Days out in Kent

The summer holidays may be over for another year, and children are now finally back at school, but there is still one more half term break to get through until the new year and our season finishes! There’s never a better time to look for things to do, and days out in Kent for the family. You may think you have exhausted all your options over the 6 week break, but fear not, there are plenty of days out in Kent that you can take advantage of over the October holidays.

Diggerland Kent

The whole family can experience our unique Theme Park with ride and drives to suit all ages.  Here you can drive, operate and ride real diggers and a range of other full size construction machinery like dumpers. This is a fantastic and unique attraction if you want fun, excitement and somewhere that is full of action. We will be open 10am-5pm during the October half term, so you definitely won’t get an “I’m bored!” out of any of your kids. October probably won’t bring much sunshine, but as long as you come prepared with a change of clothes, and a spare pair of shoes, you can spend all day at Diggerland.

You can also experience:

With an onsite eating establishment, and an indoor play area, there is something for all ages. If you want a day of adventure for the whole family then look no further! With 3 other parks around the UK, we have you covered, wherever you are.

Handy tip: If you come equipped with a Nestle sweet wrapper and a voucher from the website, kids go free with a paying adult (Please note: The voucher will expire 28/10/18, so don’t miss out!)

Historic Dockyard – Chatham

One of Britain’s leading maritime heritage destinations and the world’s most complete dockyard from the ‘age of sail’ – will prove to be quite an adventure. With something for the whole family, it’s one of many perfect days out in Kent. With 3 historic ships to explore: HMS Gannet, Second World War Destroyer HMS Cavalier, and Cold War Submarine Ocelot, make it a trip to remember!

The Historic Dockyard have put together a top 10 list on things to do when you visit:

  • Make rope at the ropery,
  • Peek through the periscope on HMS Ocelot,
  • Mission Explore!
  • Indoor Play
  • Green Screen Fun,
  • Pipe Bending
  • Ring the bell on HMS Cavalier,
  • Swing in the hammocks in HMS Gannet,
  • Try out Kentish Pies,
  • Sit in our giant deckchair.

Hop Farm – Paddock Wood

For days out in Kent located further out of Medway, The Hop Farm Family Park can be found in Paddock Wood, Tonbridge. The Hop Farm family park is packed full of attractions for the children and fabulous places to eat and drink. With attractions including: Giant Jumping Pillows, 4D Cinema, Combat Laser Quest, Driving School, Outdoor Adventure Play Area, Childrens Rides and live magic shows and discos. During the October holidays, kids can get involved in special events: ‘Halloween Half Term Fun’ and ‘Fireworks Spectacular’.

As well as providing day time fun, The Hop Farm Family Park also offer the Moonlight Drive in Cinema, so why not pick a film,book your tickets, park up, order some movie snacks and enjoy the entertainment from your own car.

Buckmore Karting Circuit – Chatham

For exhilarating days out in Kent, Buckmore Park is one of the most prestigious karting venues in the UK. They provide a safe and enjoyable experience that leaves children with memories that last a lifetime. Located in Chatham, Buckmore offer Junior Karting available to children from aged 4 and up. All the family can enjoy karting sessions on the main circuits on which Quadruple World Champion Lewis Hamilton honed his skills as a youngster. Perfect for competitive family days out in Kent.

Port Lympne Animal Reserve

Home to over 700 rare and endangered animals, and with regular animal births and new species coming in every year, there’s always something different to see at Port Lympne. Make it an extra special October break and treat your children to an Experience Day, including: Gorilla Scatter Feed and Animal Encounters.

Visitors will even have the option to go all out, and treat the whole family to the ultimate safari, and book yourself in for the night at the Port Lympne Hotel or any other of the short stay accommodations available. Which is especially useful if you haven’t managed to experience the whole of the park in one day!

Leeds Castle – Maidstone

With 500 acres of beautiful parkland and formal gardens, a maze and grotto, free flying falconry displays, an ancient caste to walk around with a museum and exhibition, and year round attractions, Leeds Castle is one of the best days out in Kent located in Maidstone. During the October half term, kids can get involved in ‘The Monster Halloween Quest’ and attend a spectacular Firework show with the whole family.

