Diggerland Top Tips!

 

We have had a great half-term here at Diggerland! We have been digging for buried treasure, spotting animals on our safari and spun dizzy on Spindizzy. But it is not over yet and you still have all weekend to treat the kids. What better way to finish the week than with a family trip to Diggerland?!

 

Diggerland - Diggerland Top Tips

 

Here are 6 of our Diggerland Top Tips for your visit:

 

1. Drink lots.

Make sure to keep hydrated throughout the day. With such great weather at the moment, it is important to drink plenty of water. However don’t worry if you have forgotten your water bottle, we have catering establishments on site!

 

2. If you think it is going to rain, we recommend you bring wellies and a waterproof jacket.

Diggerland - Diggerland WelliesAll of our rides operate as normal in the rain. However be sure to bring your wellies and waterproofs just-in-case, as it may get a little bit muddy!

Additional Diggerland Top Tips: If your little ones love the mud, it may be a good idea to bring some spare clothes. Think of those poor car seats…

Check the weather for your trip here.

If you have forgotten your child’s wellies, or simply need a new pair, head over to our online shop. These digtastic wellies are affordable and durable, currently available in sizes 5-13.

 

3. Plenty of sun cream.

Please ensure you and your kids are kept safe from the sun. Most Diggerland activities are outdoors, and sometimes people can forget to top up their sun cream. The British weather has been very hot and sunny the past couple of weeks, so remember to take breaks to top up your sun cream in between having buckets of fun.

Find out more about keeping your kids safe in the sun here.

 

4. Remember to bring food.

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Whilst we have eateries on site, you may also bring a picnic if you wish. We have an outdoor picnic area, so you don’t have to miss out on the sun or worry about any food allergies. If you do wish to buy food at Diggerland, remember to bring some money with you!

 

Speaking of money…

 

5. Bring some pound coins!

All of our parks have coin operated rides on site for the little ones, so don’t forget your pound coins. You will need these for the coin operated cars and quads, as well as the dodgems and arcade games.

 

6. Check the ride height chart.

Safety is our top priority at Diggerland, and unfortunately this means that some of our rides have height restrictions. Please note, children over 90cm tall are able to go on 15 out of 20 rides and drives. Some of which they will need to be accompanied by an adult. Don’t worry if you have little ones under 90cm, children under 90cm enter for free! A Diggerland Top Tip is to check which rides you may need to accompany your child/children on before visiting.

 

Followed Diggerland Top Tips?

Already visited Duggy and Dotty? Finding it hard to keep the kids occupied after an adrenaline-fueled trip to Diggerland?

Have some quiet time and colour in one of our digtastic Diggerland pictures. To view our range of colouring-in sheets, visit https://www.diggerland.com/kids-club/

We would love to see your kids artwork! Make sure to send us a picture of your child’s pictures. Tweet us @Diggerland_UK, post on our Facebook page @Diggerland, or tag us on Instagram @Diggerland_UK.

A guide to the best hotels in Kent, Devon, Durham and Yorkshire.

Diggerland guide for top places to stay!

With parks across the country in Kent, Devon, Durham and Yorkshire, we often find people traveling to our parks and looking for somewhere to stay nearby. For this reason, we have put together a list of our top places to enjoy a family break in each of these locations.

 

Kent

Kent is commonly referred to as the ‘Garden of England’. It is renowned for it’s history and stunning views. Whether you are traveling here to visit Diggerland, or simply wish to explore the county, we have found the perfect hotels to make your trip extra special.

 

Bridgewood Manor Hotel

 

Diggerland guide for top places to stay! Bridgewood Manor

 

This four star manor hotel is the perfect place to relax after a long day of driving diggers and being spun dizzy on the SpinDizzy.

From the health club and spa facilities to help you relax and unwind, to the excellent food at the Squires restaurant. Bridgewood Manor Hotel has everything you need for a worry-free getaway.

The hotel situated a 15 minute drive away from the Diggerland Kent park. It also has excellent motorway links and is only 40 minutes from Gatwick Airport.

 

Mercure Hotel

 

Diggerland guide for top places to stay! Mercure Hotel

 

The Mercure Hotel in Brands Hatch is just moments away from the infamous Brands Hatch motor racing circuit. Here you will often find a variety of exciting family events and experiences. Less than a 30 minute drive you can be at the Diggerland Kent park. This hotel is perfect for families that love motors and those looking for an adrenaline-fueled adventure… at Diggerland of course!

