Our boy is a Thomas the Tank fanatic, he has a Thomas bed and bedroom, tons of wooden track, Take n Play track and loads of the Thomas engines. He makes tracks and plays with his engines on a daily basis and I read him a Thomas story book practically every night. We have already taken him to A Day out with Thomas at Llangollen which was fantastic so for his 4th birthday we had to take him to Thomasland at Drayton Manor Park, Tamworth.
We were a little worried as his birthday is smack bang in the middle of the summer holidays so you automatically think the park is going to be packed full of people and you are going to be queuing for rides half the time you are there but after a look online I found there was a deal on for the summer so we decided to go for it! We paid £25 each adult and our boy was free as he was still 3 years old, then £3 for parking.
We arrived there on a Monday for about 10.30am and the rides open at 10am, when we booked online I didn't have a printer to print the tickets so had to leave them to be picked up on the day which in hindsight I would have tried to print them off somewhere else as we did have to queue to go in whilst others who had theirs printed walked more or less straight in. Not that we had to queue too long.
We walked through the gates and my boy walked through to Thomas Land practically shaking with excitement running around trying to take everything in, shouting out the names of all the characters he could see, we were thrilled to see his little face all lit up. We had a quick look around and quickly noted that all the rides were close together and there were plenty of shops, restaurants and amusements nearby.
The first ride we went on was Diesels Locomotion Mayhem which my boy loved, we were spun around past different locomotives on a small track, my boy was thrilled he got his first engine choice Mavis to ride! Next we jumped on Harold's Helicopter Tours for a spin round capturing views of the park.
We were pleasantly surprised to find that we were only queuing for between 10 to 20 minutes which was brilliant as a 4 year old does not want to wait long to go on a ride, as we all know you could quickly have a tantrum of some kind on your hands!
As we walked round the park to the next ride we heard some music coming from Knapford Station and sure enough the Fat controller was singing and performing a welcome song for us all so we stopped to watch the show. Then to my son's delight Percy chuffed into the station to take passengers to Farmer McColls Farm. We decided to join the queue and Percy was closely followed by Thomas who we jumped aboard.
My boy then went running over to Terence's Driving School to have a go at driving his own tractor. We were really impressed that there was no extra cost because they could have easily put a slot machine on this ride. My boy loved being able to drive all by himself like a big boy!
We then had a look around the Thomas exhibition which was opposite Terence featuring a model railway with all the usual suspects that any Thomas fanatic would love.
There were lots of animals as we walked round, owls, eagles, meerkats, wildcats, a panther and lots of monkeys. We also took a look around the reptile house with snakes, turtles, lizards etc. It was good to have something different to do besides the rides. Not far from the reptile house was Spencers Outdoor Play Area which we managed to avoid as we wanted to go back on the rides but again a great idea and it was keeping lots of little ones happy.
My partner then wanted to try a couple of the bigger rides so he decided on the Shockwave, me and my boy stopped for an ice cream and stopped to see if we could spot him on the ride. Again I was pleasantly surprised to find he only queued for 10 minutes so it wasn't long before we saw him whizzing around on the stand up roller coaster. Next he went onto the Apocolaypse with again a short queue time, I had been on this before and vowed never to go on again - its not for the light hearted!!
After riding Winston a ride on the Troublesome Trucks coaster for my boy and his dad. I sat this one out as I was restricted on the kind of rides I could go on being as I was 24 weeks pregnant and this ride wasa bit fast and furious!
Of course we had to stop of at the Thomas Shop for a birthday gift before we went home and our boy had huge pleasure in picking a new engine to add to his selection - a battery operated Edward.
What a fantastic day to be had all round, lots of fun for the whole family grouped together so nobody had to walk far to each ride or attraction or queue for hours (which we have had to do before at other theme parks). There were plenty of shops and places to eat and the rides at Thomasland were such a good assortment for the kids. We were so impressed and would recommend Thomasland and Drayton Manor to everyone and will certainly be back to try out a few rides we couldn't fit in!
#Toptip - purchase the tickets online and print them off at home to avoid queuing on entry.
This is an honest review which I have not received any payment of any kind to write.