Monkey has been obsessed by JCB’s of all sorts for almost as long as I can remember. He’s forever digging, dumping and constructing – both in the living room and the garden! I discovered Diggerland a couple of years ago. But as the two nearest sites were still a 2 hour drive away, knew that we would need to wait for Monkey to be a bit bigger to make a trip worthwhile. As much as he loves all sorts of machinery, get him close to one and previously he has shied away. Fear has taken over, but over the last few months, my 5 year old Monkey has really grown in confidence and I could see it was time to show him what Diggerland Kent had to offer.
There are currently 4 Diggerland sites across England – Kent, Durham, Yorkshire and Devon. We decided to visit the Kent site in Strood, near Rochester and as luck would have it we picked a wonderfully sunny day to visit.
We arrived at 10.30am , and parked up in the ample car park, then it was off to have some fun.
My first impression was that the park seemed smaller than I’d expected, and I’d hoped we would find enough to occupy Monkey for the day. I really needn’t have worried. We only left at 4pm because we knew we had a 2 hour drive home, and Monkey had school the next day. He had arrived in his version of heaven and he was intent on making the most of it!
Virtually everything inside is free to go on as many times as you like. The only additional charges we could see were for the Dodgems, little sit on diggers and some coin operated rides for little ones. These were all charged at £1 if you wanted to make use of them. Monkey wanted to sample every possible digger during the day and this was his first ever go on a Dodgem – he loved it.
We were all surprised by the lack of queues, we might have had to wait 5 minutes to go on one of the big excavators, but that’s nothing compared to some theme parks we visit. It meant that Monkey got to try everything he wanted and could return to favourite rides.
Each ride has information at the gate with minimum height restrictions and information about the machine. Monkey is a tall 5 year old and was tall enough to operate pretty much all of the vehicles by himself, but he decided he wanted his Dad to go with him. So considering Daddy P is not small, they provided that there really was room enough for 2 on the seat once buckled in!
So what’s included? It really is digger heaven. You can go on little mini diggers to test out your skills. Dig for treasure, scoop the ducks or knock down skittles. You are given operating instructions on each ride once you are buckled in and Monkey and Daddy P had no problems sussing out what to do.
The Dumper Trucks were a big hit, after instruction you steer your truck around the tracks. Can you tell it was a hit.
Back to digging – with two sizes of excavators and a number of each sort to try. The boys got plenty of time to hone their digging skills and over the day they went on again and again! Another hit.
The Digger Den provides a soft play area – we didn’t go inside, but it was nice to know it was there if needed.
There are picnic tables dotted around Diggerland Kent but if, like us you aren’t that organised, then The Dig Inn provides a range of hot and cold meals along with drinks. You can buy children smaller versions of hot meals but there wasn’t a sandwich lunch box option, which I think is a shame. Monkey had a cheese bap and Daddy P and I both had a cheeseburger and chips. All were well presented and tasted good. The staff were really friendly, which is something that really stood out for us. Everyone seemed genuinely interested in making sure you were having a good day (and no, they didn’t know we were reviewing). There are toilets in The Dig Inn and another block close to the entrance/exit.
Once you’ve had enough of digging why not try driving the Robots. You even go through some great muddy puddles as you steer around the course.
Monkey was certainly feeling more confident, we looked at the Groundshuttle ride and I honestly thought we stood no chance of getting him on it. Wrong! We all went on together and he enjoyed it so much he went on again with Daddy P. It was great fun, being whisked around the field, you don’t go up high in the air, but we all had a giggle.
The highlight for Daddy P was driving us all round a course in a Backhoe Loader, again Monkey was tall enough to do this himself, but he wanted to enjoy the ride. A staff member comes along with you and gave Daddy P instructions before he set off. We all returned in one piece!
Other rides include the Mini Tractors, Spindizzy, Joyrider, and the Safari – Mummy I can see a Rhino!
We had all enjoyed our first experience of Diggerland, and Monkey was chuffed to receive his Digger Driver certificate as we left. A nice little touch.
If you pre-book tickets, adults and children over 90cms are charged at £16.00 each, children under 90cms are free. There are a number of family ticket options too. To pay on arrival the tickets go up to £19.95. I had a comment on twitter after our visit, saying that was expensive. But actually I don’t agree. We had a unique experience, it’s almost certainly Monkey’s favourite trip out ever and how many people can say they’ve driven around in JCB’s all day without working on a building site?
February 2016 will see the opening of Diggerland at the Evesham Country Park and we are really looking forward to it already. It’s closer for us and I can see it becoming a favourite place to visit for Monkey.
For more information about Diggerland and the various locations pop over to their website.
disclaimer: we were given free entry in exchange for an honest review
17 thoughts on “Diggerland Kent #CountryKids”
Often thought of taking the children. I suspect my son would love it too. Nice to see what you made of it. Hadn’t realised that visitors had the chance to have a go. #CountryKids
We never managed to visit Diggerland when mine were young but I can see the attraction, all those machines that you can really sit in and try out. I must say my favourite photo is Monkey on the doggems, the sheer delight on his face is infectious. Thank you for sharing a great day out on Country Kids.
Ooh, now that’s good to know one’s opening in Evesham. Only 40mins-1 hour from us, so much better than the trek to Kent or Devon.
I was going to take N this year, but I decided he needed to be that bit taller so he could drive things on his own if he wanted. So maybe next year, unless he has a serious growth spurt by his birthday.
Looks like Monkey was in his element. A little boy’s dream (and maybe some girls’)
I’ve often thought about taking my kids but I think they’re probably too old for it now (although I guess you don’t exactly grow out of driving a digger!). Great to see that Monkey enjoyed it, he looks very happy in the photos. #pocolo
Glad to see that you had such a great time, looks like the perfect day out for Monkey x
I’m not sure who is more excited at the thought of Diggerland opening in Evesham-us or the kids! I always thought we’d have to wait to visit and see if we could tie it in with a holiday as the existing parks are all too far away for us to do in a day. Reading your post makes me even more excited-it looks fab. Monkey heaven indeed 🙂
Oh wow I didn’t even know there was such a thing as Diggerland. How much fun is this!! I think if it was closer we would have visited quite a bit, looks like you had a really great time!
Wow this looks fun! I don’t know who would be more excited, Dexter or his dad!
Will add this to my list of places to visit. Thanks for sharing
We just went to Diggerland today! We really enjoyed it as well – I too though the park looked smaller than I expected but you’re right, there’s lots to do! #countrykids
This place really does look amazing I think both of my boys would love it here. Adding to our list of things to do #CountryKids
Looks like you all had a brilliant time – my Monkey loved it here too! We took him last year for his birthday – although I don’t know if my husband was more excited! #CountryKids
That is just a dream come true! Amazing place to make your dream into reality. My son loves them massive machines too and maybe someday we can go there too =) #countrykids
It sounds like Monkey was in heaven! What a great family day out.
Wow! What an amazing place! My kids would love there! What a great place to visit.
Diggerland!!! How amazing, worth the travelling for me when my little boy is a little bit older. What a place. Thanks for sharing #countrykids
Wow. This looks like an amazing day out and I know my husband can’t wait for us to have a child so he can play with the diggers with them – I’m looking forward to seeing dinosaurs at the museum. We’re just big kids really. Sorry, ramble over. I love your blog and can’t wait to go back through your posts x
You should find a few posts for Dinosaur museums here! Thanks for your comment