If you fancy something a bit more adventurous and exhilarating to wear the kids out, Go Ape can also be located at Leeds Castle. Go Ape Tree Top Junior, is a jam-packed hour of wobbly bridges, intricate crossings and an awesome zip wire finale suitable for children aged 6-15.

Buckmore Park
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Hop Farm
Diggerland Theme Park is fun for all the family!

At Diggerland Theme Park, we take pride in the fact that we have something to offer for each member of the family. With over 20 different rides and drives and over 100 machines, there really is something for everyone to enjoy!

Diggerland is the perfect location for Grandparents to take the Grandkids on a unique, exciting and enjoyable theme park experience, without the worry that Nan & Granddad will be left out.

Whilst we do have some thrilling attractions, we also have gentle static machines which means that they are accessible for all (height restrictions apply).

Grandparents can experience what it’s like to operate their very own Dumper Truck, as well as taking in the incredible views from Skyshuttle and taking a seat in the Diggerland Train.

Children and adults can ride/drive real construction machinery together and make special memories to last a life-time.

Each Diggerland Theme Park also has an indoor soft play area where children can let off some steam whilst the adults sit and relax, perhaps with a cup of tea from our catering franchise, The Dig Inn.

 

Robots at Diggerland UK Theme Park

Diggerland Theme Park have the pleasure to be featured on the Age UK website which provides numerous ideas of what Grandparents and Grandchildren can get up to in South East England. This includes a wonderful piece written about the Diggerland Kent park.

Age UK is a registered charity who’s ultimate goal is to make the UK a great place to grow older. They do this by providing millions of people with information and advice on their rights and how to make the best possible decisions for later on in life. In addition to this, they regularly run campaigns and conduct research to help make later life better for older people.

In order to help support the well being of senior citizens, they also encourage older people to become more active and provide support for people to stay independent for longer.

Racing Experience Days at Diggerland

At Diggerland, not only do we provide fun and thrill packed family days out, but we also offer various Adult Racing Experience Days for the adrenaline junkies in your group! Whether it be a stag/hen do or a competitive race between your family and friends, we have got you covered for one of the most unforgettable racing experience days.

 

Take part in our Dumper Racing Experience held at Diggerland Kent, Devon & Yorkshire where you will race in a minimum of 2 heats in a bid to become Champion of the Day. There really is nothing quite like roaring around the Diggerland course in a JCB Skid Steer Loader, and swerving and sliding left and right through the slaloms whilst trying to avoid clocking up time penalties by hitting any of the course markers!

Formula JCB Racing

If you’re feeling extra daring, then perhaps Formula JCB Racing is more up your street. Formula JCB Racing is a lot different to most other racing experience days as you get to operate your very own JCB 3CX Backhoe-Loader; now isn’t that a sentence you thought you’d never hear?

Go head-to-head with your friends and family and race against the clock with speeds of up to 35kph, which may not sound very fast, but when you’re hurtling and rolling over uneven, bumpy ground in a mighty machine you will need all your nerve to put your foot down and really go for it!

Upcoming Dates

Dumper Racing: (Shown in picture below)

Kent – Saturday 25th August 2018 at 4:30pm

Kent – Saturday 8th September 2018 at 4:30pm

Devon – Saturday 22nd September 2018 at 5:00pm

Yorkshire – Saturday 18th August 2018 at 5:00pm

Yorkshire – Saturday 8th September 2018 at 5:00pm

 

Formula JCB Racing

Kent – Sunday 16th September 2018 at 10:30am

 

Note: The above racing experience days are only available on selected dates throughout the Diggerland season (March-Oct) and participants must be aged 17 or over.

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Dumper Racing Experience at Diggerland
Diggerland sponsor The Kent Teacher of the Year Awards

Not only do Diggerland offer the most unique experience for school trips in Kent, but we are also proud sponsors of The Kent Teacher of the Year Awards.

Hosted at the Mercure Hotel Maidstone, The Kent Teacher of the Year Awards celebrated over 50 inspirational teachers, support staff, volunteers and education professionals for their unlimited compassion and dedication.

