they have made to our community. They are a true inspiration.”

All nominees will attend a magnificent ceremony in May at the Ashford International Hotel. The awards dinner will also follow with a fundraising element with your chance to win some spectacular prizes in the raffle. All proceeds raised from this will go to literacy and road safety projects within the region.

Diggerland Checklist - Perfect for Family Days Out

With less than a month till our 2019 season, get ahead and start planning your family days out today! We have put together a top 5 checklist for you, to make sure you are fully prepared for a brilliant day out at our parks.

 

Bring a change of clothes

Whatever time of the year you visit, please remember that you may get muddy, dirty or even dusty. All of our rides are located outside and it does involve climbing in and out of machines. We would hate to see you get wet or ruin any of your nice clothes. We always advise our customers to bring a rain mac/waterproof, and keep a change of clothes in the car in case you do need to change.

Spare pair of shoes

There is a chance that your feet may get wet, and especially muddy if you are climbing into machines. We strongly advise bringing a spare pair of shoes with you to change into, especially during the colder months. We would also recommend not wearing your best trainers or open toed shoes. You will not be permitted to ride on attractions if you turn up in sandals, due to health and safety. When you visit our Diggerland parks we do have wellies on sale in our Gift Shop that would definitely make a lovely pair of spare shoes! Plan ahead and order yours today here!

Diggerland - Diggerland Wellies

Don’t forget your lunch!

When you arrive at our Diggerland theme parks you will soon realise that it’s going to occupy the kids for a whole day, so make sure you bring your lunch. Whether you want to enjoy the outdoors, and take advantage of our picnic tables around the park, or use our indoor facilities in the damper weather you can. We also have Dig Inn, our onsite eatery that stock hot food, cold food, snacks and refreshments. Perfect for family days out!

 

Check out our ride height chart before you arrive

All of our attractions have height restrictions, and anyone who is over 90cm can get on the majority of our 20 different rides & drives. If you are travelling with younger children we always advise our guests to check against our ride height chart and measure their children before they arrive. We wouldn’t want to disappoint anyone!

 

Pre-book your tickets if you have your day planned in advance

If you’re planning your family days out in advance, why not pre-book your tickets here for a specific day. You will then receive your tickets at a discount price of £19.95pp for anyone who is over 90cm, and you’ll be ready to go for the season ahead.

 

Duggy & Dotty, and everyone at Diggerland look forward to seeing you!

Duggy & Dotty
Buckets of fun for everyone - Family Days Out

Here at Diggerland, our slogan says there’s something for everyone in our parks, and we really believe we have something for the whole family to enjoy. With four parks and 20+ rides, we strive to offer a great family days out, no matter what your tastes. The kids will have a blast racing around in Go Karts, while the adults take photos of memories that will last forever. But who says the adults have to miss out? Not us! The Spindizzy is a thrilling ride for both adults and children! They can take a drive in their very own dumper truck, or relive their youth playing in the mud on the Dirt Diggers. There’s plenty of activities for the whole family to do together, the kids can even come up with competitions to play against the grown-ups in a number of our rides:

  • Race to stack the tires in the fastest time on StackAttack!
  • Visit Skittles, and see who can knock down the most!
  • See who’s first to hook the duck on the Dippy Ducks!
  • Dig at Buried Treasure and see who finds the prize first!

 

There really is buckets of fun for everyone!

The grandparents can have fun too! We are honoured to have been mentioned on the Age UK website as one of many fun things grandparents can do with their grandchildren. Age UK is a charity that aims to keep elderly people active. We have some mellow rides for nan and grandad to enjoy, like the Diggerland Train and the awesome Skyshuttle. There really is something for all the family to enjoy.

Why not plan a family trip to Diggerland Devon, and stay at our campsite? Camping has stood the test of time, so combine it with a digger-themed UK attraction, and the whole trip is sure to be a blast!

