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Theme park where kids and adults can drive
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      17.09.2012 13:47

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      I wish I'd never gone, i feel exploited

      Really the worst Park Ive ever been to, very dilapidated and dirty, even the toilets were smelly. The wood everywhere is literally rotting, don't take your kid if asthmatic, i didn't realise it was there before he went up, but the decay and thick mould in the wood play area brought on my sons and he had an attack. £15 each with an the online discount including the young ones, who we discovered can't go on any of the free rides, the paid rides, half don't work, have to keep hunting down unhelpful staff to retrieve money. The 'free' rides were operated by unhappy and rude staff, the diggers also had torn seats with water soaked sponge inside, not fun to sit on. The wood everywhere is literally rotting, don't take your kid if asthmatic, i didn't realise it was there before he went up, but the decay and thick mould in the wood play area brought on my sons and he had an attack. The food was very expensive and really poor quality, I mean the cheapest burger you can get, thought they didn't make them anymore its been such a long time since I had one like that! We complained after only a relatively short time of being there and was told by a rude Manager that they have a no compensation policy, we left anyway but what a waste of hard earned money, these people are thieves.

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      15.09.2012 21:22
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      Who ever knew that JCBs and diggers could be quite that much fun?

      I became aware of the Diggerland theme parks quite a few years ago when a friend was telling me she took her children there for days out. I then bought my sister a family ticket for Christmas and she told me it was a good day out, and we have been pretty much waiting for my children to grow to be tall enough for us to go as well. Finally, the time has come for that to happen, and as fate had it, I was able to get us some tickets to go by converting my Tesco Clubcard vouchers, and we got to experience the fun for ourselves. Personally speaking, I thought that I would not find the place that appealing, being full of bright yellow machinery, but as a mum of boys, I knew they would love it, but actually, it is a place suitable for all the family. I saw families there with older children than mine, people with babies, children there with grandparents, and a group celebrating a 2nd birthday party. Where is Diggerland? There are 4 sites in the UK to choose from: Devon, Durham, Kent, and Yorkshire. We live closest to the one located in Castleford, so we decided to visit this one. The site is located quite near to xscape at Castleford. We put the post code into our Sat nav system, and found it took about 45 minutes to get from our house in Rotherham to the site. This was mostly motorway driving for us. (The address is: Willowbridge Lane, Castleford, West Yorkshire WF10) Opening Times and Admission: Currently the site is winding down a bit compared to the summer opening hours. We found it was open between 10am and 5pm, and in September and October it is only open on weekends. In November, it is open for the first week of November for school half term week, but then it is shut for the rest of 2012. We needed to use our tesco vouchers before January, so we had to use our tickets quite quickly. Without tesco vouchers, entrance prices are quite steep, though it is a park with a lot of rides so perhaps when you compare it to the cost of a big theme park it won't seem too bad. For anyone over 90cm in height, it was £17. For anyone over 65, it was £8.50, and anyone under 90cm it is free to get in. However, I personally would not want to take children who are under 90cm as there is honestly not that much there that they can ride on, and I saw a few parents with tantruming toddlers who were desperate to go on rides, and even with parents, they were not allowed. This is why we waited as my sister had experienced this with my nephew when they went. I'm lucky that my sons are both tall, so at 4 and 5 they were allowed on pretty much all the rides, and my 5 year old was actually big enough to drive some of them on his own too. Buying tickets online before your visit would be worthwhile as you can save £2 a person, and if it was somewhere you would go a lot you can buy an annual pass for £69 per person. On site facilities: Parking at the site is free, and there is space for up to 200 cars. There is a snack van and a small shop that sells drinks and ice creams. There was a toilet block with clean toilets that stayed clean all day, and baby change facilities. There is a function space you can hire for Children's birthday parties, and the obligatory gift shop selling merchandise such as clothing and childrens toys. We noticed there was also an indoor space which featured a kids soft play area, but as it was glorious weather for our visit we had no need to use this at all. I think it would be a god send if it were really hot or rainy as everything else is outdoors. Around the site there were several picnic benches. We found it quite easy to get a bench to eat the picnic we took in with us. What is there to do at Diggerland? The site features lots of rides that are based upon mechanical diggers, JCBs and tractors. Some rides were designed just for children to use. Some adults could