Reviewed by Emma Stubbs
I spent today (Saturday 21 April 2018) in glorious sunshine at Diggerland in Castleford, West Yorkshire with my husband (who is essentially a 5 year old boy trapped in an adult body) and my 3 year old daughter.
Diggerland has 4 locations throughout the UK – Kent, Devon, Durham and Yorkshire, and also a Worcestershire location on the horizon. The Yorkshire site was very easy to get to as it was five minutes off the M62. Car parking was extensive and there was no queue to get in, although we did arrive only half an hour after opening time!
On first impressions, it was a lot smaller than we expected, and we didn’t think there’d be enough to fill a whole day. Oh, how wrong we were! Our visit lasted almost 6 hours, and even then we had to drag our daughter away.
The park is packed with construction machinery that you can ride, use and drive in an assortment of ways. There are three rides that have a theme park vibe. Spindizzy was the only ride we didn’t go on as it was a bit too scary for our little girl as it involved sitting in a massive digger bucket and being hoisted and spun in the air! Dig-a-round was a less thrill-seeking version, which my daughter absolutely loved. One of the highlights of the day was being lifted 50 feet in the air by the Skyshuttle – the views of the park and surroundings were stunning.
As well as the rides, we all loved driving round the various quads, tractors and dumpers. Our daughter is around 100cm, and there was nothing she wanted to go on that she couldn’t for height reasons. Most of the ride-ons she sat on our knee, which she was happy to do. If I were a single parent with more than one small child, this might have made things difficult, so I would recommend bringing friends!
It was so much fun using the diggers – some had fun games involved such as hook-a-duck or finding buried treasure, and others just gave you the opportunity to simply dig mud (my personal favourite)! We never waited more than ten minutes in any queue if there was one, which is very important when you are mainly catering for ages 3-8!
A huge indoor area housed two perfect soft plays – a large one for over 3s, and a smaller area for toddlers (which was a great miniature version of the big soft play as opposed to a few mats and cubes which is often the case). We spent a good hour in here escaping the heat of the afternoon sun for a while.
Unfortunately a few of the rides and drives were not available on the day we went because of poor ground conditions, but we didn’t feel to have missed out. Some of the rides, particularly in the cafe area did require a £1 or £2 payment, which did seem a bit cheeky after the initial ticket price and it was very rare that visitors went on these – maybe a token system where you pay £1 for so many tokens would be better.
The facilities were great – we never queued for toilets, and the cafe offered a good range of hot and cold meals, snacks and drinks.
All in all, I would really recommend Diggerland for a fantastic fun day out, particularly for those with children aged 3-8. When I asked my daughter what her favourite part of the day was, her response was ‘I just loved EVERYTHING!’ and you can’t ask for more than that!
Tickets can be prebooked online at a discounted rate, with adults under 65 and children over 90cm tall priced at £16.99 each.
Adults to age 65 & children 90cm or over – £16.99
Age 65+ – £7.99
Children under 90cm – Free
Discounts are available for groups of 10+ or if booking online in advance.
For more information or to book tickets visit www.diggerland.com.
Diggerland Yorkshire, Willowbridge Lane, Whitwood, WF10 5NW | 0871 22 77 007