The Perfect Family Day out – A Full Fun Day of Experiences

I was fortunate to be invited by Diggerland for a family day out at their Devon attraction and write a review.

Having last visited Diggerland in Devon around 4 years ago, I was thrilled to be invited back.

We travelled as a family of four made up of two adults and two children (11, 8).  I had previously travelled here with my son when he was 4.  Back then I went on most of the equipment with him, but this time, he could go on his own.  It was priceless watching both boys faces being able to drive these amazing pieces of “REAL” equipment!  It really was “Buckets of fun for everyone!”.

Travel / Directions

Anyone that lives in rural areas will know that it takes time to get to most places, but it’s always worth it!  For us this was around 55 minutes door to door, it was mainly travelling on the A361 which made the journey a breeze.

Diggerland is only a few minutes off Junction 27 on the M5, and is very easy to find with the postcode letting our SatNav takes us right up to the front gates.

Car Parking

The season has only just begun for them, but they have a huge amount of car parking available to visitors, and visiting early in the season allowed us a quieter visit and managed to park close to the entrance itself.

Front Desk

Upon arrival we were met with no queues and a very polite member of staff.  There was a slight query when I checked in, but all sorted very smoothly by another member of staff arriving just moments later.

Recommended Clothing

Thankfully we arrived on a gorgeous day, although a little chilly, the sky was mostly blue and the sun was shining right up until the moment we left!

The recommended clothing is all in the name!  Diggerland means that you may get dirty!  Please don’t wear your best clothes or footwear!  We came away clean today, but we know this is not always the case!  There’s lots of mud, and in the unpredictable British weather, come equipped with extra clothing for little ones and messy clothes for your day, including either walking boots, wellies or old trainers.  You’ll be pleased you did!

Warm and Welcoming Staff

This is one of the most positive attributes to our Day out!  From the moment we arrived, all  the staff were courteous, conscientious and positively uplifting!  Incredibly helpful, especially as my youngest was a little shy and nervous, I asked staff to be aware of this, and they were totally on it and respectful of this.  I’m very thankful to this.

Health and Safety obviously takes top priority, however it is not overly “in your face”, they point you to the signage, check heights, ensure seat belts are secure and explain what to do if not happy or need assistance.  Top marks to all the staff!

Activities

There were zip wires, outdoor slides and an indoor bouncy castle as well as ball pits.

Here are some of the other amazing activities we took part in!

Crazy Carts – with the funky safety helmets!

Skittles – knock the skittles over with the ball attached to the mini digger

Skyshuttle – Giving you a seat with a view!

Groundshuttle – A fun figure of 8 bouncy ride!

Robots – A great muddy time!

Safari – A ‘safari’ with a bump and a driver full of character!

JCB 3X – Young and old get to drive a full size JCB!  The weight 8.5 tonnes!

Joyrider– Where the boys got the opportunity to drive a 4 x 4 ‘Police’ Car!

Dirt Diggers – Practice your operation skills before you hit the big ones!

Dumper Trucks – A safe and relatively sedative drive of a dumper truck.

Dippy Ducks – Test your ability to pick up a duck!

There were several we didn’t try on this visit, including:-

Spinnydizzy, Stack Attack, Diggerland Train, Diggeround, Buried Treasure and Mini Tractors

We enjoyed 5 hours today, but without doubt, next time, we’ll arrive earlier, just because we wanted more!  We went around everything once, but we could do the whole thing again, which is a massive complement to Diggerland!

Food / Drink

We didn’t bring a picnic, however there was plenty of space to enjoy your picnics inside and out, in the good weather.

Instead we enjoyed a hot snack from The Dig Inn.  It was totally yummy and exactly what we needed.  There was plenty of choice for vegetarians and carnivores alike!

Price vs Activities

Once you arrive and realise the professional plant machinery available, you’ll understand that this isn’t any old family activity, this is a day full of experiences, which gives you incredible value for money.

You are invited to go into their shop to collect your certificate at the end of the day!  What a lovely end to the day, and both boys were very proud of their accomplishments.  The shop was well stocked for all budgets.  On our last visit we picked up the very lovely Diggerland Wellies, which are bright yellow with diggers on the side!  A great takeaway and practical too! 

Diggerland Family Day Out – My Summary

A day full of smiles from ear to ear.  To be able to get in the diggers and vehicles of all sizes and drive them was something we never thought imaginable!  Even the eldest in our group (50ish) had several first-time experiences today.  It was fabulous to see the joy across the faces of every age!  I recommend that you experience this at least once as a family.

Thanks goes to Diggerland for giving us the opportunity to collaborate.

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