Oliver has been feeling a bit lost since his big sister started school, so we planned a family day out with him in mind. He loves his toy diggers and trucks, so what better way to spend the day than visit Diggerland to see and play on the real things!
Our Day at Diggerland
At the end of the half term we set off on our way to Diggerland, and for once the sun was shining and the rain stayed away! If i’m honest I was a bit skeptical, personally i’m not really into large machinery, and I wasn’t sure how long we could be entertained by playing on diggers. However the kids were excited and so was James!
When we arrived I was pleasantly surprised. I don’t know why but I had assumed that it would just be a display of large machinery with a few digger themed rides. There were actual diggers and dumper trucks that the kids could ride and drive and loads more besides.
The kids headed straight to the dumper trucks lead by a rather eager daddy as you can see from the photo of him striding off! It was great that the kids could actually have a go with the steering (with some guidance from us) as the trucks moved so slowly, and I still couldn’t get over that these were actual dumper trucks, not a themed version.
We then proceeded to the diggers. The kids loved digging the dirt to see if they could create a big hole! Oliver struggled a bit with the controls (so did I if i’m honest!) Daddy was in his element.
There were also lots of mini diggers with little games. There were some where you had to knock down skittles, some where you had to dig in the sand for buried treasure (bricks) and the kids favourite Dippy ducks! It was great that the kids could sit on our laps and do the controls themselves. Isla was tall enough to go on her own, she had a go but didn’t get on too well so choose to go with daddy next time.
There was lots more besides just diggers. The mini landrovers were great and Isla really got the hang of them, Oliver was not quite so good and crashed his into the tyres! All perfectly safe and the kind attendant came to his aid and helped him around the rest of the course. Fortunately the Go-Karts had the option where an adult could ride with the children so James assisted Oliver as his steering needs some work on to say the least!
My favourite ride was the Groundshuttle. It was great fun so we went on it twice. You sat securely on a platform which was attached to this great big vehicle that enabled the platform to be raised and tilted whilst it spun around a course jiggling and jolting us around! The kids loved it and laughed non stop throughout. I took a quick selfie before it started, but quickly had to put my phone away through fear of dropping it! (Using phones whilst on the rides is not advisable).
We took a packed lunch with us, and as the weather was so lovely we sat outside. There was also a large restaurant which gave an alternative to taking a packed lunch, and it provided me with my much needed cuppa. There was also an indoor picnic area which was great with a soft play area, however I suspect it would get rather crowded if the weather wasn’t as favourable.
We had a fantastic day at Diggerland, and I was pleasantly surprised with how much there was to do, and how much the children could enjoy. We were lucky and barely had to queue for anything, no more than 5 minutes anyway, but we did go slightly out of peak at the end of the October half term. On the downside I think if the weather was bad it may limit the enjoyment factor at Diggerland. Due to the nature of the park it is a bit dusty which is not great when the wind blows, and if it were to rain there isn’t much undercover space apart from the aforementioned soft play and picnic area.
On the whole we had a lovely day at Diggerland, the kids and even a skeptical me really enjoyed playing on all the diggers and trucks and we will definitely be going again!
Have you been to Diggerland before? What did you think?
Disclaimer: We received a complimentary family ticket to visit Diggerland in return for this review post, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.