The awards, (organised by the KM Charity Team) were co-hosted by Simon Dolby, chief executive of the KM Charity Team, and Nicola Everett, news editor for kmfm. Special guests included KCC cabinet member for education Roger Gough, and celebrated children’s author and literacy ambassador for the KM Charity Team, Nick Butterworth.

The lucky winners were decided by a panel of judges featuring representatives from Medway Council, Kent County Council, Kent Sport, Canterbury Christ Church University and The University of Kent to name just a few!

School Trips in Kent

Starting to think of your next school trips in Kent? Look no further than Diggerland Theme Park!

A structured school trip, club or group visit to a Diggerland UK Theme Park can be as educational as it is enjoyable and entertaining.

At Diggerland, students & pupils and other visiting club & groups’ members get to enjoy a hands-on experience of driving and/or operating real diggers and dumpers in a variety of fun and innovative ways as well as enjoying the thrills of our other rides and drives!

A visit to Diggerland allows students and pupils to get practical experience of what it is like to operate a ‘180’ or ‘360’ excavator. Not only that, they also get to learn how to control and operate dumpers and backhoe-loaders whilst gaining an idea of some of the dangers and hazards of working on construction sites with or near large heavy-plant, allowing teachers to explain and stress the importance of knowing and following the appropriate Health & Safety at Work procedures and practices.

Other topics that can be covered include:

  • Overview of the different types & sizes of large heavy-plant and their applications
  • The principles, mechanics and applications of hydraulics
  • How clutches and gearboxes work and their various uses
  • Centre of Gravity – and how this might affect a machine’s stability
  • Footprint and Ground Bearing Pressure
  • The different types of suspension and why suspension is necessary
  • Tyre types, tread patterns and pressures and how these can affect a machine’s traction and performance
Diggerland’s chosen Charity of the Year – SERV Kent

Diggerland are delighted to announce that SERV Kent, also known as Bloodrunners is our Charity of the Year.

SERV Kent, “Service by Emergency Response Volunteers” is a charity that provides emergency courier services transporting blood products, samples and other patient essential items for the major hospitals and hospices in Kent, outside of normal working hours.

The National Health Service night time, weekend and bank holiday transport service may only have one or two drivers on shift, and within this time these drivers are to visit around 26 hospitals in the local area.

SERV Kent play a very important role in saving the lives of patients as they reduce the need for the NHS to seek assistance from the police, ambulance or to pay for a taxi.

Diggerland's Charity of the Year

Using their own motorbikes and cars, the charity’s volunteers provide this service quickly, reliably and free of charge, therefore providing much-needed funds for patient care and facilities within hospitals. SERV Kent helps to save the NHS thousands of pounds each year.

 

Speaking of the sponsorship, a spokesman from Diggerland said:

“All of us at Diggerland decided to choose SERV Kent as our Charity of the Year to sponsor and support, as the hard work the volunteers carry out in their spare time is extremely vital, valuable and important.”

“These volunteers act as superheroes travelling around the county delivering blood and other medical supplies to patients in urgent times of need. They travel mostly at night and therefore their presence is rarely noticed. This charity deserves support and recognition for all they do.”

Diggerland actively supports charities, community projects and schools across the county, acting as sponsors of the KM Teacher of the Year Awards, Kent Charity Awards and the KM Charity Team’s “Buster’s Book Club”. Diggerland also provide thousands of complimentary tickets every year to schools and charitable organisations to assist with fundraising events.

Devon Campsite opens for the 2018 season

It can be quite difficult trying to keep the kids entertained during the holidays, especially if all they want to do is scroll through their social media or play the latest game on their consoles. We have got you covered with our spectacular campsite in Devon!

Nothing screams quality family time like pitching up your own tent together or kicking a football around on the camping grounds. Not only that, but the campsite in Devon is on the same complex as Diggerland Theme Park, so you’re not far from the adventure at all.

We welcome tents, motorhomes and caravans which you can place on our large, sheltered pitches and have access to electric hookup (if booked in advance).

Experience the thrills and adventure that Diggerland Devon offers with our wide variety of rides and drives. We pride ourselves on having something fun for all ages – and with 20 different rides and drives with over 100 machines; there really is something for everyone in the family.

