Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire

Bolton Abbey is beautifully situated upon the banks of the River Wharfe, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. We had been told it offers the most tremendous variety of activities for the family to enjoy. So, we packed our wellies, fishing nets, picnic and dogs into the car ( oh, and the children too ) and off we went to explore Bolton Abbey for ourselves.


All the details about Bolton Abbey 

Bolton Abbey and Riverside Car Park opening times
Dates Grounds Open Last Admission Grounds Closed
Jan 1 – Mar 12 9am 4pm 6pm
Mar 13 – May 31 9am 5:30pm 7pm
Jun 1 – Aug 31 9am 6pm 9pm
Sep 1 – Oct 22 9am 5:30pm 7pm
Oct 23 – Mar 18 9am 4pm 6pm


Admission prices 2017

Cars Mon – Fri Weekend
  Car Car
13th Mar 2017 – 5th Nov 2017 £10 £10
6th Nov 2017 – 15th Dec 2017 £4 £4
16th Dec 2017 – 7th Jan 2018 £10 £10
8th Jan 2018 – 9th Feb 2018 £4 £4
10th Feb 2018 – 18th Feb 2018 £10 £10
19th Feb 2018 – 18th Mar 2018 £4 £4

All about our day at Bolton Abbey

The view that greeted us as we drove down to the car park at Bolton Abbey was stunning. The glorious River Wharfe to our left – beautiful sparkling waters, rich with wildlife. The magnificent ruins of the Abbey ahead in the distance. The car park itself was full of families enjoying the wonderful weather. Parents watching children paddling in the gentle flowing river, some cooking on portable BBQ’s , others on rugs enjoying picnics. Some riding bikes, others playing ball with the dog. All generations basking in the sunshine and looking thoroughly relaxed. 

We were so lucky with the weather, it was a glorious, hot and sunny day and the children could not wait to go paddling in the river, exploring for tadpoles and feeding the friendly ducks. The dogs also thoroughly enjoyed a refreshing swim! Princess D spent an age hunting for fancy stones in the water while Petrolhead A set about building a mini dam. They were so content and thoroughly engrossed in their activities that I was able to sit in the sun, not taking my eyes off them, of course, but relaxing all the same. 

The river side is so vast that there is no feeling of being crammed or squashed, which is refreshing. 

We headed on over to explore the abbey, a bit of a walk but the views along the way are worth it. The abbey remains are magnificent and really capture your imagination as you think about times gone by. The whole site is immaculately kept. 

It was almost surreal as we wandered through the ruins – there were various people from all different walks of life, enjoying being there, but not just walking through and admiring the abbey. Actually embracing being there. There was someone sitting drawing the Abbey, children playing hide and seek, an older group reading and discussing the history of the buildings, even a very talented couple practicing magic tricks. People clearly feel as inspired as they feel relaxed in these surroundings.

Near the Abbey is a little van selling ice cream and drinks. As we sat and enjoyed our refreshments others enjoyed a game of rounders, some were practicing hand stands and just ahead of us a baby was learning to crawl. 

The welly walk at Bolton Abbey

Before embarking on the welly walk, we had to negotiate the infamous stepping stones across the River Wharfe. Well, when I say we had to, we didn’t , we could have crossed the bridge in a sensible and sophisticated manner – but where is the fun in that?!

The main problem was that as well as a picnic bag and two children to safely get across, I also had two small dogs. Now, said dogs do enjoy a little swim as much as the next pup. But, it is quite a long way across, deep in places, with a fairly strong current half way across. So I had to cross, with an old, cantankerous and rather over weight Jack Russell under one arm, a picnic bag on my back whilst holding the hand of an over excited 6 yo. Frankly, I was slightly disappointed not to receive a medal or at least a small applause for crossing without incident. It was so traumatic we did it again. Three times.

The Welly Walk at Bolton Abbey runs from 27th May – 5th November this year. Follow the signs into the woods and prepare to have an absolute ball, negotiating tunnels, slides, bridges and climbing trees. Some parts of the trail are steep and some sections have unguarded drops so children must be accompanied and unfortunately it is not accessible with wheelchairs or push chairs.  Wellies are advised ( obvious I suppose ) and perhaps a change of clothes – they get wonderfully mucky!