ride too. You can also arrange to do JCB racing there. We entered the site through a large hall which was the ticket office. We were the only people there at just after opening time, so we did not have to queue at all to get in, and we were ushered through. We were not given a map of the site which seemed a little odd, but when we got our bearings, the site is not that huge, and you can pretty much see all of it as it is flat, so it was not really needed. First impressions were good as you see yellow machinery wherever you look, we saw a few people entering as we were sat eating lunch and I heard a few wow's from kids, and smiles from everyone walking in. Arriving at 10 and staying till nearly 5 when it shut, meant we got to try out everything lots of times, and even when it was busier, queue times were a maximum of about ten minutes. We found the staff were very helpful, patient with the children, polite, and accomodating. For example, my youngest wanted to try driving some mini jeeps, and he was tall enough but kept crashing it as his steering was pretty shoddy. The lady walked round with them, kept pulling the jeep off the tyre wall, and then sat on the back and helped him steer. A lady driving the land train saw we were going on again, and I said to her, oh, they loved seeing the dinosaurs in the woods, so she made a special effort to slow down so they could get a really good look at the dinosaurs close up. Nothing seemed to phase them or be too much bother. The first ride we tried out was the spindizzy - seats are in the bucket of the digger, and you are raised in the air and spun around at high speed. I thought the kids would hate this but I always encourage them to try it, and they really loved being spun like that. This is the biggest and best ride on the site. Other rides we tried included a digger which again had us sat in the bucket but we were then raised high into the air so we got a fantastic ariel view of the site and surrounding area. Another digger had us sat on a platform where the bucket would be, and driven round a field doing doughnuts through all the muddy puddles. That one was a real bone rattler. The kids were really fond of some robot buggies. The lady in charge here told my 5 year old she wanted to see him try and drive one. I was really scared of him trying, but she reassured me by showing me her big red button that would stop the car if he lost control. The kids managed about 6 gos on the small ride on jeeps, and 3 on the land train, as well as trying out all the different activities you could do with the fork lifts such as hook a duck, knocking down skittles, and trying to find bricks in a gravel pond. What we found is that some of the smaller rides were very similar so once we had tried out each one once the kids were not bothered about going back and trying again. We then had more goes on the ones they did enjoy more. My husband also took the boys out on a JCB ride across a field, and there were also some people trying out the under 17s driving experience (driving a 4x4 round a field) or being driven round an off road track. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves trying out every ride. The only ones we did not bother with were the ones you had to pay for which I felt out of principle I didn't want to use. I hate when you go somewhere and you pay so much to get in and there are rides to pay for. It also riled me as there is so little for younger kids to go on, and the only things they could use independently you had to pay for. Maybe just me, but I thought it a bit of a con. These rides were £1 each, so not exactly cheap. Overall Opinion: When we first walked in the venue, while feeling excited about the rides we could try, I honestly felt that the site was so small that we would not be occupied for more than a few hours, and that was being generous. However, as we went round, I felt you got a decent go on each ride (at least 5 minutes) and never had to queue that long. The kids were never fed up at all, as you were always watching the people before riding and it was quite entertaining. By the end of the day, we had not stopped for long at all. The children were asking if we can go back again, and we felt it had been a successful trip out. However, I am very conscious if my children had been smaller than 1 metre, or taller than 1.4m then we would have had a different experience. Rides are aimed at being suitable for 3-12 year olds, but in a few years time I think my children would be far too tall and find it less entertaining. I think children between 5 and 10 are perhaps the best audience for it. My 4 year old liked it a lot, but in terms of skill needed to operate the machinery, my elder son was a lot more competent and got a lot more out of it. We had to go on with my 4 year old and do the operation of the machinery. I also found that the machines were quite hard work to control, especially the tractor rides. I've been driving for ten years, but driving a machine that weighs a lot without power steering is quite tricky. After much practice, we were getting a lot better at it. Would I recommend it? I certainly would, if it is a nice day. If it is too hot or too windy, I think you would have found not enough shelter in the park, and also that the better rides would not have been operating in high winds. On a nice but slightly cooler day, it was a lot of fun, and the kids have already asked me when we are planning on returning. So I best get saving my tesco vouchers again, as I don't really fancy paying a minimum of £60-70 for the privelige.

