It was Monkey’s third birthday a few weeks ago and what better way to celebrate then meeting up with some family and friends, and drive a JCB bulldozer..?

So, that’s what we did… When we headed to Diggerland in Kent. This amusement park has a pretty simple premise. It’s filled with a veritable feast of different construction machinery that have been turned into fun rides.

IMG_0001Diggerland is a boy’s paradise. Monkey’s excitement, when we entered the car park and he caught sight of a digger and then an army tank, was palpable. But even though the majority of attractions are big boys’ toys, it really is great fun for the whole family, and there are plenty of rides for everyone to try – even my mum had a go on a few!

IMG_0002_2I braved the Spin Dizzy, a huge bulldozer that spins you up and around at speed. Let’s just say it was a good thing I hadn’t eaten my lunch. Monkey was laughing his head off at my obvious discomfort.

He got to do a lot of fun things with Daddy, too. Including driving a dumper truck and operating several bulldozers. He was in his element.

IMG_0015_2He also loved the tractor ride that took you around the park and because him and my goddaughter O sat right in the front seat, they truly believed they were driving it. In fact, the cheeky pair even pretended to take money off us and ask where we’d like to go. To the pub was my answer…

IMG_0007_2There were also lots of car rides for the little ones, which he couldn’t wait to get on with his cousin T. I also joined him on a go-kart race, which I drove. He was over the moon when Mummy came first. So was I…

IMG_0012_2And, of course, there was time for ice cream, even though it began to rain.

IMG_0013_2Compared to other theme parks there isn’t as much on offer in terms of attractions and facilities – there is only one cafe that provides a variety of hot food – but don’t let that put you off. At the start of the morning I was slightly concerned that we wouldn’t really be able to make a whole day out of it, but it was surprising how quickly the time passed – we still managed to spend a good five hours there.

There are also play areas, sandpits, coin operated rides including toy cars and bumper cars – where we had to purchase extra tokens to go on. This was slightly annoying as I do believe if you’ve paid a set entrance fee, then all rides should be included in the price.

IMG_0004_2Nonetheless, I was impressed with the overall package. The very young staff (in comparison to me!), were friendly and helpful and they all clearly loved kids. And, even though Monkey’s height was an issue on some of the rides – you have to be a minimum of 90mm or one metre to go on a few of them – this didn’t deter him from having a wonderful birthday. He even managed to score another present from us when we exited through the gift shop, but this was made even more special when he received a Diggerland certificate, too!

Diggerland Kent; Entrance fee from £16.99 if you book in advance online; Children under 90mm Free