Thomas Land bound for £2.5million expansion

Drayton Manor’s popular children’s area is set to almost double in size this Easter.


Since opening in March 2008, Thomas Land has been a striking success for the Tamworth based theme park. Seven years after its hugely anticipated debut, the area is about to receive an expansion that will increase its space by 40%.

The investment will bring three brand new rides to the current line up of attractions on offer in the area:

  • Captain’s Sea Adventure
  • Flynn’s Fire Rescue
  • Toby’s Tram Express

Alongside the new additions will be a brand new two-storey Sodor Airport building, featuring a cafe, top view balcony offering views across the area, and several themed function rooms for events and parties.

Concept art shows the brand new Sodor Airport, with the already built attraction 'Jeremy's Flying School' situated in the foreground.
Concept art shows the brand new Sodor Airport, with the already built attraction ‘Jeremy’s Jets Flying Academy’ situated in the foreground.

Captain’s Sea Adventure will allow budding young sailors to jump aboard their own lifeboat, equipped with cannons to squirt water.

 

Captain's Sea Adventure will allow guests to sail the seas onboard their very own life boat.
Captain’s Sea Adventure will allow guests to sail the seas onboard their very own lifeboat.

Flynn’s Fire Rescue recruits guests to help Flynn the Fire Engine put out several fires with their very own fire hose.

 

Wanted: Brave firefighters to help Flynn douze out the flames.
Wanted: Brave firefighters to help Flynn douze out the flames.

Toby’s Tram Express will be a tram ride based around the hardworking, number 7 steam tram.

Accompanying the new rides and structures will be a fountain dedicated to Sodor’s Fat Controller, a bandstand and several Victorian fairground games.

In a statement, CEO of Drayton Manor, Colin Bryan stated: “2015 marks the 65th anniversary of Drayton Manor and throughout our long history, we’ve always prided ourselves on offering a fun day out for the whole family.

“That was the reasoning behind the launch of Thomas Land in 2008.

“Since then the area has gone from strength to strength and has provided an immersive experience for fans both young and old. We are delighted to be extending it this year with all these fantastic new rides and facilities for our visitors to enjoy”

The opening of Thomas Land saw a 41% increase in attendance to Drayton Manor, with a 31% increase in revenue.

Drayton Manor reopens for its 65th season on Saturday 21st March.