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        08.09.2012 17:39

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        Not maintained, lots of rides don't work or are faulty,My kid hurt themselves, staff unhelpful and rude.Very expensive for a Park only open from 10-5 and where you have to pay for rides that don't work.The Restaurant was closed with a sign saying 'sorry closed defo no electric', weeds everywhere.Dont bother.

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        01.03.2012 14:34
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        Good for machine lovers!

        Hello chaps! (......and chapettes of course!) I recently visited Diggerland in Durham so I have taken up the challenge to review it myself, as a lover of diggers and all things big and machine-y. The Experience: For my birthday last July my mother treated me to a day at Diggerland, Durham. I know, I know I'm technically too old for that sort of thing, but I am such a digger enthusiast..... Sometimes you just have to swallow your pride and enjoy things! The website does state "It's not just for kids-n adults can have the time of their life too!" and I have to agree, I had a brilliant day. My mother also had lots of fun but had to sit with a nice cup of tea after taking a bit of a turn on the "Spin dizzy" ride..... it didn't leave me feeling to chipper either- don't go on this one unless you have a strong stomach!! Dippy Ducks was probably the most inventive ride- who would have thought you'd ever be able to play that old carnival favourite from INSIDE A DIGGER! Lots of fun! My favourite ride, however, was without doubt the JCB drive- a brilliant experience for a digger enthusiast. The power you feel when you're in command of one of those machines is just indescribable. Price: The price is quite steep; it worked out at £17 for me and £8.50 for my 66 year old mother. However, Diggerland does cater to a very niche audience (youngsters and big kids like me) so you're paying for one of the only places in the world where you can have this sort of experience with big diggers! All rides were included in the price, apart from some smaller diggers near the entrance and bumper cars- there's so much else to choose from though that you won't need to worry about this. I have noticed, from a brief check on the website that Diggerland are currently offering £2 off the adult price tickets and £1 off concessions if you book online and in advance- that's more like it! Final Thoughts: I would recommend Diggerland to adults who have the same love of awesome man made machines that I do. I saw lots of families there that day, and for children of around 6 there seemed to be a lot to do, but maybe not so much for very young children as the staff can be quite strict on age limits with rides. All in all a wonderful experience with some amazing machines! *also posted on Ciao as Walowiz

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          15.06.2011 14:40

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          Had a really good day and will definatly Go back!

          Travelled to Diggerland last weekend, 12th June, despite the pounding rain to keep a promise I made to my niece(9) and nephew(7) and have to say it was well worth it! From the moment we arrived staff were friendly and helpful and even in the not so great weather seemed to be in high spirits. Lots to do. My niece couldn't believe she could drive a 4 x 4 all on her own, and I'm pretty sure my nephew has binned off the idea if being a dinosaur hunter when he grows up- He wants to drive diggers! I myself had a splendid time having a go in all the machines and was pleasantly surprised that there was so much I could do even as a grown up! I loved the sky shuttle but wasn't quite brave enough for the Spin Dizzy. The kids however thought it was 'wicked'! Took a packed lunch and there were a lot of places to sit down but it was a bit chilly so we opted for some chips from the resteraunt (Nothing gourmet but perfect for kids on a day out!). Not on the same scale as some of the bigger theme parks but definately a whole day out especially if you want to go on things more than once (which you will!). My niece has promised to take me back in the summer hols!

