J has been obsessed with vehicles since he could crawl. I used to find him playing with the pushchair wheels at playgroup instead of with the toys! He’s nearly 6 now but his interest in trains, fire engines and diggers has not stopped. So when we were invited to review Diggerland, I knew I would have one very excited little boy.
I had never heard of Diggerland before but I was keen to see exactly how it would work so we headed off to Kent on a sunny February day just after it had reopened for the season.
Diggerland – Diggers, diggers, everywhere!
I know it sounds obvious to say the place was full of diggers but I was really impressed by all the different rides and attractions they had created out of real diggers and machinary. Even better, the children were thrilled that they could operate many of them themselves.
One thing I really loved was how interactive it was. The children could get hands on, using the controls in different ways and even driving a dump truck, supervised by their parents. Older children also had the opportunity to drive a Landrover and digger around so it would be a great day out for all the family. Even Mr C got in on the action!
Rides and drives
The star attraction was a big ride where the bucket of a large digger had been transformed into seats and you were swung around, and up and down. This was a bit too much for Miss A but she did enjoy the ride that lifted you high into the air on a platform for amazing views across the estuary. They also had go carts, small cars they could drive and other digger themed rides.
Diggerland is quite compact so easy to get around but there is more than enough to fill your day, including an indoor play area and cafe. We went out of season so we didn’t have to wait long for any rides but I can imagine in Summer it may be a bit more crowded and harder to navigate.
Diggerland Review: Our verdict
We really enjoyed our day at Diggerland. J may be vehicle obsessed, but even Miss A loved getting to drive, dig and interact with all the machinary.
If you buy tickets in advance they are £19.95 for adults and children over 90cm and free for children under 90cm, who cannot go on the majority of the rides. So at £80 for a family of four it’s not a cheap day out but it will definitely be one you would remember and I would highly recommend.
Disclosure: We were gifted tickets for the purpose of this review but all images and opinions are our own.