On Saturday we headed to Diggerland Yorkshire in Castleford, West Yorkshire. We were lucky as the day was dry and sunny and the boys couldn't have been more excited. Seb was eagerly reading us the leaflet we had, telling us all about the free parking and baby changing and of course the DIGGERS!!!
We live fairly close to Diggerland Yorkshire and had looked at going previously but I will be honest the price put us off. On the door prices are £19.95 for any child or adult(upto age 65) over 90 cm tall, any child under 90 cm is free and over 65's are £9.95. For us that would mean it would cost nearly £60 or £80 in a couple of months when Alex hits 90cm which is alot of money to a young family. You can pay a bit less by booking and paying online which is always handy.
We arrived at around 11am, it was easy to find with clear signage and there was plenty of (free)car parking. We headed to the entrance and were greeted by a friendly member of staff who explained what we needed to know, stamped our hands and waved us in.
I really wasn't sure what to expect, I had worn boots and the boys wellies as I thought it might be muddy but it was all paved and my first thought was how clean and tidy it was, it looked like the place is really well looked after. The second thing I noticed was SpinDizzy a huge JCB which lifts you up in the air and spins you around...fast! Phil and Seb went straight on, Alex is too small for the ride so we kept our feet firmly on the ground!
There is a path that leads you round the different activities each fitted with a safety gate and an arch telling you the height restrictions for the activity, some safety info (some bits arent suitable if pregnant, have heart issues etc) plus facts about the diggers. Each activity is manned and I have to say the staff were great, really friendly and I loved that there was a pretty much even split of males and females as I had expected it to be fairly male dominated.
The park isn't huge but there is plenty to do, you can have unlimited goes on the rides and we took advantage of that, luckily for us the park wasn't too busy so we never faced long waits for a ride. As Alex is under 90cm he was limited with the things he could go on, this was fine as all the information you need on the height restrictions is online so we knew before going and to be honest he was happy just watching everything. There were some rides for over 90 cm and some for over 1m, Seb was able to go on everything and in a couple of months when he hits 110cm he will even be able to drive many of the machines on his own.
After giving everything a go we headed up to the restaurant area where we had a quick bite to eat. It was very clean and reasonably priced and there were even some (coin operated) rides in there. Phil said he thought it would be nice to have some colouring sheets and crayons available in here which I thought was a good idea. There are also toilets and baby changing in here and they were also clean.
There is also a soft play area(included in the entry price) on site we popped our heads in here and it was a nice sized soft play but it was really busy with no empty tables to sit at so we gave it a miss. Instead we headed back to have another go on a couple of rides before heading home.
Of course we had to buy something in the gift shop before leaving and I found it really reasonably priced, I got some pyjamas which were £5.99 a pair and the boys got a digger toy eachieve which were £4.99 there are also some pocket money bits like Diggerland medals for 99p and everyone gets a free Diggerland certificate which is a lovely idea.
So do I think Diggerland Yorkshire is worth the money? For our family, yes I do! The boys absolutely adored it there and didn't want to leave, Seb wanted to revisit his favourite rides and before bed(in his new pyjamas) he told me that he had had a very exciting day. Even us grown ups had fun. It is definitely more expensive than other days out so perhaps one for special treats or for a birthday. In fact I am already thinking of sending Phil Dumper Truck racing there for his birthday!
For more information take a look at the Diggerland website, you can also followDiggerland on Twitter.
**We were sent complimentary tickets for the purpose of this review but all opnions are my own**