We popped over to Drayton Manor last week, as Boo had a teacher training day so the Husband had also booked the day off. A bonus day. What to do?, what to do?, the kids suggested Thomasland, of course!
We decided to go in the afternoon, after Little Man’s toddler class, and I admit I was questioning the wisdom of going as it was raining quite a bit. But the children were excited and determined, and nowhere else was going to cut it once Thomas and rides were in their sights.
I have to say, I was so glad we went with it, and just got wet. It wasn’t too busy so we didn’t really have to queue for anything, and we pretty much had the zoo to ourselves, as it was late afternoon by the time we made our way over there, by way of a train ride on Rosie.
Here’s a little flavour of what we got up to…
We had a rest stop in the Sodor coffee shop. The Husband’s put his hand in the shot to give you an idea of the size of his éclair. The hot chocolate also had marshmallows underneath that cream. It was raining, we needed these things!
Little Man loved the carousel and Boo tells me her favourite ride of the afternoon was Toby’s Tram Express, one of the new ones that I talked about here, along with my more comprehensive guide to Drayton Manor and Thomasland.
We’ve been to Drayton Manor more times than I can count now, as we’re very lucky to live so close-by. Yet, somehow, every time we visit it feels like a different experience and the children never tire of going there. I know they’ll want to head back to the Discover Thomas & Friends exhibition next time, as they have been talking about it a lot. Thank you rainy British summertime for pointing us in that direction!
At the moment, Drayton Manor have their Adult and Toddler ticket available. For £20, one adult and one under 4 year old get in, on any weekday during June, and many in July, too, just check the terms and conditions. Or if you’re fairly local, the Ultimate Toddler Pass may work for you, allowing one adult and one child under the age of 5 unlimited access during term time weekdays, free parking and discounts at food outlets and shops. We had one of these last year, and we made the most of it, popping there for the playground, soft play and zoo, along with the rides. As it’s just ten minutes from our house, it was so handy to go to and we had a great time with it. It’s definitely a quieter park during the week, as you’d expect, so do take advantage if you’ve preschool children.
What appeals to you about Thomasland? It’s that cafe, isn’t it…?!
Disclosure: I am a Drayton Manor Blogger Ambassador, though all words and opinions remain my own