We enjoyed the most fabulous day at Bolton Abbey. We didn’t leave until dusk, the children and the dogs were happy, filthy and exhausted. I obviously raved on and on about it so much that quite a few friends visited over the following week or so and they all said the same thing- that they couldn’t believe they had never been before and that they had had a super time. Next time we visit we will definitely take a little BBQ and a group of friends and make a real day of it. 


Sincerest thanks to Bolton Abbey for inviting us to review their beautiful site 


William’s Den, North Cave, Yorkshire

There has been quite a hum of intrigue and anticipation regarding the opening of William’s Den, in North Cave, near Hull, particularly among local parents, and so we were very excited to be invited to go along and review, very shortly after they opened. 

Petrolhead A had come home with an excellent school report and so we allowed him to bring a friend along when we visited too. Its always great to have another young persons opinion to include in our write ups. 

All the Details about William’s Den

Where – William’s Den, North Cave, Brough, Post Code HU15 2LS

Opening – William’s Den is open every day (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day)

Sunday to Wednesday – 9:30am – 5:00pm
Thursday to Saturday – 9:30am – 7:00pm

Admission Prices – 

Child 3-17 years
£9.50 Buy Tickets
Child under 3 years
£3.00 Buy Tickets
Adult 18 years+
£8.00 Buy Tickets
Concession – Student / Over 65 / Disabled * £6.00 Buy Tickets
Carer * Free  

The first things that strike you as you enter the large reception area at William’s Den are that is large, modern, clean and impressive. The staff are warm, enthusiastic and helpful. The young lady on the reception desk gave each of the children wrist bands on which I wrote my mobile number – what an excellent safety measure – and she then ensured we knew where to find everything. 

When we visit family orientated attractions I pay attention to the important but slightly dull mumsy things such as cleanliness, facilities, staff etc. How successful the attraction is on pleasing and entertaining children is based on my small peoples reactions and opinions – lets face it, kids have a fabulous way of saying things exactly how they see them. William’s Den was an absolute hit from the moment we arrived. 

The outside area, on first glance appears simple, well organised and spacious. But on closer inspection, its so much more than that. 

It is like a child has been asked to design a play area to include everything that a child would want. Because, frankly, that is so different to what adults think they should have or indeed, want them to have.  

My three children flew off squealing in different directions – bearing in mind my six year old daughter is known to squeal enthusiastically just because its Wednesday, or because her apple is green , whereas its not as common in a 10 year old boy! For him to squeal is quite a big deal actually. They were all so excited to get stuck in and try everything.  

Zip wires, climbing poles, tyre swings, sand pits, water activites, mud gardens, den building, tunnels, little hills surely designed and added with rolling down in mind ?! 

The equipment at William’s Den is so well designed – it is safe and strong and sturdy. Children can be children, the equipment provided is designed to feed their imaginations and let them play and create and get mucky. And here I want to make a point that really struck me while we were enjoying our day at William’s Den. I think for most parents it fills our hearts with contentment and a feeling of achievement when our kids are having good old fashioned out door fun. Not glued to screens or playstation controllers, which incidentally, I do accept is part of modern life to some degree. But here they can chase around safely, being cowboys or fairies or Bear Grylls…and I have a favour to ask you, Mums,Dads, grandparents or god parents. Please let them. Please don’t nag them about getting wet in the water well, or getting muddy whilst making mud pies in the mud kitchen, or getting dirty dragging sticks to make a den. Take a change of clothes, take a towel, take baby wipes. But whatever you do don’t take away the fun. I heard so many parents moaning at their kids for getting a little bit damp and muddy and it made me a little sad. 

There are lots of lovely benches for grown ups to sit and watch the little ones having fun, as well as picnic tables for, well, picnics. 

It took some effort on my part to encourage the children to leave their dam and bridge building at the water activity area to go and explore inside. They were delighted they did though. Inside is awesome! Again, its like a child with a fabulous imagination has drawn a picture of their dream indoor play area. And a fairy godmother disguised as a genius architect/builder has created it. 