Campsite in Devon

Spin around fast in a Giant Digger bucket on the Spindizzy ride, operate a Giant JCB 806 Digger, race around in a Go-Kart, get lifted 50ft in the air by the Skyshuttle or whirl around on the Dig-a-round carousel and we can assure you that the kids will never forget their day at Diggerland.

Once the day is done at the Adventure Theme Park, how about taking an evening stroll into the beautiful and picturesque Devonshire countryside where you can find ample local restaurants and pubs to reminisce on the wonderful memories made.

For the carp fishing fanatics in the family, Diggerland’s campsite in Devon is also very close to the “Diggerlakes”, which is yet another great way to get family and friends together.

 

Our campsite in Devon is available this season until the 28th October 2018, so remember to book your pitches in advance and prepare for your family stay!

The Big Easter Quiz Comes To Diggerland

Family Days Out this Easter Weekend: 31st March – 1st April

 

As this cheerful season stumbles upon us, what better way to spend it than at Diggerland Theme Park? With such a wide range of activities for all, it really is the perfect attraction for family days out.

It’s time to get your brains ticking as each family will be given a series of Diggerland related questions, in a bid to receive an Easter prize.

For our dedicated digger fans, there may be some questions that you already know, but you may need to explore the park even more to figure out the rest.

Diggerland really is the perfect location for special and magical family days out, and with Easter just around the corner we have a lovely surprise for you all!

 

Please kindly be advised that Quiz Sheets are for children only.

Top Tips
  • Prebook tickets online and save up to 15% off pay on the day admission rates.
  • Upon arrival at Diggerland admissions, ask for your Easter Quiz Sheet.
  • Have a super awesome time answering all the questions within our Quiz Sheet.
  • Visit the Diggerland Goodie Store to hand in your completed Quiz Sheet and…
  • Claim your fabulous Easter prize!
Family Days Out - Dippy Ducks

Whilst you wait until Easter weekend, we’ve got some colouring in for you to keep the kids occupied.

Design and colour your own Easter eggs and bunnies any way you like. Click on the images below to enlarge and print off and get stuck in!

Diggerland is presented with a KM Partnership Award

When it comes to company Corporate Social Responsibility, children’s construction-based UK Theme Park, Diggerland take things very seriously.

From the sponsoring of blood bikes, to donating thousands of tickets per year to schools and charitable organisations, we love to give back to the community.

Diggerland UK Theme Park were presented with the KM Partnership Award at a glitzy event held at the Ashford International Hotel, on Wednesday 7th March 2018.

The awards ceremony is designed to thank organisations for their sheer dedication and support to making Kent a better place to live, be educated and work.

More than fifty organisations team together and are critical partners of the KM Charity Team in delivering charity fundraising, educational events and services right across the Kent county.

Diggerland UK Theme Park - Partnership Award

Diggerland UK Theme Park work with the KM Charity Team to sponsor the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards, a prestigious event to recognise the hard-work and commitment advocated by teachers across the county. In addition, Diggerland support the KM Treasure Chest by supplying raffle and auction prizes to the PTAs, charities and voluntary groups.

Being presented with the KM Partnership Award meant a lot to us, Marketing Manager, Sherene Garvin-Mack who commented “It’s such a wonderful achievement to have been presented with a KM Partnership Award. We love to give back at Diggerland and are constantly helping with fundraising and sponsorships, as it’s so important to benefit society as a whole. We weren’t expecting an award at all, but this means a lot to the team overall, who all work so hard to benefit the community.

If you work with a charitable organisation or a school that might need some help with a fundraising event, be sure to get in touch with Diggerland UK Theme Park.

No Cornish Holiday is Complete Without a Trip to Diggerland

If you are heading South West with your little ones and looking for something special to do, why not stop off at Diggerland for fun and educational days out in Devon? With 250 parking spaces, 15 coach parking spaces, 10 disabled parking spaces and a helicopter landing pad, the park can accommodate everyone. It is also easy to get to. Even at rush hour, it can be reached from Cornwall in less than two hours.

