Jorvik DIG, York Birthday Parties: A Mumbler Review
Guest Review by Local Mumbler, Ashley
If you are looking for a fun birthday party idea in York and something a bit different, then look no further than Jorvik DIG. Find out what Ashley thought of her son’s 6th birthday party at DIG.
Digging at DIG
It can be a real task to come up with something new for party venues and whilst I’ve loved organising parties in the past, as the years roll on, it becomes harder and harder to come up with ideas. Quite honestly, it can be nice and stress-free to show up somewhere, have the party and leave at the end. So, this year when we had the opportunity to try out DIG: An Archaeological Adventure, an amazing hidden treasure tucked away within York city centre, we certainly didn’t hesitate to say YES!
Up until the party, I’m a little embarrassed to say we hadn’t stumbled across DIG – it is nestled away off the beaten path, but what a pleasant discovery it was. From the booking process with Chantelle right through to the finer details of party bags and little goblets to drink from, we were not disappointed.
Room for up to 25 guests
My little one was celebrating his 6thBirthday, so his party was a mix of mostly 5- and 6-year olds with a couple of older ones (aged 9) who equally enjoyed the party as much as the littlies. The maximum capacity of guests is 25 and we had 14 guests which felt like a really good number for the activities.
When we arrived, we were greeted by very friendly staff who let us roam around whilst awaiting the guests (there’s some great stuff to look at) and the children seemed as intrigued as us! They gave us a run-through of what the children would be doing and took the cake off our hands which was the ONLY thing I had to remember and of course to show up!
Plenty of fun activities to keep everyone entertained
The activities included a short talk about archaeology before moving through to an archaeological ‘dig’ in four replica excavation pits which are based on real archaeological digs in York over the last 30 years. The children had great fun finding the artefacts and trying to figure out what they had discovered. We then moved upstairs where each child was given a shield and free reign to decorate it with paints and stencils and then on to a selfie opportunity with a DIG photo frame and Viking themed props.
Fabulous ‘viking’ party food for £5 per child
Enjoying the birthday lunch
After all that excitement, the children then sat down to a feast at a table which resembled a Viking boat. It was laden with little goblets (which were a real hit), Viking helmet masks and party food including sandwiches, crisps, veggie sticks, sausage rolls and some sweet treats to follow which went down a treat. The menu that was offered upon booking had plenty to choose from and catering is an optional extra for £5 per child. As the party landed over lunchtime, the children were more than ready for a little party feast before moving through to a Viking battle led by their very own Viking host.
The host was brilliant at getting all the children involved and whilst they were playing their game this gave us an opportunity to get the cake chopped up and popped into the party bags before the party ended. The bags were provided by DIG as an optional extra for £3 per child. I was really impressed with the contents…with no plastic in sight and a week on they haven’t just fallen to the bottom of the endless toy pit!
Enjoyed by the children and the parents
The parents that came along said they were really impressed with the party and many of them hadn’t been to DIG before but would be certainly returning in the future. The children skipped off with their shields they had decorated and party bags with a smile on their face, a good time was had by all!
This was by far one of my favourite organised parties that we have had, and all the children were so enthusiastic about learning about the archaeology and Vikings which I was a little worried about initially because of their age.
Your costumed Viking host
Exclusive use of the mezzanine level and activity room at DIG
Dig pits, archaeologist talk, shield-making craft and battle workshop
Viking helmet hats, party plates, drinking goblets and tableware
Viking selfie photo frame and props
DIG is fully accessible and has a pram park and changing facilities.
NB. This review was written by local Mumbler Ashley – she was gifted this party experience by the lovely people at DIG but all views are her own – we pinky promise that no amount of Birthday Cake would make us give a dishonest review to you mumblers 💜