When Jack met Thomas at Drayton Manor

Last weekend, we took Jack on a surprise trip to Drayton Manor’s Thomas Land.  He absolutely loves anything to do with Thomas and Friends, so we just knew that we would be in for a day to remember.

We arrived at 10:30am armed with a picnic and headed into the park, we had taken Jack’s reigns with us and decided to leave his stroller in the car.  I was so excited and couldn’t wait to see Jack’s little face when he caught a glimpse of Thomas.

Thomas Land Entrance

There wasn’t any queues to contend with and we was pleasantly surprised when we found Thomas Land not far into the entrance of the park.  Trevor spotted Cranky the Crane over the wall and showed him to Jack.  Jack knew who it was straight away and his face lit up.


Thomas and Friends

Thomas and Friends

Thomas and Friends

Now I know that we was in Thomas Land but I had no idea just how good this day was going to be.  Jack looked gobsmacked the whole day, he went between looks of shock and smiles with each new sight of Thomas.

I loved that Jack was allowed on the rides and that the queues were nice and short.  It was also a bonus that most of the queuing areas were covered as it rained for most of the day.


Trevor and I took it in turns to join Jack on the rides whilst the other took care of Hudson.  Jack absolutely loved the Thomas Engine Tours ride which all four of us was able to go on.  He also enjoyed the Sodor Classic Cars ride with Daddy.



I seemed to draw the short straw with Harold’s Helicopter Tours, which turned into the scariest ride of my life thanks to my fear of heights.  Jack loved it though and Trevor looked on with laughter.  Seriously, is there anything we wouldn’t do for our kids?

There was plenty of baby change facilities which was great but I would have liked to see some more covered seating areas as we had to leave Thomas Land in order to feed Jack and Hudson.

Mummy and Hudson

After our lunch we headed for the Dino Trail via. the zoo.  Unfortunately, due to the heavy rain, the floor of the trail was like a mud pit so Trevor took Jack up to Spencer’s Outdoor Adventure Play area whilst I took a look around.


We took the train again, back to the entrance of Thomas Land and visited the larger of the two Thomas gift shops.  Needless to say, Jack had his eyes on everything and we spent a small fortune.

Train Thomas


Trev Jack

Before we headed home at about 4pm, we was lucky enough to catch one of the hourly shows at Knapford Station.  The Fat Controller can actually throw some moves, who knew?

Jack Show


It is safe to say that we had a fantastic day and that we will be visiting again next year, when Hudson will also be on his feet.  I’m looking forward to it already.

Lisa x


*We were provided with complimentary tickets in exchange for our honest review.  As always, all opinions and photos are our own.

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  • Reply
    Amy Fidler
    April 12, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Lo ve this place,great for all the family x

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    November 19, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Looks brilliant! Thanks for posting all the great photos!

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      Lisa Hudson
      November 23, 2016 at 8:52 am

      It was brilliant, despite the rubbish weather. Definitely visiting again 🙂

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    November 16, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    This looks like a fab day trip out. My little man is almost 21 months and he LOVES Thomas but it’s quite far from me but I’d love to take him

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    Andrew Petrie
    November 14, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Thomas does get about – we took ours to see him at Kidderminster. What a day She had !

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      Lisa Hudson
      November 16, 2016 at 11:56 pm

      Amazing when they meet their hero isn’t it. I’ll never forget his little face x

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    sarah rowland
    October 23, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    my wee boys would love to go here

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      Lisa Hudson
      October 26, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      If they like Thomas, they would love it! So much fun x

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    Kim Neville
    October 23, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Looks like plenty to do there. My son really wants to go 🙂

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      Lisa Hudson
      October 26, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      He would love it. So much fun 🙂 xx

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    October 1, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    This looks fab! Can’t believe the lack of queues, we’ll definitely be looking into going now as that’s the one thing that would put me off.

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    Jennifer Haden
    October 1, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Wonderful photos! It looks like it was a lovely day out and I love it when there’s no long lines!

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    Pam Francis Gregory
    September 24, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Looks like you all had a lovely time!

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      Lisa Hudson
      September 25, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      Thanks very much, it was perfect x

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    September 16, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    oh it looks like much fun was had x

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