A wet weather visit to Diggerland, Devon

All the way back in 2015 we visited Diggerland in Devon on a beautiful spring day, so when we were invited back, we couldn’t wait to see if anything had changed.

We left sunny Bournemouth in the tropical heatwave we have been experiencing and headed west, armed with suncream and raincoats – just in case the forecast of occasional showers came true.

As we approached Devon I noticed that the temperature was starting to drop and there were a few drops of rain, but I was not concerned, rain doesn’t normally stop us having fun but as we arrived the heaven’s opened.

Diggerland

We got inside and I tried to persuade the kids to play in the indoor play area to see if the rain was going to let up, but they were itching to head outside.

Diggerland has 20 rides and drives for children and adults looking for something fun and highly unique to try.

Devon Diggerland Map

On our last visit, I had Daddy and Kian with us, who could help the younger ones on the rides, but this time I was on my own with them. I was concerned we may have to stagger our turns, but as Isaac and Eliza are both over 1m, it was only Sebby that I need to assist.

Dippy Ducks

We started on the smallest machines in the park. After a brief guide to the controls of the Komatsu PC14, we were off, using our best digger skills to try to hook as many ducks as possible.

Hook a duck

We had lots of fun to see who could get the most ducks, with Sebby and I getting two, Eliza managing to hook all three.

Hook a Duck Diggerland

But it was Isaac who won – even getting two at once!!!

Isaac Diggerland

Dirt Diggers

With our digger skills honed, it was onto the much larger dirt diggers next which involved scooping out mud from the pit and putting it into a pile.

Diggerland JCB

These diggers (JCB 8030) tracked mini diggers, although there is nothing mini about them when kids are involved.

Eliza JCB

Thankfully the only controls they can operate is the arm and the bucket, and this time they added dimension of being able to control the bucket to learn.

JCB Sebby

Buried Treasure

By now, you would have thought we would be masters of digging, however, they made digging for buried treasure even tricker. We were back on Komatsu PC14 mini diggers, only this time with a bucket with holes in it!!

Treasure Hunt

Skittles

It was the Skittles test that really got the kids competitive. This time we were in control of a full-size Komatsu PC14, with the aim of knocking over the skittles with a mini wrecking ball.

Skittles

It is much harder than it looks and really tests your concentration, hand-eye coordination, learning skills and patience!

Dig-a-Round

The kids were keen to try a ride by now and Dig-a-Round is a unique adapted JCB 8060, where the kids sit in a bucket and spin forwards…… and backwards.

Dig-a-round

Diggerland Safari

By now the kids were beginning to really struggle with the rain, as it was showing no sign of letting up, so we decided to head for some cover in the Diggerland Safari SUV.

You are driven around a special course and have to spot how many wild animal cardboard cut outs they can see. I think we ended up doing it three times, just to stay out of the rain!!

ROBOTS

The JCB Skid Steer Loaders, also known as “JCB Robots”, have been especially adapted for Diggerland’s visitors to drive around a purpose-designed course.

ROBOTS

I have to admit I was pretty skeptical that Isaac and Eliza wouldn’t be able to drive them, but they happily rumbled around the course which was made even more fun by the huge puddles that were forming.

ROBOT

JCB 3CX, Backhoe Loader

Sebby, on the other hand, only had eyes on the largest digger in the park – the JCB 3CX, Backhoe Loader.

Sebby JCB

He got to drive this huge beast around the track under the guidance of a specially trained Diggerland marshal.

JCB Sebby Diggerland

He did it once on his own and then we all joined him as the digger can seat up to four passengers.

By now we were soaked through and our waterproof coats failed to keep us dry, so we headed inside to warm up with a hot chocolate in the cafe. Inside is a bouncy castle, a large kids ball pit play area and a smaller area for under 3’s, which I am pleased to report has been updated and improved since our last visit.

Play area

We wanted to wait around for the Diggerland Digger Stunt Show which was due to start at 2pm, but sadly had to be cancelled due to the weather and the instability of the ground.

Bouncy Castle

At this point, with no sign of the torrential rain letting, up decided to head home as the rest of the activities are open air. The only thing the kids were disappointed at missing was Spin Dizzy, as on our last visit they didn’t meet the height requirements.

Diggerland Spin Dizzy

Diggerland has also introduced a new attraction – StackAttack, where you take the controls of a specially adapted, four-wheel-drive, AVANT 200 Series loader with a hydraulic boom fitted with a unique grapple that has been specifically designed for the new ride.

This ride is aimed at older children and adults as the minimum height is 140cm. Working against the clock within the confines of a 100 square metre fenced enclosure, the challenge is to pick-up, move and stack giant digger and dumper tyres without dropping them or knocking over the stack!

Despite the weather, I would still recommend a visit to Diggerland as it is great fun for all the family – just be prepared to get wet and muddy if its raining!!

Diggerland has sites all over the country: Devon, Kent, Durham and Yorkshire. Pre-book and pre-pay ticket prices start from £16.99 per person for children and adults over 90cm (Children under 90cm are FREE). This rises to £19.95 for on the door prices.

Disclaimer: We were guests of Diggerland for a day out. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

26 thoughts on “A wet weather visit to Diggerland, Devon

  1. It looks like you managed to have an awesome time at Diggerland even with the weather not being quite so grand! I love that they have so much for people to do.

  2. Oh my goodness – I love your pics. My kids would love Diggerland and I also have two little nephews who would think their dreams had come true! We’re hoping to head to Devon in the summer holidays so I’ll add this to the list of things to do!

  3. This sounds like so much fun! I remember going on a “Women in Construction” themed guide camp and we had some diggers to have a go on – hilarious!

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  4. This looks so fun! I’ve actually always wanted to visit Diggerland haha. Oh I never let the rain stop me either – during a grey day in Blackpool last summer my ex and I went to the pleasure beach and it only rained a tiny bit. It meant hardly anyone else braved the rain though so we ended up having hardly any lines! x

  5. My son has been talking about going digger land but I thought it would be boring. But reading this and looking at the pictures has changed my mind. It looks great 😊

  6. We have been to Diggerland twice (yorkshire) our son loved it but I found it hard to stretch the day out. It’s good fun but I did have a few grumbles as I thinks it’s very over priced x

  7. There’s a digger land in Devon? How awesome!
    I’m sorry you got bad weather but it certainly doesn’t look like it put a dampener on your day!
    C x

  8. Today the heat is over 30s and I am sweating like a pig I wouldn’t mind some rain. Glad the rain didn’t stop you guys enjoying your visit.

  9. We haven’t had rain for so long it is hard to imagine! That said I know there has been a few localised downpours not far away and it looks like you caught one of those. At least you were somewhere with so much going on for the kids it is hard to be effected by the weather. I’ve never been to Diggerland but my boys have visited with friends for parties in the past and loved it. Just the size of the machines would impress any youngster and getting inside to operate them the icing on the cake!

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  10. Diggerland looks like so much fun!! I really want to take my boys there and it looks like a great all-weather option as well with the indoor play area. Great review

    Laura x

  11. Oh my goodness what an amazing place for big vehicle lovers! I know a lot of kids who’d never leave. Fab that the kids can actually drive some of them and control others and I love the look of that bucket seat carousel ride. Great summary of a great day out, and your photos are fab too. #CountryKids

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