It is beautiful to look at, a real work of art. It is large enough for adults to accompany their children if they wish, without fear of getting stuck in tunnels ( is it only me that has happened to?)

Everything about William’s Den is welcoming and family friendly. Even this ” Rules ” sign is delightful to read and puts you at ease and more than comfortable to ask for help if you need anything from one of the jolly staff members. Its very safety conscious without being harsh or scary. 

The children had been playing inside for around 45 minutes when something extraordinary happened. It was quite a warm day and I thought they would like an ice cream. I had noticed a very nice cabin selling ice creams and drinks and thought a brief pit stop would be well received with the little warriors. I beckoned them to me and they reluctantly left their absolute favorite activity which consisted of sand, buckets and a  pulley system. I asked them if they wanted to get an ice cream, fully expecting the usual choruses of “YESSSSSS PLEASEEEE!” Nope. “Thankyou but maybe later” – and they were gone again. Now, anyone that knows my little Princess D will tell you that she is a real foodie with a sweet tooth and passing up the opportunity of an ice cream is unheard of. Incredible. 


Eventually, I did convince them to get an ice cream. There are plenty of flavours to choose from, plus sauces and chocolate flakes to add. Yummy!

Something else that made William’s Den different in a wonderful way, is how some of the activities encourage children to work together in teams. So kids who may never have met before are suddenly supporting and encouraging each other to build the coolest, sturdiest teepee. Or improving on their team work skills whilst filling sand buckets and sending them up the pulley system to a stranger at the top to fill the awaiting pipe and bucket. Just fantastic. 

We stayed until late. We had a tremendous day. The children left tired, dirty and content. And whenever we discuss future days out they ask for one thing….

“Can we go back to William’s Den?” 

If you are considering a visit i think that tells you all you need to know.  We would love to hear about your William’s Den adventure!

Warmest thanks to William’s Den for inviting us to review their wonderful attraction 

Piglets Adventure Farm, York


We have visited Piglets Adventure Farm quite a few times since we moved to York in 2010 and the children were very small. It has changed, grown and evolved much since our first visit. We have enjoyed so many fun filled family days here I was very keen to review them for Family Travel with Ellie, and so was thrilled when we were invited along. 

Where – Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Lane,
York, YO32 9ST


Open daily from 10am to 5:30pm. Piglets Coffee House is also open 10am to 5.30pm and is free to enter.

Admission Prices

Child (1-16 years) – £5.45

Adult –   £4.45  

Concession (Senior Citizen, Disabled, Disabled Carer) – £3.45         

These are the online prices, you can’t book online for a same day visit.

Prices may be different when a special event is on , so it is  always worth checking the website before you visit.

What is there at Piglets, York?

Piglets is a every child’s outdoor dream. There is plenty for all age groups to enjoy, and it is very parent friendly too. As you walk though the reception doors you are greeted by a fabulous colourful scene of vast green grassy areas, huge sand pits, play equipment, enormous bouncy pillows, go – karts… and the list goes on. To our left was a tractor towing a trailer full of singing kids away up a woodland track. To our right was the immaculately kept petting farm where children were stroking piglets and feeding donkeys.


Watch your child’s reaction – it will be one of pure delight as they try to make the very tough decision – ” what do I play with first ?!”.

There are plenty of picnic tables and areas to sit and relax whilst being able to keep a watchful eye over the little ones as they race around from one activity to the next. There is a snack bar, which I can tell you on good authority sells excellent coffee. You can also get sandwiches/crisps/ cold drinks etc here.

The toilets are large portacabins, which are cleaned regularly through the day and kept in very good order. There is a baby change table.

There are some excellent toddler friendly play areas.

Having enjoyed a fabulous bounce on the giant bouncy pillow and challenged herself on the climbing equipment Princess D decided she would like a tractor ride. Just as we got to the Tractor Stop, it was pulling up. I was expecting a trip around the woods, looking out for woodland creatures, but actually the tractor took a different route and we ended up disembarking at a new play barn that we hadn’t explored before.

The new play barn is fab. I have very happy memories from when I was a child of climbing and making dens in the bales in the barn at our stables and It made me feel quite nostalgic as we walked in and I saw at the back a large stack of straw bales with tunnels and rope swings.

