By Luca Giannini, aged 7 years
Theme park fans take a look up to the north of our country and check out the awesome Drayton Manor Theme Park in Birmingham, in my opinion, it’s probably the best place ever if you like fun rides and a fab time. It’s also heaps more affordable than lots of other theme parks, yet the way it’s laid out and the rides it offers means which Drayton Manor leaves you with a big smile on your face, far from the lengthy queuing and waiting which you get at most other places. Added to which, Drayton is the home of the awesome, Thomas Land and if you’re a mighty fan (like I am) you’ll love being there and will want to return again and again.
I visited Thomas Land when I was 5. It was a birthday treat. Now I’m 8, my return to Thomas Land was even better than the first time around. I was able to run around more freely and it’s even grown in size with the addition of Sodor Airport, the spinning Toby ride, a Winston ride, and a play area. One of the biggest attractions is the Troublesome Trucks Rollercoaster, Thomas Land which takes you on a whizzing semi-loop track – perfect for people the same size as me. Plus there’s the Spinning Diesels which are similar to the spinning tea-cup ride, a Rocking Bulstrode, a Flying Bert Bus and even a Harold the Helicopter Ride which zooms you high into the sky. Thomas Land really is a wonderful theme park for younger children and everyone meets the height restrictions in this area.
The real-life Thomas the Tank Engine railway – line seemed to be the most popular with queues of up to 20 minutes for the pleasure of riding in Annie & Clarabel. The train ride takes you past Thomas characters and delivers passengers to a great mini-zoo and play area, where mums can have a cup of tea (My mum and dad drink so much tea!).
Drayton Manor is barely about Thomas Land at all, it’s a mighty theme park and I sent my sister and cousin Oliver off to investigate those big rides for me because they’re much older than I am. They loved the whirling twirling roller-coasters (one which even made you stand up whilst you’re zooming around) and the Apocalypse, which flies you high in the sky and then plunges you down to the ground at a thousand miles an hour. Although the ride which we ALL went on together as a family was the giant Log Flume water ride. Oh my, this was a long and showery experience, which splashed into water backwards and rocketed us down into the wobbling waves down below at a fast pace. Its fun and wet –however my advice is to make it your ‘last’ ride because you certainly come off wet!!!
Skip the long queues of the bigger theme parks and take a trip to Drayton Manor where the rides are closer together, meaning you may evade having to spend your whole time running from one side of the park to the other just to reach the best rides – they’re ALL good and all close together. Plus, if you have smaller children in the family, like me and my cousin Phoebe who’s 6, then Thomas Land is where we get our fun.
There’s also lots of other really awesome things to do whilst you’re up in Birmingham…..We took a fun trip to the SnowDome in Tamworth where we tobogganed on a real snow slope (It’s so much fun!!). Then we had a choctastic day at Cadbury World where we learnt how to make chocolate, the history behind how Cadbury was created.
So next time you want a really fun time, tell your parents about the great things which happen up in Birmingham. We stayed at the Premier Inn in Tamworth Central (which we can highly recommend as it’s so so good there), so everything was only 10minutes away – so once you’re there you sidestep having to drive far to get to the fun adventures. Put Drayton Manor Theme Park onto the top of your ‘must do’ list this summer! It’s awesome!!
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