Our Theme Park quiz that you can do during lockdown!

 

Have you been to Diggerland Theme Park? Do you consider yourself to be a digger fanatic? Whilst we normally offer school trips in Kent, Devon, Durham and Yorkshire, COVID-19 has stopped us in our tracks. We are all left homeschooling for the time being instead! Fear not, enjoy learning some cool facts about our diggers and other construction machinery, and you will be tested at the end!

Telehandlers

Telehandlers are a popular machine to have on construction sites, think of them as a cross between a fork lift and a crane. You’ve probably seen plenty, even if you didn’t know the name of them!

  • They are used mainly for transporting materials, and are very efficient in carrying large barrels of hay, or in our case people.
  • At Diggerland Theme Park we use a JCB telehandler for Groundshuttle and a Manitou telehandler for Skyshuttle.
  • We only have the very best machinery for our parks, if you’ve been on Skyshuttle, you’ll know that the machine lifts you 50 feet in the air, which is the equivalent of 5 elephants stacked on top of each other!
Theme Park ride - Skyshuttle
Dumper Trucks - Theme Park ride

Dumper Trucks

Here at Diggerland we have multiple Dumper Trucks available for our visitors to operate and ride around on, but how much do you really know about this particular construction machinery?

  • Did you know that the Dumper Trucks used at our Theme Parks are one tonne Thwaites Site Dumpers. This may not seem like a lot because of the size of them but they can actually hold the equivalent of two horses!
  • A dumper truck is normally used for carrying heavy loads and transporting material. This could include stones, dirt, or even  cement bags.
  • The advantage of using a dumper truck is that they are smaller than typical construction machinery, so it is great for small spaces such as a motorway or a roadside.
  • The Dumper Trucks at Diggerland have been adapted to only go the same speed as someone walking, purely for our visitors safety, but they could go a lot quicker!

Excavators

We have tons of excavators at our Diggerland parks, obviously!

If you’ve been on all of our rides you will know that we have mini diggers, as well as larger diggers.

  • In the construction world there are two types of excavators, wheeled and tracked. As the names suggest, one type have wheels to move around with and tracked excavators have a set of steel tracks that rotate when the machine is moved.
  • The excavators we have at our theme parks are manufactured by Komatsu and JCB.
  • All construction machines manufactured by JCB and other companies are yellow so they can be visible on construction sites for safety reasons.
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Theme Park ride - JCB 3CX

Backhoe Loaders

Probably the most well-known type of construction machinery, produced by JCB. At our theme park we use Backhoe Loaders for our JCB ride. For all of our keen Diggerland fans who have enjoyed our JCB ride will know the machine is fitted with a scoop at the front of the machine, and a bucket at the rear.

This type of machine can be used on a construction site as well as for farming purposes and transporting materials.

Did you know both loaders have separate controls, so the operator can swivel the chair round to use the back bucket as well as the loader at the front!

It’s quiz time…

Try and avoid the tempting urge to scroll back up to find the answers, we want to find all of the true digger fans!

Question 1: Our Excavators are made by which two manufacturing companies?

A) JCB and Thwaites B) Komatsu and JCB C) Komatsu and Manitou

 

Question 2: What tonne dumper trucks do we use at Diggerland?

A) 1 Tonne B) 5 Tonne C) 10 Tonne

 

Question 3: Skyshuttle lifts you how far up in the air?

A) 5 feet B) 50 feet C) 500 feet

 

Question 4: Our Telehandlers are made by which two manufacturing companies?

A) Manitou and JCB B) JCB and Komatsu C) Thwaites and JCB

 

Question 5: What colour are diggers?

A) Pink B) Yellow C) Green

Find the answers at the bottom of the page!

How did you do? If you didn’t get all of them correct you definitely take a trip to one of our Diggerland Theme Parks for a family day out. Tickets are available to pre-book today, so make sure you book yours to guarantee you entry for your chosen visit date.

1)B 2)A 3)B 4)A 5)B

Camping in Devon at our Diggerland Campsite

 

Who knows when we may next be able to fly to a warm country abroad, let’s make the most of the UK countryside and experience the exclusive campsite in Devon, with Diggerland on the doorstop!

Whether you’re a keen camper that enjoys nature and glorious views, or you’re a newbie, we’ve put together a guide for the ‘Do’s and Don’ts of camping.

DO’S

 

Book in advance

Most campsites fill up pretty quick. Now we have to contend with a pandemic, it’s unlikely that people will not be going on their summer holidays. The majority of families will opt for a UK holiday instead. Most campsites would normally advise visitors to book at least 6 – 12 months in advance to avoid disappointment.

Familiarise yourself with the toilets

Other than your tent or your camper van, this is the most important place you need to identify. Everyone is going to need the toilet at one point or another, so save yourself the awkward trip of getting lost, and ensure you know where it is before you get desperate. We highly recommend this especially if you are camping with children!

