What's New at Drayton Manor
Thomas Land at Drayton Manor will welcome a new family ride for 2017 to mark further expansion to the thriving attraction.
James and the Red Balloon, set to delight visitors from Saturday 1st April 2017, is based on the beloved Thomas and Friends™ character James and his naughty antics with a red hot air balloon. James will be joining the 20 other rides and attractions based on the popular series. Families can experience the magic of Sodor like never before as they fly up, up and away in their very own balloon.
This spring, visitors to Drayton Manor can expect even more monkey business at the theme park's onsite 15-acre Zoo, with the addition of a brand new Tamarin Trail.
The Tamarin Trail will take adventurers through beautiful planted gardens, allowing children and adults alike to come face to face with a troop of mischievous monkeys. During the trail adventure, guests will be able to get up close and personal with the cute and inquisitive Tamarins and Marmosets, including the White Lipped Tamarin, Red Handed Tamarin, Emperor Tamarin, Cotton Top Tamarin and the Common Marmoset, housed across eight different enclosures.
The popular home of Thomas & Friends has been expanded for 2015 with three new rides.
With new rides plus a stunning Sodor Airport terminal, Thomas Land has even more to create a magical day out for Thomas fans. The new rides are Flynn’s Fire Rescue, Captain’s Sea Adventure and Toby’s Tram Express.
Thomas Land also features themed rides Cranky's Drop Ride, Harold's Heli Tours, Crazy Bertie Bus, Jeremy’s Flying Academy, Rockin Bulstrode, the Blue Mountain Engines, Diesel’s Locomotion Mayhem, Winston’s Whistle Stop Tour and the Troublesome Trucks Rollercoaster.
Thomas the Tank Engine, Percy, James and Rosie go to Farmer McColls Farm where you will also find Terence’s Driving School and a Thomas & Friends Exhibition.
A brand new family thrill ride has taken off at Drayton Manor for 2014. Air Race is located in the Action Park area - alongside many other popular thrill rides including Maelstrom, Shockwave and G-Force.
Air Race takes its riders on a stomach-churning aerial adventure, turning their world upside down at a height of up to eight metres. Accommodating up to 24 riders at one time in six, four-seater aeroplanes, ‘pilots’ experience accelerations of almost 4G as they board the acrobatic aeroplane flight.
Riders take their seat preparing for take-off, gliding from side to side at increasing heights whilst circling around the control tower. Before long, a series of gravity defying barrel rolls in both directions will have you soaring and diving throughout the air. With banks, loops, dives and weightlessness to test the most experienced thrill seekers, it is the flight of your life.
2013 was another big year for Drayton Manor, with the hugely popular Thomas Land celebrating its fifth anniversary and a brand new £750,000 Thomas & Friends ride also being unveiled in the summer holidays.
Winston’s Whistle Stop Tour is based on the track inspection vehicle from the popular TV series and offers riders views across Thomas Land from the attraction which takes riders on a guided monorail tour around a winding track.