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Drayton Manor

Fazeley, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

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.

OpenedOctober 1949
SeasonMarch to early November
OwnerLooping Group
Websitewww.draytonmanor.co.uk
NearbyAlton Towers (27 miles)
West Midland Safari Park (29 miles)
Gulliver's Kingdom (36 miles)
Xtreme Scream Park (38 miles)
Wicksteed Park (45 miles)
Maelstrom and G-Force

Maelstrom and G-Force

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.

Attractions

Flying Dutchman

Flying Dutchman

Take a voyage in a flying boat

Polperro Express

Polperro Express

Train ride beside the lake

4d Cinema

4d Cinema

Showing 4D movies throughout the day

Carousel

Carousel

Traditional fairground carousel

Jolly Buccaneer

Jolly Buccaneer

Sail across the seven seas

Drayton Manor Zoo

Drayton Manor Zoo

Large zoo featuring primates, reptiles and birds

Bryan's Works Museum

Bryan's Works Museum

Exhibition of old fashioned penny arcade machines

Troublesome Trucks Runaway Coaster

Troublesome Trucks Runaway Coaster

Family friendly runaway truck themed rollercoaster

Engine Tours

Engine Tours

Train ride with Thomas, Percy and Rosie to the zoo and back

Cranky's Tower Drop

Cranky's Tower Drop

Launch up and drop back down Cranky's crane tower

Harold's Heli Tours

Harold's Heli Tours

Fly high into the sky with Harold the Helicopter

Winston's Whistle-Stop Tour

Winston's Whistle-Stop Tour

Monorail over Thomas Land

Blue Mountain Engines

Blue Mountain Engines

Take a ride aboard the Blue Mountain Engines

Rocking Bulstrode

Rocking Bulstrode

Rockin' Tug at Sodor Docks

Toby's Tram Express

Toby's Tram Express

Spinning and tilting tram

Jeremy Jet's Flying Academy

Jeremy Jet's Flying Academy

Take a flight from Sodor Airport

James and the Red Balloon

James and the Red Balloon

Take a flight in a hot air balloon

Sodor Classic Cars

Sodor Classic Cars

Drive a car around the Sodor countryside

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