Last weekend, the end of the school day meant more excitement than usual. As we piled into the car, dropped pets at various locations, and headed out of Wales, and toward Tamworth.
Three very excited children were full of the adrenalin which comes with the knowledge of Thomas Land™.In truth, the boys are fair-weather Thomas fans. But their love of trains knows no bounds, and so the Friends of Thomas are safely ingrained within them, and all ready to be their priority at a moments notice.
And Thomas Land™ didn’t let them down.
Drayton Manor Park is home to Europe’s only Thomas Land™, which last year underwent a huge £2.5million expansion, making it bigger and better than ever.
The boys were like magpies to the new attractions and in the hour we had to explore the park before it opened the three took full advantage of the lack of queues to experience the new additions, including Flynn the Fire Engine, who is equipped with on-board hoses so riders can help to put any fires out, and Captain’s Sea Adventure, which introduces not one, but six rotating Captain lifeboat carriages, all complete with their own cannons to squirt water. The children loved Toby’s Tram Express, Jeremy’s Jet Flying Academy and the Blue Mountain Engines which make up the one part of Thomas Land™. And now overlooking Thomas Land™ is the new Sodor Airport Terminal. Whilst downstairs there is a lovely café downstairs, upstairs there is an area for VIP ‘travellers’, featuring a balcony with fantastic views over Thomas Land™. We were lucky enough to be invited up for refreshments, and I can only imagine the excitement which would be involved in inviting classmates to enjoy a birthday party at Thomas Land™ in the rooms available.
We carried on our day enjoying all the rest of the rides in Thomas Land™- I think the all round favourite was the Troublesome Trucks Runaway Coaster- and you have to watch our video to watch the experience, especially the second lap and B’s facial expressions.
The other ride to go on time and time again was Cranky Crane, and whilst I definitely couldn’t see the fun in having your stomach continually left in mid-air well, the little people were already queueing for another turn.
And this was the perfect way to enjoy Thomas Land™, a day devoted to the little people as the rest of the rides in Drayton Manor Park remained closed for the winter break, this allowed the grown ups to place themselves truly in the hands and feet of the little people.
Whilst our little people are probably at the older end of the rides in this part of the park, one element that I really appreciated (as CM started the day having a wobble about her fears of the rides) is that there definitely is something for every child- gentle rides, spinning rides, outdoor play, indoor play.
By the end of the day of course CM was sneaking repeat rides on the rollercoaster with dad whilst the boys wanted to experience every ride at least twice. A perfect day out.
Disclosure: We were invited to Drayton Manor Park to experience Thomas Land™. All views and opinions contained are our own.