On Saturday we were invited to Thomasland at Drayton Manor, located near to Tamworth in Staffordshire, in the hope of being selected as one of the park’s blogger ambassadors for the following year.
We were last at Drayton Manor around five years ago on my 40th birthday (yay I know how to celebrate!). The boys were obviously much smaller and we had a brilliant day in the late September sun.
Weekends are busy with activities and chores and so catching up with friends can take a back seat unfortunately. This seemed like a brilliant opportunity to meet our friends and have some fun at the same time.
This is the perfect place for imagination to run wild and the boys were off climbing and exploring the little houses, tunnels and shelters burning off the energy that had been building for the last hour on the car journey!
After a while we managed to tempt them to explore the rest of the theme park though, honestly, I think they would have been happy to stay here all day! We headed back on the train (this time it was Thomas!) and hit the brilliant rides at Thomasland. Although the boys are 6 and don’t necessarily watch Thomas the Tank Engine on TV they never once questioned this and were very excited to jump from one ride to another as they recognised their favourite characters.
Though the rides are designed to be suitable for small children, there is still an element of danger giving older children a taste of the thrill ride experience!
Here we are on Toby’s Tram Express, Bertie Bus, Harold’s Helicopter tours Captain’s Sea Adventure and Sodor Classic Cars to name a few. There were also some rides outside of Thomasland open such as the carousel and pirate boats (a particular fave!).
Drayton Manor also has a 5-acre zoo which is home to over 100 species of animals from around the world! We spotted meerkats, spider monkeys, snakes, black leopard, owls, lemurs, parrots and Sumatran tigers as well as lots of others and the children learnt about the natural habitats, eating and sleeping habits and lots of other animal facts. It was very educational!
I love to see animals, preferably in their natural environment or well looked after in a safari park. it was lots of fun especially for the children who had a great conversation with the friendly parrot!
Just adjacent to the zoo is a small but brilliant Dinosaur park. The children especially loved the questions about the dinosaurs that they could test the adults with.
As Drayton Manor isn’t too far from us we will definitely be returning. You can also camp in the grounds of the theme park which I really like the sound of and the Zoo Club, where children aged 8+ can be a zoo keeper for the day, sound epic if we made it ir regular weekend thing.
The park opens fully on 12 March when the big thrill rides, which I know our 9 year old would love, will be in action. In the meantime you can still visit Thomasland and the zoo and make the most of the brilliant deals that are around at the moment, especially if you are staying at the hotel which is just at the entrance to the park. We can highly recommend The Grill restaurant which we visited on my birthday if you like your steaks!
Have you visited Drayton Manor recently? What is your favourite attraction there?