There is also a fantastic big play pit, but what makes this different to your usual sand pit is that instead of sand, they have used corn. Genius! No mess, no sand in the eyes but hours of fun all the same!

There is also a mini ride on area, with tractors and trailers. In the centre of the play barn are two slides, and there is plenty of seating, plus a cafe selling drinks, ice creams, snacks and pizza.


The tractor comes back around regularly for you to hitch a ride back to the main part of the park as and when you are ready. Princess D would happily have spent all day playing on the bales and rope swings I think!

Having managed to convince her to leave the rope swings, we took a tractor ride back to the farm and set off to visit the animals. All the animals are beautifully kept and very sociable and friendly. There are opportunities for the children to stroke, feed and learn about caring for the animals. There’s a gorgeous large lady pig/ sow who loves nothing more than the children using brooms to scratch her back!


On our way out we visited the nicely organised and well equipped gift shop. Lots of choice for little ones to spend their pocket money on!

There is also a lovely little cafe serving hot and cold snacks/ drinks and a lovely selection of treats too. 

A trip to Piglets is an absolute must. Family days out, outings with the grandparents, school trips and more.  The ideal day out, with plenty to see and do, in a safe and enclosed environment.  The staff are warm and enthusiastic. Its worth keeping an eye on the website for special events. 


The Piglets Christmas event is particularly wonderful but tickets sell out very quickly so don’t snooze or you will lose!

Our warmest thanks to Piglets for inviting us to review. 












Go Ape, Alexandra Palace

My two little monkeys (excuse the pun) love anything that involves climbing, mud, and zip wires so when we were invited to review the new junior treetop adventure at Go Ape, Alexandra Place, we were delighted. Go Ape is a fantastic concept that involves outdoor adventure of all kinds, most of which Is designed to challenge you, both mentally and physically.

Doing the Dab outside Ally Pally

Where- There are 31 Go Ape venues across the UK. We visited the one at Alexandra Palace, London. A list of the other venues can be found here.

Opening- Open March 18th – October 29th 7 days a week except Tuesdays term time. Sessions vary by first and last daylight – please check availability online.

Admission prices and restriction information-

All Ages welcome (Over 1 metre) – £20

Minimum height 1m (3ft 3″)

Maximum weight – 20.5 stone (130kg)

Adults can supervise from the ground or up on the course

We were staying in Kent and so I made the decision to drive into London to visit Alexandra Palace. I was a little anxious about the journey, but it was actually really straightforward from the M25 and there is loads if complimentary parking at the Palace. Once parked we took a walk around the palace grounds before making our way to the Go Ape adventure.

The views over London from the Palace are really incredible and far reaching. The children were able to spot many famous landmarks, like the Shard and Canary Wharf.

On arrival at Go Ape I filled in some forms whilst the children were fitted into their safety harnesses, by a friendly, bubbly member of staff. She then proceeded to help them around a mini practice course, where they were able to get to grips with the equipment.


Petrolhead A is 10 years old and an absolute thrill seeker. He is fearless with any high adrenaline rides, heights , speeds etc. Princess D is very much the same, except she doesn’t like apparatus with holes or that isn’t stationery (rope climbers, swinging bridges etc) so I was a little apprehensive about how she would find this. She didn’t seem at all phased as she gazed up into the trees watching the other children bouncing and swinging along the bridges, ladders and walk ways.

After  a final safety brief, off they went on the first course. Petrolhead A stayed close to Princess D and encouraged her along. I was able to follow them along from the floor and offer plenty of support.  I could see Princess D surprising herself with how well she was coping with being so high!

The climax of the first course was to fly down a fantastic zip wire – both thoroughly enjoyed this part!

Once course one was negotiated, off they went on course two, which was certainly higher and more challenging. Princess D found it a lot more difficult, but she did really well with lots of verbal encouragement. They reached a part of swinging steps, very high up in the trees. There was a bit of a “traffic jam” here as many of the adventurers were finding this one tough. Princess D got a 1/4 of the way along, panicked and started to cry. Within moments one of the instructors was there holding her hand, reassuring her and guiding her to the end of the course. Thankyou to that guy!