Enjoy great family days out, whether it be playing football or other outdoor games in the huge open space on the Diggerland Devon campsite, to enjoying long family walks together in the beautiful Devon countryside, the trip will be sure to truly satisfy a well earned break! The grown-ups will relish in teaching the kids new tricks, like how to put up a tent properly or how to cook burgers on a barbeque, and the kids will have fun learning something new.

All of these activities and more are just part of what makes Diggerland a great family day out. The valuable memories children make with their family and friends will stay with them forever.

Family Days Out
Looking forward to 2019

As the start of 2019 commences, we thought it may be useful to provide you all with a ‘To Do’ list for the upcoming year. We want you to be fully prepared for the exciting year ahead.

 

Gift Vouchers

Our gift vouchers make the perfect gift for anyone digger-mad, whether they are 4 or 40! If it’s a very late Christmas present or an upcoming birthday, Diggerland have got you covered, you can choose from:

Whether you prefer racing in a dumper truck or operating a large digger, our unique experience days are perfect for anyone. Who doesn’t love a day revolving around diggers?

All of our Gift Vouchers can be purchased online, or over the phone from our Bookings team. We can even send you a physical Gift Voucher in the post, or an e-Voucher is available instead if you need it to hand quickly!

 

Event Dates

As the new season approaches, Diggerland theme park will shortly be releasing event dates for 2019. In January the 2019 event dates for each of our theme parks will be released, so participants can book on using their gift vouchers. Keep an eye out for these as you won’t want to miss out! If you have an existing voucher please ring our Bookings office on: 0871 22 77 007 and ask to be put on the contact list to be kept up to date with 2019 event dates.

 

Theme Park Opening Hours

There is nothing more important than the opening times for Diggerland’s 2019 season. We have created a countdown so make sure you keep an eye on that! We have also displayed our opening times as we are a seasonal attraction, to make sure you turn up on the correct day, we don’t want to disappoint anyone if you turn up on a day we are shut!

 

Plan ahead for the year

Fit in a day out to Diggerland theme park in the school holidays, if you know you’re looking for perfect family days out in 2019. Why not pre-book your chosen date of visit online and get your tickets for our discounted price of £19.95, and save waiting in line to purchase your tickets on the day!

 

One more thing… Duggy & Dotty, and everyone at Diggerland would like to wish you all a Happy New Year! We hope you had a lovely time spending it with family and loved ones, and we look forward to seeing you all in early 2019!

Why hire a motorhome for your holiday?

Fancy a road trip? Want the freedom of camping, but not the discomfort? Then hiring a comfortable motorhome or classic campervan on Goboony could be the perfect option for your next holiday. Here are 5 great reasons why you should hire a motorhome or campervan for your next holiday.

Campervan

#1 Comfort

Camping in a tent may well be one of the best ways to experience the great outdoors but…even the keenest camper has to admit that it can be rather uncomfortable. While investing in a state of the art sleeping bag may give that hard earth some padding, the key to true comfort with an outdoor vibe is definitely taking a campervan! There is a great array of options available from the classic to the more modern. Many motorhomes come with their own heating, air conditioning, toilets, showers and even fridges, everything you could need for a holiday with easy access to nature. They become little homes on wheels and be made to feel really homely. Importantly they can provide comfort all year round, so you can brave the Highlands even in December!

#2 Budget

Campervans and motorhomes are a great way to save money on a holiday, especially if you hire one from a private owner. They are both your accommodation and your transportation and if you use one of the many free camping spot finders, you can even park up for free! If you choose a motorhome, the whole family can easily fit, so there is no need for multiple hotel rooms and you have many more eating options. Many motorhomes come with stoves and fridges, giving you the choice of cooking yourself, rather than having to eat out. There are also plenty of great resources out there, providing delicious and cheap one pot wonders to keep the whole family happy!

