Thomas Land at Drayton Manor

Thomas Land at Drayton Manor

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We visited Thomas Land at Drayton Manor a couple of weeks ago, and unlike our first visit there a couple of years ago it was a beautiful sunny day! I was so excited to be going back to Thomas Land, it is such a great place. So how was it is the sunshine?

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Did you know?

Thomas Land is the only one in Europe?

It is part of Drayton Manor, tickets include entry to both parks.

There are currently some fantastic ticket price offers running.

They have a Christmas Event every year.

They have A Rainy Day Guarantee in the summer ‘If you visit Drayton Manor Park from 21st July until 4th September 2017 and experience continuous rain for 2 or more hours between 10am – 5pm, their Rainy Day Guarantee will mean that you can return to the park free of charge from 5th September to 13th October 2017′ Please see their website for full terms and conditions.

When to go

Neither Thomas Land or Drayton Manor are open all year – they are open in high season, school holidays and have special Halloween and Christmas events. Make sure you check the website when you are planning your visit.

Weekends, bank holidays and school holidays are super busy times.

On rainy days if you can cover up and brave the rain, queue times are loads shorter.

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Must See

Thomas Land itself – based the island Sodor with Cranky the Crane, Bertie Bus, and regular visits from Thomas, Rosie and Percy to take you over to the zoo area. There re over 25 rides and attractions in Thomas Land alone!

The cable car ride across the park.

Maelstrom – just to watch it is terrifying enough!

Where to Eat

There are several snack and food places, we went to the Safari Pasta and Pizza cafe at the entrance to the zoo and were super impressed. It is themed inside, a little like a jungle, and there were plenty of tables, even in the height of August. There are outside tables too. 

We had a family deal for £22 for the four of us, with us each having our choice of pasta or pizza, a box of potato wedges each and a drink each. The food was hot, tasty and there was so much of it! 

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Where to Stay

The Drayton Manor Hotel is literally off the driveway to Drayton Manor. They have Thomas themed rooms too! There is also a Camping and Caravanning Club site almost in the grounds of the park – within walking distance. Tamworth has more hotels too. Two years ago we stayed in Kingsbury on the Camping and Caravanning Club site which was a lovely site and about half an hour away.

The only problem we had was the really long queue to collect our tickets. Even if you have printed E Tickets you have to swop them for the park ticket at the entrance. There were 6 ticket booths at Entrance 2 (where we went in) but they were all closed! This was at midday! We had to queue at the Vertigo office and lots of people were moaning about it. 

Also, check which rides are open on the day you are visiting, three of the big ones that the teens wanted to ride were closed.

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I had a wonderful day at Thomas Land at Drayton Manor, there was so much to do for all my family, I loved the Thomas rides, the teens loved the thrill rides and the cable car ride, and Nan and Grandad loved the Winston ride, the zoo, the Thomas and Friends Model exhibition and the coffee shops! 

You can see our vlog about our day on our YouTube channel:

Have you been to Thomas Land at Drayton Manor?

20 Comments

  1. I would love to take Arthur he loves Thomas! Looks like a great day out was had by all!

  2. This looks like such a fun day out – great photos – I just wish there were more attractions like this in Northern Ireland!

  3. We love a day out at Thomas land and their rainy day guarantee is brilliant – nothing worse than a damp and soggy day out
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  4. Thomas Land sounds really great! My little ones would love it! It’s great how big Thomas Land actually is, compared to other theme parks with seperate ‘childrens lands’! I do love Drayton Manor though, it has my favourite ride of all time Stormforce 10!
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  5. I haven’t been to Thomas Land as my children are too old for that part of the park now but we did visit Drayton Manor many years ago. It looks like a fun day out!
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  6. I love the look at this place, it looks like Lucas’ dream day out x

  7. We love Thomas Land, so many fun rides!

  8. My kids really like this place, I promised to bring them back.

  9. We went to Drayton manor and loved it. Lots to do with kids

  10. I really want to take my little boy to Drayton Manor next year, we have never been before. It looks like you had a great time, lovely photos x
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  11. I grew up not that far from Drayton Manor so have lots of memories from visiting during my childhood – they didn’t have Thomas Land then, and I know my daughter is a bit of a fan, so it’s one we must make a day to visit.

  12. We’ve never been to Drayton Manor. Hopefully we can make it soon — looks like a lot of fun!
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  13. We really enjoyed it when we went last year – there is quite a lot to do isn’t there? Certainly a great day out as you all found out!

  14. This looks brilliant – I know my two would love it, as would Tin Box Grandpa!! It’s great to know there’s a campsite right next-door too!

  15. Our boys were mat Thomas fans they would have loved this when they were little x

  16. It’s a really manageable day out isn’t it and the kids just adore it!

  17. It sounds as though your lunch was great value. That sort of thing can get very expensive on days out! I’ll bet the Christmas events they have here are brilliant.

  18. I’m so pleased you guys got to see it in the sunshine s it really is a fantastic day out. It’s a shame to read about the queues though, we’ve not seen that before
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  19. Drayton Manor isn’t too far from us but we’ve never been! My girls are a bit old for Thomas Land now but it looks like you had a great time.

  20. Certainty is a dram place to stay
    Maybe 2018 will be our year to stay

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