At this point it was literally pouring with rain, but the kids didn’t seem to notice, they were having a blast. Having finished course two with another go on the zip wire, Princess D finished and came to watch Petrolhead A charging around course three like a professional. Or a monkey….

Go Ape is a fantastic attraction for all the family, even those who are afraid of heights will be encouraged and supported and you can leave feeling like you have accomplished something. Watching various family members supporting each other, over coming challenges and working together as teams is really heart-warming. It can build character, courage, confidence and bonds.

The Go Ape course at Alexandra Palace is in such a fabulous setting. Once we had finished our tree-top adventure we wandered up to grab a snack and a drink at the pond – side café whilst watching the pedalos sail around. We had fun in the adventure playground and spotted some adorable ducklings before heading back to the car.

Sincerest thanks to Go Ape for inviting us to visit and review their fantastic attraction








Mother Shiptons Cave, Knaresborough

We were invited to visit Mother Shiptons Cave during their Easter celebrations, which had a Wizard of Oz theme. They celebrate a different theme for each school holiday and the effort that they go to is evident from the moment you arrive.

Where – Knaresborough, Harrogate (sat nav post code HG5 8DD)

Opening- Open every day from 1st April-29th October – 10am-4pm

Admission Prices-

Adult: £7.00
Senior Citizens 60+: £6.00
Children 3-15: £5.00
Children Under 3: FREE
Family: £22.00 (2 adults and 2 children 3-15 years, or 1 adult and 3 children; additional children £4.00 each to a maximum of 3)
Disabled (Adult): £5
Disabled (Child): £4

All Day Parking: £2.00 (in addition to admission only)

Dogs are absolutely welcome, which I just love to be able to say about these fantastic family attractions.

We received a warm and very helpful welcome at the admission gate where were given directions and information. The children were given a quiz and a pencil each, to fill in as we proceeded around the attraction. Its worth mentioning here that if you have a large/ 4 x 4 vehicle don’t try to enter through the main admission gates on the left of the entrance – you should drive to the large white gate on the right and a member of staff will open it for you ( and save you losing a wing – mirror!).

The Easter theme is evident even as you drive down to the car park. Tasteful and beautifully thought out decoration and Easter scenes greeted us to the right, with the equally stunning River Nidd to the left.

We parked underneath a viaduct bridge, which is as enchanting in its beauty as its size.

As we made our way along the woodland path we were greeted by splendid  characters from the Wizard of Oz. All of whom were in fantastic costume and all of whom were very much in character. We first met the scarecrow, who spent ages chatting to the children and engaging them in the story.   They were sent on an errand to find the wizard to ask him for a brain for the scarecrow.

As we continued into the woods we are able to follow clues to answer some quiz questions and see some fantastic scenery. After meeting with tinman, the children oiling him so he can dance and adding a heart for him to their list for the wizard we came across all sorts of activities in the centre of the wooded area.

There is a large new adventure playground, which includes a zip-wire, swings, slides and wooden climbing apparatus. There is also another pirate themed adventure playground under construction, due to open in the summer.

The children were delighted to spot a lady in a large tent offering free face painting. I must say, the quality was fantastic! The lady providing the face paint was clearly very talented. So, Princess D climbs up on to the chair when its her turn. 

Face paint lady – “What would you like sweetie? A Princess? A unicorn? A fairy maybe?”

Princess D – ” A Python please”

Face paint lady drops brush.

The children were further thrilled to spot an ice cream van, I was much, much more than thrilled to spot that said ice cream van was selling cappuccino. There are picnic tables scattered around, and conveniently placed portaloos not to far away. Once we had enjoyed face-paint, the adventure playground, a picnic and an ice cream we then continued on our mission to the find the wizard. We came across a delightful lion, looking for courage. He spent plenty of time with the kids, getting them to teach him to roar and then handing out chocolate eggs.

Just before we reached the famous petrifying well and cave, we found the wizard and the children were able to complete their quiz.

The cave at Mother Shiptons

The story of Mother Shipton, the cave and indeed the petrifying well is extremely interesting. I did some research before we visited, and told the children all about it so they had an understanding of where they were going and what was unique about it. All the information you need on this fascinating story can be found here . The children loved the story, they found it absolutely mesmerising and so to then be able to visit the place where it all took place was very exciting for them.

