A day out in York and DIG

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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.

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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.


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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.

E xx



  1. Miriam
    12th March 2015 / 5:57 pm

    We love dig! Hannah decided she wanted to be an archeologist after we visited 🙂

  2. erinalice
    1st May 2015 / 6:37 pm

    This looks brilliant! I have heard of DIG before but I didn’t really know what it was about. I think this would be a fantastic place to bring the kids when American relatives visit – especially on a rainy day! Thanks for linking up with #YorkshireFamily

  3. 8th May 2015 / 10:06 am

    York is one of my favourite cities (I may be biased having grown up there) – I hadn’t heard of DIG before though!

  4. 25th May 2015 / 9:43 am

    Ooo we missed this when we visited York last week! Thanks for sharing – looks like great fun but maybe a bit lost on me, as I’m only 2! #YorkshireFamily My daddy would have loved it!

  5. 25th May 2015 / 7:22 pm

    We love York. Glad I’m not the only one who finds the parking challenging! We haven’t done DIG yet but it’s one for the future I reckon.

    • 29th May 2015 / 10:52 pm

      Yes it’s really great for a couple of hours. I know parking in York is ridiculous – I do love Park and Ride though! x

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