Last Saturday we were planning to take Winston to Diggerland for his birthday day out. However, after realising we could get tickets with our Tesco Clubcard points (and save £60), we decided to delay it – they take 5 days to come. Instead we headed to York to have a wonder around and visit DIG. We hopped on one of the many park and rides, as we always find parking in York a nightmare.
It was so sunny, warm even. Totally gorgeous and very busy. We ate lunch and made our way to DIG; ‘an archaeological adventure’. Winston was a bit young to understand some of the activities, but the staff were brilliant and really made an effort to include him. At the beginning there were lots of stations that give you the opportunity to think about the way Vikings, Romans and Victorians lived – what would be left behind, what food they ate and what their houses were like.
This was followed by an hour long guided tour where we dug for clues and discussed what they could tell us about our ancestors. I love it when staff are knowledgeable as well as passionate, and our guide was definitely both. He was fantastic. Rufus particularly loved this bit. He was digging away very happily and didn’t want to leave. We uncovered items like human remains, roads, chamber pots, pathways and old toys.
During the second section of the guided tour we looked at animal bones, shells, leather, stones, charcoal, metal and pottery. After the tour there was the opportunity to have a look around the rest of the museum, but by this point our boys were ready to leave. It’s quite a small museum and the perfect place to go for a couple of hours, although it is probably more suited to children that are 5+ years. I certainly learnt lots of new things.
After DIG we did a little bit of shopping, ate ice-cream and caught the end of a local football match. It was a very simple, but wonderful day.