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"you cannot fault it for value…"
Yes Alton Towers out does it by a country mile for thrill rides, but for the money Drayton Manor is spot on. Great for the younger children and enough good rides for adults and older children. On weekdays you can pretty much walk on to most rides or only queue for a short amount of time.
Take note Legoland, here is what theme park can be.Read moreLess
"Always had good time…"
I've been 4 times with dd between 2 and 4 and always had a great time. Queues have never been bad at all. There is often a queue for the train at one end as most people get the train to the far end and walk back. If you walk to the far end and get train back then you avoid it!
Rides really good, including several little ones can go on in Drayton Manor proper.
I actually think the food is OK, basic and not cheap but better than any of the other theme parks I've been to.Read moreLess
"We took our two boys (aged 6 and 3) on…"
We took our two boys (aged 6 and 3) on the last Sunday of the season (29th October) and as our first visit was expecting queues and lots of waiting. We were very pleasantly suprised - we arrived at 10am and spent the first hour in Thomas Land which is excellent for up to 7-8 years and we didn;t queue at all. We then walked round the park and lots of the attractions we could get straight on. The park itself is nice and compact, lots of places to eat and shop and the zoo was great too as it gave a total break from the rides and gave the boys chance to walk round and talk without the distraction of the rides. We would definately revisit and recommend.Read moreLess
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"We took DS(2) for his birthday in the middle of…"
We took DS(2) for his birthday in the middle of September along with DD(4) and Nanny (too polite to say)
We went mainly for Thomas land as like any boy he is train mad. We arrived for park opening and parked near the gates. Entrance was a bit expensive but the 2 for 1 vouchers worked well. The first ride we went on had queues and we worried that was going to be what the rest of the day was like, but it improved. There was lots suitable for a 2 year old in Thomas Land and in the main park. We didn't manage to do all we wanted so lots more for next time. The look on his face and the giggling on the Buffalo Coaster summed up the day for me.Read moreLess
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"Such a fab day out for the family. I went…"
Such a fab day out for the family. I went
with a couple of friends and we saved money with 2 for 1 vouchers which we printed off from Visit Heart of England website. Loved Apocalypse. Free parking which is a bonus! Planning to go again :-)Read moreLess
"An excellent day out for children and adults of all…"
An excellent day out for children and adults of all ages. Thomasland a hit for the young ones. My daugters 4, 2 and months enjoyed it greatly!Read moreLess
"We went in Feb half term to Thomas Land. The…"
We went in Feb half term to Thomas Land. The rest of the park is closed at this time and the opening hours are shorter than usual. However the tickets are far cheaper and we filled the whole day in Thomas Land so we didn't feel we missed out at all.
It was a cold day (there was snow in the car park) and we were disappointed that the soft play centre was even colder than being outside. There wasn't much selection for food but we'd had lunch before getting there.
Dd1 (3) was able to go on a few rides, though not all of them. She went on the troublesome trucks ride but was a bit frightened. She still enjoyed the day though and is desperate to go again. Her favourite bit was going on Thomas and Rosie and we did that a few times. The queues weren't bad at all though I guess this could be different in summer.
Definitely a hit! We'd go back, though we'd probably save and go in warmer weather.Read moreLess
"Great as long as the weather is ok. Good range…"
Great as long as the weather is ok. Good range of rides for smaller visitors. Took a picnic so can't give a full review of food but looked like a reasonable selection,Read moreLess
"My children loved Thomas Land and were too small for…"
My children loved Thomas Land and were too small for most of the rides in the main park. Parking is free and not too far from the entrance if you get there early. We took out own lunch so can't comment on the food. The entrance tickets are very expensive to save up your Tesco pointsRead moreLess
"this is an excellent place for children and adults too.…"
this is an excellent place for children and adults too.
my DCs were 8 and 6yo and enjoyed most of the rides, however we went during Whitsun and there were BIG queues for everything.
it was a beautiful sunny day too.
we had a lovely picnic and there are lockers (not well displayed though) to leave your bag and pick up when needed for justRead moreLess
"I have just taken my 4 yr old son and…"
I have just taken my 4 yr old son and 2 year old daughter to Drayton Manor's Magical Christmas at Thomasland.