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          29.05.2011 15:35

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          My kids wanted to go again the next day.

          I took my two boys (6 & 8) to the Devon Digger land yesterday (Saturday 28th May 2011) and had a great time. We were there from 12-4pm and could have stayed longer, 'driving' and 'controlling' several different sized diggers, mini dumper trucks and a big JCB. Even my 6 year old was able to control much of the machinery on his own, which when you consider how much these rigs cost to buy and maintain and the usual OTT safety margins of the average amusement park, made the admission fee of £17pp (£15pp if you book online) justifiable IMO. Bad Points: - Some older static stuff (slides, zip lines etc) could use a coat of paint (but still fun) - Bumper cars are extra (we had fun on these too, at £1 a car, but it is optional) - Not much in the way of decent catering (I would take a packed lunch, like we did) - It's not as big as somewhere like Creally etc (nor as annoying) - The batteries on the electric go-karts ran out mid afternoon (the boys wanted to go on these a bit more) Good Points: - Staff (mostly teens) were all polite, helpful and friendly to the kids - Very little queueing (this alone deserves a star nowadays I think) - All rides are supervised at all times - The actual diggers are numerous, bright yellow and AWESOME, for kids and dads (and possibly mums?) - Minumum height restrictions are refreshingly low. My 6yo was able to drive most machinery on his own and the rest sat on dad's lap. - Free Ball pool and mini bouncy castle - Repeat free rides on all machinery (except bumper cars) Overall: My kids wanted to go again the next day.

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          19.03.2011 17:25

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          Cost me £17 each for 2 adults and 1 2 yr old ! never before have i paid entry for a 2 yr old ! especially when he couldnt really go on anything! so cost £51 just to get through the gate , got inside realised not suitable for 2 yr old as the only thing he could go on you had to pay extra for ! and Ive seen better rides in Morrisons! Chip buttys £3 , burgers £5 need I go on! came straight back out when I realised my son couldnt go on anything but coin operated rides and asked for my £51 back only to be told its not company policy by a very rude manager ! Not happy and wont be going back !

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          29.08.2010 12:26

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          Visited Diggerland in Kent with our 2 year old and was really disappointed! I can see it's probably lots of fun for older children but DON'T go with under 3's as there's practically nothing they can go on. My son just got upset as everything he wanted to try wasn't allowed, not even the little train ride that went along the park which was incomprehensible! Usually they can go on your lap but they don't allow it at all. So save your money and go when they're older. They did refund our £30 entrance fee after I complained which was really appreciated but unless your child is seriously into diggers and mud it's fairly underwhelming. There are also a lot that you have to pay extra for ie small electric cars, bumper cars and mini diggers, which was a bit off given the high entrance fee.

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          04.04.2010 19:29
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          I'd give it a miss if I were you

          There are four Digglerland locations throughout the UK in Kent, Devon, Durham and Yorkshire. This review is for the park in Durham. Located in Langley Park, several miles outside of Durham City, Diggerland is a theme park where children and adults can ride in, drive and watch different types of construction machinery including Dumper Trucks, Mini Diggers and Giant Diggers. There are lots of trained staff members about who can go into further detail about the working of the machinery if needed and everything is fully supervised. Besides the farm machinery, Diggerland also has more traditional attractions, although these are mostly catered towards younger children. Example of rides include Go Karts, a small train, spindizzy and the Diggerland Dodgems although these are charged at an extra £1 a go. If you feel a bit peckish there is an onsite cafe called The Dig Inn which has a selection of snacks, burgers and salads. Personally I would recommend taking a picnic as the food, like most theme parks, is overpriced and nothing special. The main thing that puts me off going back to Diggerland is the price. Under 3's are free, but for children over 3 and adults the cost for each ticket is £15. Senior Citizens pay £7.50. Although this does cover an unlimited number of rides or turns on the machinery I felt it just wasn't good value for money. I also didn't like the fact that children aged 3 still cost £15 even though the minimum age for several of the rides is 5 years. Disabled visitors will pay the same rate, but are allowed to have a carer accompany them free of charge. The park is open from February and through till October. It is mainly closed to the public on weekdays apart from school holidays, which leads me nicely onto my next point. The park is available for hire for corporate events, I presume these are held during the week. So, unless you really want the experience of driving a tractor, I would be tempted to give Diggerland a miss. The North East has so many brilliant attractions which are far better value. www.diggerland.com