Get creative with your meals

Camping doesn’t have to mean bog standard packet meals, we aren’t asking you to become Gordon Ramsey but I’m sure the whole family would appreciate well thought out meals. On the other hand, if you’re pushing the boat out and camping in the first place and want to have some normality, make sure you plan which local restaurants you want to dine in before you visit.

Pack technology as an emergency

Everyone knows that at least one communication device is needed for emergencies, but don’t let today’s technology ruin your tranquil moments of camping in Devon. This is the one time you get to have brilliant family days out to make memories, and you want your children to enjoy every moment, and not be watching the latest series on Netflix from their phones. However, we will make one exception… You will need a phone to take tons of amazing family photos when you visit Diggerland!

Any Diggerland campsite customers will also receive 20% off Diggerland tickets!

Check out your surroundings

If you’re camping in Devon for the first time, or you’re familiar with the area, it’s always great to know of any local attractions, places to eat, and things to do in Devon. After all, you will have planned your needed trip that far in advance that you can’t help but plan the rest of your trip.

Diggerland should already be at the top of your list to visit, but we would also highly recommend checking out Digger Lakes – the perfect place for any avid anglers.

Diggerland - Diggerland Campsite in Devon
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Camping in Devon
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DONT’S

 

Over pack

Believe us when we say you don’t want to over pack, especially if you’re going camping in Devon. Ensure that only the essentials are packed by your family, so you’re not worrying about a lack of space or lost items. We would recommend taking a change of clothes for all weathers, as you can never be too organised, as well as a spare pair of clothes in case the British weather lives up to its name.  We don’t think a Nintendo Switch or a full length ball gown count as essentials, so unfortunately they will have to stay home…

Don’t forget your camping essentials

When we say camping essentials, it would normally include:

  • Tent
  • Food
  • Clothing (sensible choices to cover all weathers)
  • Communication device, for example a mobile phone
  • A map of the local area
  • Torches

I’m sure if you were to forget a couple of bits, local shops will stock everything you need.

Don’t annoy other campers

Although you have your own space, please bear in mind that there will be other people around the campsite in Devon so you will need to be mindful of your noise levels and the time of day it is. All campsite rules can be found here. Make sure you have a read through before you visit us.

Whether you’re looking to take a drive to us or you’re local and looking for camping in Devon, we will be sure to have an option to suit everyone.

We will accept families that turn up and pay on the day, however you save 50% on your booking if you pay online in advance.

Our prices are as follows:

  • Tent for 1 or 2 people is £7.00 per night, with electric hook up is £14.00 per night
  • Tent for 3+ people is £10.00 per night, with electric hook up is £17.00 per night
  • Caravan / Motorhome is £13.00 per night, with electric hook up is £20.00 per night

Did you know you can buy Diggerland Gift Vouchers?

 

Although most of 2020 has been pretty much a write off, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Diggerland Parks may be temporarily closed to COVID-19 but why should you miss out on the excitement of visiting us, and having buckets of FUN!

You may have skipped a trip to one of our theme parks in the UK, but you may still get a chance to go later on in the year, or even next year.

The beauty of our Diggerland Gift Vouchers is that they are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase, so it will give you plenty of time to use them.

What gift vouchers are available, we hear you ask?

General Admission

Looking for family days out in Kent, Devon, Durham or Yorkshire?

A trip to any of our Diggerland theme parks will guarantee to put a smile on everyone’s face. Whilst we are closed, tickets cannot be pre-booked online currently, but there’s no stopping you from buying general admission vouchers ahead of the parks opening.

In light of Government guidelines, reduced visitor numbers will be happening at our parks, so if you pre-book your tickets you will be guaranteed entry on your day of visit.

The following general admission gift vouchers can be purchased:

  • 2 person gift voucher – £42.95
  • 3 person gift voucher – £63.95
  • 4 person gift voucher – £81.95

General admission gift vouchers will entitle the lucky recipients to use all 20 different rides and drives, as well as entry into the park. Make sure you bring some change for the coin operated rides, and dodgems if you do want to go on them!

Gift Vouchers - Dumper Racing

Dumper Racing

Have you tried out one of our most popular racing experience days?

Anyone over the age of 17 can participate in the fast action and highly exhilarating Dumper Racing. Enjoy 2 hours of getting to grips with, and racing in your very own JCB Skid Steer. We promise you you’ll be wanting to come back for more!

Anyone willing to take on Dumper Racing will find themselves weaving through the course, trying to complete it with the least amount of penalties, or even no penalties at all.

Available at Diggerland Kent, Devon and Yorkshire, a Dumper Racing gift voucher can be yours from just £44.95 per participant.

Is there someone in your family you would love to challenge and beat?

Watch the Dumper Racing in action before you book.

