Magical Christmas at Drayton Manor

Drayton Manor Magical Christmas - View From A Daddy 1

Last week View From a Daddy had the pleasure of beginning our Christmas preparations at Thomas Land in Drayton Manor Theme Park where their Magical Christmas started in earnest. This year sees the 10th Anniversary of the very special family friendly event at Thomas Land which is based in the heart of England making it accessible for all.

Drayton Manor Magical Christmas - View From A Daddy 1There are live shows with singing and the magical arrival of Thomas and Friends as well as rides for even the youngest thrill seekers. We splashed on the Captain’s Sea Adventure, we flew in Jeremy’s Jets aboard his flying Academy and we even spun in the air on James’ Red Balloon ride – new this year. Height restrictions apply to some rides but there remains plenty for all ages within easy reach of everything.

New for 2017 is the 4D cinema showing of Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas on regularly throughout the day. It’s worth checking times so that you can schedule it in.

Our favourite is always the zoo spread across 15 acres; here you can hunt for the meerkats, spot the exotic mini beasts and even spy for the beautiful owls. There are daily events to hear talks and witness feeding times. We had an ad-hoc yet really informative talk from one of the keepers about the conservation work of the theme park’s zoo. If dinosaurs are more your thing, there are some larger pre-historic creatures awaiting your arrival as well as an huge outdoor play area to let of some steam.

A range of refreshments are available throughout the park and the facilities for nappy changing or a quick feed for baby are clean easily accessible.

But, a Christmas visit wouldn’t be much without an appointment to the Castle of Dreams. We had pre-booked our slot ready for an audience with the man himself who, in the full spirit of Christmas, he welcomed us warmly as a family taking time to hear what the little ones had added to their list and taking a picture or two. Here, both of the girls received a lovely gift then we made our way into the castle for some games.

While some of the park is closed during the winter months, many rides remain open and easy to board. What we really like about the Magical Christmas at Thomas Land is how quickly you can get on the rides and the range of activities there are to do. So from, hunting for animals, singing along to the Christmas show, grabbing a seat in the cinema, ice gliding and devouring doughnuts, we had a super fun filled afternoon topped off by a truly wonderful display of evening fireworks.

We highly recommend the Magical Christmas at Thomas Land Drayton Manor for the range of activities and family festivities on offer. A great day out for everyone and excellent value too.

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