The hotel is also fully-equipped with all the amenities needed to unwind after a thrill-seeking stay. This includes a health and leisure club, hotel restaurant, and a motor-themed bar!

 

Durham

The city of Durham boasts a number of historic landmarks. These include the Durham Castle, Durham Cathedral and of course… Diggerland. The beautiful scenery and quaint towns make for a perfect short break destination. So we have compiled a list of our favourite and most unique hotels.

 

Lumley Castle

 

Diggerland guide for top places to stay! Lumley Castle

 

Who doesn’t want to stay in a castle and feast like a king? Rated four stars on TripAdvisor, this hotel regularly offers “Banquet, Bed and Breakfast” deals, where on the night of arrival guests are provided with a five-course dinner as well as a fabulous breakfast in the morning. The hotel even offers the chance of a disco in the dungeon!

If discoing in a dungeon doesn’t sound like your kind of night, you could treat yourself to an exclusive stay in The King James Suite. This suite includes a 20ft four-poster bed and a Jacuzzi with amazing views of the castle grounds.

 

West Wood Yurts 

 

Diggerland guide for top places to stay! West Wood Yurts

 

Gone are the days of generic hotel getaways, the past few years have welcomed the new craze of ‘glamping’ – glamorous camping. This is a perfect opportunity to experience the benefits of a ‘back-to-basics’ camping stay whilst still having the luxury of modern day amenities. Roast marshmallows over your outdoor fire pit with the little-ones whilst your smartphone is charging in your ‘traditional, oh yet so modern’ yurt!

Located only a 20 minute drive away from Diggerland Durham, West Wood Yurts are a perfect alternative for your family getaway.

 

Devon

Devon has an abundance of sandy beaches and beautiful sea views, and is a tourist favourite when choosing a family getaway for the school holidays. Here are a couple of hotels that will make your trip to Devon even more enjoyable.

 

Upton Lakes and Lodges 

 

Diggerland guide for top places to stay! Upton Lakes

 

If you’re looking for a tranquil stay and a taste of the country life, then a lodge stay at Upton Lakes is the perfect choice. The combination of modern luxury (many of the lodges offer private hot-tubs!) with the natural outdoors makes for a great family holiday.

Diggerland Devon is less than a 10 minute drive away from Upton Lakes, so make sure to visit us during your stay!

 

Diggerland Devon Campsite

 

Diggerland - Diggerland Devon Campsite

 

Set in the beautiful grounds of Verbeer Manor, the Diggerland Devon Campsite is the best place to stay for our Diggerland guests. However, there is a lot more to do if you are looking for a longer, fun-filled family break. For the fishing enthusiasts, be sure to bring your fishing gear as you will find Diggerlakes just a short stroll from the campsite.

Diggerland Devon Campsite is in the perfect location to explore both the countryside and seaside, and is great for families with a motorhome, or those who simply want a stress-free camping holiday.

 

Yorkshire

Another historic county, Yorkshire was founded by the Romans and promises great attractions for a family getaway. Looking for scenery and nature? Then visit one of the national parks. Looking for history and heritage? Then visit the cathedral or the National Railway Museum. Whatever you’re looking for, we have the perfect places for you to stay.

 

Quebecs Luxury Apartments in Leeds

 

Diggerland - Quebecs Luxury Apartments

 

Just a 20 minute drive from Diggerland Yorkshire, Quebecs Luxury Apartments offer a great alternative to your standard hotel. Treat your family to a stay in your own luxury apartment, with all of the perks of a hotel – 24 hour reception, concierge, and a complete housekeeping service.

Unwind after a long day of exploring the Yorkshire towns with the massage and spa services and the onsite gym. If that isn’t enough, you can even take advantage of a personal shopping service. Quebecs will deliver your groceries, toiletries or whatever you may need, straight to your room! These apartments are definitely recommended for all of our Digger-mums…

 

Crowne Plaza Leeds

 

Diggerland - Crowne Plaza Leeds

 

Yorkshire doesn’t fall short of luxury stays, so our second choice is another for a family treat. For a hassle-free holiday, Crowne Plaza in Leeds has everything you need all in one hotel. Take a stroll downstairs for dinner in the restaurant, and then head to the bar for evening drinks. More of a day person? Take advantage of the indoor pool and spa facilities, or order room service after a well-deserved lay-in.