Monster Digger Experience

The mother of all experiences, the Monster Digger Experience, is not one to be missed!

The Monster Digger Experience allows the participant to experience a Komatsu PC210 (22 Ton Digger). Upon arrival, the lucky individual will be given a one-to-one session with one of our experienced instructors, covering all of the controls and health and safety procedures.

How hard could it be to dig a hole? Well harder than you think actually, only the best of the best will complete the challenge. Once you’ve got the hang of the basic controls, it will only get harder from then on.

Our Monster Digger Experience can take place at all four of our Diggerland Parks, and gift vouchers are available from £169.99 per person.

Are you ready to take on the challenge?

View the Monster Digger Experience here.

Gift Vouchers - Monster Digger Experience
Gift Vouchers - Group JCB Experience

Indivual & Group JCB Experience

For all the JCB fanatics, this experience is for you!

In our 90 minute JCB experiences, the participant will enjoy an introduction to the JCB 3CX Backhoe Loader as an individual or as a group. Get behind the wheel and navigate your way through the dirt, and dig to your hearts content, when you’re let loose on the construction machinery.

Diggerland Gift Vouchers for the JCB can be purchased from:

  • £149.99 per participant for Individual
  • £79.99 per participant for Group

The Group JCB Experience is available at Diggerland Kent, Devon & Yorkshire, and the Individual Experience is available at all parks..

What are you waiting for? Purchase your vouchers today!

View the Group & Individual JCB Experiences in action.

Psst… In case you’ve forgotten about Father’s Day, it’s only round the corner. Surprise your Dad with something more than the gift of love, the gift of Diggers!

Although we cannot currently book in lucky participants onto our driving experience days, the vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.

We also allow any customers to add a personalised message to any gift voucher purchased online.

Unique Gift Ideas for anyone Digger Mad!

 

We have a ton of unique gift ideas that the whole family will love, and you can purchase these all from the comfort of your own home. Whether you’re looking for an item of clothing or a special digger toy, we have gifts waiting to be worn and enjoyed.

All Diggerland Theme Parks may be closed for now due to COVID-19, but it doesn’t mean you can’t spoil your children, and anyone else who may love diggers!

Our top 5 unique gift ideas

Beakers

Available in three different colours our branded Diggerland beakers will make the perfect present for everyone.

Families are having to get creative and mix up their surroundings during lockdown, and enjoying long walks in the countryside (sticking to government guidelines of course!) Everyone will need a break at some point and our Diggerland beakers are a great size to carry around. There will definitely be no children crying over spilt drinks, with an easy screw on lid and pop up straw!

What colour will you choose?

Digger Tshirt - Diggerland Unique Gift Ideas

T-Shirts

Here at Diggerland, we are sure to have a t-shirt to suit anyone in the family. We can’t forget about our mascots, Duggy and Dotty, so this t-shirt seems perfect for the spotlight.

Great for all young construction workers to be, this boys royal blue t-shirt is stocked in the following sizes:

2 – 3 years

3 – 4 years

5 – 6 years

7 – 8 years

9 – 10 years

Even if you’re not at Diggerland now, you can still rock this look out and about until you can visit us!

Don’t worry Dotty supporters we have a similar t-shirt available for you too!

Diggerland Teddy Bear

Available in Pink and Yellow, our Diggerland Teddy Bears are loved by all of our young visitors.

Cuddle up to your very own branded Teddy Bear. When it is safe to visit Diggerland again, you can experience the fun and thrills of the park along with your very own teddy. Don’t leave them behind after your day out, we wouldn’t want you to be separated!

Will you name your Diggerland Teddy Bear after Duggy or Dotty?

Unique Gift Ideas - Teddy Bear
Insulated lunch bag with Diggerland Logo on - Blue or Yellow - Diggerland online Shop

Diggerland Lunch Bag

When you’re out walking during lockdown, the Diggerland Lunch Bag goes hand in hand with the Diggerland Beaker. Have your lunch readily available when you get peckish, in our easy to open branded Lunch Bag.

Again, like most of our products, we aim to provide various choices of colours, making it more difficult to choose the one you want – sorry!

Which snacks would you hide inside?

Diggerland Ripper Wallet

How about a branded Diggerland Wallet for unique gift ideas?

Safely store away any loose change with this awesome wallet. Perfect for any young children! With a zip panel and easy access to the main wallet, you’ll be missing out if you don’t have one.

Save up your pennies in your own fantastic Diggerland wallet. When you next visit the Diggerland Goodie Store, you can treat yourself to something else!

 

Do you like what you see? Find out what else Diggerland has to offer.

Wallet

How To Enjoy Family Days Out During A Pandemic

The UK and most of the world is currently on lockdown due to a very serious pandemic. Coronavirus (Covid-19) is not going away any time soon, so how do you keep the whole family entertained and enjoy family days out under these unusual circumstances?

