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?
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.
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!
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.
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?