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            17.06.2009 23:41
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            Give it a go!

            "The Summer fun's right here at Diggerland..." I should start by saying that if you haven't already done so you should definitely visit the Diggerland website (http://www.diggerland.com/) and experience the catchy Diggerland theme song. We first visited Diggerland in Devon (Verbeer Manor, Cullompton, Devon EX15 2PE) whilst on holiday in February and recently visited again for my son's birthday. From first impressions the park seems a bit sorry for itself, especially in British drizzle, but 10 minutes in and even I (with no strong feelings about diggers of any kind) was having a whale of a time. During our most recent visit, we were able to take the controls and drive a full sized JCB, drive a JCB "robot" vehicle, ride in a police car, drive a tractor and take in the view on top of the "sky shuttle". In addition there are quite a few fairground-style rides which have been fashioned out of diggers and children receive a free certificate to remind them of their day. At £15 entry per person (over 3) there are cheaper days out, but offers are available (eg. http://www.enjoyengland.com) and chances are you'll have a great time!

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              14.12.2008 18:24

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              Great for big and small kids alike

              For my sons 10th we were at a loose end of what to do as he was now too big for the indoor soft play parties he had, had in the past. A friend had recently visited Diggerland in Medway and my son had seen adverts locally so we contcted them to organise a party. They supplied all the invites and a menu options list via the post. On the day of the party we all assemblied in the reception where we were allocated a party leader who sorted all the food options, we had chosed a pack lunch style lunch as it would be easier. The children and all adults had excess to all the diggers available . There was a jeep safari which a little disappointing as it really only went over potn holes and a couple of puddles, i'm not too sure why i felt disappointed but, i did. The smaller diggers had takes like searching for item in the stones, setting up pin balls and the such. Diggerland has converted a large digger bucket in to an Alton Towers style ride where once you are starped into the digger bucket of about 8 in a row, the riders were rasied and droped, spun round as you'll agree just what small boys love. the Lunch was supplied in a Digger land lunche box with sandwiches, cripes, yought, choclate biscute and carton of juice. All the guest had a great time and i would say it was a sucsess.

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              09.11.2008 08:53
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              RECOMMENDED IF YOU HAVE FREE TICKETS

              I recently went to Diggerland in Rochester, Kent for a day out. My sister had some free tickets and this meant we only had to pay for one child which really helped. If you don't have any free tickets then I think this is much too expensive at £15 a head for over 3's. However, we had a good fun day, although the site was much smaller than I expected and there was enough to do for about 4 hours. We went in the October half term and although we had to queue for a couple of the rides, it was not ridiculous like Alton Towers and we managed to go on everything there through the course of the day. The rides ranged from static diggers where you had to use the digger arm to unearth buried treasure or pick up ducks, to large diggers you could operate and move mud around. There were also rides on land rovers, which threw you all around the back while it bounced over muddy hills and banks and another large digger with a 15 seater arm on the front. This was my favourite as it simply drove round and round in the mud, bouncing you around and spinning from side to side. It was very funny. You could alos go on go-carts and other wheeled machines around tracks which was fun, and they had a large ride which went high in the air then spun round. My 4 year old daughter went on this so it was not too violent! There were good facilities with toilets in the main ride section and also a restaurant although we took a packed lunch. I was annoyed that the first ride we saw upon entering was the Bumper Cars and you had to get a £1 token per car to ride them! All in all though it was a fun day, although again I would not pay full price. Oh - and wear wellies or old boots - you will get muddy!

