Tiny Diggers, run at DIG: An Archaeological Adventure in St Saviourgate, is an exciting alternative to playgroups, offering sensory play fun for 0-4 year olds – and a chance for parents to socialise – before the award-winning attraction opens to the public.
“Our Tiny Diggers sessions have proved incredibly popular with parents and children alike over the last year when we have been able to operate them, so we have made special plans to continue the sessions during term time,” comments manager, Chantelle Williams.
Sessions are £5 per child (an accompanying adult goes free), booked in blocks of four, with tea, coffee and biscuits available for parents as their young ones play. Parents can mix and match days and sessions according to what suits their needs. Each hour-long session gives children a chance to play in a safe, tactile environment which uses textures found in archaeology to introduce touch-based play.
DIG re-opens to the public when restrictions lift on 17 May 2021. DIG is a hands-on archaeological adventure giving budding young archaeologists the chance to become trainee ‘diggers’ and discover the most exciting artefacts from 2000 years of York’s history! Tours last one hour.
With four special indoor excavation pits, all based on real-life digs in the city and filled with replica Roman, Viking, medieval and Victorian finds, children can grab a trowel and explore how people lived in these times. The experience will also include a talk from an archaeologist and getting up close to real archaeological artefacts!
Tiny Diggers is the latest initiative from DIG: An Archaeological Adventure to extend the appeal of the family-friendly site. Meanwhile, adult visitors will also enjoy new tours taking place every afternoon. “DIG appeals particularly to primary age, children, with hands-on activities that they can enjoy, but with all our tours run by archaeologists, we’ve redesigned the last tour of each day so that it appeals specifically to an adult audience, when we can share more detail about specific archaeological projects and techniques, and handle real finds,” explains Chantelle. “We’re keeping some of the hands-on activities, so for example, our adult visitors will still use the popular digging pits, but with real brushes, and unearthing replica artefacts that have been found in sites around York – but without the cold weather, mud and rain that characterise outdoor archaeology!”
DIG Deeper tours take the last tour slot of the day – 3.30pm on term time weekdays, 4.30pm weekends and holidays – and places must be prebooked online at https://digyork.com/visit-dig/dig-deeper/ or by calling 01904 615505. Normal admission prices apply (£7 for adults, £6.50 for concessions) or visitors can use a JORVIK Group Triple Ticket or York Pass.