To kick off our Christmas festivities this year, we headed over to Tamworth to visit Drayton Manor for their Magical Christmas event. It’s always a fantastic day out for the whole family and this year was no exception. Imagine twinkly lights, Christmas decorations a plenty, real-life reindeer, snowfall over Knapford Station and festively decorated tank engines and that’s a snippet of what you can expect at Drayton’s Magical Christmas this year.
Having being to Drayton’s Magical Christmas last year we had an idea of what to expect. This year, Olly, our four year old son, is now a year older and more aware of the magic surrounding Christmas. Thomas Land is one of his places to visit locally and he couldn’t wait to see his favourite engine all dressed up with his festive antlers and red shiny nose.
The decorations that are placed around the park are absolutely wonderful and really do make you feel all festive from the second you arrive. Candy canes and giant toy soldiers line the entrance and it’s a lovely glimpse as to what you can expect inside the park.
We asked Olly what he wanted to do first and he made a beeline for one of the rides inside Thomas Land. As I played the pregnancy card, my husband Shilts joined the short queue with Olly to start of our day of fun.
I just love seeing his face light up when he’s enjoying himself. After our traumatic weeks of getting Olly into school of a morning, having our weekends filled with so much happiness and big wide teethy grins is just priceless.
After enjoying a couple of rides, we decided to grab a hot cup of tea and take a stroll around the zoo. We saw real-life reindeer Luna and Star grazing on feed and Olly asked us lots of questions about reindeer and how they pull Father Christmas’s sleigh on Christmas Eve.
We walked through the zoo and saw lots of our favourite animals and it was nice to get a bit of space amongst the crowds in Thomas Land. We walked to Tidmouth Hault and caught a festively dressed Thomas the Tank back to Knapford Station. Olly just adores the train ride, it’s such a treat to be pulled along in Annie and Clarabel along the tracks.
We arrived into a fantastically festively decorated Knapford Station to the sounds of Christmas music playing out, it was like a fanfare had played just for our arrival, it was really magical.
We had been given a time slot to visit Father Christmas in the Castle of Dreams and Olly was looking forward to talking to the main man with his requests for gifts this year. Unfortunately our time with Father Christmas felt a little bit rushed and we were in and out within three minutes. I’m pretty sure Father Christmas could have made a bit more of an effort to engage with Olly but nevertheless Olly had asked for ‘more cars and track’ for Christmas this year and his request had been noted! Olly was given a gift to take home which was a book we could read over Christmas.
After seeing Father Christmas we made our way back to Knapford Station to catch one of the shows with the Fat Controller and his friends and to experience the guaranteed snowfall. It’s such a wonderful moment when the snow falls and the little ones all look skywards and watch in awe at it falling down around them.
We had such a wonderful day out at Drayton Manor, it begins our Christmas festivities and it’s become a bit of a tradition to visit every year, we’re all feeling rather festive and want to crack out the Christmas films now. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Drayton’s Magical Christmas event days are on selected dates between 18th November and 31st December. You can find out more and book your tickets here.
Disclosure: We were invited to Drayton Manor to experience their Magical Christmas event in exchange for a review. All words and images are my own unless otherwise stated.