Olly’s top ten things to do at Thomas Land, Drayton Manor

Thomas Land at Drayton Manor is probably one of the most exciting places to be if you’re a train mad pre-schooler like my three year old Olly. On Saturday, we got the chance to explore the park, have a go on some of Olly’s most favourite rides and discover new adventures.

Thomas Land

We were invited along to Thomas Land on Saturday as part of their Thomas and Friends weekends where little ones can enjoy all their favourite rides and explore the zoo at their leisure. Imagine Olly’s excitement when we told him we could spend the whole day there and do whatever he wanted. He was SO excited!

Last year Thomas Land underwent a huge £2.5million expansion so we were looking forward to returning to check out the rides and attractions and to find out if Olly had grown that little bit taller to enjoy the ‘bigger’ kid rides!

Here’s Olly’s top 10 most favourite things to do at Thomas Land..

1) Fly high with Jeremy’s Flying Academy

One of the first rides we went on was Jeremy’s Jets at the Flying Academy. Olly sat up front and piloted the plane whilst his Daddy sat in the back as a passenger as he took the plane high up above Sodor Airport. It’s so great to let the little ones take control and enjoy the ride, Olly loved taking the plane up and down and fly the jet around Sodor.

Jeremy's Flying Academy Thomas Land

2) Take Toby’s Tram Express

Olly really enjoyed this ride last year and couldn’t wait to climb back on board Toby to be whizzed around. We love how the rides have the familiar faces from the Thomas and Friends books and Olly instantly recognised Toby as one of his favourites. You can get a little dizzy on Toby (well I did!) but Olly absolutely loved it.

Toby's Tram Express Thomas Land

3) Get into trouble with the Troublesome Trucks

Olly was desperate to have a go on the Troublesome Trucks ride and was delighted when he stood next to the height restriction chart to find out that he had indeed grown tall enough over the last six months to try it out (Riders must be over 1m to ride and riders between 1.0 – 1.2m must be accompanied by an adult.) He sat up front with his Daddy and loved it. The rollercoaster climbs up high above Sodor and then falls and sharply twists along 220 metres of rails. Olly loved it so much he rode the rollercoaster twice, wow!

Troublesome Trucks Thomas Land

4) Take a helicopter tour with Harold

Another one of Olly’s favourite characters from Thomas and Friends is Harold. The helicopter tours let little ones pilot their very own helicopter as it soars into the air and spins around Sodor. Hubby and I sat in the back as Olly took the controls and he loved it.

Harold Helicopter tours Thomas Land

5) Let Thomas take the strain

No trip to Thomas Land would be complete without a trip down to Farmer McColl’s farm pulled by Thomas the Tank Engine himself! We waited at Knapford Station as we saw Rosie and Percy take passengers on rides and when Thomas pulled into the station for our turn, Olly’s little face lit up. Thomas took us on a short engine ride and Olly was delighted!

Thomas The Tank Thomas Land

6) Test out your driving skills with Terence

After a short ride across the park pulled by Thomas, Olly wanted to test his driving skills by hopping on board Terence the crawler tractor. Luckily for Olly, he was tall enough to drive Terence and with help from one of the park assistants, Olly drove the tractor around the test area and I was a little overcome with emotion. Seeing my little man driving the tractor all by himself was brilliant. He loved the independence and freedom of being able to drive it and it’s an experience he hasn’t shut up about all weekend!

Terence Driving School

7) Have lunch overlooking Spencer’s Adventure play area

After a morning of fun and excitement, we took half an hour to enjoy the sunshine and grab a bite to eat. Spencer’s Adventure play area is a wooden play area where little ones can climb, slide and play to their hearts content. There’s picnic benches around the park so Parents can have a cup of tea and a sandwich whilst the little ones let off a little steam!

Spencers outdoor play Thomas Land

8) Check out the animals and reptiles in the zoo

Another favourite area of ours at Thomas Land is the zoo. The zoo is home to a huge amount of animals and reptiles that many little ones will have never seen before. Olly took great interest in the monkeys, we spotted them grooming each other and it was so lovely to watch them.  We loved looking at all the reptiles in the Reptile House, I was in awe of the snakes and Olly loved the turtles. We even spotted the Sumatran Tiger hiding in its enclosure which was absolutely beautiful.


9) Watch the trains explore the original set from Thomas and Friends

Next to Terence’s Driving School is the Discover Thomas Exhibition which houses the original set from the Thomas and Friends TV series. Olly is a huge Thomas and Friends fan and will happily watch Thomas explore the island of Sodor on DVD on a rainy afternoon. It was brilliant to see the trains make their way around the village which has been kept in brilliant condition.

Discover Thomas Exhibition Thomas Land

10) Take home memories of a fun filled day at Thomas Land

There’s so much to see and do at Thomas Land that it will take you all day to explore the park. Olly had an amazing day seeing his favourite trains up close and personal. I think the huge smile on his little face says it all! We can’t wait to go back in the Spring and explore the park some more.

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We all had a fantastic day out at Thomas Land. We’ve narrowed it down to our top 10 things as these are the things that Olly has been raving about all weekend. There’s so much to see and do. We haven’t even mentioned meeting The Fat Controller, sailing on the high seas with Captain’s Sea Adventure, having a near miss on Diesel’s Locomotive Mayhem or riding in Sir Handel on the Blue Mountain!

The parks facilities make it a really family friendly place to take toddlers and preschoolers, we would all highly recommend Thomas Land for a fun day out for all the family. We will most definitely be back!

With thanks to Thomas Land for inviting us to attend on Saturday. All words (including Olly’s) are our own and all images were taken on the day. 

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  • Reply Charlotte

    Wow, looks and sounds like Olly had an amazing time! Arthur is Thomas mad and would definitely love this!

    01/03/2016 at 12:01 am
  • Reply Claire

    Sounds like a fabulous day out and one to put on our days out list :-) love how the characters look likd those from Thomas, i think my little one would love it.

    01/03/2016 at 7:21 am
  • Reply Ally Smith

    I took my boys to Drayton Manor last year and they loved Thomas Land. Such a great place to take small children. My boys loved the flying jets too

    01/03/2016 at 8:35 am
  • Reply Sarah Simpson

    Great review, I love your photographs. I can’t wait to take my little girl in the Summer when we come down and visit our family.

    01/03/2016 at 8:40 am
  • Reply Katie

    Looks like Olly had a great time, my two love it here too! You had good weather so the indoor play area hasn’t made your top 10 but if it’s raining or a bit cold it’s a great place to let them run wild and warm up.

    01/03/2016 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Steph

    Great tips for anyone visiting Thomas Land! I haven’t taken O yet, but definitely will be. It looks amazing and I know he would absolutely love every minute! x

    01/03/2016 at 11:18 am
  • Reply Liz Burton

    We have such happy memories of Thomasland at Drayton Manor. I’m a bit sad my daughter’s outgrown it now!

    01/03/2016 at 2:47 pm
    • Reply Emma

      Aww that’s so good to hear, I think we have at least another seven years of visits in the calendar ;) x

      01/03/2016 at 9:58 pm
  • Reply Fiona

    Do they still have the campsite next door? We used to camp there when my boy was Thomas obsessed. Such good memories x

    01/03/2016 at 3:57 pm
    • Reply Emma

      Yes, they do! How fab to camp there ahead of a full day in the park? That is what dreams are made of!

      01/03/2016 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply JuggleMum, Nadine Hill

    Those are some happy photos! Looks like you had a fun day out and there’s loads to do there.

    01/03/2016 at 4:41 pm
    • Reply Emma

      There’s so much to do! I’m so pleased we managed to capture some of his smiles throughout the day

      01/03/2016 at 9:56 pm
  • Reply Life as Mum

    Looks l an amazing experience with many things to do! Fab photos

    01/03/2016 at 4:46 pm
    • Reply Emma

      Thank you, we all had a fab day x

      01/03/2016 at 9:54 pm
  • Reply Joanne Ashton

    It looks like you all had an amazing day. We had a fab time when we went but by looking at your pics and reading your review it looks like they’ve expanded since we were there, I can’t wait to take my little one’s back there to try out all the new attractions!

    01/03/2016 at 6:09 pm
    • Reply Emma

      It was such a lovely day. Yes, you must go back now it’s been expanded, so much more for them to do and see x

      01/03/2016 at 9:53 pm
  • Reply Zoe Corkhill (Mama Geek)

    What a fab post – it was a lovely day out, wasn’t it! You got some great photographs :-)

    The girls had a fab day and it was great to see you. Lydia told us that Olly is her “buddy” now!

