Thomas Land, Drayton Manor Theme Park, Staffordshire
Here’s an example of something I would have never done if I wasn’t a mum. In April this year we took our Thomas-mad toddler to Thomas Land, which is part of Drayton Manor Theme Park in Staffordshire, and really enjoyed ourselves.
Aled was too short to go on most of the rides at that point, but he didn’t mind in the slightest. He was just pleased to see the ‘real’ Thomas and Friends. The first thing we did was to take a trip in the Thomas train, travelling from Knapford Station in Annie and Clarabell carriages. The train ride took us to the far end of the Thomas Land bit of the park, where it was much quieter, so we had our picnic lunch there. There was also a large shed with model Thomas and Friends trains running round a landscaped track with stations and tunnels and a coastal port, which Aled ran round and round delightedly. He would have stayed there all day if he could. But he was enticed back on the Thomas train and we headed back to see what other characters we could spot. The Fat Controller was very friendly, but Aled hid behind my legs! We ended the day in the shop (of course) and it wasn’t a little shop, oh no! It was huge and had every possible item of Thomas merchandise. We told Aled he could have just one toy engine and after that was chosen we all returned home happy.
I was very pleased to have a ‘two full-priced tickets for the price of one’ discount voucher, particularly as it would have otherwise seemed very expensive for the limited access we had to rides and so on, but it was very busy because lots of other people had the same vouchers. I noted for future reference that they have toddler plus adult tickets for £24 during termtimes Monday to Friday, which would be a good option for H to take Aled on a quieter day.