All Manor of fun to be had at Thomas Land

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He has en­ter­tained generations of young­sters, so it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore Thomas the Tank En­gine got his own theme park. Ac­tu­ally, it is an add-onto the es­tab­lished Drayton Manor Park, and opened last year with lots of Thomas-themed rides and at­trac­tions.

The lure of the love­able steam train and his friends cer­tainly cap­ti­vated our girls- nearly two and nearly four - and he was the topic of con­ver­sa­tion for the 100-minute drive to Tam­worth, just off the M42.

I didn’t ap­pre­ci­ate our passes gave us full ac­cess to all the park (not just Thom­nas Land) which was a bonus as Jas­mine, the older sis­ter, had her head turned by some of the scary-look­ing roller rides else­where - and was quickly as­sur­ing us she was tall enough to go on them.

So it was two tours in one, as mum Donna and the dare­devil ex­plored Drayton Manor, while I ac­com­pa­nied a less ad­ven­tur­ous Sasha in Thomas Land.

There was cer­tainly plenty go­ing on, with the mu­si­cal greet­ing by the Fat Con­troller catch­ing her at­ten­tion. And the rides - quite se­datewere ideal for her age group.

We man­aged sev­eral cir­cuits, at­tempt­ing to dodge the big­ger queues, but still en­joyed a crazy ride on Ber­tie Bus, got be­hind the wheel in the Sodor Clas­sic Cars, took to the air in Harold’s he­li­copters and took a trip with Thomas down to farmer McColl’s Farm.

We also en­joyed a pic­nic lunch in more qui­eter sur­round­ings - the Drayton Manor Zoo, packed with cute crea­tures the lit­tle ones just love - ev­ery­thing from meerkats to mon­keys .

Mean while big sis­ter was rid­ing high on the big wheel, hav­ing the liv­ing day­lights fright­ened out of her in the ex­cel­lent Haunted House and ful­fill­ing her Ul­ti­mate Mis­sion- rid­ing the Ben 10 roller­coaster.

The high­light for me, the Yogi Bear 4D Adventure, great fun even if we did get a soak­ing.

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