When it comes to fun days out for the family, our go-to destination is always Drayton Manor theme park. It’s not too far from us in Tamworth, and the Thomas Land attraction is such a magical place for younger kids.
Our last visit here was in November for the Magical Christmas event. We also like to make an annual trip there every summer, when my sister and nephew visit us from Dubai. Taylor is now two and a half and (exactly) 0.9m high, so this year she was able to go on the majority of the rides within Thomas Land. Hooray!
Her cousin is coming up to his fifth birthday and he loves it more with every year. This year was no different and both of them were so excited in the run-up about our visit – we were able to use it as bribery for good behaviour for the entire week!
Thomas Land at Drayton Manor
We arrived at the park just before midday and headed straight for Thomas Land, which is an attraction in its own right. It was expanded in 2015 to accommodate a variety of new rides and there’s more than enough here to keep little ones busy for the day.
The first ride we went on was the Flynns Fire and Rescue ride, which is complete with hoses for the kids (and adults!) to fire at targets. Taylor was able to go on this one accompanied by an adult, and her cousin is now tall enough to go in one of the carriages alone. Her big cousin loved it, but Taylor got immediately soaked and seemed a little surprised!
After that, we queued up for the planes (aka Jeremy Jets Flying Academy). This has always been one of our favourites – and judging from the queue it’s everybody else’s favourite too! Luckily, it didn’t disappoint!
Not all of the rides had big queues and we were able to jump on the majority of them without too much of a wait.
For lunch we decided to venture into the main theme park for a burger. However, there are a couple of cafes within Thomas Land which sell a good variety of hot and cold food and also cater for little ones with picnic box options.
Engine Tours and other activities
Afterwards we headed back to Knapford Station to take one of the engine tours (either Thomas, Percy or Rosie). Buggies have to be collapsed before getting on the train but there are a couple of carriages where you can store them for the ride.
There’s always a bit of a queue for this, but it’s well worth the wait – kids love the novelty of riding on Thomas (or his friends), and it’s a good opportunity to venture outside of Thomas Land. I think their faces on this photo say it all!
At the other end, there’s a large outdoor adventure play area and a 15 acre zoo, which the kids loved. It also provided the perfect excuse for us adults to sit down with an ice-cream, whilst the kids let off some steam!
If you visit on a wet weather day, there’s also a convenient soft play centre within Thomas Land so that you can dodge those showers whilst still keeping the kids entertained.
After a stroll around the zoo, we visited the nearby Dino Trail which takes you on an educational tour of dinosaurs with life-sized models of our prehistoric friends and the odd rumble and groan – all great entertainment for little ones.
Back in Thomas Land, we managed a final ride – Winston’s Whistle Stop Tours. This one takes you around Thomas Land on an elevated track, so is a great way of exploring the sights.
After that, it was a quick stop at one of the cafes to pick up cheese sandwiches for the kids to munch on for the journey home!
As always, we had a fantastic day and the kids seemed to love it more than ever this year. If you haven’t yet visited Thomas Land, it’s well worth adding to your list – you won’t be disappointed and the kids are sure to remember it for a long time to come.
Disclosure: We were invited along to Thomas Land in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.