Thomas Land At Drayton Manor


We were lucky enough to be invited to a VIP event at Drayton Manor, asking for bloggers to come along, review the park and take part in the 2016 blogger ambassador programme application. We were entitled to a day there, plus a hour on the rides before it opened to the public at 10.30am. Drayton manor is home to Europes only Thomas Land, which underwent a £2.5 million expansion last year. It has over 25 rides and attractions meaning there is lots to keep little ones entertained with. Drayton Manor itself also has a 15-acre zoo which is home to over 100 species from all over the world.

Thomas Land at Drayton Manor has to be one of the most exciting places, well it was for our little girl. Emily's love for Thomas started from the moment she watched it for the first time. She soon realised there was a train called Emily and it became even more exiting, everytime Emily was mentioned she thought they were talking to her. We visited Thomas land on a Thomas weekend, these weekends are specifically aimed at families of young children. During these weekends, the park is a lot quieter as the only rides that are open are the Thomas rides, the smaller rides and the attractions. This meant that instead of queuing for hours, the lines evaporated quickly and we didn't have a frustrated tot.

Thomas land is right at the entrance meaning it is easy to find and little legs wont get tired walking there. As soon as Emily walked through the gates the first thing she saw was Thomas, nothing will compare to seeing Emily's face light up and hear her say 'ooh' in amazement. 

The first ride we went on was Harold's helicopter tours. I loved that both me and Sam were able to go on the ride with her. We were able to sit at the back of the helicopter giving Emily the reassurance that we were there, but also the freedom to play with the steering wheel and see the view of the whole park. Thomas land rides are suitable for most ages - if the children are under the height restriction they can usually go on with adult supervision. I loved this as it meant there were hardly any rides that were off limits to Emily.


After we got off the Harold's helicopters, Emily chose to ride the Thomas the Tank Engine. Once we got onto the platform the whole thing was a little daunting for her and she became a little clingy and upset. The staff were so lovely, the ride operator was happy to stand and talk to Emily, she tried her best to distract her, and even when Emily went a little shy she carried on talking. I cannot tell you how much that meant to me, it was so nice the staff actually cared and had time to talk to the children. It wasn't just this ride but it was throughout the whole park. 

As soon as Emily saw Thomas chugging into the station she got so excited. My heart melted a little in that moment, seeing her stamp her feet, clap and giggle when she saw Thomas made my day. The train runs from the entrance of the park too the zoo. Emily loved being able to see the reindeer as she went along the tracks. Emily refused to get off Thomas when we got to the Zoo, so we ended up coming all the way back up to the station. She was so excited to be on Thomas. After we got off the train, Emily enjoyed more rides such as Sodor Classic Cars which took her on a tour around the track and through the gift shop. Emily also went on Jeremy Jets flying academy, and Bernie bus.


We then decided we would head over to the VIP rooms in Sodar Airport for some lunch. I was really impressed with these rooms, as was Emily. She loved the fact she could watch Thomas the Tank Engine on the television. She also liked the Thomas that was on the wall, she was able to move the wheels and open the doors which explained how the train engine worked (ideal for a child older than Emily). The VIP rooms are located right amongst the action in the Sodor Airport, for just £25* per person you will gain unlimited access to the rides during the day and a private Thomas Land VIP party room just for you. I thought this was such a brilliant idea, and will definitely be looking into it for Emily's birthday.

After we had some lunch we headed to back over to the rides, on our way Emily caught a glimps of Rosie for the first time, she ran straight over to the fence to see her. Emily isn't your typical girly girl. She does love her princesses and anything pink but her main love is vehicles. Trains especially, since she found her love for Thomas. I absolutely loved watching her face light up when she saw Thomas for the first time but even more so when she saw Rosie. She was absolutely delighted that their was a pink train. We then went onto Diesel's locomotive mayhem ride, this was Emily's favourite ride. She requested to go on it time and time again, and as soon as it finished she would say 'more'.

We also made the most of the food facilities while we were there, we had a burger and chips from the Burger Kitchen, and Emily had chicken bites. It honestly was the yummiest food I have had in a theme park, and the price was really reasonable. Emily definitely approved as she ate the whole lot.


Thomas Land would also be perfect for rainy days, there is also Emily's adventure soft play area. We didn't get a chance to get inside, as when we went to go inside it wasn't the right time frame. Emily was amazed that she saw Emily on a sign, as we just had to snap a shot of her with the sign.

We also visited the dino trail, Emily couldn't wait to run around with the dinosaurs, and wouldn't stop saying "Hi" and "Roar" to them. This was right next to an adventure playground, but sadly Emily wasn't able to explore this. We then went to have a look around the zoo. The animals were really well taken care of. Emily absolutely loved taking a look at them all, her favourite was a tortoise. All in all we had a absolutely amazing day. 