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There is the opportunity to make a wish in a magical wishing well – in order for the wish to be granted you must follow very strict instructions. The children were thrilled that as they were making their wishes the wishing well changed colours right in front of the eyes!

We proceeded along a lovely avenue of beech trees, and passed some clever wood sculptures before arriving at the gift shop. Its a magical fairy and wizard wonderland!The gift shop is packed full of weird, wonderful and quirky items. What’s great is that there are many lovely little bits that are within a pocket money budget, and not the usual plastic tat that can be found in so many of attraction gift shops.

Mother Shiptons Cave can boast to be Englands oldest visitor attraction, having been open since 1630. Isn’t that staggering?

It is a unique, fun and educational day out for all the family, the welcome is always warm and the attraction is beautifully kept. There are some fantastic events coming up too (see below) 

Please bear in mind if you have a buggy or a wheelchair, the access to the well, cave and gift shop is via steep steps. Many people carried smaller buggies up and down but for larger, heavier ones these parts aren’t really accessible.

 Our sincerest thanks to Mother Shiptons Cave for inviting us to visit and review their excellent attraction





Lightwater Valley


If you are looking for a family day out filled with more fun, excitement and adventure than you could wish for, then get yourselves to Lightwater Valley.

It is easily accessible, incorporating a beautiful drive through picturesque Ripon. (sat nav post code – HG4 3HT) and there is plenty of free parking.

The most wonderful thing about Lightwater Valley is that a huge amount of thought has gone into ensuring there is absolutely loads for everyone to do and enjoy. When I checked the handy park guide you receive on admission, I noticed the rides were categorised three ways – Mini, Mega and Ultimate Adventures.

Mini Adventures are aimed at 1 – 5 year olds. They include a huge Angry Birds Activity Park, merry go rounds, mini roller coasters, water rides, tractor fun…. the list goes on. The little ones will be very happy.


The Mega Adventures are aimed at 6 + (over 1m). Fabulous water flumes, wild river rapids, a flying cutlass, fast and thrilling roller coasters and a tower of terror…and much, much more.  The great thing about most of these rides is that responsible people over 1.20m can accompany younger riders – my son, aged 10 years, was able to accompany my 6 yo daughter whilst I  held the bags/took pictures/ chickened out.


Finally there are the Ultimate Adventures and these are for older thrill seekers ( 1.20m +) who enjoy the ultimate adrenaline rush. The Eagles Claw, The Ultimate and the Black Pearl are among the more fearsome experiences. Petrolhead A rode every single one of these, at least twice! No idea where he gets his courage from!


Our visit was on a Sunday, and whilst the park was buzzing, it wasn’t crowded or too busy and there was never more than a 3-4 minute wait for any ride, which was fantastic. The rides are all very well staffed and every member of staff I spoke to was cheerful and more than happy to assist. There are plenty of places to purchase fast food, drinks ice – creams and sweets. We chose to take a picnic, and I’m so pleased that we did as there are lots of beautifully kept grassy areas to lay down the blanket and relax to enjoy our sandwiches. We chose a particularly lovely spot over looking the lake. There are plenty of toilet facilities throughout the park, which with young children is an important factor for a day out!

There is so much to do at Lightwater Valley it simply wasn’t possible for us to see everything (probably not helped by the fact that Petrolhead A and Princess D insisted on riding everything they came across atleast twice!).  When we visit again we will be sure to make time to visit the Tree Top Net Adventures, which we passed on our drive in and look great fun, plus an 18 – hole Jurassic Adventure Golf course which looks great and we would definitely like to try at some point. Its worth noting these activities are not included in the theme park admission.  

I highly recommend a day out with all the family to Lightwater Valley. It has a great fun atmosphere and you really feel that you can stroll around at your own pace, take everything in and enjoy it. Princess D declared that is one of her favourite places, which coming from her is quite a statement and we are all very excited to visit again!