Another reason why this hotel has made our list is the ‘Kids stay and eat free’ policy. Kids under 18 stay for free when booking a family room. Those under 13 eat at the restaurant for free. This makes your luxury break a lot more bank-friendly and is perfect for those taking their little-ones to our Diggerland Yorkshire park!

 

We hope this short guide helps you decide on where to stay when you come to visit us! However if you are still unsure, visit here for more accommodation providers.

Alternatively, if you wish to share your experience of a list-worthy stay when visiting one of our parks, then tweet us @Diggerland_UK, post on our Facebook page @Diggerland, or tag us on instagram @diggerland.uk. We would love to hear more about your Digger-holidays!

Little Tikes and Diggerland join forces to launch new Wheelz Play Zones nationwide!

Diggerland UK and Little Tikes have formed an exciting new partnership as brand new Wheelz Play Zones are launched!

Working with the team behind the four park construction adventure experience, Little Tikes will be assembling a play area at each of the Kent, Devon, Yorkshire and Durham Diggerland sites. The Play Zones will be jam packed full of fun with the Little Tikes’ Wheelz range including dirt diggers and dump trucks, as well as hero outdoor products such as sand and water tables and members of the iconic Cozy Coupe family to really bring on the excitement of the school holidays.

The Diggerland Kent and Devon parks launched the amazing new Wheelz Play Zones on 1st April. Diggerland Yorkshire and Durham will follow suit on 1st July for a whole summer of fun!

The Play Zones will each be running Performance Days throughout the year where Little Tikes’ fans can join the brand’s Wheelz Play Specialists to try out their remote control Wheelz and Flyerz range including My First Flyer and RC Tyre Twister.

Little Tikes’ UK Brand Manager Victoria Starr says; “We are so excited to be working with Diggerland. Our expansive lines within the pre-school range has meant we’re able to help provide play areas that the kids will love and really add to the family experience when visiting the parks. At the Little Tikes Wheelz Play Zones, children will get the chance to play and learn together. Come and see for yourselves how the Little Tikes really spark kids’ imaginations and get them active.”

Sherene Garvin-Mack, Diggerland Marketing Manager adds; “It’s fantastic to welcome Little Tikes to our existing Diggerland Parks. The synergy between our digger- inspired rides and games and the Little Tikes’ trucks, ride-ons and sand and water play meant this partnership was a no-brainer for us.”

Little Tikes Cozy Coupes
Little Tikes

Diggerland – Proud Sponsors Of The Kent Charity Awards

As part of Diggerland’s Corporate Social Responsibility, to help and improve the local community, Diggerland for 2016/17 once again sponsored the Kent Charity Awards.

The Kent Charity Awards are to recognise and showcase the hard work and perseverance that charities and voluntary groups undertake to make the lives of others better.

Louise, Sherene, Celia and Steve from Diggerland all attended the glittering  awards evening on Thursday 16th March. More than 260 representatives from Kent’s charitable sector gathered. Finalists from chosen charities around the Kent county, all eagerly awaited those words, ‘You are a winner!’.

UK Marketing Manager, Sherene Garvin-Mack presented the overall winner, Charity of the Year award to Kenward Trust, who were absolutely delighted to have won against more than 70 entries. Kenward Trust is a remarkable charity providing alcohol and substance misuse and addiction rehabilitation and recovery services to men and woman across Kent and East Sussex.

If you know of a charity that deserves recognition and some extra exposure, why not tell them to enter the next Kent Charity Awards? Further information can be found here – How To Enter.

 

Kent Charity Awards

 

THE DRONE CO.

The Drone Co.  visited our Diggerland Kent park to produce this fantastic video above using their 4k drones.

All of us at Diggerland absolutely loved working with the guys from The Drone Co. and are very impressed with the excellent quality aerial footage.

Everyone enjoyed a ride on the Spindizzy together after, any excuse to go for a spin!

Get in touch with the Drone Co. to discover their full range of services and equipment.

PL Projects Ltd at Diggerland – Friday 23rd September 2016, The Bronze Package

Our corporate events provide excellent excitement, thrills and spills! But don’t just take our word for it!

On Friday 23rd September 2016, PL Projects booked in their company for our Bronze corporate package and what an enjoyable and eventful day they had.

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“Firstly, can we say what a fantastic reception we had from everyone at Diggerland Yorkshire.  The booking process was easy, you were flexible and helpful when we needed to make number changes, and we were made to feel really welcome on-site by your very friendly team.  

