Ever fancied trying your hand at operating a digger? Even if you haven’t I bet you know a kid who has, and now that you’re thinking about it you’d probably quite like a go too.

At the start of this month we were offered a family ticket to visit Diggerland Durham (they also have parks in Kent, Devon, Yorkshire and Worcestershire) in exchange for an honest review. My son had been once before a few years ago with his grandparents and he had been dying to go back but I was always concerned L would be too small to go on anything yet and we were going to wait another year. I checked the website though and once they are over 0.9m there are only 5 out of the 20 rides they can’t go on, and happily she is 0.92m so we said yes in a heartbeat.

With Keith being away I didn’t fancy taking two kids round a theme park on my own so roped my mum into coming with us, much to the children’s excitement.

The weather on the day was pretty grim and windy and we did wonder if we should have booked a different day but the sun made the occasional appearance and it actually didn’t detract from our enjoyment at all and we had a great time.

Review of Diggerland UK plus Giveaway

 

Little Tikes and Soft Play

Diggerland have recently added a Little Tikes area for the younger children to play and let off some steam with a sandpit and diggers and some great ride-ons. In Durham this is conveniently located right next to the cafe and the soft play area so you can sit and have a drink and let the kids run wild for a bit. There was a also a Little Tikes playhouse that L was completely in love with and kept hiding out in. Every time I tried to take a picture though she would reach out and close the shutters on me!

Little Tikes area at Diggerland Durham Little Tikes area at Diggerland Durham

After a long car journey we started off in this area so they could release some energy having a bit of a run around while it was still quiet, although even when we came back in at lunch time it wasn’t too busy and as soon as they had wolfed down a few bites of food they were off to run around again.

Soft Play area at Diggerland Durham

The Rides

The theme park itself is quite small and well laid out in a rectangular shape so it’s really easy to walk around and not have to worry about little legs getting tired. You could easily make your way round the park and try out all the rides in half a day but we weren’t in any hurry and made a full day of it.

All the rides have a height chart in front of them letting you know whether your child will be able to go on alone or whether they will need to be on your knee. M was able to go on everything (bar two rides) by himself but L had to be on our laps for almost all of them but I don’t think she minded too much.

You can find a full list of rides here and you can search by height too so that you know in advance which rides are suitable.

 

We had a great time playing hook a duck with a small digger, it is so much harder than it looks, and M’s favourite was controlling the big diggers and digging the biggest hole I’ve ever seen, in fact he went on there a few times.

The Rides at Diggerland Durham

Another favourite with both kids were the go-karts and I think we went on them 3 or 4 times in the end. L’s absolute favourite was the merry go round where the seats were digger buckets.

My favourite may have been the driving the JCB Robots. It was so muddy after all the rain we’ve had and there were giant puddles to try and steer through, another one that’s much harder than it looks but so much fun.

The Rides at Diggerland Durham

We also went on a ‘safari’ and a ride that takes you up 50ft and leaves you there a while. The views from that high up were pretty spectacular but it was pretty chilly given the wind.

The Rides at Diggerland Durham

Another favourite was when we all got to sit in the back of a JCB while M took the drivers seat around a purpose built track, he did really well, especially given how muddy it was.

Food

There is a cafe on site called the Dig-Inn that serves basics such as chicken nuggets and chips or baked potatoes and is reasonably priced. As I mentioned earlier its really well placed with the soft play and Little Tikes area so you sit a while and let the kids run riot. There are also picnic benches located throughout the park itself so I think if I were going again I’d take a picnic and save the cafe for a warm/cold drink and a nice sweet treat later on (although we ended up doing this at the end too).

Shop

As with all attractions these days there was an on-site shop for the kids to get a souvenir. M and L had £5 each to spend and I did wonder if they’d be able to get much for that but I was actually pleasantly surprised that there was quite a lot of reasonably priced toys for any budget.

Price

Tickets on the day are £19.95pp for Adults and children over 90cm. Children under 90cm are free and adults over 65 are £9.95. Personally I thought this was a little expensive given the size of the park, costing the average family £80 for a day out but given they replace all the machinery every 2/3 years it’s perhaps understandable, I don’t know many theme parks that do the same. My advice would be to either book online in advance saving up to £2.96pp (adds up to a saving of £11.84 for a family of four), or keep a look out for voucher codes in local papers. The County Durham Essential Summer Guide is currently running a voucher for 25% which you can take along on the day (they don’t accept voucher codes online and you have to have the original voucher with you), so if you had one drop through the door recently ‘dig’ it out (sorry). Alternatively, Diggerland have offered a Family Ticket to one lucky winner so why not enter below x

Overall Impression

It may be a little expensive but I have to say we had a really great day out. L got a little tired and bored at one point but a trip to the soft play with Grandma kept her happy (there may have been ice-cream involved) while I took M on a few more rides. It’s certainly a very unique theme park and its the only place you can get to experience riding and driving really diggers. It’s a fun day out for all the family and sometimes it’s hard to tell who is having more fun, the kids or the adults.

The staff were all great and really engaged with the children and unlike most theme parks there was very little, if any, queuing. The only times we had to wait were when a ride was already running, we never had to actually queue up in a line at any point.

Overall, I would highly recommend a trip to Diggerland and I imagine we will have to head back there one day with Keith so M can show off his skills.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for your chance to win a family ticket valid at any of the Diggerland UK parks. Good Luck x
Diggerland Family Ticket giveaway

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30 thoughts on “Review of Diggerland UK – *Plus Giveaway*

  1. Looks like a great day out for digger mad children. I agree it does sound a little expensive though. I love the little times area as my kids love their toys. Lovely photos too.
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    Posted on 14 July, 2017 at 10:12 am
  2. Planned to visit years ago but never did. Great review! #TheList

    Posted on 14 July, 2017 at 12:44 pm
  3. Oh my goodness my nephew would adore this! It is right up his street. Great tip about saving a little off the price by buying online too
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    Posted on 14 July, 2017 at 2:03 pm
  4. Ooh this looks like such a fun day out! Both of my children love diggers, so they would love this. I think Kent might be the closest to us I shall have to investigate.