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                A place that is fun for all doing something different.

                Diggerland is a very unique idea in the tourist industry. It all came about when one man realised how many 'ordinary' people and children desperately wanted to get their hands on mechanical diggers, and so all the activities in the park revolve around them and the ideas of digging and building. Attractions include rides, drives and static displays, along with play areas both indoors and out. As well as riding on and driving different types of construction machinery you can learn about the workings of these machines. Diggerland can be found at three sites in the UK. One in Durham, one in Devon and one in Kent. They have also recently opened a site in Dubai. As I live in Kent and this is the site I have visited the most this review will refer to that particular one. I have also visited the Devon site and whilst the layout is completely different the rides are very similar. *Getting There* Roman Way Medway Valley Leisure Park Strood Directions by Car: M2, J2 follow A228 towards Rochester. At the roundabout turn right. Diggerland is on the right. Keep these instructions to hand as it is not that well sign posted. Public Transport: As this site is just off the motorway public transport is not the best option for getting to Diggerland. I am not very good at reading timetables but looking at the Medway Council bus timetable it looks like a bus goes four times a day to the site from Chatham Railway Station. This is not the closest railway. Rochester is nearer ans Strood even more. Strood could possibly be within walking distance. I would asdvise phoning Diggerland direct to find out more about this. *Opening Times* Diggerland, Kent is open school holidays and weekends. *Entrance Fee* • Under 3's enter Diggerland free of charge • Anyone aged 3 to 65 pays £12.50 per person to enter Diggerland • Over 65's pay £6.25 to enter Diggerland • Disabled visitors pay the normal entry price as detailed above, but may bring in a helper/carer free of charge The Fee includes unlimited use of the following price: • Pedal Power Diggers • Digger Sandpit • Rolling Fun Digger Video • Bouncy Castle • Indoor Ball Pond for under 6's • Computer Digger Games • Sony Playstations Along with unlimited numbers of rides and drives on all the real building site diggers and dumpers, all day (excludes coin-operated activities). Diggerland is open for parties and corporate events. Details can be found on their website. *Our day at Diggerland* Last month we returned to Diggerland, with 3 of our children. This was our second visit to the new site, but the first was just after they had opened and a lot of changes and additions had been made. We went on a Saturday, as at this time of year it is only open at weekends. This is a bit of a pain, especially if you have under school age children (or training days) and would like to go on at quieter time. However even though busy there seemed to be plenty of space and we queued for no more than around ten minutes, and this was mainly due to the fact that the ride took this long. Most cases the children either went straight on or were next in the queue. On entrance you are invited to watch a safety video. Most pass this by but it is worth watching, and is advisable. Safety is very evident on the site, with seat belts being used on all of the rides (that can only be undone by the operative) and clear instructions given on each ride as to what you can and cannot touch. The goodie shop where you can buy vouchers and wristbands is joined to the entrance. All sorts of things can be bought here; Digger toys, Bob the builder paraphernalia, postcards, pencils, magnets and also items from the exclusive Diggerwear range, which include, sweatshirts, T-shirts and caps. As you enter you immediately catch sight of a swinging JCB. This is classed as the thrill ride of the park. You sit in the scoop part of the Digger and are then swung around as well as up, down, backward and forward. Unlike most rides that are computer programmed and only have one set pattern, this ride has a human operative. This means the ride is tailored to the riders. Younger children on board means it will be somewhat gentler, however screaming girls will cause more spinning. To your left side is a small area set aside for the ride on tractors. These are designed for the under fives and are included in the price. Next door is the toilets. Others can be found in the café, but both are at this end of the park. On your right is the appropriately named Dig Inn. You can purchase all the usuals here. Burgers, sausages, nuggets and fries or a nice healthy salad. The food is good quality and at reasonable prices. Cold