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#3 Space

Unlike when you catch a flight, with a motorhome holiday you do not need to worry so much about what you can and can’t take with you. You will have plenty of space! There is usually space for an outside table and chairs, all your outdoor gear, kitchen equipment, food supplies and even bikes. You can be fully self-sufficient and not have to worry about having to buy or rent extras (even if you do forget something it is easy to pop to the supermarket in your mobile accommodation). Motorhome travel also means that you don’t have the hassle of having to pack and unpack your suitcase at every new destination!

#4 Nature

Motorhome travel allows you to make the most of what glorious nature has to offer! You have the freedom of the open road and can drive almost anywhere. Experience the dramatic beauty of the Scottish Highlands, go surfing on the Cornish coast or enjoy a scenic drive through the Lake District. You can stop anywhere along the way, whether it is just to take a better look at the view, explore the local area on foot or on your bike or stop for the night. If you want to spend the night under the stars with the sounds of nature you can, a motorhome just gives you the flexibility of choosing a comfortable bed each night. You can still enjoy the patter of raindrops on the roof and step out each morning straight into nature!

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#5 Freedom

Last but by no means least, a motorhome holiday provides you with freedom and flexibility. You choose where you want to go and if you really like a place, you have the choice to stay another night! There is no stress from rushing to the airport, queuing for security or worrying about luggage, it is a far more chilled and relaxing experience. You can enjoy your holiday at your own pace. Seize the freedom to build your own unique holiday and make wonderful memories!

If you are still not convinced, then why not give the experience of hiring a motorhome or campervan a try for a weekend away? With Goboony you have the opportunity to hire a motorhome from a private owner. This means that you will enjoy a personal touch. Goboony’s private owners are experts on their vehicles and can give you all the advice you need about driving a big vehicle, how to use everything and what to do if something goes wrong. They also know all the best kept secrets in their local areas! There is a great choice of motorhomes and campervans available on Goboony, whether you are looking for a modern 6 berth motorhome or a more classic 2 berth VW campervan, Goboony will have the perfect option for you. Are you ready to give it a try?

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Diggerland Ideas for Christmas Inspiration

It’s that time of year again! Christmas is just over a month away, and we can officially start talking about it. There are three types of people around this time of year:

  • Individuals that have already bought and wrapped everyone’s Christmas presents
  • Individuals that are starting to organise buying Christmas presents, but are struggling for ideas
  • And individuals that will panic buy on Christmas Eve!

Diggerland Theme Park can help you if you are struggling to know what to buy your loved ones. With a well planned out gift voucher, what could go wrong?

Gifting a voucher is now very popular, whether you know exactly what they want, or it’s a new experience, they are incredibly convenient! Diggerland Theme Park offer a range of gift vouchers from General Admission to Experience Days, which are perfect for unique experience days or family days out.

 

General Admission

Our Diggerland General Admission vouchers can be purchased for families of 2, 3 & 4. This will allow you entry into our parks located at: Kent, Devon, Yorkshire & Durham. Along with admission, the voucher will also allow you access to our Rides & Drives within the theme park. Whether your family and friends prefer to try and hook a duck on our JCB diggers or drive a dumper truck all Rides & Drives will be included, apart from coin operated rides and dodgems.

  • General admission for a family of 2 – £42.95
  • General admission for a family of 3 – £63.95
  • General admission for a family of 4 – £81.95

Group JCB Experience

Why not treat your family to a group experience, driving around their very own JCB 3CX. Who hasn’t dreamt of using the front bucket and digging and filling in holes in a huge digger?

Included in the gift voucher price, you will also receive admission for 2 members of the party to enjoy the thrills of Diggerland.

This experience is available at our Kent, Devon & Yorkshire park and participants must be at least 17 years of age to participate.

Group JCB Experience

Individual JCB Experience

Similar to the Group JCB Experience, the Individual JCB Experience is exactly what it says on the tin! Have a more intense, and individual experience with your very own JCB 3CX. The participant will receive a safety briefing, and one-to-one training on operating the digger, then you will be left to your own devices, to turn, dig, and create huge dirt piles.

The 90 minute individual JCB experience will cost you £149.99 per person. The perfect gift for anyone who is digger mad!