Family Days Out Just Got Creative

First of all family days out don’t have to be miles away! You can enjoy family time together during this glorious weather in your own back garden. 

Why not get the whole family to choose some of their favourite foods and set up a picnic in the garden? Your garden can become a world of adventure for little ones. We’re sure the bigger kids in your household won’t mind either. After all everyone loves food and the great outdoors! It’s a wonderful way to spend quality time together. 

If you don’t have a garden perhaps you have a flat with a balcony. The same applies, why not set up a blanket outside and enjoy some nibbles in the sunshine? You don’t need ample space to be able to enjoy family time and glorious fresh air. 

Picnic
Diggerland bug hotel

Outside Games

We don’t just mean outside games, you can also play inside games but just outside. For example whilst enjoying a lovely picnic, why not dig out a pack of cards or Uno? You can also order fantastic family games online and have them delivered to your home. 

You can of course enjoy those outdoor games such as rounders, skittles, some bat and ball or football. Just be sure the kids don’t accidently kick or throw the toys into a nearby garden. As you may not be seeing those toys for a while. 

Bugs!

Whilst the parents don’t quite enjoy bugs, kids absolutely love them! So why not send the children on a bug hunt? Set up a quiz sheet so they have to find all of the creepy crawlies and tick them off. You can then score how many bugs were found and reward your little ones with a sticker or a tasty treat. 

Another fun family adventure is to build a bug house in the garden. When enjoying family days out at various theme parks and attractions, you will quite often find bug houses. The kids marvel at them and will spend ages trying to find all sorts of creepy crawlies. So why not create your own? 

It doesn’t take much to create a bug house, all you need is:

  • Sticks of all different sizes
  • Leaves 
  • Stones
  • Loose bark 
  • Cardboard

Whilst the family endure a nice bit of exercise once a day, pop to the park and start collecting items to take home and create the bug house.

A bug house doesn’t need to be super fancy, the kids can get as creative as they like. We’d recommend putting the bug house somewhere in the garden where there is shade but also where the sun might reach at certain points in the day. This is because some bugs love the sunshine and others love the shade. 

If you’ve got an old plant pot, this could create a perfect base for building a bug house. We have bug hotels at Diggerland and the kids just adore them. Check them out for ideas. 

Get planting 

Marks and Spencers supermarkets currently have a special promotion whereby if grown ups spend £20 or more on food, little ones can receive a vegetable grow pot. 

They are called seedling kits and there are various vegetables to collect and grow such as carrots, basil, beetroot, lettuce and many more. 

These little pots start off inside on a window sill and then they can go outside when large enough. Enjoy family days out making vegetable patches in the garden. If you live in a block of flats, then use the outside space to create something for the whole community. 

Vegetables promote a healthy lifestyle and during a pandemic they are often the foods that are difficult to find. Therefore growing your own will help to provide ample nutrients for everyone. 

Create a walk along sing song

Get the kids involved in a walk along sing song. There are so many benefits to singing from improving mental health, lowering stress levels and boosting confidence. To even strengthening the immune system, according to the University of Frankfurt. Don’t believe us on this last one? The researchers at the university tested the blood of singers before and after rehearsal. They noticed that in most of the subjects, the amount of proteins in the immune system that function as antibodies were significantly higher immediately after the rehearsal. So there you have it. 

If singing is your thing, you could always go to an old peoples home and have your little darlings entertain the residents. The residents can listen through the windows. If you want to stay a lot closer to home, go and see that elderly neighbour so they don’t feel as alone during this isolating time. 

If you’re embarrassed about singing in public, then go to a large field and sing where no one else is around. Let’s face it though, most people will be in their homes anyway. Stay safe though everyone! 

We hope we have given you some great ideas to enjoy family days out together. 

The Future

We of course hope that these little ideas for family days out together but local to home are a temporary thing. Everyone stay safe and look after loved ones by following Boris Johnson’s simple yet necessary rules. 

Hopefully we will see you all again at one of our Diggerland UK parks in the very near future. 

 

See you soon! 

Reduce

Are you planning a trip to one of our famous Diggerland theme parks? If the answer is yes then be sure to be on the lookout for our new high-quality bin stickers! If it’s a no why not check out what Diggerland has to offer,

We’ve worked with an amazing company called Fast Labels to promote recycling to Diggerland visitors. You will find our new printed stickers and labels dotted around Diggerland parks reminding visitors to recycle their waste. This is important because looking after our planet is a number one priority and now the proof is in the sticker. We know that investing in these vinyl stickers will help raise awareness to kids of all ages and remind them to think before they bin. With a promise of lasting up to 5 years, these stickers are the perfect complement to our eco-park!