picnic boxes can be bought too or if you have brought your own you can eat it outside at the picnic benches. (No where to eat when wet though) Next to the café is the giant sandpit. Some buckets and spades are provided but on busy days it could be worth bringing your own. The other side of the sandpit is the indoor play area. A bouncy castle (under 4's), arcade games, pool table and air hockey table can all be found here. There are some seats around the outside, so I guess you could eat in here if wet. Also along one wall are half a dozen computers and playstations. All the workings are hidden, which means that you can only play the one game on offer which I believe are a Tonka construction one and a Lego building game. But these are enough to keep the children amused. Outside is the larger Bouncy Castle for older children. This is also where you wait to get on the 'Train'. This is in fact a Dumper Truck that pulls very basic carriages. But good fun! All along the length that the train runs is where you can knock down skittles, by swinging a ball at pins; dig for Treasure by using a scoop to find 7 metal shapes; or Hook a Duck where you must pull 3 ducks out of the pond by a hook attached to the Digger arm. All these rides can be driven by children over the age of 5 unaccompanied, which pleased my children a lot, but not us parents as they are great fun. Having a four year old, unfortunately I had to accompany him. Oh, shucks! Having said that Diggerland is aimed at all ages and you will see many adults having a try. Diggerland do have special events throughout the year that are aimed specifically at adults. These include JCB and dumper racing or a two hour drive on a JCB 3CX backhoe loader. Not sure what this is but I guess it's big. At the end of the park there is a large area of land with many slopes, hills and bumps. It is over this land that you can go for a ride in a jeep or JCB. You do get bumped about quite a bit and will be tipped at almost 90 degrees but you are safe at least I hope so as it is suitable for children over 3 (accompanied). The sky shuttle sits down this end too. This raises you high up into the air…and I mean high. You get a great view across the Medway towns and all along the motorway. This ride is static however the one we went on in Devon also drove us around at this height which was even more fun. Coming down the other side are some Bob the Builder character dumpers. We were not sure if these were open to all or private users only as there was a board up about private lessons. The large JCB's are next, these are really for older children and adults so we passed them by but we will try them one day. As I said all these rides can be found at the other parks. But Kent is the only one that has a Snow Park where you have the opportunity to ski, snowboard, sledge and snow tube outdoors in real, chemical free snow. All this can be done on, ** A tubing run of 100 m length ** A snowboarders' terrain park of approximately 2000 m² with a jump and rails (not always in place) ** A 3000 m² main slope, approximately 60 m long and 50 m wide. ** A 2000 m² teaching slope approximately 60m long. ** A 60 m rope tow lift. ** A 1000 m² snow play area for tobogganing, building snowmen etc... For snowboarding children must be at least 8, otherwise over 5's for the other areas. Equipment can be hired for 2 credits, but is included in lessons. For children of all ages there is a snow play area where you can play snowballs, build snowmen or toboggan. These are provided and are like giant dustbin lids. This area is only open at certain times of the year. It was advertised as closed when we went but the snow play area was open, which was weird as it was brilliant sunshine that day. Do be advised that you will get wet and dirty if playing here. Whilst I am not sure about the snow Park, all the other rides and attractions are suitable for persons in wheelchairs. *Conclusion* Having arrived at around 11am, and now being 4pm, we had spent 5 hours in the park. The children could have happily spent more time here, however we had decided to see a film in the cinema that at the other end of the leisure park. It is not often that in the same day you can bask in the sunshine whilst building a sandcastle then 5 minutes later play at snowball fights. Diggerland is definitely unique, and a good day was had by all. They have however changed the pricing since I last went, which are the prices above. These are way too steep for us and as I have children that are below average in height it means that they won't be able to go on most of the rides. So as good as the place is we won't be returning. For more information visit: www.diggerland.com www.thesnowpark.co.uk

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