Dumper Racing

Participants can find themselves racing both against the clock and other participants. Dumper Racing tends to last up to 2 hours, but this is dependent on the amount of individuals competing on that particular day.

Participants can expect to race in at least 2 heats and for the best drivers, the chance to race in the final to be the reigning champion!

This experience is only available at our Kent, Devon & Yorkshire park and participants must be at least 17 years of age to participate.

Dumper Racing Experience Days

Formula JCB Racing

JCB Racing is for the competitive digger mad individuals. Have you ever wanted to race a JCB 3CX Backhoe-Loader clocking 35kph? Going over bumpy, uneven ground in a large digger, is going to take a lot of guts to get that acceleration pedal down and burn some rubber!

Monster Digger Experience

This experience is available at all four of our parks (Devon, Durham, Kent & Yorkshire). For the biggest, elevating experience of them all. The Monster Digger Experience is definitely the one for digger devotees, and is bound to beat any Christmas present!

 

If you choose to purchase a gift voucher through Diggerland, you will also be able to write a personalised message.

All gift vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. Please note that we are a seasonal attraction, so we are not open all year round. We advise for all visitors to check our opening times prior to travelling to our parks.

Keeping it green together

Every year at Diggerland theme park, we have a very special day where all of our staff work together to plant trees and shrubs to help improve the environment. It also makes our parks look very green. Our staff are very environmentally friendly and really dig this fun, annual event.

Digging the green energy

At Diggerland we do everything we can to make sure that the energy we use will not upset Mother Nature. We use carbon-neutral biomass boiler systems to heat the parks. This system also produces surplus electricity that we put to good use.

And did you know that all of our Diggerland theme parks use solar power? At Diggerland, we’ve been busy installing a lot of solar panels on the roofs at all of our Diggerland locations. The solar power we store gives us a lot of the energy we need to run the parks. This means that we really cut down on the greenhouse gases that harm our environment.

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Electric car charging

Electric Cars are great for the environment and we love to see them at Diggerland. To show our appreciation for electric car drivers, we have 11kwh Tesla Destination charging points at all of our Diggerland locations (capable of charging all electric cars, not just Teslas). Our Kent Park also has a 7kw Type 2 charge point on site as well. All of our charge points are, of course, powered using solar power.

As a thank you to our customers who drive electric cars, we provide our charge points absolutely free of charge. But don’t worry if you are passing by and need to top up your ‘tank’. We also allow non-customers to use our charge points for a fee of £5 for up to 2 hours of charging.

Our friends at EVision Electric Car Hire

Diggerland is proud to be closely partnered with EVision Electric Car Hire. Like Diggerland, EVision uses solar panels to power up their cars. Both of our companies share the same, strong environmental beliefs and do our best to keep Mother Nature happy.

With over 120 electric cars, EVision Electric Car Hire has something for everyone. If you’ve never driven an electric car before, now is a great time to hire a Renault ZOE or rent a BMW i3 from EVision. What’s more, you can even use the Diggerland Parks as a collection point for your electric vehicle.

If you want something a little bit special, why not hire a Tesla! EVision has a huge selection for you to choose from, including various types of the Model S and the Model X SUV. Maybe you are looking for a unique present for someone? If so, EVision has a lot of amazing driving experiences on offer for you. If you are too young to drive a Tesla, don’t worry. There are also passenger experiences for Tesla fans of all ages, young and old.

EVision Electric Car
Duggy and Dotty

And don’t forget, when you hire an electric vehicle from EVision, you can use all the Diggerland Theme Park charge points for free without having to use the park (although why would you want to miss the fun!).

To find out more about EVision, or to make a booking enquiry, visit their website at www.evrent.co.uk

Diggerland Theme Park Opening Hours

With only two weeks left of the season and children on half term, our theme park opening hours have changed slightly. If you were lucky enough to grab our special End of Season Madness £10 tickets or you’re just planning a family day out, then you need to make sure you know when Diggerland is open.

