From the bottom of the big wheel at Drayton Manor Park, I glanced over at the fast rollercoaster. There, on the front seat, was a familiar little face. Suddenly, they were off. Backwards up the track to the top of the hill. A short pause and whoosh! They accelerated past me, the tiny little figure on the front seat with her eyes closed, clutching her aunty’s hand.
Thomas Land at Drayton Manor Park
To young children, Drayton Manor Park means Thomas Land. And in school holidays, it’s busy. There are reasonably long queues for all the rides, but they’re worth the wait. We headed straight to Thomas Land when we arrived at the park because it’s by the entrance and the girls just couldn’t walk past.
After that, we rode on Thomas to the other side of Drayton Manor Park. For any Thomas the Tank Engine fan, this has to be the highlight of the day. The train takes you to Spencer’s Outdoor Play Area, which is the perfect place for a picnic.
The girls played in the park after lunch, before heading off to Terence’s Driving School. Libby was in her element, putting her foot on the pedal and steering Terence around the well-marked track. Lia wasn’t tall enough for this, as children have to be over a metre tall. Instead we headed for the model railway and little tots play area.
Drayton Manor Park with young children
When we first went to Drayton Manor Park with the girls, we didn’t venture far from Thomas Land. But once we’d been a few times, we realised we’d been missing out by not going to the rest of the park. This time instead of taking the train straight back to Thomas Land, we headed for the Dinosaur Trail. This is a short, easy walk around a landscape filled with huge model dinosaurs. From there, we walked through the zoo to the lakeside area of the park.
As well as the beautiful lake and fish and chip shop, this area is home to the 4D cinema and some brilliant rides. Libby couldn’t wait to get on the Accelerator, which is quite a big, fast roller coaster for young children. They have to be at least four years old and over a metre tall to go on this ride. It was the first time Libby had been tall enough and she couldn’t have been happier. Lia and I headed for the Flying Dutchman and the Big Wheel instead.
Visiting Drayton Manor Park in school holidays
Drayton Manor Park is in incredibly popular theme park. It is no surprise that it’s busy during school holidays. That said, I found the day relatively relaxing. We accepted that we wouldn’t get on all the rides, so we took it easy. It was helpful having another adult with me so the girls could go on different things. And for little ones, queuing up and getting excited is all part of the fun. We all had a lovely day and I wouldn’t hesitate to go again, even at a peak time like the school holidays. To check opening times and special events, head to the Drayton Manor Park website.