Disclaimer: We were sent tickets for the purpose of this review. The write up and photos are my own and opinions honest.
Our Diggerland Review!
Imagine if I said to you “I know, let’s take a load of JCBs, diggers and heavy machinery, pop them in a field and let kids play on them.” You’d think I were bonkers right?! Well this is exactly what Hugh Edeleanu, the founder of Diggerland did in 1996. And what a fantastic concept! Bringing to life pretty much every child’s dream! And you don’t need to be “in to” diggers to enjoy Diggerland. I can’t say I’m a digger fan but I certainly had a lot of fun!
As you can imagine, the little man is obsessed with anything car or digger related – you can see here in this recent forest/digger sensory play post! When we got the chance to go to Diggerland in Devon, he was super excited! It’s actually not that far from Weston-super-Mare, around 50 minutes down the m5.
We set off early Saturday morning and arrived just after 10am. The little man wasn’t in the best of moods to be honest. He hadn’t slept well the night before and was generally being a grouch bum.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Diggerland, let me explain. The clue is in the name by the way…
Oh and if you have a minute, check out our fab little video on the me and b YouTube channel!
Drive, Ride and operate diggers!
Diggerland is basically a theme park centred around operating and driving diggers! The site isn’t huge and it’s super easy to navigate around. And perfect for toddlers needing a wee every five minutes. There are 18 rides to try out and we did most of them.
The rides are aimed from 4 years upwards. The hubby had fun though and even I had a few goes with the little man sat on my lap.
Indoor and outdoor fun
All the rides and digger-themed attractions are based outside but there is a small indoor play area and arcade. We spent ten minutes or so in here and b enjoyed the ball pool and bouncy castle. The weather was pretty good though so we spent the majority of our day outside.
If the weather isn’t great then, to be honest, if you’re dressed sensibly, as in wellies and waterproofs, I’d say you can still have a fantastic day out. The muddier the better when it comes to digging and trudging through dirt tracks!
It just so happens that it was a fairly nice day when we visited. We were able to sit outside and enjoy a picnic in the sunshine.
Having now had a go at operating a digger, it does take a fair bit of concentration to get the left and rights the correct way around. And then open and close the bucket. Can you tell I really know what I’m talking about?! It’s even more difficult when you’ve got a toddler sat on your lap, madly trying to grab the controls!
Here is a rare image of me and b on the “JCB Robots” together. I say “rare” because it’s typically me taking all the photos.
You can drive these JCB Robots around a purpose-designed course, complete with mud and plenty of bumpy bits. There were a few times where I was convinced I’d tip the thing over.
Hands up who can say their child fell asleep on a digger?
Yes, this is exactly what happened when my sleepy head son took a ride on the Dumper Trucks! They sent my son to sleep! They trundle along at a walking pace speed and I guess the bumpy motion mimicked the hubby’s driving 😉
Giant Digger Fun
The highlight of the day for Daddy and B was definitely the Giant Diggers. B sat on daddy’s lap as they scoped up buckets of soil, lifted them super high and then dumped them back down to earth. And repeat. These machines are huge but proved a lot of fun with the boys.
Have you enjoyed a day out to Diggerland? There are actually four parks across the UK so you don’t need to trek to Devon if you’re in Yorkshire, Durham or Kent!
In terms of cost, a day out to Diggerland isn’t cheap. But then it’s not every day you get to operate and drive machinery like this. You’re looking at £19.95 per adult and child over 90cm. Children under 90cm are free of charge. B is over so could ride pretty much everything at the park. He still likes to go on things with mummy and daddy though. I think once he’s a bit older, he will probably enjoy it more and have a go on some of the rides on his own.
One thing to note as well before I finish, there were practically no queues, even on the last weekend of the Easter holidays. I thought it would be packed but it wasn’t and we got to go on everything pretty much straight away.