We chose The Bronze Package, which included the Dippy Ducks Challenge, Robot Relay racing and Blindfolded 4×4 racing. The highlight of the event for us was the Blindfolded 4×4 race – it’s really disorientating, and a few of us ran into earth banks and got stuck in potholes! But your staff helped us out every time and made sure we could all have a good laugh about it. 

Overall, the event was a really great way to team-build, and we would definitely recommend Diggerland Corporate events to other businesses looking for an idea that’s a little bit different, quite a challenge, and genuinely good fun. Thanks from all the team at PLP!!”

Diggerland corporate events are extremely popular and do book up quickly, therefore we would recommend providing plenty of notice. Do not be deterred however if your event is just around the corner, we always aim to accommodate and deliver wherever we can. Get in touch for packages and prices.

Get down to the nitty gritty of training and/or meetings in our large conference room (available at the Kent or Yorkshire park) complete with projector and screen and then head out on to the park for some fun, fun, fun!

Visit our website to view all corporate packages or give us a call today on 0871 22 77 007.

Diggerland Yorkshire was voted by the Yorkshire public as the winner of “Yorkshire’s Most Magnificent Attraction.

 

After a very competitive battle between 17 of Yorkshire’s favourite attractions, Diggerland was pleased to announce Diggerland Yorkshire as the winner.

This summer marks the fourth annual competition to find Yorkshire’s Most Magnificent Attraction. This year has seen a fantastic number of votes reaching over 6,000, with Diggerland beating fellow attractions Tropical Butterfly House (2nd place), Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (3rd place) and Eureka! The National Children’s Museum (4th place) for top position.

All at Diggerland, could not contain their excitement and amongst the squeals and cheers. Diggerland, UK Marketing Manager, Sherene Garvin-Mack said “WOW! We are so thoroughly excited! Thank you so, so much to everyone who voted for us. Everyone from Head Office, Park Management to the Marshals, Catering Team & Retail Staff, have worked exceptionally hard over the past couple of years to improve the overall customer experience, by investing in staff training and park development. We are delighted that all of the hard work has paid off. Thank you again to Yorkshire’s Magnificent Attractions for holding the competition and to our amazing fans for voting.”

Deb Hindley, Director of Yorkshire’s Magnificent Attractions comments, “We’re thrilled with the phenomenal response we’ve had from the public during voting. Diggerland’s success in coming out on top is testament to its continuing dedication to offering the public one of the best days out in Yorkshire.

The top four venues, as voted for by the public during this process, are truly reflective of the range of high class attractions available to people living in or visiting Yorkshire. Many have made significant investments in developments to further improve their offering to visitors, and Yorkshire really can count itself lucky to have such a variety and volume of superb visitor attractions on its doorstep”.

The Yorkshire’s Magnificent Attractions group was founded 18 years ago, and currently includes 17 attractions in Yorkshire. The attractions work closely together on combined event and marketing activity, welcoming over 8 million visitors to Yorkshire each year.

DIGGERLAND joins forces with EVision Supercars and Neil Yates Recovery at the Supercar Event – 2016 to help raise funds for The Children’s Trust charity

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Diggerland’s Operations & Development Director, Mick Coleman, with one of The Children’s Trust’s mascots at this year’s Supercar Event.

Volunteer staff from Diggerland and its primary Corporate Partner, The H.E. Services Group which owns EVision Supercars, and one of H.E. Services key logistics’ providers, Neil Yates Recovery Ltd, all teamed up on July 2nd & 3rd to help raise £££ tens of thousands £££ at the Supercar Event 2016 in aid of The Children’s Trust.

 

This year marked the Event’s 10th Anniversary of the fund raising event which is held annually at Dunsfold Park in Surrey where BBC’s “TOP GEAR” is produced.

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Diggerland offered patrons to the event the opportunity either to drive or ride around the infamous, and extremely demanding and challenging, Top Gear off-road course in one of Diggerland’s 4×4 Mitsubishi’s, with the option of being chauffeured to the course and back in one of EVision’s sumptuous, all-electric Tesla Model S limousines.

Two of EVision Supercars luxurious Tesla Model S limousines

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Diggerland also took three of its popular attractions…

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Driving the iconic, British designed & built, JCB 3CX Backhoe Loader

Dippy Ducks” & “Skittles

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Many thanks to Neil Yates Recovery Ltd. and their wonderful staff for helping to make it all possible.

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