They had the most wonderful time. The park was beautifully decorated with trees and lights everywhere. The Thomas rides were such fun. There were live shows with the Fat Controller, fake snow, lost of music and cheer. The staff were brilliant despite the fact that it was bitterly cold. They had sensibly put up some extra marquee cover around the park complete with lots of patio heaters for families to warm up under. We didn't queue for a single ride and even got a free Christmas present from Santa's grotto at the end of the Thomas train ride to the adventure playground. An activity pack for my son and a lovely wooden shape sorter puzzle for my dd. Parking was free and we were just 50 yrds from the gates.
On the downside the food for little ones was disappointing but that maybe because we didn't decide to have lunch until 2.45pm so they may have sold out. Dh reckoned the hot sausage rolls were among the best he had eaten.
All in all we had a thoroughly great day out and would recommend highly to anyone wanting to see the most enormous smiles on their kids faces.
We will definitely be going again and this time will stay until it is dark so we can see the lovely lights properly.Read moreLess
"this is principly about THOMASLAND and not the rest of…"
this is principly about THOMASLAND and not the rest of hte park as we went with our 3 yr old DS. Thomasland is a section in the main park and not a separate one (I had been confused). they pack a lot into a small area and because the rides are next to each other, there's plenty to look at while you're queuing. we were there on a sunny day in school hols and the queues were fine. There is a proper ride on thomas or percy and I'd recommend doing that first thing as the queue for that did get long, and as you're waiting for trains to come and go, I'd imagine that could be quite a long one. there are a good range of rides - mostly toddler versions of adult rides. some really gentle ones like a carousel and car ride up to the troublesome trucks rollercoaster which was a bit too intense for my DS! there are also other suitable rides in the rest of hte park so you can easily fill a full day. there is a lot outdoors so i think it would be a bit grim in the rain. there is a fab adventure playground at the end of hte thomas/percy train ride. food is grim and burgers/nuggets mainly. we stopped at the M&S at Tamworth services and bought food there, and there are lots of places to stop and eat. I would thoroughly recommend it - DS had a fantastic time. Pre book your tickets on the internet to save money.Read moreLess
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"We took 4 2.5 yr old boys to Drayton Manor…"
We took 4 2.5 yr old boys to Drayton Manor and they loved it. Thomas Land was a big hit and they went on all the rides. We also went to the zoo part on the Thomas train and found a lovely wooden adventure playground and sandpit with a big picnic area for lunch - was the best toddler playground I've been to - really imaginative. The only thing I'd have done differently is take a picnic - we took kids food but not for ourselves and had a pretty grim (and hugely expensive lunch). There were quite a few rides in Drayton Manor that small kids could go on too. We made a full day of it and had a fantastic time. If you buy your tickets in advance on their website they areRead moreLess
"Our second trip (and my second review) 15 months after…"
Our second trip (and my second review) 15 months after our first. We stayed in ThomasLand again - except when we went to get an ice cream before we left; get a cup of Mr Whippy as it's the same price as a cone but you get twice as much!!
The rides in ThomasLand are fab! DD loved the Jeremy the Jet ride and Diesel's Locomotion Mayhem. The only ride with a minimum height is Terrence's Driving School; the rest have a minimum 'unaccompanied height'. We arrived just as the rides were opening and there were queues; but after lunch the queues seemed much shorter ...
Children between 12 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult in ThomasLand.
We took a picnic and ate on a rug by our car but there are tables around the park and you can come and go as you please. 2 coffees and a MiniMillk cost just over 3 pounds.
Book your tickets online to save a fiver a ticket - tho you do have to specify a day now. We won't be going again for a long time once DD turns 4 as it's 16quid for her after that!!Read moreLess
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"Thomasland review only…"
Thomasland review onlyRead moreLess
"Being lovers of theme parks DH and I can't wait…"
Being lovers of theme parks DH and I can't wait for our DSs (4 and 11 m) to grow tall enough to join us on the rides! We've always loved Alton Towers but now we have the boys Drayton Manor is right up there at the top of our list - it has mini versions of the big rides for the boys to help us break them in gently, it has big rides for us, there are gentle rides for the grandparents (they are great for babysitting while we ride!) it has the zoo for some chill out time for us all. I would say it is excellent value for money - especially when you compare it to other theme parks in the country. And you can use your clubcard vouchers for entry too which makes it even better.
