If you have small children, chances are, that you have already heard about Diggerland the award winning theme park where you can operate real machines: diggers, dumpers and other machines, even little racing cars and safari jeeps. Some of them are smaller than in real life but there are also big ones, like big JCBs. Everything revolves around the theme: even the merry-go-around is a digger-go-around. Really funny and brilliant idea – a lot of children (and adults) would enjoy them. There are currently 4 locations: Kent, Yorkshire, Durham, Devon and a campsite located also in Devon.
We were invited to check out the Kent park, so one day during half term we visited that one, as that is the closest to South-West London, where we live. It’s not a bad trek, just a little over an hour drive. The park is quite large: there are at least 18-20 rides to enjoy, we didn’t have the time to try them all, but we did try a few. There is a toddler play area too and an indoor soft play area with bouncy castle and a 2 storey climbing structure. Plenty of parking, toilets and changing facilities.
There are lots of different rides: play skittles with diggers, dirt diggers, giant diggers, little train ride, safari ride, go-karts and more. There is something for everyone for sure.
What we tried
Fishing out real life sized rubber ducks from puddles – not as easy as it sounds, quite challenging to get them on the hook! I did not do well on this, but Bobcat was brilliant!
My little girl enjoyed this very much as she was too little for most of the things (she’s only 2 years old), but she could go on her own on the little train. (Also, what a cute way to recycle those metal barrels!)
It’s really cool because it’s of course faster then your average merry-go-round, so children of different ages can enjoy it. Or grown ups. I loved this one.
The Go Kart luckily was also suitable for both of our children: because adults are allowed to drive with the smaller children. Bobcat is 4 and he was perfectly ok driving on his own and I took my little girl for a ride and she pretend drove.
To have that bouncy castle and soft play on site it’s great for smaller children but it’s also fantastic for children like Bobcat, who struggle with overwhelming and anxiety. For him, all the rides were little too much to choose from and we didn’t have time for everything. So, when he got overwhelmed, we took him to some bouncy time to the soft play area, where it was quieter too – and the diggers were also out of sight for a little time.
There is a restaurant called Dig Inn (haha) and plenty of food options (minus pizza). I was delighted to see lots of vegetarian and vegan options – I picked a veggie burger in the end.
We really enjoyed our trip to Diggerland and we will be surely back as there are rides we didn’t try – but would definitely love to. We would recommend to visit Diggerland when it’s not half term as we did, because it gets busy (not really busy, but 15-20 minutes queueing is too much for Bobcat) and it also took longer in the restaurant too as expected. (But this is the case at any attractions for children in half term nationwide.)
Oh what fun! My little brother would have LOVED something like this when he was a boy – he was so digger mad!