As some of you may know we were hit quite badly with snow earlier in the year, forcing us to close for a week, meaning we missed out on seeing all your lovely faces at the park. We made the decision to extend our theme park opening hours to ensure you didn’t miss out on important family days out to Diggerland. Now it is half term, we are open 7 days a week until our season finishes.

 

From Monday 22nd October to Saturday 27th October we are open 10am to 5pm.

From Sunday 28th October to Sunday 4th November we will be open from 10am to 4pm.

 

Don’t forget that the clocks go back on Sunday, meaning you will be getting a whole extra hour in bed! How exciting! It does also mean that the park will be open for an hour less unfortunately.

We are working on our dates for the season next year, but for now we can’t say any more!

Opening Hours
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!

 

 

 

 

 

School trips in Kent - Take your children to Diggerland!

September has come and gone, and children have now settled in for the school year, and planning school trips in Kent for the academic year ahead is underway. Learning in a classroom environment is important for children, but Diggerland can enhance learning outside of the classroom with practical learning, encouraging children to get involved and take control of their own academic learning.
We believe that a day at Diggerland can boost confidence and encourage precision, concentration, coordination and skill. We give children the chance to learn how to use everyday construction machinery including real diggers and dumpers in a safe environment.

How is Diggerland educational, and what can we offer you?

A visit to Diggerland will allow students, pupils and club & group members to get practical experience of what it is like being “180” & “360” operators and dumper and backhoe-loader drivers. They will also gain an idea of some of the dangers and hazards of working on construction sites with plant machinery, allowing teachers to explain and highlight the importance of knowing and following the appropriate Health & Safety at Work procedures and practices.

With a range of heavy plant machinery, 4×4 cars, and go karts, school children will learn:

  • An overview of how clutches and gearboxes work,
  • Centre of gravity – how this might affect stability of machinery,
  • Suspension of different machines, and why it is necessary,
  • Coordination – Using our mini diggers to play Dippy Ducks, Skittles or Buried Treasure.

School trips in Kent to Diggerland will also cover National Curriculum subjects at KS 1 & 2: Mathematics; Science, and; Design & Technology.

Dippy Ducks at Diggerland UK Theme Park

Prices:

For school trips in Kent, prices to Diggerland are:

Pay on the Day – For schools, clubs & groups that have NOT booked in advance – for entry during Diggerland’s normal opening times. (Minimum Group Size: 10 visitors)

– Under 90cm: FREE admission

– Over 90cm: £16.99 per person

– Age Concession: Over 65’s: £9.95 per person

– Disabled concession: Same as above price but ONE accompanying carer or helper per impaired person admits free.

 

Pre-booked in advance during normal operating hours – (Minimum Group Size: 10 visitors)

– Groups of 10-49 children/adults: £13.99 per person

– Groups of 50 or more children/adults: £11.99 per person

– Disabled concession: Same as above price but ONE accompanying carer or helper per impaired person admits free.

 

Pre-booked in advance during term time – (Minimum Group Size: 25 visitors)

Outside of the theme park opening hours (during half term), we supply school groups/visits with a 2 hour and 30 minute time slots, which are: 10:00am – 12:30pm or 1:30pm – 4:00pm.

– Groups of 25-49 children/adults: £13.99 per person

– Groups of 50 or more children/adults: £11.99 per person

– Disabled concession: Same as above price but ONE accompanying carer or helper per impaired person admits free.

Please note that all advance bookings must be made at least 14 days before the day of your visit. Prices above include UNLIMITED use of all ride and drives at Diggerland, for the duration of your visit.

 

For future school trips in Kent, visit Diggerland and have a bucket load of fun, as well as an educational day out! Give the children something to remember.

 

On a side note, Diggerland will be attending the Free Forum to inspire schools talk at Mercure Great Danes Hotel in Maidstone on 12th October, along with Leeds Castle. Perfect for school staff and governors. Diggerland will also be giving away a free school trip to only lucky class, book your place today!

KM charity team