Food is your typical fare but reasonably priced and I noticed this year that they even sell the organic baby food pouches - top marks for that one! If you want to take your own food there are areas you can go to - and it isn't a huge trek back to the car if you want to leave your things there rather than cart them around with you.
The park is clean, the staff are lovely and the queues are minimal (except for Terence's Driving School in Thomas Land - huge!). We have been in the Easter holidays 2 years running now so maybe early season is the best time to go?Read moreLess
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"We went to Drayton manor as a big group and…"
We went to Drayton manor as a big group and there was quite a lot to do, everyone had a good time. We did spend a lot of time queueing for rides. My cousins live near Drayton Manor and whenever they have been they have always had to queue.Read moreLess
"Personally always my first choice of theme park to go…"
Personally always my first choice of theme park to go to as it has everything you need for all ages, including the zoo, thomas land and the rollercoasters for bigger kids!!
I also like the fact that you never get long queueing times as you do at Alton Towers - which is a big bonus for me!
Only negative thing i would say is they could do better on the food options as just burgers and chips really.
Also worth looking online for discount off tickets.Read moreLess
"We never actually got out of Thomas Land but we…"
We never actually got out of Thomas Land but we had a fantastic day. It rained heavily most of the day but that wasn't even enough to dampen the enthusiasm. The rides were age appropriate (ds was 2) and he loved the troublesome trucks rollercoaster. We used our clubcard vouchers to pay and plan to go back this summer. My ds has asked to go back regularly since we went.Read moreLess
"It's great for kids with Thomas Land (although be prepared…"
It's great for kids with Thomas Land (although be prepared to queue). There are also quite a few good white-knuckle rides, but there's not so much for those who are in between (unless they're happy being soaked!).Read moreLess
"We went last summer and all had a great time…"
We went last summer and all had a great time although very busy as during the summer holidays. We spent most of our time around ThomasLand (with two boys aged 5 & 3 we couldn't really get away!!)I would advise going term time or at least on a teacher training day maybe? Although we have to queue for at least half an hour for each ride the boys were surprisingly well behaved as some much was going on around us they didn't mind! Think the Thomas rollercoster was the best in the ThomasLand section. Warning..keep away from the Thomas shop if you don;t want to spend any more money. Extra moneysaving tip...use your Tesco Clubcard vouchers, absolute bargain! If paying full price then not that great value for money esp if visiting during holiday time as time spent on rides is severely shortened.Read moreLess
"the best theme park i have found for taking young…"
the best theme park i have found for taking young children, they have the zoo and the train and plenty of rides for small children. fantastic!Read moreLess
"Thomasland opened 2008 and was fab. Had my 4 yr…"
Thomasland opened 2008 and was fab. Had my 4 yr old son and 18 month daughter entranced (and to be honest, me too!) Very well done and we were all upset to leave.Read moreLess
"This has a variety of rides for all ages, and…"
This has a variety of rides for all ages, and the new Thomas Land opened this year is great for younger children. There's also the zoo to occupy the smaller ones too. A great day out, and not too big a park to lose yourselves in.Read moreLess
"We only really focussed on Thomas Land as DD is…"
We only really focussed on Thomas Land as DD is only 2. The staff were very helpful and, mostly, cheerful and polite. There are height restrictions on the rides but, on a quiet day they didn't seem to mind - DH went on with DD. Book your tickets on-line to save aboutRead moreLess
"We focused on Thomas Land (an area themed around Thomas…"
We focused on Thomas Land (an area themed around Thomas the Tank Engine). It was really good fun - DD1 (5) loved it and went on all the rides including the Roller Coaster; DD2 (11 months) loved the huge soft play area. There are more than 10 rides, all suitable for under-5s but no age limit so older children and adults can ride too, and a ride-on Thomas train. A great day out - particularly if you have older children/step-children who want to explore the rest of Drayton Manor.Read moreLess