Despite the 300 mile round trip, we had a lovely day at one of Britain’s best theme parks. Situated in the county of Staffordshire, Drayton Manor Theme Park is a picturesque theme park based around a duck laden lake. Like many of the major theme parks (Peppa Pig World at Paultons, CBeebies land at Alton Towers), Drayton Manor has a dedicated area for any little Thomas The Tank Engine fan.
Thomasland is the perfect place to introduce your little one to the delights of a theme park in a gentle and fun surrounding.
There are so many rides in this area that queues were minimal. They loved the water pistol Fire Engine ride. Simple but brilliant.
The rest of the park is packed with traditional theme park rides. This car ride is always a winner isn’t it?
The log flume was brilliant but very wet so make sure you cover up otherwise you will be walking around soaking for the rest of the day 🙂
Sadly my oldest who is a rollercoaster fantatic was disappointed to be 5cm too short to go on the ‘only 1 of 2 stand up rollercoasters in Europe. #secretlyrelieved
Instead we went on the some twisty upside down ride that made me slightly ill for the rest of the day. However we had our rollercoaster fix as there were plenty of miniature rollercoaster for 110cm and up…
There was a vast choice of places to eat. We chose a Pizza Pasta place next to the zoo (below they are checking out the Meerkats) and had pretty good meatballs!
We let lunch settle with a viewing of an Ice Age 4D Cinema experience. We were thrown around and sprayed with a fair bit of water which the boys loved.
The younger two had a run around on one of the many adventure playgrounds.
H and I had a wander around the Dino Trail and brushed up on our dinosaur intel.
H also practiced his photography skills – great one of the three dinosaurs…
All in all a lovely day which would make a great birthday or holiday treat.
If you looking for a fun day out to amuse the kids this summer, you can’t go wrong with Drayton Manor. As one of my kids asked the next day ‘ When can we go back?’
That’s always a good result!
Tickets were complimentary in return for an honest review of which all opinions are my own.