You could even save time by stopping off at Diggerland on the way to your Cornish destination, to get the most out of all the great attractions. And if you need any more incentive, just think, a day out in the fresh air having fun with the family will be a huge boost to your well-being too.

Rides

There are rides for everyone at Diggerland. For under-fives, there are Little Tikes Wheelz play zones, where the little ones can play with their favourite digger toys in the sandpits. Older children can ride on the Skyshuttle or experience the thrill of the Dig-a-Round. The Groundshuttle will show your digger loving kids the true power of these machines, scooping them up into the air and taking them for a ride.

Spindizzy - Days Out in Devon

Drives

Unlike other theme parks, Diggerland has more than just passive rides. It is well-established that children learn through experience and exploration. While there is plenty to explore in the Cornish countryside, taking a diversion to Diggerland allows kids to get hands on experience of driving in a safe environment.

From JCBs and dumper trucks, to police SUVs, tractors and trains, there are all manner of vehicles for your little ones. Diggerland provides you with the opportunity to fully switch off on holiday while giving your kids the chance to let off steam by joyriding in the 4x4s. The dirt tracks offer adrenaline filled fun in a safe environment.

How to Get Here

The South West is home to one of the greatest road trips in the UK. From the gorgeous coastline to the Exmoor national park, you’re never short of wonderful sites and incredible days out in Devon. Getting to Diggerland, then, is not only easy, but enjoyable. From Bristol and Exeter, Diggerland is easily reachable via the M5, taking junction 27 or 28. Alternatively, get the train to Tiverton Parkway, where it is only a five mile taxi ride to the park.

Cornwall has many attractions, but the nearby Diggerland should not be missed. There are activities for everyone from tiny children to their grandparents. For thrill seeking older children, take the rare opportunity to drive a car or digger at speed. Diggerland is accessible and exciting for everybody.

As you would expect, the Devon park has all the same rides & drives as our other three UK parks, including: Spindizzy, Mini-Tractors, Groundshuttle and Dig-a-Round, as well as Go-Karts and Dodgems. We also run school trips in Devon if you are a school and looking for fantastic days out in Devon.

With thanks to our contributing writer, Jane Sandwood
Diggerland School Trips in Kent

Diggerland School Trips in Kent are always a popular choice to local schools because we provide educational benefits as well as a unique experience at a Theme Park like no other!

Not only do pupils AND teachers have a fantastic time, but Diggerland Adventure Park can be just as educational as we allow students and club & group members to get practical experience of what it is like being 180 & 360 excavators operators and dumper and backhoe-loader drivers.

Additionally, they will also gain an idea of some of the dangers and hazards of working on a construction site with or near large heavy-plant, allowing teachers to explain the importance of knowing and following Health & Safety procedures in a workplace and other practices.

Diggerland school trips are available at all four UK parks located in Kent, Devon, Durham and Yorkshire meaning that schools all over the UK can enjoy the thrills of Diggerland whilst learning important subjects too.

School Trips in Kent
Diggerland sponsor The Kent Teacher of the Year Awards!

Do you know a teaching member of staff that deserves all the recognition possible for their hard work and dedication? The Kent Teacher of the Year Awards understands the importance of praising our teachers of today and all that they do for the community, which is why Diggerland are so proud to be sponsors.

 

This year, fifty finalists attended the prestigious event and celebrated its 14th year with a delightful awards dinner run by the KM Charity Team, so we’re in no doubt that 2018’s event will be even bigger and better!

 

To name just a few, the categories include primary, secondary, newly qualified teacher, non teaching member of staff i.e. dinner ladies and caretakers as well as a volunteer award which is dedicated to members of the PTA and school governors.

UK Marketing Manager, Sherene Garvin-Mack said “All of us at Diggerland are absolutely thrilled to be sponsoring the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards. The staff within our Kent schools all work exceptionally hard to make the lives of young people better and we at Diggerland feel it is extremely important to recognise that hard work. Diggerland is a great way for schools to learn and have fun at the same time which is why we run School Trips in Kent”.

 

Entries for nominations open January 2018 and end on the 8th March 2018, so if you know someone extremely deserving of an award, please do put them forward for the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards!