Celebrating 10 years of Thomas Land at Drayton Manor
2018 marks ten years since Europe's only Thomas Land opened at Drayton Manor Park!
To mark a decade of fun-filled years, the theme park will be hosting a number celebratory events, running money-can’t-buy competitions, and launching some not-to-be-missed special offers that honour ten years of the little blue engine and his friends steaming his way into the midlands.
The successful multi-million-pound attraction, which is one of only three in the world, was launched at the popular family theme park in 2008, and since then has cemented its place in the hearts of families across the UK and the rest of the world, with some visitors travelling from as far afield as Australia and Japan.
From the moment people enter the gates to the Island of Sodor, set in the heart of Drayton Manor Park, visitors of all ages are completely immersed in the world of Thomas & Friends, based on the much-loved children's television series.
The attraction features many Thomas & Friends character rides for both the young and the young at heart to enjoy, including Thomas himself, Jeremy Jet’s Flying Academy, Harold’s Helicopter Tours, Troublesome Trucks Runaway Coaster, Terence's Driving School and many more, not forgetting the newly refurbished Emily's Play Adventure which offers everyone the chance to continue the fun indoors if the British weather takes a turn.
Since its launch ten years ago, Drayton Manor Park invested a further £2.5 million in Thomas Land and introduced Blue Mountain Engines in 2011, Winston's Whistle-Stop Tours in 2013, Captain’s Sea Adventure, Flynn's Fire Rescue and Toby’s Tram Express in 2015. One year ago, Thomas Land also welcomed the highly anticipated James and the Red Balloon on Saturday 1st April 2017.
William Bryan, Managing Director of Drayton Manor Park, said: “My grandparents established Drayton Manor to provide a space for our guests to create happy memories together, and introducing the much-loved Thomas Land attraction has helped us to provide families with even more opportunities to do so.
"Thomas Land holds a special place in my family’s hearts as it has been an instrumental part of our journey as we have grown from strength to strength as one of the UK’s most popular family days out."
Also brand new for the 2018 season is the sensational 4D movie experience, Ice Age: No Time For Nuts, which is guaranteed to keep the whole family entertained come rain or shine. Not forgetting a whole host of thrill rides and the 15-acre zoo, home to some incredible species of animals from all across the globe.
This story is all part of the #SomethingsHatching Easter campaign, where you can find out about other exciting new arrivals, openings and launches at top UK attractions!