A few days ago we took our first trip to Drayton manor. It’s a place I’ve been wanting this visit for some time and the day of our visit also happened to be my sons birthday too.
Drayton Manor is located in Tamworth and just a few miles from the main Train station making it very easy to get to even if without a car.
There are many rides there to suit all family members from the smaller riders to the big thrill rides.
Unlike many theme parks, the rides are all close together here and within easy reach of one another, no getting lost and no long treks.
With the park just recently re-opening, it did mean the odd few rides were still closed and undergoing maintenance. I was slightly disappointed that this included the G Force thrill ride as it was one that I wanted to try out, but; Shockwave was open which is very fast with loops and did tend to throw me around a little. Another thrill ride is the Apocalypse which is a tower drop ride and one of the first rides we saw when entering the park.
For younger children and families there is Thomas land. Thomas land is full of Thomas rides and an opportunity to see Thomas and friends trains and if you are lucky you may just get to meet the fat controller too.
The rides in Thomas land cater for children of different ages. They aren’t all made with babies in mind; Some of them go higher and faster than others.
Drayton manor often put on Thomas themed weekends too with various activities and things going on.
There are multiple food outlets and shops around the park which are all easy enough to find. Burger and chicken type places included. We managed to get dinner for four of us, including drinks for £24.00. A visit to Sodor sweets is well worth it at the end of the day for a few (inexpensive) treats for on the way home.
Drayton Manor is more than just a theme park. They also have a small zoo and a dark area. The zoo is within walking distance of the ride areas but there is also a Thomas train to take people there.
The zoo has many different animals and birds to look at, including wild cat species, kangaroos, monkeys and huge ostriches.
In the zoo area is a dinosaur park with massive realistic dinosaur models. Izebella has recently been learning about dinosaurs and the many species at school so this very much added to her learning experience.
And then we were back on the train for a few more rides and sweets before the park closed.
It can be a tiring day walking round a theme park and zoo, especially after a longish journey but there are plenty of places to sit and relax at the park and simply watch the kids on the rides. There is also a indoor play area for the younger children.
I found Drayton manor park to be very clean and tidy, the staff very helpful and safety seemed to be a priority on every ride with all children measured prior to getting on the rides to make sure they were tall or small enough to go on. The safety straps on every ride seemed to get checked at least twice each time too. We were lucky to go on a day when the park was not busy and therefore avoided any queue times. Some rides had no queues at all. I am told it gets extremely busy in school holidays and weekends tho.
The park opens at 10am. The first rides open at 10.30am so it’s certainly worth trying to get there early on busier days. The park shuts at 5pm. It works out much cheaper to “Pre-book tickets online rather than buy there on the day. Adult tickets currently cost £25.00 if bought online but £39.00 on the day. A child aged 12 and over is classed as adult price here too. Children under 2 get in free and those over 60 pay the same as children which is £20.00.
There are many photo opportunities throughout the park and it is certainly worth a visit.