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BritMums Guide to: Drayton Manor

BritMums Guide to: Drayton Manor

Lifestyle blogger and BritMums Family Days Out Editor Kara Guppy of Chelseamamma.co.uk took her family to Drayton Manor to report for BritMums about the family friendliness of the UK’s favourite theme parks. 

Photo credit: Kara Guppy

Photo credit: Kara Guppy

Drayton Manor
Drayton Manor Dr
Fazeley
Tamworth B78 3TW
www.draytonmanor.co.uk

If you are looking for a family friendly fun day out with tots and teens to cater for then Drayton Manor is a great option.

Best for: Any age!

I have children aged from 2 to 22 and there is something at Drayton Manor to suit them all, with Thomas Land for the youngsters, a zoo and adrenalin rides for the teens.

What can my 3-year-old do there?

Thomas Land is an attraction that offers fun and adventure for the young and young at heart. It boasts 12 wonderful Thomas & Friends™ themed rides, a spectacular indoor play area and pop up shows that happen throughout the day with Sir Topham Hatt. When the rides get a bit much there is also a large play area and Drayton Manor zoo to explore which has just launched a new Tamarin Trail. The new VertiGO Tots is a low ropes activity for ages 2-6 year olds but does cost extra. Beware of the dinosaurs on the Dino Trail!

Photo credit: Kara Guppy

Photo credit: Kara Guppy

What can my 9-year-old do there?

As well as theme park rides such as Ben 10, Splash Canyon, the Dodgems and the Flying Dutchman, there is also crazy golf, Bryan’s Work Museum which is has a collection of penny slot machines to try and a 4D cinema, currently showing Scooby Doo. Isaac adored the new VertiGO high ropes attraction which is like a giant climbing frame set just outside Drayton Manor Hotel. Beware, this does cost extra on top of entry but is well worth it.

What can my teen do there?

Drayton Manor appeals to adrenalin junkies like my teens too. Apocalypse looked terrifying, Air Race is so much fun and for rollercoaster lovers Shockwave and G-Force are lots of fun. If water rides are more your think then Stormforce 10 is for you, beware, there is no hiding from the drenching you get on that ride!

Photo credit: Kara Guppy

Photo credit: Kara Guppy

Where is the best place to eat?

There are plenty of places to grab snacks but we liked the Burger Kitchen as they did a tasty family meal deal for £22.

Where to stay nearby?

The Drayton Manor Hotel is onsite and is very reasonably priced. If you have a Thomas mad little one they also do themed rooms but these are a lot more expensive to book.

Which was the family’s favourite ride?

For the little ones nothing beats a journey from Knapford Station aboard Thomas in either of the Annie and Clarabel carriages.

Which was the best for thrills?

Shockwave is a firm favourite as it is one of just two stand-up rollercoasters in Europe but we also loved Air Race.

What are the baby change facilities like?

The best changing facilities are in Thomas Land itself which has a private cubicle available for nursing mothers and plenty of changing facilities. If you get caught short you can also buy nappies and other baby care items in the the Toy Shop which is conveniently located in the centre of the park. There are also changing facilities in all the toilets throughout the park.

Photo credit: Kara Guppy

Photo credit: Kara Guppy

 

The checklist

Where to eat? Burger Kitchen – the family meal deal for £22 is very reasonable. It was fast food restaurant type service, with plenty of seating and the meal deal included a soft drink, burger and fries for 4 people. The burgers for adults were large and juicy quarter pounders with salad whilst the kids had normal cheeseburgers and fries (skinny chips).
Price of ticket: You can save by booking in advance on the website. Tickets from £23 for ages 12+, £18 for ages 4-11 and £6 for 2-3 year olds. VertiGO is an extra £5 and tickets are cheaper during term time, so worth checking out if you have an inset day.
Park opening times: 09.30-17.00  Check the website before you visit for up to date information.
Baby change: The Baby Care Centre in Thomas Land has facilities for feeding and changing babies and a separate room for mothers to breastfeed. Baby changing facilities are also provided in Ladies and Gents toilets throughout the Park
My top tip: If you need to change the baby then head to the new facilities in Thomas Land as the ones in the rest park are dated and grubby.
Blogger vote: I give this park 8/10. 

For further reading:

http://chelseamamma.co.uk/2016/07/new-vertigo-drayton-manor/

http://chelseamamma.co.uk/2015/07/to-sodor-and-back-at-thomas-land/

http://chelseamamma.co.uk/2016/03/thomas-land/

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About Kara Guppy

Kara is a busy mother of 6 children aged between 2 and 22 and lives in Dorset. The family love to be outside and live by the motto "Collect Moments, Not Things". We can often be found leaping in muddy puddles, climbing trees, collecting seashells or hurling ourselves off cliffs down ziplines, and all for fun of course. Kara loves to blog about her and the family's adventures and can be found at Chelseamamma.co.uk, arewenearlythereyet.eu and sharing videos of her days out on her YouTube channel. She can also be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, G+, Vine and Pinterest.

Stephen

Thursday 4th of August 2016

I have never been to Drayton Manor and had forgotten it even existed until your post!

Ickle Pickle

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016

We have visited once and loved it! It is a fab place, I can't wait to go again. Kaz x

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