I just want to say a massive thank you to Drayton Manor for having us, Emily absolutely loved her day, she got to see Rosie and meet the Fat Controller. We made memories as a family that we will never forget. We also vlogged the day, and you can find that here.


39 comments

  1. Oh I've seen lots of posts about Drayton manor and each post makes me more and more curious about the place, especially your photos clearly show how much fun the whole family has had! :) Now if only this was closer to Cornwall ;) x

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    1. I think their was quite a few of us who went on Saturday. I would definitely advise visiting, there is always a hotel on site! x

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  2. That looks amazing! We've never been to Drayton Manor but from the looks of this my girls would love it there. I'll have to put it on my list of places to go x

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    1. Thank you, I would definitely recommend it, we had a fab time!x

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  3. Looks like loads of fun I really want to take Blake to Thomas land when he is a little older.

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    1. We had lots of fun, Emily loved it even though I though she would be too young. x

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  4. this place looks amazing my kids would just love it

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for stopping by, I would definitely recommend taking your kiddies on day!

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  5. I have never visited Drayton Manor before, it looks like great fun. My little two would love Thomas land as like most little ones they are huge fans xx

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    1. It honestly has become one of my favourite places, Emily had a absolute blast! x

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  6. I have seen a lot of posts about Drayton Manor this week it is clearly a sign that I need to visit. How far is it from London? I don't live in London but live about 40 mins-1hr away

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    1. Definitely a sign. I'm not sure how far from London, but Drayton manor is in staffordshire. They do have a hotel on site if you fancy making a weekend of it!

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  7. Seems like you had a great time at Thomas Land. We have added Drayton Manor to our to-visit list! :)
    http://lilinhaangel.com/

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad we have swayed you to add it to your visit list!

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  8. We love Thomas land although last time we went we got absolutely soaked to the bone, we ended up actually having to buy him new trousers from the Gift shop he was that wet lol x

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    1. Oh no! Getting soaked is definitely part of the fun when you live in the UK!

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  9. This looks brilliant. I didn't realise there was so much to it. Added to the list of places to go this year!

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad we have swayed you to add it to your to-do list!

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  10. It sounds like you guys had a great day at Thomas Land/Drayton Manor! My 4 year old would love the Dino Trail :) x

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    1. Thank you, we had a lovely time. Emily loved the Dino trail too, but I think her favourite was seeing Rosie!

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  11. I am desperate to take my Toddler to Thomas Land. She will love it! She's a huge Thomas fan (though I do wish they would cater to girls more. She asked for a Thomas dress for Christmas and I ended up getting one made).

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    1. Ahh I hope you get to take her. The gift shop has lots of pink clothing, and beautiful pink pjs. Emily loves anything pink, and vehicles - so she loved Rosie!

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  12. I know a few people who have been to Thomas Land and have said a lot of good things about it. it looks they have plenty of things to and see for people of all ages.

    Thanks for Sharing.

    John M (www.mrgeekandgadgets.com)

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! It was definitely a fab day out!

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  13. Love her kissing her cuddly Rosie - I have a similar picture of Sebby with James :0)

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    1. Aww, its cute watching their faces light up when they see the characters they love isn't it! Thanks for stopping by

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  14. We were invited to this event and we were so looking forward to go but just the night before my youngest daughter was so ill that we were not sure what to do. We waited until the next morning but she was still unwell so we have to missed this great opportunity. I'm so sad but I couldn't do anything else. I can see that you guys had a lot of fun. It is a great opportunity. Good luck with the announcement, :-) xx

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    1. Ahh no, hope she is better now - so sad you couldn't attend! x

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  15. Great place! My son and daughter loved Thomasland. And I particularly liked Spencer's Playground... ;-)

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    1. That doesn't have anything to do with the fact its your name right?

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  16. Aww what a fun day out, Draytom Manor looks so fab and Thomasland looks perfect for the little ones. We were invited along too but sadly couldn't travel from Ireland :(

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    1. Thank you! Ah Its a shame you couldn't come but I do understand as it is a awfully long way. Would have loved to have met you!

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  17. Aw their little faces are just amazing, it looks as though they have had an amazing time x

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  18. Ah it looks like such a fun place, I wish we'd been invited! Love the pic of Emily kissing Rosie!xx

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  19. We went here back in October and had such a great time. It looks like you all had a lovely day x

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  20. THIS LOOKS SO GOOD!! I can't wait for Pickle to arrive and get a bit older as we'll definitely be visiting. How exciting to have been invited on a VIP day. The helicopter ride looks really lovely - and I loved the image of Emily happily 'driving' them with the steering wheel.

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  21. This looks like such a fun day out, I wish we lived nearer x

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  22. Looks like you all had such z fun day out at Thomasland. Great place for any Thomas fan

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