Diggerland Yorkshire

Getting to grips with the hardware at Diggerland, Yorkshire

Unleash the inner construction machinery driver in you at this novel adventure park, packed with giant diggers and earth movers you can drive yourself. With holes to dig and fill, dumper races to take part in and imaginative rides to get dizzy on, who can fail to be swept up in the action? If you prefer to take a back seat, sit back and watch your children or grandchildren have the time of their lives.

Run in partnership with H.E. Services, whose main business is renting out excavators to the construction industry, Diggerland delivers the real thing, with authentic JCB 3CXs, dumper trucks and mini diggers at your disposal for the day. Adding to the high-octane ambience is an array of whizzy fairground rides such as dodgers and spinners, all fashioned out of diggers or the like. Although none of the machines or rides are adapted for disabled use, if you have sufficient mobility to get on, you’re allowed on. Most machines are operated by power-assisted hand controls that don’t require great strength – which means kids can have a go too, either independently (from 3ft 7in) or with an adult.

In truth, Diggerland’s main market is primary-school-age kids and their dads – but that’s not to say you can’t enjoy a great family day out here if you’re disabled or have reduced mobility. The car park has four dedicated Blue Badge spaces, and paths around the site are hard-surfaced and wheelchair accessible. As you approach the machines themselves there’s a certain amount of grass, and sometimes gradients, to contend with – best avoided in wet, slippery conditions. There’s a disabled toilet and baby changing facilities in the fully accessible reception building. While disabled visitors must pay the full entry fee, they can bring one carer free of charge, who can use all the rides and drives.

Food & drink: Having worked up an appetite on the diggers (and even just watching is a hungry business), repair to the attractive, accessible café in the reception building, where you’ll find a decent range of hot and cold light meals, with a separate children’s menu. For something more substantial, try the award-winning Rising Sun pub (01977 554766), on the main road back to the motorway.