With the wee one still very much Thomas the Tank Engine obsessed and Big still happy to watch the same episode a number of times before he finally gets bored and walks out the room we thought it would be a nice idea to take them out for the day to Thomasland.
Thomasland is based within Drayton Manor Theme Park and, as the name suggests, has lots of rides related to characters within the Thomas the Tank Engine TV series.
We decided, because the boys are still quite young, we’d go up the day before as it’s a two and a half hour drive. This was definitely a good call as it meant we got to spend the whole day there. There was so much to do, even with a full day in the park we didn’t get round all the rides.
Much to the wee one’s delight, although you wouldn’t know it from the pictures, was a trip in Annie and Clarabel pulled by Thomas. Just as a heads up if you ever go, it’s a one way trip out and then back again so if you have a buggy you may want to take it with you. We didn’t realise until it was too late and ended up getting off and walking round so we could reboard again. Although, obviously there were no complaints from the wee one, helped by the fact there wasn’t a queue.
Big’s favourite ride was Captain’s Sea Adventure. It’s worth taking wet weather gear for this ride, especially if you’re going to struggle to dry out. Big loved getting to blast the water all over the other boats and in particular over the kiosk that the lady in charge of the ride was sat it. We ended up going on three times he loved it that much.
Other highlights were Jeremy Jet’s Flying Academy, Winston’s Whistle Top Tours and Diesel’s Locomotive Mayhem.
When the wee one was napping I managed to convince Big to go on the Troublesome Trucks Runaway Coaster. Bless him, he really wasn’t sure. He found it a little fast for him. I, on the other hand, quite enjoyed it.
The wee one is small for his age but that didn’t really make a difference as almost all the rides were suitable for him. His favourite was definitely the ride on the railway. We went back on one last time as he was so desperate to go on again.
I think we were really lucky with the weather as it was really sunny and that definitely made a difference to the day, especially for drying off after the rides with water (there’s also Flynn’s Fire Rescue). We felt that going out of season was great too as there were less queues for the rides.
I have to say I think Drayton Manor have been clever about how they’ve set up the rides as you queue around them. Whilst this may set off a few impatient tantrums generally it meant that the children were distracted by watching others go on so didn’t realise they were stood waiting their turn.
We felt that for the day out we had it was worth the money we paid. We would go back again when the boys are a little bigger as there’s so much to do there and the rides are suitable for older children as well.
You can find more out about Drayton Manor Theme Park here.
Just a quick note to say, I’ve not been paid to write this post and Drayton Manor Theme Park are not aware that I have done so.