Sincere thanks to Lightwater Valley for inviting us to visit and review


Diggerland, Yorkshire

We were very excited to be invited to review Diggerland in Castleford, Yorkshire.  Petrolhead A was particularly giddy at the thought! The prospect of riding, driving and operating real full sized construction machinery is literally the stuff dreams are made of for 10 year old boys – right? Let me assure you though, there is plenty for all the family to enjoy at this fantastic attraction – its a wonderful day out for all.

Where is it?

There are four UK Diggerland Adventure Parks. Click on the links below for addresses and directions to each. We visited the one in Yorkshire.





Prices –  ( pay on the day )

 Adults to age 65 & children 90cm or over  £19.95pp
 Age 65+ (ID Required)  £9.95pp
 Groups of 10 or more  £16.99pp
 Children under 90cm  FREE
 Disabled Carer (one per paying visitor)  FREE

Discounts are available if you pre-book on line and Diggerland also accepts Tesco club card points – the details of which can be found here.

Age/ height restrictions

An extensive age/height restriction chart can be found here – I absolutely assure you there are plenty of things for everyone to enjoy.

All about our day

The Yorkshire park is very straightforward to get to, just a few minutes from the M62 (sat nav post code for Diggerland, Yorkshire – WF10 5NW).

There is a good – sized car park. As you enter the reception area it has a fresh and organised feel, and clean toilets are available directly after you have bought your tickets.

The park itself is not huge, but its crammed full of things do get involved with. A couple of the first rides that we came to required payment (the dodgems and mini-vehicle driving) – don’t be alarmed, these are easily by-passed and almost all the other rides are included in your admission. The queues for all the rides were small, which was excellent. Any restrictions are clearly stated at the entrance to each.

The most wonderful thing about Diggerland is the fact that the kids are able to get in and have a go on so many of the rides. My daughter is 6 and approximately 1.10 tall and was able to drive everything there. 

As well as the driving and digging experiences and the cute rides for little ones, there are a couple of more adrenaline filled experiences. For example, Spindizzy.  

SpinDizzy at Diggerland

Spindizzy is one of the first rides you see as you enter the park, and whilst it looks fun and not too scary, if you’re not very brave with faster rides, believe me, it gives you quite a thrill! I was encouraged as we waited for our turn by all the tiny kids who were riding it, accompanied by parents, of course. However it soon became evident that whilst kids seem to love this giant, ruthless,  spinning monster – the parents don’t seem quite so enthralled! When you climb aboard you are very well strapped in, and the sweet looking young lady that was operating Spindizzy told us to hold tight (oh…) and that if we need to stop at any time to give her a thumbs down signal (uh oh….)

Once the sweet young lady gets behind the controls of Spindizzy she changes into a terror inflicting sadist who feeds off the petrified faces of the parents strapped into Spindizzys bucket. Round and round it goes, really fast one way, and then the other. Oh and very early on in the ride there is a camera set up to take your picture – so don’t forget to grimace! It went so fast I had tears streaming down my face – the kids thought I was crying. Which I obviously absolutely was not. Promise. Oh the relief when it came to a halt. Oh the horror when the smallest child starts begging immediately to go back on. Thankfully sweet young lady is back and tells Princess D that you have to have at least 10 minutes rest before you can go back on. Just enough time for me to regain my composure, and the control over my very wobbly legs. Despite the fact that I am a “ride – wuss”,  I still rode Spindizzy, twice. So you people have no excuses at all!

There is an indoor soft play, which is fantastic if you get caught out by the good old English weather during your visit. There is also a nice sized cafeteria with a very decent selection of hot and cold food and drinks. Picnicking is also welcome , there is lovely picnic area outside too.

There is an off road driving experience as well as many more rides and experiences to enjoy. The Ground Shuttle is a must ride. You climb aboard a purpose built carriage mounted onto the arm of a Manitou Telehandler and strap in. The arm lifts and off you go, across country, around a specifically designed course full of twists and turns and enormous bumpy ruts. Hold on tight as you get tossed and flung around – its fabulous fun!

The staff are all wonderful, very enthusiastic and friendly. Whether you are parents of boys or girls, babies to teenagers, a trip to Diggerland must be on your list – its a fabulous, fun day out that’s a bit different and that everyone will enjoy.

Sincere thanks to Diggerland, Yorkshire for inviting us to visit and review



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