Diggerland

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Everything your digger-loving child could desire! At Diggerland children can ride and drive full sized diggers. There are over 18 digger rides to enjoy including the adrenaline rush ride ‘Spin Dizzy’ and the 50ft high ‘Sky Shuttle’. As well as the digger rides, there are go karts and dodgem rides.

MUMMYS GIN FUND SAYS:

Diggerland is a really fun, family day out. We visited during early September so it was fairly quiet meaning we didn’t have to queue for any of the rides and our children could stay on for a second or third time if they wished. The staff around the whole site were extremely friendly and seemed to genuinely enjoy their work. We were kept waiting for about 5 minutes longer than we expected in the Dig In restaurant so the staff gave us some free food even though we hadn’t complained. It did feel like the staff were trying to ensure that everyone had the best day possible.

Before we visited Diggerland, I picked up a leaflet from Intu Bromley which gave us a 15% discount on the day. I’d certainly recommend trying to do the same if you can as it would cost £80 for a family to enter the park normally although you can easily make a full day of your visit.

There were a couple of negative points to our visit.
We thought that visitors aged 65+ were being ripped off as they had to pay £9.95 to enter despite being unlikely to go on the rides (in my opinion. I certainly know my father wouldn’t ride on any of the diggers!).

There were several cigarette bins around the park and we noticed a few people smoking. I imagine this could get rather unpleasant during busy summer months, particularly when queuing for a ride. Thankfully as it was quiet during our visit we were able to avoid the smokers.

Additional charges – I’d suggest avoiding the coin operated rides, especially as the ride on cars near the entrance of the park appeared to have ‘seen better days’. The ones we tried either had very little power or just wouldn’t steer. The go karts on the far side of the park were much better quality and were included in the price of the entrance ticket.

Overall view: Despite being a slightly expensive day out, I’d recommend Diggerland to other parents as our children really enjoyed their visit and we are all looking forward to going back again next year.

*Information taken from the Diggerland website. Correct as of September 2015.

Address: Diggerland, Medway Valley Leisure Park, Roman Way, Strood, Kent, ME2 2NU.

Website: http://www.diggerland.com

Playground: Diggerland also has a small, outdoor sandpit area as well as an indoor soft play area. For the younger children there is a small indoor bouncy castle and for the older children there are several ‘amusement arcade’ type digger-themed games.

Cafe: Rated 5* by the Food Standards Agency, The Dig Inn restaurant offers a wide range of hot and cold refreshments. The range includes:
•Hot drinks (Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate)
• Cold drinks (Coke, Pepsi, Fanta, Sprite etc. Fruit juices and water). During peak times, Slushy drinks are also available.
• Crisps, Snacks, Ice Cream
• Burgers, Pizza, Chips etc
• Jacket potatoes with a wide variety of fillings to choose from.
• Filled rolls/ wraps.

Picnic food can be brought into the park but may only be consumed outside of the Dig Inn restaurant. There are many picnic tables dotted around the park, including some indoors.

Toilets: The toilets in the main restaurant were clean etc but the baby change facilities were back near the entrance of the park. There were only 2 which could be a problem in peak time. They were adequate enough but the bin facility needs improvement as nappies were disposed of in a large, uncovered bin which was proving to be quite smelly!

Pram/Wheelchair/Mobility friendly: The pathways inside Diggerland are either concrete, tarmac or gravelled so wheelchair and buggy access should be adequate. Please note – wheelchairs and mobility buggies are not available to hire at Diggerland.

Parking: Free on-site parking. Electric Vehicle charging is available at Diggerland.

Nearest Station: Strood (from Charing Cross), Rochester (from Victoria).

Taxis are available and will take roughly 5 or 10 minutes respectively.

Bus: Arriva Southern Counties bus 151 provides an hourly service to Diggerland Mon-Sat and 2 hourly on Sun.
From Strood train station walk down the access road to Canal Road and pick up the Nu-Venture 170 bus to Medway Valley Leisure Park. From Medway Valley Leisure Park bus stop get the 170 Nu-Venture bus back to Strood train station. Buses run hourly. Check bus timetable before setting off. (Nu-Venture: 01622 882288)

Phone: 0871 2277007.

Email: [email protected].

ABOUT:

Opening hours –
Open 10am-5pm everyday throughout the summer months (July&August) and during the Easter holidays and October half term.
Open 10am-5pm on weekend days throughout March-October. Closed weekdays during March, May, June, September and October.
Closed throughout November to February.
Open 10am-4pm during February half term.

Ticket prices:

Adults £19.95
Children 90cm and over £19.95
Age 65+ £9.95
Groups of 10 or more £16.99
Children under 90cms Free
Disabled Carer (one per paying visitor Free

Additional costs: There are several coin operated rides costing £1 per ride.
Dodgem tokens £1 per ride – purchased in the gift shop which is located just next to the Dodgems ride.

Slightly cheaper tickets can be purchased online but must be booked by midnight the day before your visit.

There are height restrictions on many of the rides.

Age range: Diggerland is suitable for ages 5-10 years although older children who are passionate about diggers will also enjoy Diggerland.

 

Review by Laura Olivey

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Founder of MGF, Helen is a mum of four who spends way too much time on the interweb and not enough time in bed. She loves wearing her dressing gown, car boot sales and watching TV programmes featuring food. Her specialist subjects include 'how to overfill your car boot' and 'how to avoid dusting'. Follow her at Twitter: @Ginfund, Facebook: @MGFund, Instagram: @mummysginfund and online: www.mummysginfund.co.uk.

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