    Posted on 14 July, 2017 at 2:55 pm
  5. Oh my word this looks like an amazing day out! My little one is absolutely obsessed with diggers and I can only imagine how excited she would be at this place, I’m glad you had a great time 😀

    Posted on 14 July, 2017 at 3:29 pm
  6. Oh we have looked into going here last year when we were down on holiday that way! I wasn’t sure whether it would be something my children would love but how wrong was I? It looks amazing and just perfect for the kids!

    Posted on 14 July, 2017 at 10:12 pm
  7. Sounds like a ton of fun! Glad to hear it wasn’t busy and the kids were able to do whatever they wanted without lining up. Sounds like a really unique theme park!
    ~Jess
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    Posted on 15 July, 2017 at 2:00 am
  8. This sounds so much fun. I know that Little Miss H would love it. And I think that Mr H has always thought it sounded very cool. Maybe we should wait for Little Mister H to be a little older so that he can go on more of the rides. But this would definitely be a fabulous day out. We live in Kent too so perfect for us. Although it was right on our doorstep before we moved two years ago. Hugs Lucy xxxx

    Posted on 15 July, 2017 at 7:29 pm
  9. Great to know about diggerland

    Posted on 16 July, 2017 at 9:18 pm
  10. If you have a Tesco clubcard.. best to get diggerland tickets via Tesco clubcard. I think ticket prices are abit expensive.
    We went there with our 3 daughters.. they loved diggerland and they would love to go there again.

    Posted on 16 July, 2017 at 9:30 pm
  11. We love Diggerland!

    Posted on 16 July, 2017 at 10:40 pm
  12. Oh my son and my sister’s boy were regular Diggerland visitors when they were small. They loved it! Funnily enough I came across some photos recently of them in the diggers – they looked so little but it seemed like it was yesterday. Your photos are gorgeous. Oh and the soft play area is an excellent addition for younger siblings who aren’t so keen! #BigPinkLink
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    Posted on 17 July, 2017 at 9:28 am
  13. Hello from another North East blogger! We’ve actually not been to Diggerland yet but are planning our first trip this summer. I have a 2 year old girl and 5 year olf boy so I’m sure they will love it. Great giveaway, I’ll be entering!

    Posted on 17 July, 2017 at 11:47 am
  14. Oh this sounds awesome! My toddler would love this. Just entered.

    Posted on 17 July, 2017 at 12:35 pm
  15. We’ve driven past the one in Kent before and I know my son would love it. I must go and take him there soon. Sarah #FabFridayPost
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    Posted on 17 July, 2017 at 1:29 pm
  16. Diggerland always looks like an amazing day out, my kids we a couple of birthday treat when they were younger and adored it, looks like it has grown since then. #BigPinkLink

    Posted on 17 July, 2017 at 2:48 pm
  17. I’d love to win tickets for Diggerland -looks like a great day out

    Posted on 17 July, 2017 at 8:57 pm
  18. We visited Diggerland several years ago when the boys were younger and had a fab time. would love to go back!

    Posted on 17 July, 2017 at 9:04 pm
  19. Looks like you had a lovely day out despite the weather being a big shady (excuse the pun 😄)
    We haven’t visited the Devon one yet but it is on the list 😊 x

    Posted on 19 July, 2017 at 8:50 am
  20. My boys would absolutely love this. What a great day out!

    Posted on 19 July, 2017 at 6:33 pm
  21. Oh Wow! This is too Awesome, except the weather of course. I’m glad they have installed something for the little ones to play and that they have indoor area too. We would love to go there one day too. Great review. Than you Alana for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost xx

    Posted on 20 July, 2017 at 1:08 pm
  22. Sounds so fun! My boys would love it.
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    Posted on 20 July, 2017 at 2:30 pm
  23. I’ve been eyeing up the one in Kent for a while as I know my son would absolutely love this! Like you though, I was concerned about him not being able to do enough, but he’s just reached the 90cm (he’s pretty short for his age!) so it sounds like he’d have a great day. I love that they let kids sit on laps too – I do have trouble with places that insist they sit on their own. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    Posted on 21 July, 2017 at 9:30 am
  24. My sons both love diggers and construction vehicles, I just know they will love a visit to Diggerland

    Posted on 21 July, 2017 at 9:50 am
  25. Diggerland looks like a brilliant family day out somewhere I really want to take my little girl

    Posted on 21 July, 2017 at 2:25 pm
  26. We have never been to Digger Land but looks great fun

    Posted on 23 July, 2017 at 11:12 am
  27. Sounds and looks like you had a great time despite the weather, looks like somewhere my girls would love so I’m just off to enter the competition now 🙂 Thank you for sharing with #bigpinklink x
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    Posted on 23 July, 2017 at 5:09 pm
  28. Ah what a great giveaway! We’ve never been to Diggerland, but it sounds like our kids would love it, especially the bit where they get to drive the digger. I like the idea of the Little Tikes area too for our youngest. #sharingthebloglove
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    Posted on 24 July, 2017 at 7:15 am
  29. My youngest loves diggers and would love it here. There really is no other place you can drive diggers. We are going living on a building estate and surrounded by them, which just ignites her love even more. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    Posted on 24 July, 2017 at 8:37 pm
  30. This looks like a fun day out with kids- I went to Diggerland years ago before we had our daughters. I think I should take them for a visit! #SharingtheBlogLove
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    Posted on 27 July, 2017 at 9:59 am