The History of Diggerland Theme Park

Diggerland Theme Park is the only UK attraction where guests young and old can ride and drive real construction machinery. 

What sets Diggerland apart from other theme parks is that it is truly a fun day out for the whole family! Diggerland has over 20 attractions with over 100 machines for you to enjoy.

Now, you can visit Diggerland Theme Park in four locations across the UK: Kent, Devon, Durham and Yorkshire.

Diggerland Theme Park’s history

Diggerland Theme Park was created and designed by Hugh Edeleanu, Chairman of H.E Services, Europe’s largest supplier of plant machinery hire. During a H.E Services family open day in 1996, Hugh saw how fascinated children were with the equipment.

The children were operating the diggers as if they were larger than life toys! Hugh felt having the opportunity to drive a digger really made the children’s day. So the concept of Diggerland was born!

Since opening our first Diggerland Theme Park in Kent in April 2000, Diggerland has never moved away from its original concept. All of the attractions are created from construction machinery.

As much as we love diggers, we know they aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. That’s why we offer our guests with all the thrills and excitement they demand! We have specially designed theme park rides that are created using construction machinery – but don’t involve sitting in a digger!

Rides such as the Dig-A-Round, Skyshuttle and Spindizzy offer visitors everything you could wish for from a theme park

The History of Diggerland

Our first Diggerland Theme Park had immediate success with over 20,000 visitors in the first year. With demands high, Diggerland Durham opened less than a year later in March 2001 and only two months later, our Devon site. The newest Diggerland Theme Park is based in Castleford, in Yorkshire, opened at Easter in 2007.

In 2003, our Kent park was becoming increasingly popular and fully booked everyday. For that reason, we decided to upgrade to a bigger site in 2003. This increased our visitor capacity massively. Before the impacts of Covid-19, we could have up to 2000 visitors a day at Diggerland Kent.

Our friends across the pond in America were keen to join in with the digger fun! In June 2014, the Diggerland USA Theme Park opened in New Jersey.

What can I do at Diggerland Theme Park now?

Diggerland Theme Park has lots to offer the whole family. Our parks are mainly aimed at 4 – 14 year olds, however we find that the parents have as much fun as the kids! You can take a ride on the Ground Shuttle or dig for Buried Treasure.

You can take the kids to let off some energy in our indoor play areas located in Kent, Durham and Yorkshire!

Mini Tractors at Diggerland Theme Park.

We couldn’t forget the best part of Diggerland… the diggers! We have so many different digger rides where you can take control of the controls. Whether you choose our Giant Diggers or the JCB Ride, you’re sure to have some fun!

All parks have an onsite café for visitors to use if they wish. However, guests are also more than welcome to bring their own food and drink and use the outside seating facilities available. 

Our Goodie Store is located by the exit of all of our parks where visitors can choose from a range of digger toys, merchandise and gifts.

How can I book?

We would recommend pre-booking your tickets to Diggerland Theme Park as this will secure your entry! All of our parks can get booked up quickly, especially during school holidays and half terms. You’ll also save yourself some pennies by booking your tickets online!

You can pre-book your tickets to one of our Diggerland parks anytime up until Midnight the night before your visit.

Pre-booked tickets cost:

  • £22.80 per person for anyone who is over the height of 90cm
  • £11.40 per person for anyone who is over the age of 65
  • Anyone under 90cm enters free of charge
  • Carers enter for free with anyone registered as disabled

Pay on the day tickets cost:

  • £28 per person for anyone who is over the height of 90cm
  • £14 per person for anyone over the age of 65
  • Anyone under 90cm enters free of charge
  • Carers enter for free with anyone registered as disabled

To book your tickets online now, please click here.

* All information correct as of 09/08/2021.

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