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Reuse

These stickers are just one of a handful of innovative ideas to be showcased throughout Diggerland Parks. Upon arrival, you will see a forest of greenery planted during an annual staff initiative that the whole company participates in. Over 200 employees show off their green fingers by enjoying a day of planting trees and shrubs.

Keeping our customers and staff warm and toasty is made possible with thanks to the biomass boiler systems. This economical system also generates its own source of electricity! 

We have been committed to protecting our planet from the moment our gates opened. Throughout the last 5 years, we have decked out all of our parks with revolutionary PV (photovoltaic) Panels. PV Panels are a great eco-friendly substitute for keeping our parks bright and save us money (which is spent to make the Diggerland parks even better)!

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Recycle

Do you drive an electric vehicle? Well, you’re in luck because all  Diggerland Theme Parks have charging points and they are free for all Diggerland customers. We’re obsessed with Electric vehicles at Diggerland so some of our rides are powered by electric! On your visit make sure to check out some of the electric rides such as:

Mini Tractors

Crazy Carts

Go-Karts

EVision 

Our sister company EVision Electric Vehicle Hire definitely knows about being eco-friendly! They offer a plethora of stylish EV vehicles including a variety Tesla’s, the Audi e-tron and the Kia e-Niro, for short-term and long-term hire. EVision offers the dream opportunity of driving the latest electric vehicles without the commitment of breaking the bank.

Have a safe trip!

COVID-19 has completely taken over all forms of media informing the public of the ongoing detriment caused by the virus. The latest Coronavirus initially started in China but has now spread to over 40 countries globally.  The virus has infected over 80,000 people and as it stands there have been 15 confirmed cases in the UK alone. Currently, there is no vaccine available for this flu-like virus so how can your family stay safe this season? Here are our virus-free tips for visiting Diggerland and any other theme parks in the UK this Easter.

Tip 1- Be aware but don’t be scared!

Due to the media coverage, you may be feeling worried but by making simple precautions there is nothing to worry about. In the UK the virus has not spread as much as other countries in comparison and those who have, unfortunately, caught it while travelling from infected areas. It is recommended to not travel to countries such as China, South Korea and Italy so many have cancelled travel plans to spend Easter at home. Theme Parks in the UK are all open and will have safety precautions in place.

Tip 2- Wash your hands! 

COVID-19 is known to spread person-to-person so having precautions against contracting the virus from coughing and sneezing is essential. Simply washing your hands with soap and water is the number one way of avoiding the virus. When visiting Diggerland or other theme parks in the UK, make sure your little ones are washing their hands as much as possible. Some of our famous rides may come in contact with lots of sticky fingers throughout the fun day so staying aware is essential. 

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Tip 3- Wrap up! 

Another way to stay protected on your trip is to come prepared with some antibacterial hand sanitizer. On Amazon, you can purchase some interesting smelling ones to keep the kids enticed! If your child is unwell it is recommended to stay home but if they still want to have a fun day at Diggerland you may want to purchase a face mask. The virus tends to infect those who are not feeling 100%, so extra efforts must be made to stay safe. This will also avoid spreading flu symptoms to fellow visitors which is a plus. 

Tip 4- Be careful when you eat!

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention had advised that it may be possible to contract the virus by touching an infected surface. We offer a range of amazing food to munch on at all of our Diggerland parks. If you’d prefer to prepare your own lunch for the exciting trip why not pack a picnic? We have comfortable outdoor seating areas throughout all of our parks with relaxing picnic areas and play areas. Our Dig Inn eateries are all taking special measures and precautions to ensure customers are kept as safe as possible. 

Celebrate with Diggerland!

We want your family to have the safest most amazing memories this Easter! To help make this possible we are fully disinfecting all of our parks on a daily basis. These tips are important to keep in mind when visiting theme parks in the UK especially for events such as our 20th Birthday Gala. With the summer months quickly approaching it is predicted that CORVID-19 will diminish. We wish you a summer full of an abundance of health and happiness! 

Our 20th Anniversary Birthday Gala is the perfect event for family fun in the sun. Taking place on one special day at each of our parks, we look forward to welcoming you to take part in the celebrations! You can purchase heavily discounted Earlybird tickets at the price of £25.00 per person which will include the following: 

Welcome Drink

Buffet Food

Fire Performers

Jumping Stilt Acrobats

Live Music

Firework Display

Ride & Drive Real Diggers

Book your tickets now – https://www.diggerland.com/20th-birthday-gala-party/

Love is in the mud!

 

Love is in the air at Diggerland this February and we want you to be a part of the festivities! The first special holiday of the year is quickly approaching which means Diggerland’s parks will soon be full of happy couples. We cannot wait to stuff our mouths with yummy treats and spend precious time with our loved ones. This year is all about trying out new unique experiences and creating long-lasting memories. But trying to find unique Valentine date ideas can feel overwhelming so we have planned the perfect weekend of love that you can enjoy at any of our parks.

Diggerland’s gates will open wide on the 15th of February! We are so excited to see smiling couples wandering hand in hand around our beloved parks. We have planned out our dream unique Valentine trips and are confident you will be amazed by the exhilarating events available to book! 

Love in Kent

Road trip to kent? Or are you a local? Well, either way, a night away from home with your partner is always a relaxing, fun adventure. We would recommend starting your loved up weekend with an overnight stay at the beautiful North Downs Barn. This spacious barn conversation is the perfect spot for cuddling in front of the fireplace. This highly reviewed B&B offers a range of facilities such as:

  • Free off-road parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • And even a free breakfast!

 Once you’ve enjoyed a scrumptious breakfast you are just a short 7-minute drive away from celebrating your unique valentines at Diggerland Kent. Our famous Rochester park has been the backdrop for many lovely events and we have even hosted a wedding reception! Because of this, we know our park is the perfect spot to enjoy a unique valentine! Spend the day snapping picks together whilst enjoying our varied range of rides & drives. With a mixture of competing and working as a team, it’s the perfect place to create memories and grow closer. 

After you’re both worn out from the exhilarating day we would recommend taking a short drive to the delightful Rochester Highstreet. The Dickens high street is populated with a selection of unique restaurants and quaint boutiques.

A special day…

Perfect for a romantic getaway, after the full-on day of messing around, we would recommend having a romantic meal at Simply Italian. This popular restaurant slogan is famously “Simple food, served with a smile” and the amazing reviews really showcase this! 

To make your weekend-long unique valentines even more memorable we suggest taking a relaxing drive around the twisty country roads. There are plentiful of luscious farms to enjoy a relaxing walk together. Our favourite unique valentines date idea in Kent is spending time at Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats. 

Take turns feeding and stroking the 100’s of goats throughout this amazing charity based sanctuary. Entry fees are made by a small donation to help provide support to the sanctuary but we believe it is well worth it! Being surrounded by these cute creatures whilst enjoying aromatic coffee is most definitely a memorable valentine! 

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Love in Devon

Valentine is all about spending time with your beloved and enjoying each others company but if you’re on a budget it can be tricky to celebrate lavishly. You don’t need to splash out for a romantic getaway, take a trip to Ashculme House and you will find out that cheaper is sometimes better! 

Dewy grass surrounds this cosy B&B perfect for some unwinding time with your partner with added companions made up of the farm animals that live on the grounds. For just a meager £35.00 this beautiful building has so much to offer and is perfect for putting your feet up.

To add to this unique valentine idea we recommend spending the evening at a locals favourite, The Bakehouse Cullompton. A TripAdvisor favourite, this affordable restaurant offers a mind-blowing range of dishes, their valentine meal is only £60.00 per couple which includes:

  • A glass of prosecco with a selection of yummy starters 
  • A main course such as Lamb Rump, Ribeye and Risotto.
  • A varies selection of dessert treats and even a delicious cheese board!

For only £30.00 each this deal is sure to be absolutely mouth-watering without breaking the bank. The following day why not loosen up with a lovely picnic at our Diggerland Devon Park, we offer benches for couples to enjoy some sweet treats together. Make the most of the day by riding all of our 20 different rides and drives together. 

If you have time after your fun-filled day we recommend visiting the Yarak Bird of Prey to make the most of the occasion. Get close and personal with these majestic birds well-taking pictures to document your memories, this unique valentines idea is all about spending quality time together. 

Love in Durham

Previously the home of a group of Monks in AD 995 Durham is well known for being the home of an a range of castles and cathedrals. To enjoy every second of your unique valentine in Durham, we suggest spending the weekend as a royal couple! Every King and Queen needs a castle so spend your evening of romance at the stunning Lumley Castle

This four-star castle screams luxury and is the perfect way of showing your love to your loved one(s) but if you’re unable to book, there is a large range of castles in the area to decide on. From £249.00 per couple, this is definitely a treat worth paying for and you can expect to receive:

  • A large bottle of Prosecco to share 
  • A collection of 12 red roses complimented with a box of chocolate treats 
  • An overnight stay in a four-poster king-sized bed 
  • A luxurious breakfast when you wake up with the added bonus of a late check-out

To make the most of the weekend we would suggest staying in and enjoying candlelight dinner at the Castle. Lumley claims to offer the full valentine package of choice, quality and elegance which is why we believe it is the perfect place to spend your unique valentines. 

Fancy…

To keep in theme with the vintage aesthetic of the castle we recommend visiting The living museum of the north, Beamish. This award-winning experience offers visitors the opportunity to experience what life was like in North England during the 1820s and early 1900s. It is so realistic that scenes of Downtown Abbey were actually filmed on the grounds. 

Now that you’ve shared a romantic weekend travelling back in time together why not snap back to 2020 with a visit to Diggerland Durham! Just a short 19-minute drive away from your castle you can expect an abundance of exhilarating moments at Diggerland. While continuing your weekend of luxurious memories why not book two tickets for an adult experience day such as: 

Having a go at any of the above experiences is sure to be perfect for any unique valentine plan, we recommend booking tickets to avoid missing out on your dream valentine. 

Yorkshire

Yorkshire is the home to a range of our favourite chocolates such as:

  • KitKat 
  • Chocolate Orange 
  • Yorkie Bar 

Enjoy a sweet valentine with your favourite person in Yorkshire. Start your love-filled weekend with some TLC (tender loving care) at Oulton Hall Yorkshire and let go of all the weeks stresses while enjoying some bubbles. Once you feel zen spoil your taste pallet with a cocoa filled surprise by taking a trip to Yorks Chocolate Story

This delightful spot offers a valentines tour for under £40 a couple, this unique tour includes:

  • Chocolate smothered strawberries with a glass of bubbles
  • A romantic tour treating you to insight on Yorks Chocolate history 
  • A platter of unique hand-crafted chocolates for you to nibble and share 
  • You’re even given a chance to decorate a handful of your own special chocolate creations.

After a nice relaxing day of chilling and chocolate eating why not spice things up with some adrenalin? Just 11 minutes away stands our amazing Yorkshire Diggerland Park!  Get your hearts pumping in unison while you both enjoy a day trip in a Theme Park like no other. In our list of unique Valentines ideas, a visit to Diggerland ranks right at the top because the facilities provide a bundle of laughs and unforgettable moments! 

We hope reading this has been insightful for planning for your special date weekend and for any future unique date nights you plan in the future! 

EVision

 

If you’re going on a romantic road trip this February and want to surprise the other half with a top of the range electric vehicle we suggest having a browse at EVision. Spend your weekend with your beloved driving in style between the above destinations, economical and sleek! You could be in control (or activate the self-drive function) of:

  • A range of Tesla models
  • Jaguar I-Pace
  • Kia e-Niro
  • Audi e-Tron
  • BMW i3
  • Or a Renault Zoe

See you later, Excavator

Browsing the web for fun hen party ideas? Searching for a unique attraction for you and your closest friends to let your hair down? Diggerland has everything you need to have a hair raising time with your closest girlfriends before your special wedding day!  

Why not make one of the most memorable events in your life even more memorable? Diggerland is a world-famous theme park with a plethora of exciting rides and drives. You may think that our beloved theme park is just for youngsters but we have kitted our parks out for groups of all ages! 

Fun is in the air!

Now imagine, your group is dressed to impress with comfy jeans and matching pink high vis jackets. Determination is flowing through your veins and you know the day ahead is going to be filled with giggles. A special VIP area will be reserved with an amazing Diggerland representative to make sure you all have the most amazing time.

Now that you’re ready the time for letting loose has begun. The overwhelming range of rides provide hours full of digging fun which is perfect for erasing that pre-wedding stress! 

Hen party spirit!

Friendly competition always brings out the best in friendships. We recommend testing your limits on:

  • Dippy Ducks– Don’t be fooled by the cute name as this ride will test your skills to the limit. The mission is to hook a small duck out of a pool of water using a Komatsu PC14. 
  • Stack Attack– This ride is eye-watering tough, try to compete against your girlfriends to see who has the most patience. The aim of the game is all about balancing tyres using a special digging attachment that was built for purpose. Basically, Jenga with tyres! 
  • Formula JCB Driving– Any friends with a need for speed? This event would need to be booked separately but it is well worth including in your hen party. Race around in one of our JCBs to test who is the best behind the wheel! 
stack-attack

For the Team Players!

Theme parks are a fantastic way of getting closer to your besties thanks to the bountiful memories it provides. Enjoying rides together as a team results in an avalanche of fun whilst you scream and laugh hand in hand! For example:

  • Spindizzy– Digger please! This monster ride is sure to have a few friends jumping out of their boots. Once you’re all safely buckled in let the fun begin and get ready to be shaken and stirred by a massive Komatsu PC210LC. This ride is definitely not for the faint hearted! 
  • Skyshuttle– Fear of heights? Experience a birds eye point of view on this 50 feet ride. You will see the world from a new perspective. We believe this is the perfect ride for your hen party selfies! 
  • Groundshuttle– The name is self explanatory as this ride is the polar opposite of the famous Skyshuttle. It is perfect for some ground time so be ready for some rock and rolling. We guarantee this ride will get everyone’s heart racing so far what an exhilarating hen party!

Still unsure?