    01/03/2016 at 9:02 pm
    • Reply Emma

      Thanks Zoe, was lovely to see you all on Saturday. Aww love that! I’ll tell Olly in the morning and he’ll be so happy x

      01/03/2016 at 9:45 pm
  • Reply Angela at Daysinbed

    I never knew there was a Thomas Land. I bet this is an amazing place to visit for little kids especially little boys! The rides look fun. I heard of Drayton manor and would like to visit with my girl some time! The photos are fab! Angela from Daysinbed

    01/03/2016 at 9:37 pm
    • Reply Emma

      Thanks Angela, such a fabulous place to visit. We’re really lucky it’s only half an hour up the road!

      01/03/2016 at 9:44 pm
  • Reply mummyofboygirltwins

    Great post!! :) I think I saw you there and meant to say hi but the twins were running all over the place!!!!! We had fun too and I love the way you’ve done this post. Jess xx

    01/03/2016 at 9:56 pm
    • Reply Emma

      Thank you for your kind words Jess, oh such a shame we didn’t meet but the kids were SO excited weren’t they? Can’t blame them really! xx

      01/03/2016 at 10:06 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    Not gonna lie, but Thomas Land looks amazing! I know my son would have really loved that when he was a little boy, he loved Thomas the Tank!

    02/03/2016 at 9:32 am
  • Reply Laura

    These are such gorgeous photos Emma, looks like you all had a fab day!

    02/03/2016 at 10:27 am
  • Reply Rachael Whitton

    We love Thomas Land it’s my little boys favorite place. he will be 5 next month and he is still a huge fan.

    02/03/2016 at 10:39 am
  • Reply Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    I fully agree with all of his top ten things, we adore Thomas Land – so much fun to be had

    02/03/2016 at 11:00 am
  • Reply Sonya Cisco

    This looks like such a great place , shame it is so far from us as I know Syd would love it!

    02/03/2016 at 11:08 am
  • Reply Anne

    Well done to Olly, his top ten favourites are brilliant. I’m so glad he was big enough to go on his favourite rides, he looks fabulous on the tractor.

    02/03/2016 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply Jen

    Thomas Land is perfectly pitched at kids O’s age. it was a BIG hit when my kids were younger

    02/03/2016 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply Kizzy

    Its been a few years since we’ve been, need to go this summer as it looks like a great day out.

    03/03/2016 at 10:53 am
  • Reply Carolynne @ Mummy Endeavours

    We went to the Christmas at Thomas Land event (not as a blogger) and it really is a great place. I love to zoo bit! We didn’t do as much as we wanted to though. Would like to go back and see more x

    03/03/2016 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply Amanda

    My gosh I really want to go here. Arthur would just love it – the helicopter, the trains.. all of it. I think we might consider taking him for his 3rd Birthday as it is about an hour from us. Could I ask you a huge favour – if you get a spare min, please could you submit it as an attraction to and share the love and family friendly facilities for other parents on there. Thanks so much xx

    03/03/2016 at 1:34 pm
  • Reply Stephanie

    We have never been there before but it looks so much fun, he looks so happy to be there and go on all those great rides.

    04/03/2016 at 11:19 am
  • Reply oana79

    Dear Olly,
    You managed to squeeze so much fun out of your day. Hope You become an ambassador of the park so you can visit loads more!xx

    04/03/2016 at 11:39 am
  • Reply ClearlyBex

    Wow, what a busy day you had little man, some lovely photos for wonderful memories. Lovely to see you all there x

    05/03/2016 at 7:54 am
  • Reply Kara

    You got some amazing pictures, he looked like he had so much fun

    05/03/2016 at 4:59 pm
  • Reply Emma

    Drayton Manor looks amazing! I’m really enjoying reading all the posts .

    06/03/2016 at 11:18 am
  • Reply Sam -Travelling with our Kids

    Thank you for giving me the link to your post. Thomas land looks great fun. Here’s hoping the weather stays ok for when we visit! X

    30/06/2016 at 7:34 pm
  • Reply Nyomi

    My 4 year old would really love this. He’s been the biggest Thomas fan since age 2 and at nearly 5 he’s still obsessed. We must have nearly every toy, his room is decorated Thomas. Everything is Thomas! I could have shares in the company. The one thing we haven’t done yet is Thomasland and I really need to. We’ve looked at it lots of times but his sister is rubbish in the car so we keep putting it off! Now I’ve read this I want to schedule it though!

    30/11/2016 at 7:26 pm
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