A sign on the side of a road

Drayton Manor Summer Sizzle

September 10, 2016

For the past three or four years, we have always taken a trip to Drayton Manor at the end of the summer holidays. It usually coincides with our wedding anniversary on the 4th September, however, this year we had booked to collect our new car on the 4th (exciting times) so decided to go a few days earlier.

Sadly, Mr. Boo had to work so I ventured over to Drayton Manor by myself with the three children. Some of my friends thought I was mad going to a theme park on my own with the children. However, after visiting Drayton Manor many, many times over the years it is like a home away from home. We know where the toilets are. We know where we can sit down and get a bite to eat. We know which rides the children are able to go on without an adult so I felt confident in taking all three on my own.

Drayton Manor Summer Sizzle

A sign on the side of a road

For us it has become a tradition to enjoy the last days of the summer holidays at Drayton Manor, making full use of summer sizzle days, the activities within the park and of course, all the fun-filled rides.

Thomas Land

As we arrived it was time for me to change and feed Piglet so headed over to Thomas Land where they have a lovely toilet and changing facility. After changing Piglet we found a bench next to the bandstand which I could feed Piglet on whilst Roo and Tigger queued up for the Blue Mountain Mystery ride.

A group of people standing next to a horse

With the queue disappearing much quicker than I had anticipated they managed to get two goes on it by the time I had fed Piglet. Once Piglet was all sorted we opted to complete all the rides within Thomas Land before heading through the Zoo to the other side of Thomas Land.

A group of young men sitting on a green surface

One of the only rides within Thomas Land that Tigger has never tried has been Cranky. He has stood and watched Roo go on it hundreds of times, however, has never quite felt brave enough to do it himself. Well, this summer he was determined to take on the Cranky challenge, and he loved it!

Drayton Manor Zoo

Whilst all the fun of the rides is great I do like to slow the pace down a little, especially when it’s almost time for lunch. So a lovely wander through the Drayton Manor Zoo gives us time to see the animals and chill out a little.

A group of people in a park

Roo was most excited to see a banner about the future development of the Drayton Manor Zoo as they are bringing back the penguins. The first year or two that we visited the park there were penguins in the zoo, however, they were removed and currently, ducks live within the enclosure. With Roo’s love of penguins, we  are all excited to see when the expansion will be ready.

A sign on a pole

With the sun shining brightly we opted to wander through the Tamarin Trail to refresh our memories from earlier in the year. It’s a new addition to the Drayton Manor Zoo this year and it’s lovely to get up close to the different Tamarins and see which one is your favourite.

Thomas Land Tidmouth Halt

After a venture through the Zoo and a sit down to enjoy our picnic it was time to burn off some energy on Spencer’s adventure park. I honestly think that Roo and Tigger would happily spend hours running around the park. Up and down the various steps and bridges, sliding down slides and playing hide and seek. It was lovely to watch they play as I got Piglet down for her afternoon nap.

A girl sitting on a bench

With so much more than just a play area to play in it was time to pull the children away from Spencer and head over to see Terence, the model railway and stroll around some more of the zoo’s animals including the reindeer’s (who are obviously staying at Drayton Manor for the summer whilst Santa is on holiday).

A train on a steel track

Opting to take the train back to Knapford Station, Roo was delighted to see that Rosie was on duty today along with Thomas. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to get to ride in Rosie’s carriages but we did get to wave hello at her.

Drayton Manor Theme Park

As the afternoon drew on I suddenly realised that we’d only enjoyed the fun of Thomas Land and the Drayton Manor Zoo. I wish I had booked a hotel so that we could have stayed overnight and enjoyed more of the main Drayton Manor theme park rides the following day. However, I wasn’t organised enough so we made the best out of the rides not closing until 6pm.

A close up of a ride

Although Mr. Boo and I usually split Piglet watching duties so that we can enjoy the rides with them, Roo and Tigger loved being able to go on the rides together. There were a couple of their usual ones that they weren’t able to enjoy as they aren’t tall enough without an adult. However, that just meant that they got more rides on some of the others. 

A person riding on the back of a carousel

As the day drew to an end, it was time for one last ride and you can’t beat the carousel to finish off the day.

Until next time…

It’s been an amazing summer, it’s a shame that we don’t live close enough to make use of the Drayton Manor after school ticket offer. Alas, we have weekends to enjoy the fun and of course, half term is only six weeks away!

Disclosure: We are Drayton Manor Theme Park Ambassadors,
however, we do truly love to visit!
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

  • Coombe Mill September 10, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    What a fab way to spend one of the last days of summer, I bet the kids think finishing off the summer holidays with a trip to Drayton Manor is awesome! It’s a shame that your hubby couldn’t come so that you could all enjoy a few more rides but I bet you were so pleased that you went with the kids by yourself and had no major issues! The kids really do look at home in the park, you can tell that they love their visits there and can’t wait for the next Drayton Manor adventure!

    Thanks for joining in with me on #CountryKids.

  • Donna September 10, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    We went to Drayton manor last week and had such a lovely time! It’s the perfect place to visit in the summer x

  • Pinkoddy September 10, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Sounds a lovely way to spend the end of summer. I am sure I went every year as a child. We are looking at visiting soon so I need to check when they close for the end of the season. Well done on taking all 3 by yourself – sounds like you did an amazing job of it.

  • Louise September 10, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Looks like you had brilliant weather for a day out. We love DraytonManor (especially the kids) -i even spent my 40th birthday there haha how times change! x

  • Alana - Burnished Chaos September 11, 2016 at 6:30 am

    I used to go to Drayton Manor all the time when I was little and have so many happy memories of the place. We live too far away now and I imagine it has changed a lot in the almost 30 years since I was last there but I would love to take me kids their one day. #CountryKids

  • Michelle Twin Mum September 11, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    We went to Drayton Manor last year for the first time and really enjoyed it, I wish we lived closer. Mich x #Countrykids

  • Emma T September 11, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    It looks like a pretty perfect day. Its so handy when you know a place really well to know where to go when and when to avoid. I’ve not taken N to Drayton Manor yet. We’re not far, but now we’d be stuck in school hols and after a busy Legoland inset day hell, I’m not sure I could put up with the queues anywhere else. #countrykids

  • Alison September 12, 2016 at 8:51 am

    I have never been to Drayton Manor but it looks like a lovely way to spend a day. I didn’t realize they had a zoo as well, it will be lovely to see penguins there. They are such characters.

  • Merlinda Little (Glimmer of Hope) September 13, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Super lovely photos and what an amazing tradition! Looks like a perfect fun day and even the weather is cooperating! #countrykids

  • Amanda March 23, 2017 at 2:58 am

    It is really a good idea for children to spend their summer sizzle in Drayton Manor! Kids can get a lot of fun there and this will be an unforgettable memory for them! They also can exercise on these fabulous rides and relax themselves! Besides, this can make your kids stronger and develop friendship!

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