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A day out at Diggerland, Yorkshire

August 29, 2013 7 comments

When you think of theme parks, you usually think of roller coasters and log flumes.

Not at this one.

Diggerland in Castleford, Yorkshire is a theme park with a difference as all the rides are digger themed, and makes for a great alternative day out for kids (and big kids!)

Our two boys headed straight for the Dig A Round ride which was one of the first rides we came to on arrival, and loved being spun round.

spin out

I sat this one out and just watched them whizz round instead. (Wimp.)

One of the great things about Diggerland is that the children can get to drive around tracks, and on coming off the “Dig A Round” ride pictured above, they decided to have a go on this…

tractor driving DL

The ten year old had great fun driving his little brother around.

As height restrictions apply on some of the rides, little brother was just a little bit too small to drive this, so he went jeep driving instead…

tractor ride DL

They both had great fun practising their driving skills!

If you’ve got a head for heights, you can go on a crane ride that takes you high up. I went on this one, and I managed to open my eyes long enough to see Xscape and the houses stretched below me, and marvel at the view.

Even though I managed to go up into the sky and get the aerial view, I decided to watch as they (and Daddy! he must be braver than me ๐Ÿ™‚ ) went on Spin Dizzy.

Spin Dizzy being a ride that flings you up, round, and out to the side at dizzying speeds and spins you round and around skywards.

They both declared this “Awesome!”, and so did Daddy, who loved itย although his legs were a little wobblier than before he went on

If you fancy something a bit more sedate though, you can always sit in one of the diggers and try to manoeuvre the controls to Hook A Duck…

hook a duck DL

or play Skittles

skittles digger DL

The 6 year old showed off some great skills on the skittles and managed to knock all the skittles down in record time!

If, after all that concentration on the driving and the testing of your co-ordination on the games has tired you out, there’s plenty of picnic tables dotted about to have a rest on, or there’s a cafe too to sit in with refreshments.

Or simply sit in the soft play area while they let off yet more steam as you have a drink and a sit down.

soft play DL

You could easily spend hours at Diggerland, as even though it only covers a small area, there is so much to do and mine wanted to go round again on all the rides, so we ended up doing the rides a lot more than once.

All in all, a great alternative day out for children which definitely tires them out and keeps them busy!

Diggerland website

– we received complimentary tickets. All views and opinions our genuine thoughts on our visit.

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A day out at Wolds Way Lavender, near Malton

August 23, 2013 6 comments

The smell assaults your nostrils straight away on stepping out of the car.

In a nice way, of course.

The rows of lavender in the fields releases their scent onto the summer air, creating a lovely fragrant breeze.

lavender row

 

Wolds Way Lavender is set near Malton, North Yorkshire and hosts a whole array of lavender goodies in their shop.

With lavender based moisturisers and lotions, there’s all kinds of things.

There’s plenty to keep you busy, and we were kept busy in the maze (especially as I’m hopeless at map reading!)

The maze hosted different outsized games, which we had fun playing.

Here’s the giant Connect Four:

connect 4 WW

 

and the hoopla game where you had to try and get the hoops over the tree stumps.

hoops game WW

 

I even had a go at the limbo game! I managed to ‘get down’ quite far, but didn’t dare do the last few notches in fear of not being able to get back up again! ๐Ÿ˜€

There was also a big chess game. We didn’t have a go on this one, mainly because I’ve never learnt how to play normal chess, never mind a giant one.

big chess set WW

 

There was also a nature trail to follow, and on entry to the lavender fields we were handed a map and a ‘quiz’ sheet in which to record answers to nature related questions such as about butterflies or bees.

Or, if you want aย  nice, easy way to have a tour round the Lavender rows, you can go via train.

train WW

This pretty little engine attached onto some carriages and chugged round the fields, tooting its little horn at regular intervals.

Past the giant beehive, where hundreds of bees were hard at work making lots of delicious honey.biggest beehive WW

 

If you’re in need of refreshments after all that time getting lost in the maze and nature trail, and watching the bees at work, the tearooms host a selection of lavender based treats.

When we went, lavender scones were on the menu which sounded delicious.

Or just sit and have a pot of tea and take a jar of honey or chutney home with you instead.

For more details the current website is here

 

 

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