Drayton Manor is one of the largest family run theme parks in the UK, and since 2008 has been home to Thomas Land, a large children's area dedicated to Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends.
|Season||March to early November|
|Nearby||Alton Towers (27 miles)|
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Built in the grounds of the former manor which gives the park its name, Drayton Manor is a large theme park near Birmingham.
George and Vera Bryan bought the site after the Second World War and opened a small children's amusement park. This was soon joined by a zoo, which is still a major feature at the park today.
George and Vera's son Colin became Managing Director of Drayton Manor in 1973, and under his leadership the park grew into a major theme park as he oversaw ride installations such as Shockwave, one of only two European stand up rollercoasters; Stormforce 10, a very wet flume ride themed around an RNLI rescue; and Apocalypse, a 177ft tall drop tower.
One of Drayton Manor's most successful recent additions is Thomas Land, a large area dedicated to Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. It has proved a major hit with children and young families, and has seen several expansions since it first opened in 2008.
Sadly, having been a family owned park for seventy years, Drayton Manor entered administration in 2020 due to losses resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic. Thankfully the park was rescued after being sold to the Looping Group, a European leisure park company.
Take a voyage in a flying boat
Train ride beside the lake
Showing 4D movies throughout the day
Traditional fairground carousel
Sail across the seven seas
Large zoo featuring primates, reptiles and birds
Exhibition of old fashioned penny arcade machines
Family friendly runaway truck themed rollercoaster
Train ride with Thomas, Percy and Rosie to the zoo and back
Launch up and drop back down Cranky's crane tower
Fly high into the sky with Harold the Helicopter
Monorail over Thomas Land
Take a ride aboard the Blue Mountain Engines
Rockin' Tug at Sodor Docks
Spinning and tilting tram
Take a flight from Sodor Airport
Take a flight in a hot air balloon
Drive a car around the Sodor countryside