Birthday parties in Kent - company launches mini diggers

by Lauren Abbott

A husband and wife team are building birthday party packages with a difference.

Denise and Dave Pettitt from Dartford could be bringing their micro-digger to a children's party near you after the couple took the decision to branch out and offer a more unusual kind of birthday celebration.

Denise - often better known as Mrs Back To Front - has spent 34 years as a children's entertainer providing popular children's parties with traditional magic, slapstick humour, balloons and games.

Mini digger parties
Mini digger parties

But using husband Dave's experience with his own digger company, the couple took the decision in July to introduce mini digger parties for children aged five and over.

Using one of 'Digger Dave's' micro machines, the couple have designed a two-hour party in which every child can take a turn at operating the digger. And at 750mm - or two foot wide - it can fit through standard doorways and entrances to enable customers to bring it into their own garden or outdoor space.

Equipped with a chain that carries either a large black ball or hook - games such as skittles or hook the duck can be played while all partygoers get to wear a high viz jacket and hard hat to operate the digger.

"People are hesitant but people love it when they get involved" said Denise.

"People are not believing that we can actually bring a digger to their premises."

Youngsters can clamber aboard the machines in mini digger parties
Youngsters can clamber aboard the machines in mini digger parties

The couple also come armed with rubber mats and barriers to transport the digger and protect the ground and have all the required public liability insurance. Youngsters are also given a short but fun safety briefing before the party begins.

The mini-digger party can accommodate up to 20 children - during which every child would get one go.

But Denise says the fewer children a family has, the more turns of the digger youngsters can take.

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