As you can see, the proof is in the pudding. We know it’s not your typical hen party but that’s why we think it’s amazing. Priceless memories and giggles with your favorite people, isn’t that a dream?  Diggerland provides all of the above. If you’re uncertain we would recommend checking our website to see what else you can expect on your special day. As a bonus you could book a helicopter ride to any of our Diggerland parks, who needs Uber? 

Visiting the park with your partner or family would help you picture what you can expect for a hen party. You’re in luck because we have a once in a lifetime event in the running. Drum roll ready, 3, 2 ,1… Diggerlands 20th Anniversary Gala! 

helicopter

You’re Invited…

That’s right, our astounding park has been providing happy memories for 20 years! Thanks to our loyal customers who have helped us gain fame across the nation. Were inviting everyone to a spectacular event to celebrate this achievement together. Celebrations will take place in June with each park hosting its own special party so to avoid missing out we would recommend booking Early Bird tickets. Early Bird tickets will only cost £25.00 per person. These tickets include access to all rides and drives, a buffet, entertainment & Firework display! 

This special event is super affordable and has the makings of a memorable, fabulous date night. 

We dig learning!

Schools are back in full-swing following the long chilly winter. Thankfully spring time is just a stone’s throw away. The sunnier season is perfect for enjoying outdoor adventures and experiencing new things.

School trips are a fantastic way of boosting kids’ confidence and improving essential teamwork skills. For school trips in Yorkshire, Kent, Devon and Durham why not treat your class to a day at Diggerland? 

Diggers are an obsession for kids all over the world, with famous cartoons such as Bob the Builder. Furthermore many kids dream of having a fulfilling career within the massive construction industry.

A school trip to any of our parks is sure to have your entire class grinning from ear to ear!  

Dig-a-Round at Diggerland Theme Park

What does a School Trip to Diggerland look like?

As soon as your coach has parked in one of our free parking bays, your class will be wowed by the range of rides around the park. Once through the entrance, your class will tour the park while expanding their knowledge of diggers and mechanics.

With the opportunity to maneuver heavy plant machinery such as dumper trucks and giant diggers

From an academic perspective the class will be substantially improving their knowledge in subjects such as:

  • KS1 & 2 Mathematics
  • KS1 & 2 Science
  • KS1 & 2 Design & Technology

Throughout the day your class will take part in practical work, teaching them life skills whilst having an exhilarating time. A snippet of the important skills a class would gain include:

 

  • Learning the essentials of Health & Safety by putting it into practice 
  • Knowledge of car mechanics such as clutches and gearboxes
  • How to balance the machine and exploring how gravity works
  • Why tyres have different patterns in relation to traction

The entire class will also prosper from the social interactions throughout the day with our friendly Diggerland staff. When the bellies start rumbling your group can enjoy lunch at our food outlet offering a range of affordable kids meals.

But we know most schools prefer to bring packed lunches so your class can enjoy munching away in our relaxing picnic area. Children may wish to bring some pocket money along to purchase some digger memorabilia at our Goodie Store.

These amazing facilities are available for school trips in Yorkshire, Kent, Devon and Durham.

Mini Tractors at Diggerland Theme Park
Dumper Trucks at Diggerland Theme Park

What about the teachers?

Diggerland is a theme park for the whole school! We have fun experiences for everyone including adults. Staff can attend the rides and take part in the adventure, to help structure the day you could book in to use Diggerland for staff lectures.

This will include worksheets and quiz packs and can be booked for school trips in Yorkshire, Kent, Devon and Durham.  

Join your class as they participate on rides including:

  • Go Karts
  • Buried treasure 
  • Skyshuttle

And so many more, We promise a day of Digging fun for everyone! 

How much does this amazing experience cost?

To book tickets for your school trip, prices are as follows:

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: Absolutely FREE admission

– Over 90cm: £19.95 per person

– Age Concession – Over 65’s: £11.95 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: £15.95 per person

– Groups of 50 or more children/adults: £13.95 per person

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

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

Dippy Ducks at Diggerland Theme Park

Outside of the theme park opening hours (during half term), we offer 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: £15.95 per person

– Groups of 50 or more children/adults: £13.95 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 rides and drives at Diggerland, for the duration of your visit.

Call for school trips in Yorkshire, Kent, Devon and Durham, spoil your class with a bucket load of fun this Spring and Summer!

Teacher of the year goes to….

Learning is made possible with the help of the wonderful teachers around the world! We believe great teaching is an art and deserves more recognition. To help support little learners we are happy to announce we will be sponsoring the 2020 Kent Teacher of the Year Awards. That’s not all, we will also be sponsoring the 2020 Sussex Teacher of the Year Awards! 

These amazing Awards are being hosted by Inspire Schools run by KM Charity Team.  With a humongous focus on introducing school initiatives like:

  • Walking to school 
  • The Importance of Road safety 
  • Literacy help to benefit kids education 

Furthermore, the charity supports fundraising events and challenge events across Kent.